QNAP’s TS-*31P series have been designed for SOHO use and is ideal for home or small office users who are not looking for an all singing all dancing multimedia NAS but still need reasonable performance get the basics done. It would also make an ideal introduction to what a NAS is and what it can do, for those people not sure of the technology.
Any NAS worth its salt should be easy to set up and easy to use for both newcomers and experienced users alike. QNAP’s makes getting started with TS-231P easy and straightforward thanks to a quick, easy to follow wizard-based setup procedure. Once installed the QTS operating system is clean and easy to navigate through thanks to its graphical interface but for more experienced users it’s packed full of features hiding behind the bling.
The QNAP App Center holds an impressive array of add-in apps that allows the TS-231P to be pretty much anything you want it to be and with the QNAP suite of mobile apps you can access and monitor the NAS with an iOS, Android or Windows mobile device.
For business use, the dual LAN ports provide failure protection should one go wrong or by using link aggregation to join the two ports together, much higher data transfer speeds. While there might be no locks on the drive bay doors to physically protect any data, QNAP provides the TS-231P with data protection including encrypted access (the TS-231P supports AES 256-bit encryption), IP blocking and 2-step verification.
We found the TS-231P configured as our review system with two 2TB Seagate IronWolf drives for £350.47 (inc VAT) at broadbandbuyer.co.uk HERE
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- QTS software.
- Ease of setting up.
- Low power consumption.
- No physical security for the drive bay doors.
- 4K performance was slow in our benchmarks.
Kitguru says: Thanks to the wizard-based setup and the graphically rich QTS OS, QNAP’s TS-231P is a pretty powerful, easy to set up and use 2-Bay NAS.