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TS-253A

QTS-Ubuntu Combo NAS: a well-rounded private cloud solution centralizing storage and IoT applications
In response to the coming era of Internet of Things (IoT), the TS-253A innovatively supports the open-source operating system Ubuntu® as a gateway for IoT solutions to other smart devices. The TS-253A allows users to directly utilize various feature-rich Ubuntu apps, enjoying a private cloud combining storage and IoT applications, and professional developers can develop and run IoT applications directly on the TS-253A. The secure, reliable TS-253A is packed with business-critical features such as Volume/LUN Snapshot – allowing files/folders to revert to a previous state in case of any corruption or file-loss. The TS-253A is powered by the latest quad-core Intel® Celeron® processor which allows users to enjoy 4K (H.264) video playback and 1080p/4K video real-time transcoding directly from the TS-253A to an HD/4K display.
Supports Ubuntu® OS with direct output via HDMI Dual HDMI output for switching between mirrored and extended desktop options AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption for efficient cryptographic performance up to 224 MB/s Supports 4K hardware decoding and transcodes 4K H.264 videos on-the-fly or offline Quickly find files using a real-time, natural search with Qsirch 2.1 NAS and iSCSI-SAN unified storage solution for virtualization Supports VMware®, Citrix®, Microsoft® Hyper-V and advanced virtualization features A hybrid approach to virtualization in one NAS: Virtualization Station & Container Station Build a personal karaoke system with high-quality audio output with the new OceanKTV app QTS-Ubuntu dual system, geared for the IoT era
The TS-253A’s QTS-Ubuntu dual system is based upon QNAP’s advanced virtualization technologies. The revolutionary architecture of the TS-253A enables users not only to download rich apps from QTS App Center but also to develop or utilize IoT packages for Ubuntu®* and display them using HDMI output. The built-in Ubuntu Software Center provides over 1,000 software packages for developers to choose from. With the TS-253A, you can develop and install various IoT packages on demand and centrally store the data on the TS-253A, benefiting from a secure private storage and development solution. Simply plug in a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor to the TS-253A, and use Ubuntu Station as if you were using a PC. You can also operate Ubuntu Station as a remote desktop via web browser for instant management**.
* Ubuntu Station will be available from QTS 4.2.1. To use Ubuntu Station, you must install the Ubuntu Station App from the App Center
** The remote desktop function does not support remote audio output

Intel® Celeron® N3150 quad-core CPU fulfills multi-tasking efficiency
Powered by the latest 14 nm Intel® Celeron® N3150 quad-core 1.6GHz processor, dual-channel 4/8GB DDR3L-1600 RAM (upgradable to 8GB), 2 Gigabit LAN ports and SATA 6Gb/s, the TS-253A delivers up to 224 MB/s read speed and runs tasks smoothly and quickly. The TS-253A can automatically increase the processor's clock speed from 1.6GHz to 2.08GHz when performing CPU-intensive tasks. The TS-253A features Intel® AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption engine to drive transfer speeds of up to 224 MB/s with AES 256-bit encryption for both full NAS volume and shared folders, boosting system performance & security while ensuring the safety of sensitive business data stored in the TS-253A.

Dual HDMI outputs - Switch between HD Station and Ubuntu desktop
The TS-253A comes with dual HDMI outputs for using two monitors in either a “mirrored” or “extended” desktop configuration. While mirroring displays the same content on both displays, extended desktop mode allows users to display applications over two displays for improved multitasking convenience and productivity.
When displaying content using HDMI outputs, you can use the TS-253A as an amazing multimedia player by using HD Station to enjoy rich apps including Kodi™, HD Player, Plex Home Theater, YouTube™, Spotify®, JRiver, Google Chrome™, Mozilla Firefox®, and more. Alternatively, you can choose to output the Ubuntu desktop to use the TS-253A as a PC.
Note: Ubuntu Station will be available from QTS 4.2.1

Enjoy the best audiovisual experience on TV including a free remote control
QNAP HD Station integrates the powerful Kodi™ media player and web browser. With HDMI connectivity, you can connect the TS-253A to a HDTV or an A/V receiver to enjoy your rich multimedia content and 4K( H.264) videos with the best audiovisual experience. The splendid user interface of Kodi™, 7.1 channel audio passthrough*, and the TS-253A’s powerful real-time transcoding capability facilitate smooth and enhanced playback of 4K videos **. You can even watch YouTube™ videos, surf the web and manage the TS-253A using a web browser with multilingual keyboard input. HD Station supports multi-tasking and user authentication so only authorized users can access the stored data.
The TS-253A includes a QNAP remote control for you to conveniently control HD Station through its built-in IR receiver. You can also turn your mobile devices into remote controls by installing the Qremote app.
*A receiver with HDMI support is required for decoding multi-channel surround sound.
** The quality of video and music delivery can vary according to hardware and network environments.

Superior real-time and offline 4K video transcoding*
Featuring advanced 8th-generation Intel® HD Graphics, the TS-253A supports 4K (H.264) hardware decoding and delivers superior real-time 4K (H.264) and 1080p video transcoding to convert videos to universal formats that can be smoothly played on PCs, mobile devices and Smart TVs. With offline transcoding, even when you can only connect using a low-speed Internet connection, you can still enjoy smooth video playback via File Station, Video Station, and the Qfile mobile app by selecting a pre-rendered lower resolution video. The TS-253A also allows you to set a dedicated folder for automatic video transcoding.

QTS 4.2 – Simple, convenient and efficient
Thanks to the intuitive user interface of QTS, your NAS experience is smarter, smoother and spectacular. Its modern flat design streamlines loading times, and the intelligent desktop allows you to find desired functions quickly, create desktop shortcuts or group shortcuts, monitor important system information on a real-time basis, and open multiple application windows to run multiple tasks concurrently, bringing greater working efficiency. QTS breaks the barriers of devices, platforms and geography to bring optimized cloud experiences to you, and incorporates more advanced features including volume/LUN snapshot, remote connection to public cloud services in File Station, multi-zone multimedia system, and more.

Disaster recovery solutions brings peace of mind
The TS-253A offers various data recovery options. RTRR (Real-Time Remote Replication) supports real time or scheduled data backup to a remote QNAP NAS or FTP server and synchronizes files to a remote folder from a local folder with better backup efficiency. You can enjoy backup versioning to preserve a certain amount of versions, with options of simple versioning to schedule how many versions should be retained and for how long, or smart versioning with a rotation scheme that automatically replaces earlier backup versions. The TS-253A also supports the rsync protocol to back up data to another remote server on a scheduled basis. Data can also be backed up to and restored from a range of cloud storage services, including Amazon® S3, Amazon® Glacier, Microsoft® Azure, ElephantDrive®, Dropbox®, Google Drive™, Google Cloud Storage™, and more.

Restore files with Snapshot
QTS Storage Manager adds an easy-to-use web-based snapshot tool for you to easily backup and restore data on the TS-253A back to any point of time in case you lose any important data. You can take snapshots for both volumes and LUN (up to 256 snapshots per volume or LUN and maximum 1024 snapshots per NAS), efficiently replicate volume/LUN snapshots via Snapshot Replica to remote servers by copying only the changes made, and quickly clone a volume /LUN snapshot as a local volume without interrupting the current system operation. You can even set up the system to automatically take a snapshot of the volume before backup via RTRR/rsync, even when the file is opened.

