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Written by Bruce Normann   
Monday, 03 May 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
QNAP TS-259 Pro Turbo NAS Server
QNAP Turbo NAS Features
QNAP TS-259 Pro NAS Hardware
QNAP TS-259 Pro Software
QPKG Center Software Expansion
Closer Look: QNAP TS-259 Pro
Insider Details: QNAP TS-259 Pro
QNAP v3 User Interface
NAS Testing Methodology
Basic-Disk Test Results
Windows 7 Disk Test Results
NAS Server Final Thoughts
QNAP TS-259 Pro Conclusion

QNAP TS-259 Pro Software

Operating System

Embedded Linux

Supported Operating System

Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista (32-/ 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-/ 64-bit), Server 2003/ 2008

Apple Mac OS X

Linux & Unix

File System

Internal HDD: EXT3, EXT4

External HDD: EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32


TCP/IP (IPv4 & IPv6: Dual Stack)

Dual Gigabit NICs with Jumbo Frame

Multi-IP Setting, Port Trunking / NIC Teaming

DHCP Client, DHCP Server

Protocols: CIFS/ SMB, AFP(3.1), NFS, FTP, HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet, SSH, iSCSI and SNMP

Network Service Discovery (UPnP, Bonjour)

Network File Sharing

CIFS/ SMB (plus DFS support), AFP, NFS, FTP, WebDAV

Backup Solution

USB One Touch Backup (Import/ Export)

Apple Time Machine Support

Block-level Remote Replication
- Works as both an Rsync Server & Client
- Supports Encrypted Replication between QNAP NAS Servers

QNAP NAS servers

Data Backup to External Storage Device

Data Backup to Cloud Storage (Amazon S3)

Security IP Filter

Network Access Protection with Auto-blocking

HTTPS Connection

FTP with SSL/ TLS (explicit)

Encrypted Remote Replication (Rsync over SSH)

Importable SSL Certificate

Instant Alert E-mail and SMS

Disk Management

Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0 / 1

Online RAID Capacity Expansion

Online RAID Level Migration


Bad Block Scan

RAID Recovery

Bitmap Support


Max. iSCSI Target: 256
Multi-LUNs per Target
Supports LUN Mapping & LUN Masking
Supports SPC-3 Persistent Reservation
Supports MPIO
Supports MC/S

Disk Expansion

Virtual Disk Drive (via iSCSI Initiator)
- Max. Virtual Disk Drives: 8
- Stack Chaining Master

Server Virtualization & Clustering

Supports VMware vSphere (ESX/ ESXi 4.0 and above)

Supports Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V & Failover Clustering

Power Management

Wake on LAN

Scheduled Power on/ off (max. 15 settings)

Automatic Power on after Power Recovery

Access Right Management

Max. User Accounts: 2,048

Max. Groups: 256

Max. Share Folders: 256

Batch Creating Users

Import User List

User Quota Management

Web Administration

AJAX-based User Interface

HTTP/ HTTPS Connections

Alert Notification (Email & SMS)

Smart Fan Control


SNMP (v2 & v3)

UPS Support with SNMP Management (USB)

Resource Monitor

Network Recycle Bin for CIFS/ SMB and AFP

Comprehensive Logs (Events & Connections)

Real-time Online User List

Syslog Client

Backup and Restore System Settings

Supported Web Browsers

Internet Explorer 7 & 8 or Later

Firefox 3 or Later

Safari 3 & 4 or Later

Google Chrome

Multilingual Support

Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Powerful All-in-one server

File Server

File Sharing across Windows, Mac OS and Linux/ Unix Platforms

Protocols: CIFS/ SMB, AFP(3.1), NFS, FTP, HTTP, HTTPS

QNAP Web File Manager

FTP Server

FTP over SSL/ TLS (explicit)

Max. Concurrent Connections: 256

FXP Supported

Passive FTP Port Range Control

FTP Bandwidth & Connection Control

Unicode Support

Web Server

HTTP/ HTTPS Connections

Supports WebDAV Connection

Importable SSL Certificate

Database Server

Built-in MySQL Server

Web-based Management via phpMyAdmin (QPKG)

Backup Server

Remote Replication Server (over Rsync)

Apple Time Machine Support

QNAP Client Backup Application - NetBak

3rd Party Backup Software Support: Acronis True Image, CA Brightstor, ARCserve Backup, EMC Retrospect, Symantec Backup Exec, LaCie Silverkeeper

Printer Server

Network Printer Sharing (max: 3, USB)

iTunes Server

Audio and Video Sharing

Smart Playlist for iTunes Client (Windows & Mac OS)

UPnP Media Server

Built-in TwonkyMedia Server (DLNA 1.5 Certified)

Real-time & Background Photo Transcoding

Supports UPnP/ DLNA Media Players
- Game Console: PlayStation 3, PSP and Xbox 360
- Digital Media Adapter/ Player
- Mobile Device (e.g. iPhone/ iPod Touch with UPnP/ DLNA app)

Supported Formats
- Video: ASF, FLV, F1V, F4V, MP4
- Audio: MP3, WAV
- Picture: BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG

Download Station

PC-less BitTorrent/ FTP/ HTTP Download (Up to 500 tasks)

BitTorrent Download
- Supports TCP/ UDP Tracker Protocol
- Scheduled Download
- Configurable Port Range
- Bandwidth Control
- UPnP NAT Port Forwarding

HTTP/ FTP Download
- Configurable Saving Directory
- Bulk Download with Wildcard Setting
- RapidShare Download Support

QNAP Download Management Software: QGet
- For Both Windows & Mac OS
- Control the Download Tasks on Multiple QNAP NAS over LAN or WAN

Surveillance Station

Supports 4 IP cameras (not included) for network surveillance



# Test with bonding gbit lan ?^-Super_Treje-^ 2010-05-03 23:34
No test with the network in "bonding" ?
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# I did, but....BruceBruce 2010-05-04 07:15
I repeated the tests with IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation Control Protocol, using two Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Adapters in the test bench system. The problem with that test scenario and Teaming or Bonding or whatever you want to call it, is that the network speed stays exactly the same. The bandwidth is increased by widening the data path, not increasing the speed. I.e. it?s analogous to two fully loaded trucks driving the speed limit instead of one truck delivering your data. Yes, you get twice the data, but you get it in the same time frame, which is what our testing measures.

I think the way to test this feature is to have two or more transfers occurring at the same time. With one transfer already under way, another could be started and timed, and the speed of the second transfer should be relatively unaffected by the continued activity of the first one. Your thoughts, suggestions?
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# 802.3ad is NOT your solutionscavenger 2012-11-30 12:01
YES this is it. Load balancing is made only on multiple file transfers.

If you can read french, I posted a lot about it on but the result is this one :
Conclusion is 802.3ad is ONLY failover. ABSOLUTELY NOT load balancing.
If you want to do what I dreamed of, choose on each side the Balance-SLB (or Balance-ALB) + round robin transmit load balancing method.
Then you will have a smooth repartition of the packets on each port, but you will notice a strong down bandwidth due to the fact that "Packet order is NOT guaranteed"
Load balancing for a one file transfer on many cables is just a dream... right now...
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