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QNAP TS-328 Home NAS Review

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Home storage is pretty easy to find nowadays. What are your needs from your home storage device? Many of us look for reliability and performance at a reasonable price. When someone mentions reliability in storage I personally think of RAID technology which many NAS manufacturers use today. RAID is a Redundant Array of Independent Disks which combines multiple of disks into one volume for data redundancy. This data distribution method was created in 1970s. RAID comes in many levels and RAID 5 is widely used. RAID 5 requires three disks to stripe data across and in the event of a drive failure your data is still safe. The QNAP TS-328 provides exactly that. TS-328 is a three bay, budget-friendly NAS that comes with all of the goodness of QNAP’s QTS(Operating System) and its applications.

Review Sample Provided by: QNAP
Product Name: TS-328
Price at time of review: $ 249.00 USD MSRP
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Packaging

Most of the devices by QNAP come in recyclable boxes and TS-328 is no exception. There isn’t much of technical data mentioned on the shipping box however, QNAP did mention that this is the Most affordable RAID 5 NAS on the market. Our sample version comes with 2GB of DDR4 RAM and there is no possible way to upgrade it in TS-328.

QNAP always tries to be as friendly and appreciative as possible towards its customers. There are multiple resources available to get you up and running in no time. Most of the helpful resources are listed on the internal flap of the shipping box.

The internal packaging of the QNAP TS-328 is very neat. TS-328 itself is placed in the center of the box with sounding accessories on either sides. Accessories include a single Ethernet Cable, Power brick, additional rubber mounts for the hard drive tray, Quick Installation Guide and SSD tray information.

Hardware Specifications

CPU Realtek Quad-core ARM CortexA53 (64-bit), RTD 1296, 1.4GHz
Encryption Acceleration
System Memory 2GB DDR4 RAM (not expandable)
Flash Memory 4GB eMMC
Drive Bay Hot-swappable 3 x 3.5″/2.5″ SATA 6Gb/s HDD/SSDs (bundled one 2.5″ tray base for installing 2.5″ HDD/SSD; additional purchase can be made from QNAP shop)
Gigabit Ethernet Port 2 x RJ45 Gigabit LAN port
USB Port 2 x USB 3.0 (1 x Front); 1 x USB 2.0 (Rear)
Audio speaker, 3.5mm line out jack
LED Indicators Status/Power, LAN, USB, HDD
Buttons Power, USB copy, Reset
Security Slot Kensington security slot
System Warning Buzzer
Dimensions (H x W x D) 142 x 150 x 260.1 mm
5.59 x 5.9 x 10.24 inch
Weight Net weight: 1.64 kg (3.62 lbs)
Gross Weight: 2.69 kg (5.93 lbs)
Operating Temperature & Relative Humidity 0 ~ 40˚C (32˚F ~ 104˚F)
5~95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C (80.6˚F)
Power Consumption (W) HDD standby: 7.24W
In operation: 18.35W
Power Supply Unit External Adapter 65W, 100 – 240 V
Fan 1 x 9 cm smart Fan (12V DC)
Sound Level 16.5 dBA
Package Contents NAS, QIG, 1 x RJ45 ethernet cables, AC adapter

 