Qsirch - a smarter, faster way to search
The TS-253A supports Qsirch, a proprietary near real-time search tool for quick file searching. In addition to thumbnail previews, Qsirch now allows you to find and preview Gmail emails that are backed up on the TS-253A. Qsirch even remembers your search history allowing you to quickly navigate to files you've previously searched for. Qsirch is a huge productivity boost that greatly reduces the time spent looking for files on the NAS, allowing you to focus on other tasks. The revamped Qsirch 2.1 adds a Google Chrome Extension that allows you to search for files on your NAS when you use Google Search.
*Qsirch 2.1 will be available from QTS 4.2.1

Datastore for virtualized environments
The TS-253A is also an iSCSI/ IP-SAN storage that supports VMware® and Citrix®, and is compatible with Microsoft® Hyper-V® and Windows Server 2012, benefiting flexible deployment and management in virtualization environments. The TS-253A supports VMware VAAI and Microsoft ODX to increase performance by offloading server loading for ESXi server and Hyper-V respectively, and supports QNAP vSphere Client plug-in and QNAP SMI-S provider with enhanced operational efficiency and management in virtualization applications.

Born for server virtualization
Virtualization Station allows you to host virtual machines (VM) on the TS-253A, and access them via a web browser or VNC. Virtualization Station supports multiple operating systems, fast VM creation, VM backup & restoration, VM import/export, snapshot, and Device Management for centrally managing VM. Virtualization Station uses SDN (Software-defined Networks) and allows the TS-253A and VMs to share the same LAN port. No longer constrained by physical network performance, high-speed Virtual Switches greatly increases data transfer between VMs as well as between VMs and NAS through the internal interface. You can also download VMs on demand from online VM markets and import them to the TS-253A without any complex procedures.
The TS-253A also features the game-changing container technology for server virtualization. QNAP Container Station exclusively integrates LXC and Docker® lightweight virtualization technologies, allowing you to operate multiple isolated Linux® systems on the TS-253A as well as download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry®. Container Station also supports the Online Document app*, which allows you to directly view, edit and store files of various types anytime on your NAS, including Office documents, images and text files.
* Available by end of 2015

Cross-platform file sharing, centralized data storage
The TS-253A supports SMB/CIFS, NFS, and AFP protocols for file sharing across Windows®, Mac®, Linux®/UNIX® networks. Data, logs and ISO images of CDs and DVDs can be centrally stored on the TS-253A and protected by an integrated antivirus solution. The Windows AD® and LDAP services enable system administrators to configure user permissions by using an existing Windows AD server, LDAP server or built-in LDAP service. The TS-253A supports SAMBA v4 and can act as a Windows domain controller to manage privilege settings.

Well-rounded backup solutions to secure data
QNAP NetBak Replicator supports real-time and scheduled data backup on Windows including Outlook email archiving. Apple Time Machine® is also supported to provide Mac® OS X users with a solution to effortlessly back up data to the TS-253A. The front-panel USB 3.0 port of the TS-253A features a one-touch-copy function for you to instantly back up data from external drives to the TS-253A with just one click, or alternatively to back up data from the TS-253A to external drives. A wide range of third-party backup software such as Acronis® True Image and Symantec® Backup Exec are also supported.

Comprehensive security options
In open network environments, business data may be exposed in a potential hack. The TS-253A provides numerous security options, such as encrypted access, IP blocking, and more. IT administrators can also control the access rights of each user to different folders, preventing unauthorized access to important files. The TS-253A supports AES 256-bit encryption, preventing sensitive business data from unauthorized access and breach even if the hard drives or the entire system were stolen.

Secure access with VPN & Proxy Server
The TS-253A can be used as a VPN server with L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN, and PPTP support, allowing you to securely access data shared within the private local network. The TS-253A can also be used as a VPN Client to connect to other VPN servers or virtual private network through for PPTP and OpenVPN for secure data transmission. VPN Client also allows your NAS to connect to multiple servers at the same time*. You can connect your devices to your NAS and the VPN server at home to access data on the LAN; moreover, via VPN Client on your NAS, you can connect to VPN servers in the United States for accessing regionally-restricted services such as Netflix and Hulu in HD Station. The TS-253A provides you with various VPN options and helps secure your data transmission. The TS-253A also supports setting up a proxy server. The Proxy Server Package can configure the cache size, supported transmission protocols, record web pages you browsed and set up a powerful content control system that limits the use of the Internet. Other features include a work log that remembers users’ habits and preferences and SquidClamav anti-virus for proxy servers to ensure connection safety.

File synchronization across multiple devices and clouds
Qsync utility turns your TS-253A into a safe, large-capacity data center for file synchronization. Any file uploaded to the TS-253A will be made available for all linked devices, such as computers, laptops or mobile devices. Qsync is especially useful for frequent travelers to manage files and always have the most up-to-date files on different devices. Qsync now provides more new features— it allows you to synchronize shared folders and create group-shared folders exclusive for your project team; it provides centralized management configuration, helping saving IT administers’ time; it also supports centralized configuration and allows you to remotely erase the Qsync folder on a lost device to avoid data breaches, and even restore it after you have retrieved the device. You can also install the Cloud Drive Sync app from QTS App Center to easily sync files with Google Drive™ and Dropbox® cloud storage.

Enjoy your exclusive karaoke system with OceanKTV
QNAP OceanKTV is the first NAS-based karaoke application on the market allowing you to create a quality karaoke experience at home. The TS-253A offers high-capacity storage for accommodating up to thousands of 1080p karaoke songs . Simply attach your big-screen TV to the TS-253A via HDMI and start singing with OceanKTV. Four UI themes are provided to create the best atmosphere, and with the OceanKTV mobile app you can control the entire experience on your phone or tablet. More than a NAS, the TS-253A is a karaoke machine for singing entertainment. Enjoy alone or with your friends!
Note: OceanKTV will soon be available in QTS 4.2.1.

High-quality audio effect with dual microphones outputs and Line Out function
The TS-253A has two 6.3mm dynamic microphone jacks for connecting up to two dynamic microphones. Compared with the average reception quality of USB microphones, the TS-253A offers a clearer reception quality as it is equipped with a 20-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC). On top of that, the TS-253A has a 24-bit digital to analog converter (DAC) that can send audio signals via the Line Out jack to your amplifier and deliver clearer stereo sound. By offering excellent audio output/input functionalities together with various apps, the TS-253A brings you a fantastic audiovisual experience.

Comprehensive surveillance solution providing 24/7 security
Surveillance Station is a professional network surveillance Video Management System (VMS) that offers a user-friendly management interface, over 3,000 compatible IP camera models, and expandable IP camera channel licenses. It supports real-time monitoring, video & audio recording and playback with a wide range of customizable settings. You can also install the Vmobile app on your iOS® or Android™ devices to manage monitored channels anytime and anywhere to safeguard your office environment, or install the Vcam mobile app to turn your device into a network camera to instantly record to your TS-253A. The TS-253A includes 4 free IP camera channels and you can expand up to 40 channels by purchasing additional licenses.

Install-on-demand apps to extend NAS functionality
The built-in App Center provides various install-on-demand apps developed by QNAP and third-party developers, including tools for backup/sync, business, content management, communications, download, entertainment, and much more. It is also a centralized location for managing & updating installed apps, allowing you to directly update applications once newer versions are released.

Easily expand storage capacity
The TS-253A supports online capacity expansion for archiving rapidly-growing data by connecting a QNAP expansion enclosure. With the QNAP scale-up solution, the raw storage capacity can be expanded on demand*, making the TS-253A an ideal file center with large storage capacity for storage-intensive business applications such as video surveillance, data archiving, TV broadcast storage, and more.
With the support of QJBOD Express (JBOD enclosures roaming)**, you can just connect a large capacity QNAP expansion enclosure to the TS-253A, and migrate data to another NAS through the JBOD enclosure without network connectivity.

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Additional SMB-ready features
The TS-253A supports various business applications as an all-in-one Turbo NAS with cost-efficiency.
FTP Server
Web Server
RADIUS
Server
The Turbo NAS supports Web server which allows numerous websites built on the same server conveniently. Administrators can manage up to 32 websites on the single one Turbo NAS with reduced IT cost.
The Turbo NAS supports Surveillance Station to connect and manage multiple IP cameras remotely, including real-time monitoring, video recording, playback, and event notifications.
VPN Server
Printer Server
Surveillance Station


Ordering P/N TS-253A-4G | TS-253A-8G CPU 14 nm Intel® Celeron® N3150 1.6GHz quad-core processor (burst up to 2.08GHz) Floating Point Unit ✔ Hardware Encryption ✔ (AES-NI) GPU 8th generation Intel HD Graphics System memory TS-253A-4G: 4GB (2 x 2GB)
TS-253A-8G: 8GB (2 x 4GB) Memory Expandable Up To 8 GB Total Memory Slots 2, SODIMM DDR3L-1600
(*For dual-DIMM configurations, you must use a pair of identical DDR3L modules.) Flash Memory 512MB Maximum Number of Hard Drive 2 Hard Disk Drive Hot-swappable 3.5" or 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s, SATA 3Gb/s hard drive or SSD LAN Port 2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port USB 4 x USB 3.0 port (Front:1, Rear:3)
Support USB printer, pen drive, and USB UPS etc. Video Output 2 x HDMI, up to 4K 2160P Ultra HD support Audio Input 2 x 6.3mm microphone jacks (dynamic microphones only) Audio Output Line Out Jack (for amplifier or headphone amplifier) LED Indicators Status, USB, HDD 1-2 LCD Panel Mono-LCD display with backlight Buttons System: Power button, USB one-touch-backup button, Reset button IR Receiver ✔, Support QNAP RM-IR002 Remote Control and RM-IR003 Remote Control Other Interface Kensington security slot, console port (system maintenance) Alarm Buzzer System warning Form Factor Tower Dimensions 150(H) x 102(W) x 216(D) mm
5.91(H) x 4.02(W) x 8.5(D) inch Weight Net: 1.74 kg (3.84 lbs)
Gross: 2.92 kg (6.44 lbs) Power Consumption (W) Syetem sleep mode: 1.18W
HDD standby: 8.38W
In operation: 14.43W Temperature 0-40˚C Relative Humidity 5~95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C Power Supply ATX 240W, 110-240V AC, 50-60Hz, 5A Fan 7cm quiet cooling fan (12V DC)
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General

Stock code
IBQ-253A-4G
Brand
Qnap
Series
Desktop NAS
Model
TS-253A-4G
Type
2-Bay, RAID 0/1 (4GB RAM)
UPC
885022009879
ROHS
Y
Date added
19/11/2015

TS-253A-4G Spec Information

Form factor / drive height
150x102x216mm
Platter size
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
Cache
4GB
Guarantee
2yr
Processor
Intel Celeron Braswell N3150 1.6 GHz Quad Core (up to 2.08GHz)
Total Drives
2
RAID
0:1:JBOD:
RAID Levels
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1

TS-253A-4G Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
LANLANExternal2
GraphicsHDMIExternal2
USB3USB3 type A (host)External4
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal2

TS-253A-4G Speed

Speed/RPM
6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)

Physical

Colour
Black
Weight (kg)
2.92kg
Weight (bare)
1.74kg
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8.8

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 9.00

FEATURES rating score 9.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 8.00

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  PROS
designOne of the best NAS devices I have had the chance to test and share this year. The Metal throughout design keeps things very cool, with numerous areas of ventilation and a large rear fan to keep tempratures and operating nice and cool. Also the fan is considerably less noisy than you would expect and once up and running will be easily ignored.
featuresWhere to start on the NAS features and services of this device? A quad Core 4K transcoding CPU with AES-NI high efficiency encryption, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, dual HDMI ports, USB 3.0 ports throughout, 2 gigabit LAN ports to double encryption speeds and even a remote control included. This coupled with 4 Surveillance CCTV IP Camera Licences for free and dual OS in the Linux VM options and all the advantages of QNAP's QTS NAS OS - this has become the NAS to beat!
performanceAgain, one of the ebst performing 2 bay NAS devices I have had my hands on yet and only rivalled by the Synology DS716+ and the previous unit to this, the QNAP TS-253 Pro. Able to perform almost ALL popular NAS tasks in the market today from a Plex Media Server NAS all the way through to multiple VMs (Virtual Machines) installed by an ISO image and even more benefits once you explore the Linux Dual operating system advantages. Use this as a Home NAS, a Business NAS, a Surveillance NAS or a Media NAS - whatever you need, this can do it!
valueCurrently one of the best NAS units available to the home and SMB markets to date. Easily in our SPAN.COM Top 3 NAS of 2016 and once you install a couple of WD Red drives (or ask us too with our free NAS installation service), you will have 3-5 years of NAS support at your finger tips.

  CONS
designMay be less appealing to the Mac / Apple crown who seem to like their kit to be very uniform and will want to seek safety in the Synology DS716+
featuresMay be a little daunting to those with zero/next to no IT experience. Still user friendly but perhaps a pinch more of a learning curve than a Synology unit like the Synology DS216+ NAS
performanceThe only failing really is the fact the CPU is of a lower frequency than it's predecessor, the TS-253 PRO - and this may put some people off. However aside from Plex Media at 1080p and if you want to multitask beyond 4 or 5 taks at a time, you will be better off with the TS-253A with its double RAM, 4K Supports and myriad of connection options.
valueThose in a strict Mac enviornemtn may find the Synology DS716+ a better choice as it syncs much better in a Mac environment - though the hardware is lesser, it is a more Apple friendly interface.

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6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
4GB RAM
Intel Celeron Braswell N3150 1.6 GHz Quad Core (up to 2.08GHz)
2yr Warranty

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4x Free Camera Licenses

Enjoy Surround Sound with QNAP (DTS and Dolby codecs) dts surround dolby surround
You can use HDMI port to connect your NAS to surround sound supporting amplifier. Alternatively you can connect external sound card with 5.1 channel or 7.1 channel compatibility. Find a list of sound cards here.

TS-253A

QTS-Ubuntu Combo NAS: a well-rounded private cloud solution centralizing storage and IoT applications
In response to the coming era of Internet of Things (IoT), the TS-253A innovatively supports the open-source operating system Ubuntu® as a gateway for IoT solutions to other smart devices. The TS-253A allows users to directly utilize various feature-rich Ubuntu apps, enjoying a private cloud combining storage and IoT applications, and professional developers can develop and run IoT applications directly on the TS-253A. The secure, reliable TS-253A is packed with business-critical features such as Volume/LUN Snapshot – allowing files/folders to revert to a previous state in case of any corruption or file-loss. The TS-253A is powered by the latest quad-core Intel® Celeron® processor which allows users to enjoy 4K (H.264) video playback and 1080p/4K video real-time transcoding directly from the TS-253A to an HD/4K display.
  • Supports Ubuntu® OS with direct output via HDMI
  • Dual HDMI output for switching between mirrored and extended desktop options
  • AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption for efficient cryptographic performance up to 224 MB/s
  • Supports 4K hardware decoding and transcodes 4K H.264 videos on-the-fly or offline
  • Quickly find files using a real-time, natural search with Qsirch 2.1
  • NAS and iSCSI-SAN unified storage solution for virtualization
  • Supports VMware®, Citrix®, Microsoft® Hyper-V and advanced virtualization features
  • A hybrid approach to virtualization in one NAS: Virtualization Station & Container Station
  • Build a personal karaoke system with high-quality audio output with the new OceanKTV app
QTS-Ubuntu dual system, geared for the IoT era
The TS-253A’s QTS-Ubuntu dual system is based upon QNAP’s advanced virtualization technologies. The revolutionary architecture of the TS-253A enables users not only to download rich apps from QTS App Center but also to develop or utilize IoT packages for Ubuntu®* and display them using HDMI output. The built-in Ubuntu Software Center provides over 1,000 software packages for developers to choose from. With the TS-253A, you can develop and install various IoT packages on demand and centrally store the data on the TS-253A, benefiting from a secure private storage and development solution. Simply plug in a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor to the TS-253A, and use Ubuntu Station as if you were using a PC. You can also operate Ubuntu Station as a remote desktop via web browser for instant management**.
* Ubuntu Station will be available from QTS 4.2.1. To use Ubuntu Station, you must install the Ubuntu Station App from the App Center
** The remote desktop function does not support remote audio output

Intel® Celeron® N3150 quad-core CPU fulfills multi-tasking efficiency
Powered by the latest 14 nm Intel® Celeron® N3150 quad-core 1.6GHz processor, dual-channel 4/8GB DDR3L-1600 RAM (upgradable to 8GB), 2 Gigabit LAN ports and SATA 6Gb/s, the TS-253A delivers up to 224 MB/s read speed and runs tasks smoothly and quickly. The TS-253A can automatically increase the processor's clock speed from 1.6GHz to 2.08GHz when performing CPU-intensive tasks. The TS-253A features Intel® AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption engine to drive transfer speeds of up to 224 MB/s with AES 256-bit encryption for both full NAS volume and shared folders, boosting system performance & security while ensuring the safety of sensitive business data stored in the TS-253A.

Dual HDMI outputs - Switch between HD Station and Ubuntu desktop
The TS-253A comes with dual HDMI outputs for using two monitors in either a “mirrored” or “extended” desktop configuration. While mirroring displays the same content on both displays, extended desktop mode allows users to display applications over two displays for improved multitasking convenience and productivity.
When displaying content using HDMI outputs, you can use the TS-253A as an amazing multimedia player by using HD Station to enjoy rich apps including Kodi™, HD Player, Plex Home Theater, YouTube™, Spotify®, JRiver, Google Chrome™, Mozilla Firefox®, and more. Alternatively, you can choose to output the Ubuntu desktop to use the TS-253A as a PC.
Note: Ubuntu Station will be available from QTS 4.2.1

Enjoy the best audiovisual experience on TV including a free remote control
QNAP HD Station integrates the powerful Kodi™ media player and web browser. With HDMI connectivity, you can connect the TS-253A to a HDTV or an A/V receiver to enjoy your rich multimedia content and 4K( H.264) videos with the best audiovisual experience. The splendid user interface of Kodi™, 7.1 channel audio passthrough*, and the TS-253A’s powerful real-time transcoding capability facilitate smooth and enhanced playback of 4K videos **. You can even watch YouTube™ videos, surf the web and manage the TS-253A using a web browser with multilingual keyboard input. HD Station supports multi-tasking and user authentication so only authorized users can access the stored data.
The TS-253A includes a QNAP remote control for you to conveniently control HD Station through its built-in IR receiver. You can also turn your mobile devices into remote controls by installing the Qremote app.
*A receiver with HDMI support is required for decoding multi-channel surround sound.
** The quality of video and music delivery can vary according to hardware and network environments.

Superior real-time and offline 4K video transcoding*
Featuring advanced 8th-generation Intel® HD Graphics, the TS-253A supports 4K (H.264) hardware decoding and delivers superior real-time 4K (H.264) and 1080p video transcoding to convert videos to universal formats that can be smoothly played on PCs, mobile devices and Smart TVs. With offline transcoding, even when you can only connect using a low-speed Internet connection, you can still enjoy smooth video playback via File Station, Video Station, and the Qfile mobile app by selecting a pre-rendered lower resolution video. The TS-253A also allows you to set a dedicated folder for automatic video transcoding.

QTS 4.2 – Simple, convenient and efficient
Thanks to the intuitive user interface of QTS, your NAS experience is smarter, smoother and spectacular. Its modern flat design streamlines loading times, and the intelligent desktop allows you to find desired functions quickly, create desktop shortcuts or group shortcuts, monitor important system information on a real-time basis, and open multiple application windows to run multiple tasks concurrently, bringing greater working efficiency. QTS breaks the barriers of devices, platforms and geography to bring optimized cloud experiences to you, and incorporates more advanced features including volume/LUN snapshot, remote connection to public cloud services in File Station, multi-zone multimedia system, and more.

Disaster recovery solutions brings peace of mind
The TS-253A offers various data recovery options. RTRR (Real-Time Remote Replication) supports real time or scheduled data backup to a remote QNAP NAS or FTP server and synchronizes files to a remote folder from a local folder with better backup efficiency. You can enjoy backup versioning to preserve a certain amount of versions, with options of simple versioning to schedule how many versions should be retained and for how long, or smart versioning with a rotation scheme that automatically replaces earlier backup versions. The TS-253A also supports the rsync protocol to back up data to another remote server on a scheduled basis. Data can also be backed up to and restored from a range of cloud storage services, including Amazon® S3, Amazon® Glacier, Microsoft® Azure, ElephantDrive®, Dropbox®, Google Drive™, Google Cloud Storage™, and more.

Restore files with Snapshot
QTS Storage Manager adds an easy-to-use web-based snapshot tool for you to easily backup and restore data on the TS-253A back to any point of time in case you lose any important data. You can take snapshots for both volumes and LUN (up to 256 snapshots per volume or LUN and maximum 1024 snapshots per NAS), efficiently replicate volume/LUN snapshots via Snapshot Replica to remote servers by copying only the changes made, and quickly clone a volume /LUN snapshot as a local volume without interrupting the current system operation. You can even set up the system to automatically take a snapshot of the volume before backup via RTRR/rsync, even when the file is opened.

Qsirch - a smarter, faster way to search
The TS-253A supports Qsirch, a proprietary near real-time search tool for quick file searching. In addition to thumbnail previews, Qsirch now allows you to find and preview Gmail emails that are backed up on the TS-253A. Qsirch even remembers your search history allowing you to quickly navigate to files you've previously searched for. Qsirch is a huge productivity boost that greatly reduces the time spent looking for files on the NAS, allowing you to focus on other tasks. The revamped Qsirch 2.1 adds a Google Chrome Extension that allows you to search for files on your NAS when you use Google Search.
*Qsirch 2.1 will be available from QTS 4.2.1

Datastore for virtualized environments
The TS-253A is also an iSCSI/ IP-SAN storage that supports VMware® and Citrix®, and is compatible with Microsoft® Hyper-V® and Windows Server 2012, benefiting flexible deployment and management in virtualization environments. The TS-253A supports VMware VAAI and Microsoft ODX to increase performance by offloading server loading for ESXi server and Hyper-V respectively, and supports QNAP vSphere Client plug-in and QNAP SMI-S provider with enhanced operational efficiency and management in virtualization applications.

Born for server virtualization
Virtualization Station allows you to host virtual machines (VM) on the TS-253A, and access them via a web browser or VNC. Virtualization Station supports multiple operating systems, fast VM creation, VM backup & restoration, VM import/export, snapshot, and Device Management for centrally managing VM. Virtualization Station uses SDN (Software-defined Networks) and allows the TS-253A and VMs to share the same LAN port. No longer constrained by physical network performance, high-speed Virtual Switches greatly increases data transfer between VMs as well as between VMs and NAS through the internal interface. You can also download VMs on demand from online VM markets and import them to the TS-253A without any complex procedures.
The TS-253A also features the game-changing container technology for server virtualization. QNAP Container Station exclusively integrates LXC and Docker® lightweight virtualization technologies, allowing you to operate multiple isolated Linux® systems on the TS-253A as well as download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry®. Container Station also supports the Online Document app*, which allows you to directly view, edit and store files of various types anytime on your NAS, including Office documents, images and text files.
* Available by end of 2015

Cross-platform file sharing, centralized data storage
The TS-253A supports SMB/CIFS, NFS, and AFP protocols for file sharing across Windows®, Mac®, Linux®/UNIX® networks. Data, logs and ISO images of CDs and DVDs can be centrally stored on the TS-253A and protected by an integrated antivirus solution. The Windows AD® and LDAP services enable system administrators to configure user permissions by using an existing Windows AD server, LDAP server or built-in LDAP service. The TS-253A supports SAMBA v4 and can act as a Windows domain controller to manage privilege settings.

Well-rounded backup solutions to secure data
QNAP NetBak Replicator supports real-time and scheduled data backup on Windows including Outlook email archiving. Apple Time Machine® is also supported to provide Mac® OS X users with a solution to effortlessly back up data to the TS-253A. The front-panel USB 3.0 port of the TS-253A features a one-touch-copy function for you to instantly back up data from external drives to the TS-253A with just one click, or alternatively to back up data from the TS-253A to external drives. A wide range of third-party backup software such as Acronis® True Image and Symantec® Backup Exec are also supported.

Comprehensive security options
In open network environments, business data may be exposed in a potential hack. The TS-253A provides numerous security options, such as encrypted access, IP blocking, and more. IT administrators can also control the access rights of each user to different folders, preventing unauthorized access to important files. The TS-253A supports AES 256-bit encryption, preventing sensitive business data from unauthorized access and breach even if the hard drives or the entire system were stolen.

Secure access with VPN & Proxy Server
The TS-253A can be used as a VPN server with L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN, and PPTP support, allowing you to securely access data shared within the private local network. The TS-253A can also be used as a VPN Client to connect to other VPN servers or virtual private network through for PPTP and OpenVPN for secure data transmission. VPN Client also allows your NAS to connect to multiple servers at the same time*. You can connect your devices to your NAS and the VPN server at home to access data on the LAN; moreover, via VPN Client on your NAS, you can connect to VPN servers in the United States for accessing regionally-restricted services such as Netflix and Hulu in HD Station. The TS-253A provides you with various VPN options and helps secure your data transmission. The TS-253A also supports setting up a proxy server. The Proxy Server Package can configure the cache size, supported transmission protocols, record web pages you browsed and set up a powerful content control system that limits the use of the Internet. Other features include a work log that remembers users’ habits and preferences and SquidClamav anti-virus for proxy servers to ensure connection safety.

File synchronization across multiple devices and clouds
Qsync utility turns your TS-253A into a safe, large-capacity data center for file synchronization. Any file uploaded to the TS-253A will be made available for all linked devices, such as computers, laptops or mobile devices. Qsync is especially useful for frequent travelers to manage files and always have the most up-to-date files on different devices. Qsync now provides more new features— it allows you to synchronize shared folders and create group-shared folders exclusive for your project team; it provides centralized management configuration, helping saving IT administers’ time; it also supports centralized configuration and allows you to remotely erase the Qsync folder on a lost device to avoid data breaches, and even restore it after you have retrieved the device. You can also install the Cloud Drive Sync app from QTS App Center to easily sync files with Google Drive™ and Dropbox® cloud storage.

Enjoy your exclusive karaoke system with OceanKTV
QNAP OceanKTV is the first NAS-based karaoke application on the market allowing you to create a quality karaoke experience at home. The TS-253A offers high-capacity storage for accommodating up to thousands of 1080p karaoke songs . Simply attach your big-screen TV to the TS-253A via HDMI and start singing with OceanKTV. Four UI themes are provided to create the best atmosphere, and with the OceanKTV mobile app you can control the entire experience on your phone or tablet. More than a NAS, the TS-253A is a karaoke machine for singing entertainment. Enjoy alone or with your friends!
Note: OceanKTV will soon be available in QTS 4.2.1.

High-quality audio effect with dual microphones outputs and Line Out function
The TS-253A has two 6.3mm dynamic microphone jacks for connecting up to two dynamic microphones. Compared with the average reception quality of USB microphones, the TS-253A offers a clearer reception quality as it is equipped with a 20-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC). On top of that, the TS-253A has a 24-bit digital to analog converter (DAC) that can send audio signals via the Line Out jack to your amplifier and deliver clearer stereo sound. By offering excellent audio output/input functionalities together with various apps, the TS-253A brings you a fantastic audiovisual experience.

Comprehensive surveillance solution providing 24/7 security
Surveillance Station is a professional network surveillance Video Management System (VMS) that offers a user-friendly management interface, over 3,000 compatible IP camera models, and expandable IP camera channel licenses. It supports real-time monitoring, video & audio recording and playback with a wide range of customizable settings. You can also install the Vmobile app on your iOS® or Android™ devices to manage monitored channels anytime and anywhere to safeguard your office environment, or install the Vcam mobile app to turn your device into a network camera to instantly record to your TS-253A. The TS-253A includes 4 free IP camera channels and you can expand up to 40 channels by purchasing additional licenses.

Install-on-demand apps to extend NAS functionality
The built-in App Center provides various install-on-demand apps developed by QNAP and third-party developers, including tools for backup/sync, business, content management, communications, download, entertainment, and much more. It is also a centralized location for managing & updating installed apps, allowing you to directly update applications once newer versions are released.

Easily expand storage capacity
The TS-253A supports online capacity expansion for archiving rapidly-growing data by connecting a QNAP expansion enclosure. With the QNAP scale-up solution, the raw storage capacity can be expanded on demand*, making the TS-253A an ideal file center with large storage capacity for storage-intensive business applications such as video surveillance, data archiving, TV broadcast storage, and more.
With the support of QJBOD Express (JBOD enclosures roaming)**, you can just connect a large capacity QNAP expansion enclosure to the TS-253A, and migrate data to another NAS through the JBOD enclosure without network connectivity.

Why not see what the NAS community has to say about the QNAP TS-253A on our facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/SPANdotCOM/posts/918940514861397

Additional SMB-ready features
The TS-253A supports various business applications as an all-in-one Turbo NAS with cost-efficiency.
FTP Server
Web Server
RADIUS
Server
The Turbo NAS supports Web server which allows numerous websites built on the same server conveniently. Administrators can manage up to 32 websites on the single one Turbo NAS with reduced IT cost.
The Turbo NAS supports Surveillance Station to connect and manage multiple IP cameras remotely, including real-time monitoring, video recording, playback, and event notifications.
VPN Server
Printer Server
Surveillance Station


Ordering P/N TS-253A-4G | TS-253A-8G
CPU 14 nm Intel® Celeron® N3150 1.6GHz quad-core processor (burst up to 2.08GHz)
Floating Point Unit
Hardware Encryption ✔ (AES-NI)
GPU 8th generation Intel HD Graphics
System memory TS-253A-4G: 4GB (2 x 2GB)
TS-253A-8G: 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Memory Expandable Up To 8 GB
Total Memory Slots 2, SODIMM DDR3L-1600
(*For dual-DIMM configurations, you must use a pair of identical DDR3L modules.)
Flash Memory 512MB
Maximum Number of Hard Drive 2
Hard Disk Drive Hot-swappable 3.5" or 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s, SATA 3Gb/s hard drive or SSD
LAN Port 2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port
USB 4 x USB 3.0 port (Front:1, Rear:3)
Support USB printer, pen drive, and USB UPS etc.
Video Output 2 x HDMI, up to 4K 2160P Ultra HD support
Audio Input 2 x 6.3mm microphone jacks (dynamic microphones only)
Audio Output Line Out Jack (for amplifier or headphone amplifier)
LED Indicators Status, USB, HDD 1-2
LCD Panel Mono-LCD display with backlight
Buttons System: Power button, USB one-touch-backup button, Reset button
IR Receiver ✔, Support QNAP RM-IR002 Remote Control and RM-IR003 Remote Control
Other Interface Kensington security slot, console port (system maintenance)
Alarm Buzzer System warning
Form Factor Tower
Dimensions 150(H) x 102(W) x 216(D) mm
5.91(H) x 4.02(W) x 8.5(D) inch
Weight Net: 1.74 kg (3.84 lbs)
Gross: 2.92 kg (6.44 lbs)
Power Consumption (W) Syetem sleep mode: 1.18W
HDD standby: 8.38W
In operation: 14.43W
Temperature 0-40˚C
Relative Humidity 5~95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C
Power Supply ATX 240W, 110-240V AC, 50-60Hz, 5A
Fan 7cm quiet cooling fan (12V DC)
Spanstor Build And Test
If you buy this Qnap Desktop NAS and hard drives we do free build and test for the unit and hard drives. So you can use this device straight out of the box. All free of charge in TS-253A-4G price.
Same Day and Next Day Delivery available in UK and fast WorldWide delivery for products in stock.
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Specifications

General

Stock code
IBQ-253A-4G
Brand
Qnap
Series
Desktop NAS
Model
TS-253A-4G
Type
2-Bay, RAID 0/1 (4GB RAM)
UPC
885022009879
ROHS
Y
Date added
19/11/2015

TS-253A-4G Spec Information

Form factor / drive height
150x102x216mm
Platter size
3.5"
Platter (alternate)
2.5"
Cache
4GB
Guarantee
2yr
Processor
Intel Celeron Braswell N3150 1.6 GHz Quad Core (up to 2.08GHz)
Total Drives
2
RAID
0:1:JBOD:
RAID Levels
Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1

TS-253A-4G Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
LANLANExternal2
GraphicsHDMIExternal2
USB3USB3 type A (host)External4
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal2

TS-253A-4G Speed

Speed/RPM
6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)

Physical

Colour
Black
Weight (kg)
2.92kg
Weight (bare)
1.74kg
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Qnap Desktop NAS TS 253A 4G reviews


18/01/2017 | Kyle | US Flag |
I am looking to buy the Qnap TS-253A-4G for a surveillance and media center. I have looked for this on Amazon and yours is around $100 less expensive. This there anything different about these products that I am missing? I live in the US, is this still compatible with everything here? What is the shipping cost of this?

Reply from SPAN.COM | 19/01/2017

There should be no difference - if you would like a quote with delivery charges, please email our sales team with your details and they will set a quote up for you.


SPAN.COM tech team
02/01/2017 | Ronny | KW Flag |
hello , i want to buy NAS 2 bay .... just to confirm with you is the best QNAP TS-253A ?

Reply from SPAN.COM | 03/01/2017

The TS-253A is a very good all round unit. Depending on what you need it for this unit makes for a really good media device.
If you would like to contact the Sales team and they will assist you in choosing the right NAS for you.


SPAN.COM tech team
22/11/2016 | | GB Flag |
Customer has rated the product, but left no comment

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11/08/2016 | | JP Flag |
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04/08/2016 | | IN Flag |
awesome deal, worth every penny and packed well

Reply from SPAN.COM | 04/08/2016


thank you for your kind comment!

SPAN.COM tech team
24/06/2016 | | GB Flag |
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07/05/2016 | | GB Flag |
Can only give this 4 stars as I can't get smooth video playback through direct HDMI connection to my Panasonic Viera ET60. The video is always slightly choppy, not unwatchable but not great. When my telly pulls video from the NAS thought it is silky smooth. The nas even stutters on Youtube videos. Basically anything coming to the TV through the QNAP's hdmi is choppy. Has anyone seen this before? Is it something that can be rectified?

Reply from SPAN.COM | 09/05/2016

Hi Richard,


This is unusual - What player are you using? Are you doing other tasks in the back ground as the NAS is playing? Normally the HDMI should be the smoothest and the highest quality.


I am assuming you are using the HDSation? Have you been on the Qnap Forums yet?




SPAN.COM tech team
03/05/2016 | | GB Flag |
Customer has rated the product, but left no comment

Reply from SPAN.COM | 03/05/2016

15/02/2016 | Guest | US Flag |
How do I figure out how much something is for US price

Reply from SPAN.COM | 15/02/2016

Hello,
thanks for enquiry. You will find flag icons on top right corner of the page. 
When clicked, different currency options will be provided. 
It is for guidance only. Cards will be charged GBP at the checkout.


SPAN.COM tech team
09/02/2016 | | GB Flag |
To clear some things up about transcoding. Both devices (j1900 or N3150) has the Intel Quicksync technology. Basically it means that it could use the GPU-core on-board of the CPU. Sadly enough the development-team of Plex is far behind on implementing that technology. The technology was introduced in 2011, for the record. Hundreds of users are complaining on a daily basis on the official Plex-forum about this, so far not a single response by Plex to satisfy their customers. Just a quick benchmark example.


Playing a high-bitrate 1080p movie:
1. - through DSvideo (Qnap's own software that supports Intel Quicksync) , CPU-usage is 9%. Means that you could run 8-9 1080p streams at the same time. And that doesn't fluctuate a lot. DSvideo works together with Media-library. You could built your own library with covers etc as well. Transcoding 4k won't be a issue either. You could run approx 2-3 4K streams at the same time.

2. - Playing the same file through Plex and their transcoding hits the CPU-usage completely. It is between the 40% and 80%. And does fluctuate a lot. Means that you could run only 1-Stream at the same time. Many people has built their own NAS with i7's onboard (FreeNAS OS) just to be able to run multiple streams on the PLEX-server. Which results is a lot of Power-Consumption for a 24/7 system. Which costs year shit-loads of money and it bad for the environment in general. Transcoding 4k through PLEX is not a option at all considering the results with a 1080p-highbitrate movie. If you want a ready-to-go NAS for running a PLEX-server. Then the advice would be to go for a NAS that has at-least a I3-processor on-board. Yet they are 1000-euro's + without drives.


3. There is a third-option that I am running currently on my Qnap-453A 8GB, which similar but better than Plex in handling transcoding. Emby!
- Emby does support Intel Quicksync. Less CPU-usage. Being able to run multiple 1080p or 4K streams at the same time. Fact.
- Emby does have a Android/IOS and TV-app. Fact.
- Emby does have a better community-support in my opinion.
- Emby does have a better and cleaner GUI in my opinion.

I do now want to advertise or bash a certain company. Both has their advantages and disadvantages. But for step-in-NAS-consumers either using Qnap's own Library and Playback system or Emby is a better option. The popularity of Emby is increasing day-by-day. Hopefully Plex and their development-team comes soon with a answer, implement this Intel-Quicksync feature as well.
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09/02/2016 | | GB Flag |
Could You make ts-251+ vs. ts-253a ???

Reply from SPAN.COM | 09/02/2016


Another video in the pipeline - and one that has been requested. I genuinely (and personally) look forward to doing this faceoff as both of these units are in my top 5 of 2015. I'll update you asap

SPAN.COM tech team
25/01/2016 | SRD | US Flag |
I would like to order this for using in US. would I be getting the power cord of US standards or UK standards or both? Can you please clarify. Thanks

Reply from SPAN.COM | 25/01/2016

Thank you for your enquiry. Please email lucas@span.com with your full address, we will make sure you will get the US power cable with it. Do you need any drives to go with the unit?


SPAN.COM tech team
16/01/2016 | clavio.andrew@gmail.com | US Flag |
Looking to get the ts 253a or ts 251+ I will have the unit attached to the tv by hdmi which one would be best to use it with plex home theatre/media server. i want it to also be future proof.

Reply from SPAN.COM | 18/01/2016

Morning Clavio,

The 253a is a very good unit for Plex plus this unit can handle dual OS. If you could reply with your full address and some contact details, I will be able to create a quote for you.

Do you know how much capacity you need? We offer a free build and test.

SPAN.COM tech team
09/01/2016 | patcarton@gmail.com | IE Flag |
hi there , i am going to buy a qnap for my home entertainment use ,after looking at ur videos qnap-ts-253a-4g seems to be the best pick , is the 453a-4g extact same apart from it has 4 bays ? also if i buy a wd 3tb harddrive to put into the machine ,will i need to put same size tb in the other slot so it can backup all thats on the first drive . i am thinking buying the 4 53 if it has all the same capabilities as the 253 . i just want to have the 4 k option because i hav 4k tv , 2 hd ports so i can connect direct to a tv and load all my media and then play anywhere in the house on another device, or if i am away in another place . thanks patrick i have about 4tb at this time so would that mean i need 2 4tb harddrives on a 2 bay

Reply from SPAN.COM | 11/01/2016

Hello, 

the 453a and 253a are pretty much the same, only difference is number of bays and then what is coming with it RAID support, 2 bay support RAID 0 and RAID 1, where 4 bay support RAID 0,1,5 and 6.

We highly recommend to use all drives the same within the unit and setup RAID, if you are thinking about 4 bay unit, best is to get it fully populated, however if you don't have a budget to purchase all 4x drives we recommend to get 2x drives, set it up as RAID 1 and once you purchase more drives you will be able to expand your RAID.

If you have 4TB of data at the moment that you will need at least 2x 4TB drives on 2 bay, but to have it future proof we will recommend to get 6TB drives.

If you wish to get a quote please get back to me with your address and I would be able to take it from there.


SPAN.COM tech team
02/12/2015 | | GB Flag |
Hello. What you recommend to me for video streaming 720p and 1080p resolution for PLEX or other similar APPS; the Synology DS216play or QNAP TS-253A. I'm reading about this two NAS product and they are top on the market for this use. I will appreciate your opinion SPANdotCOM

Reply from SPAN.COM | 04/12/2015


The DS216PLAY is a good NAS, but it is weak in terms of power and transcodes 4K, but struggles in most over ways. Whereas the QNAP TS-253A is a superior NAS in almost everyway, still transcodes 4K and 1080p, has dual HDMI ports supporting both 4K and 1080p, 2 GIGABIT LAN ports and even arrives with a dual Operating system option in QNAP NAS and Ubuntu.... AND it is a fraction easier on the wallet by being noticably cheaper! Click here to buy from SPAN.COM - https://www.span.com/product/Qnap-Desktop-NAS-TS-253A-4G-2-Bay-RAID-0-1-4GB-RAM-~52839 We ship worldwide and currently have a scheduled delivery of this item too! If you want one of the first units in the country,

SPAN.COM tech team
02/12/2015 | | GB Flag |
QNAP TS-253A Is it able to handle H265 HEVC files?

Reply from SPAN.COM | 03/12/2015


One of many that are in production for this Q3 in NAS. Others are the DS216PLAY from Synology, the TS-253A from QNAP and the Synology DS716+. We have videos on all three available on our channel to give you a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, as well as specs and purchasing details with SPAN.COM. The Synology DS716+ is here - https://www.span.com/product/Synology-2-Bay-DiskStation-NAS-DS716-SATA-HD-RAID-0-1~51145 The QNAP TS-253A-4G is here - https://www.span.com/product/Qnap-Desktop-NAS-TS-253A-4G-2-Bay-RAID-0-1-4GB-RAM-~52839 The Synology DS216PLAY is here - https://www.span.com/product/Synology-2-Bay-DiskStation-NAS-DS216play-SATA-HD-RAID-0-1~51092 I've had your attention this far, could you indulge me a little longer? Why not purchase your 4K NAS directly from us. We ship Worldwide and I think you'd be surprised how low we can go with shipping prices. It won't cost you anything to find out. Simply send your name and address (plus of course confirming the device you want) to robbie@span.com or even sales@span.com and they will get back to you within the hour with the best price and shipping (maybe even free) to you. Then at least you have the answer. Let's be honest, you have the guys like Amazon and Ebay to go for, but we are selling a solution, not just a box (I am aware how 'salesman' that sounded, but bear with me). We will tailor the box (RAID, Firmware and all) to your needs, provide after sales technical support and better warranty support than generic online shops. Bottom line, all it will cost you at this stage is an e-mail. If you want to know more about SPAN.com, learn about them here at https://www.span.com/about Last thing, if you are a gambler, 'like' our Facebook page where every month we give away more and more digital storage technology. just like the main page and cover all your bases! Toodle pip!

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02/12/2015 | | GB Flag |
Torn between the TS-251+ and TS-253A I have a large media library of various file formats and I'm looking to build a NAS plex media server. From your reviews of the latest Qnap home NAS boxes, they all seem to have the J1900 or N3150 CPUs. Which cpu is better for a plex sever. All the benchmarks put the J1900 ahead for processing power except for power consumption. I'm not bothered about 4K streaming as its going to be at least a couple of years before that becomes the norm in people's homes. Really useful videos. Keep up the good work!

Reply from SPAN.COM | 03/12/2015

Based on everything you just said, I would recommend the TS-251+ at the best NAS for your needs. By all accounts it has a superior CPU for 1080p and as good as 4K is/is going to be, you say you aren't in a big rush to jump ship! Here is a link to the plex NAS compatibility list (though it is community updated and a little behind the times in terms of release models.) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MfYoJkiwSqCXg8cm5-Ac4oOLPRtCkgUxU0jdj3tmMPc/edit Lastly, I've had your attention this far, could you indulge me a little longer? Why not purchase your QNAP Plex NAS directly from us. We ship Worldwide and I think you'd be surprised how low we can go with shipping prices. It won't cost you anything to find out. Simply send your name and address (plus of course confirming the device you want) to robbie@span.com or even sales@span.com and they will get back to you within the hour with the best price and shipping (maybe even free) to you. Then at least you have the answer. Let's be honest, you have the guys like Amazon and Ebay to go for, but we are selling a solution, not just a box (I am aware how 'salesman' that sounded, but bear with me). We will tailor the box (RAID, Firmware and all) to your needs, provide after sales technical support and better warranty support than generic online shops. Bottom line, all it will cost you at this stage is an e-mail. If you want to know more about SPAN.com, learn about them here at https://www.span.com/about Last thing, if you are a gambler, 'like' our Facebook page where every month we give away more and more digital storage technology.


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24/11/2015 | Enrique Peña | US Flag |
QNAP TS-253A Is it able to handle H265 HEVC files?

Reply from SPAN.COM | 24/11/2015

Good afternoon

We will be receiving units in the TS-X53A range shortly and will be conducting tests on file formats and compatibility for out YouTube Information channel. However in the meantime I can confirm that the CPU in this NAS (The Intel Celeron Braswell N3150 1.6 GHz Quad Core with bursts up to 2.08GHz) does indeed suppport H.265 HEVC. Please find more information below:

 

















































































































1.60 GHz Frequency
2.08 GHz Turbo (1 Core)
2.08 GHz Turbo (All Cores)
4 Cores
No Hyperthreading
No Overclocking ?
2 MB Cache
 
Intel HD Graphics GPU
0.32 GHz GPU frequency
0.64 GHz GPU (Turbo)
3 Max. displays
12 Execution units
Yes h.265 HEVC
 
Braswell Architecture
DDR3L-1600 Memory
2 Memory channels
No ECC
2.0 PCIe version
4 PCIe lanes
 
14nm Technology
FCBGA1170 Socket
6W TDP
 
Yes AES-NI
VT-x, VT-x EPT Virtualization




SPAN.COM tech team
24/11/2015 | | GB Flag |
Hello. What you recommend to me for video streaming 720p and 1080p resolution for PLEX or other similar APPS; the Synology DS216play or QNAP TS-253A. I'm reading about this two NAS product and they are top on the market for this use. I will appreciate your opinion SPANdotCOM

Reply from SPAN.COM | 24/11/2015

The DS216PLAY is a good NAS, but it is weak in terms of power and transcodes 4K, but struggles in most over ways. Whereas the QNAP TS-253A is a superior NAS in almost everyway, still transcodes 4K and 1080p, has dual HDMI ports supporting both 4K and 1080p, 2 GIGABIT LAN ports and even arrives with a dual Operating system option in QNAP NAS and Ubuntu.... AND it is a fraction easier on the wallet by being noticably cheaper! Click here to buy from SPAN.COM - https://www.span.com/product/Qnap-Desktop-NAS-TS-253A-4G-2-Bay-RAID-0-1-4GB-RAM-~52839 We ship worldwide and currently have a scheduled delivery of this item too! If you want one of the first units in the country, order now.


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23/11/2015 | Kris | GB Flag |
4K transcoding aside, how does the TS-253A stack up against the TS-251+? The 251+ seems to have a better processor (though I confess I'm no expert) less RAM, whereas vice-versa for TS253A. Would be good to see a comparison video on these models given they have been released in a relatively short time frame. (I can't even see the TS253A on Qnap's website!) Cheers

Reply from SPAN.COM | 24/11/2015

We most certainly have a video comparsion of the TS-251+ and the TS-253A in the works, and even sooner than that a TS-251 vs TS-251+ video in coming. However on the face of it, the main difference between the QNAP TS-251+ and the QNAP TS-253A are as follows:


The CPU Frequency is indeed higher on the 251+, but the 253A CPU utilises less power and has the provides Dual OS support, AES-NI encryption (the 251+ has AES 256bit encryption) and the 4K Transcoding you mentioned.


Additionally, the newer QNAP TS-253A has additional audio in/out options via multiple ports, Dual HDMI supporting 1080p and 4K.

This is all made available at a small increase in price of around £25-30 between the units.

I hope this helps. If you are considering purchasing the QNAP TS-253A, I would recommend early purchasing as we have some units arriving next friday with us and demand is already quite high. Thank you.




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23/11/2015 | | GB Flag |
Do you know if the remote acts like a proper touchpad mouse... or is it a clickety-click pseudo-mouse?

Reply from SPAN.COM | 23/11/2015

I'm afraid the IR Remote is a somewhat limited and is just like a regular remote controller that you find with a TV/DVD Player - you would require a Bluetooth or radio frequency Controller for that kind of precision control. You can get better IR Remotes though (not from synology), however we recommend that you check with QNAP in advance for compatibility.


SPAN.COM tech team
23/11/2015 | | GB Flag |
Does this support 4K Transcoding and 4K HDMI media support?

Reply from SPAN.COM | 23/11/2015

As replied to in your previous enquiry - It does support 4K NAS Media. Both modes can be used symultaneously and via 2 HDMI ports on the rear of the device. One of the 4K ports also supports 4K Media playback as well as the unit supporting 4K Transcoding. We recommend this NAS as the best NAS for those that require flexible and adaptable NAS solutions.


SPAN.COM tech team
23/11/2015 | werner a | US Flag |
I can't find these new A models on QNAP'S website.

Reply from SPAN.COM | 23/11/2015

Thank you for your enquiry.Based on the requirements you provided on, I would the QNAP TS-453 Pro (click to see the item on our site). Of the 3, it is by far the best choice for long term NAS needs and can easily accomodate 1080p support (upto an including transcoding. Please use the comparison provided below involving specs).


https://www.span.com/compare/46034-51145-46033

However, if 4K is important to your long-term NAS needs, I would recommend the 2-bay 
QNAP TS-253A and 4-bay device, the QNAP TS-453A. It has all the advantages of the PRO units with added dual OS support, Dual HDMI, 4K Transcoding and enhanced AES-NI encryption. We will be one of the first stores worldwide to stock this item and would recommend ordering now to ensure you recieve your unit from the first shipment to us. We provide low cost international shipping and (if purchased with hard drives) can build them into your NAS, upgrade all firmware, build your RAID and have it ready out of the box for you. 

Alternatively, add the item to your basket and purchase online and we will do the rest! Thanks for visiting SPAN.COM.





SPAN.COM tech team
23/11/2015 | werner a | US Flag |
I would like to see you do a comparison between this QNAP TS-253A and the SYNOLOGY DS716+. I have a feeling the edge goes to QNAP because of RAM among other things.

Reply from SPAN.COM | 23/11/2015

The comparison of the QNAP vs Synology will arrive shortly. When we have an answer for you on  the Synology DS716+ vs QNAP TS-253A, we will let you know first!

SPAN.COM tech team
23/11/2015 | werner a | US Flag |
I would like to see you do a comparison between this QNAP TS-253A and the SYNOLOGY DS716+. I have a feeling the edge goes to QNAP because of RAM among other things.

Reply from SPAN.COM | 23/11/2015

This comparison video will be soon released. 


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