Software Specifications

Operating System QTS 4.3.4 (embedded Linux)
Power Management
  1. Wake on LAN
  2. Internal hard drive standby mode
  3. Scheduled power on/off
  4. Automatic power on after power recovery
Supported Client Operating Systems
  1. Apple Mac OS 10.7 or later
  2. Linux and UNIX
  3. Microsoft Windows 7, 8, and 10
  4. Microsoft Windows Server 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016
Storage Management
  1. Storage space utilization monitoring
  2. Flexible volumes and LUNs with thin provisioning and space reclaiming
  3. Disk volume types
    • RAID 0, 1, 5, JBOD, single
Supported Browsers
  1. Apple Safari 7 or later
  2. Google Chrome
  3. Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 or later
  4. Mozilla Firefox
File System
  1. Internal Hard Drive: EXT4
  2. External Hard Drive: EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+
Networking
  1. TCP/IP (IPv4 & IPv6: Dual Stack)*
  2. Service binding based on network interfaces
  3. Squid Proxy server
  4. Proxy client
Qsync
  1. File syncing across multiple devices with SSL secure connection
  2. Selective synchronization for specific folders or subfolders
  3. Team folders as file center for better collaboration
    Note: The maximum number of sync tasks is 32 for x86 devices and 5 for ARM devices.
  4. File sharing through email links
Access Right Management
  1. Batch users creation
  2. Import/Export users
  3. User quota management
  4. Local user access control for CIFS, AFP, FTP, and WebDAV
Web Administration
  1. Smart toolbar and dashboard for system status display
  2. Dynamic DNS (DDNS)
  3. SNMP versions 2 and 3
  4. Resource monitor
Security
  1. Network access protection with auto-blocking: SSH, Telnet, HTTP(S), FTP, CIFS/SMB, AFP
  2. CIFS host access control for shared folders
  3. FIPS 140-2 validated AES 256-bit volume-based and shared folder data encryption*
  4. AES 256-bit external drive encryption
Domain Authentication Integration
  1. Microsoft Active Directory (AD) & Domain Controller support
  2. LDAP server, LDAP client
  3. Domain users login via CIFS/SMB, AFP, FTP, and File Station
Resource Monitor
  1. Monitor NAS system resources including CPU, memory and network.
  2. Monitor NAS storage resources including volumes, RAID, and disk activity.
  3. Monitor the resource usage of NAS applications.
Multilingual Support Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
myQNAPcloud Service
  1. Private cloud storage and sharing
  2. Free hostname registration (DDNS)
  3. Supports myQNAPcloud SSL certificates (DDNS)
  4. Auto router configuration (via UPnP)
Helpdesk
  1. Report issues to the QNAP support team, with automatically-collected system information.
  2. Allows QNAP support engineers to remotely connect to the NAS to fix issues (with user permission).
File Server
  1. File sharing across Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX
  2. Windows ACL
  3. Advanced folder permissions for CIFS/SMB, AFP, FTP
  4. Shared folder aggregation (CIFS/SMB) monitoring & management
FTP Server
  1. FTP over SSL/TLS (Explicit)
  2. FXP support
  3. Passive ftp port range control
Hybrid Backup Sync
  1. Cloud storage backup to Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, Openstack Swift, WebDAV, and HKBN
  2. Cloud storage syncing with Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon Drive, Yandex Disk, Box, hubiC, BackBlaze B2, Amazon S3, and HiDrive
  3. RTRR server & client with bandwidth control
  4. Rsync server with download bandwidth control
Qcontactz
  1. One-way scheduled sync of contacts from multiple Google accounts
  2. Import contacts from file: CSV or vCard 3.0
  3. Export contacts into a file: CSV and vCard 3.0
  4. Find duplicate contacts and merge them
Notes Station 3
  1. Multi-user text editing using the collaborative editor
  2. Table creation using the spreadsheet editor
  3. Online quick preview of multimedia attachments
  4. Smart snapshot for version control
Surveillance Station
  1. Supports over 3,000 IP cameras
  2. Includes 2 free camera licenses, up to 24 camera channels via additional license purchase
  3. Instant playback to check recent events
  4. Online editing to edit cameras during live view
AirPlay & Chromecast Streams videos, photos and music from NAS to Apple TV or Chromecast via File Station, Music Station, Photo Station, Video Station or mobile app (Qfile, Qmusic, Qphoto or Qvideo).
Note: Media Streaming add-on app from the App Center is required
Photo Station
  1. Photo organization by thumbnail, list, timeline, or folder
  2. Virtual and smart albums
  3. Validity control for album sharing
  4. Photo tagging with text, colors, and ratings
File Station
  1. Supports mounting cloud drives (such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft OneDrive for Business, HiDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive, Yandex Disk and Box).
  2. Supports mounting remote shared folders through FTP, WebDAV or Microsoft networking (SMB/CIFS)
  3. Supports opening documents via Office Online, Google Docs or Chrome Extension (Edit Office files in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides)
  4. Supports ISO Mounting (Up to 256 ISO Files)
Transcode Management
  1. Video transcoding (240p, 360p, 480p, 720p and 1080p resolution)
  2. Automatic video transcoding for watched folders
  3. Hardware-accelerated transcoding
  4. Embed subtitles into videos for background transcoding
Qfiling
  1. Auto filing
  2. Recipe function
  3. Archiving through iSCSI, USB, DVD and remote NAS
  4. Advanced settings
Qsirch
  1. Full-text search
  2. Data distribution using a bar chart
  3. Previews for photos, music, videos, PDFs, Gmail, and others
  4. Advanced search operators and search scope
QVPN Service (Integrated VPN Server, VPN Client and L2TP/IPSec VPN Services)
  1. VPN Server: Secure remote access with PPTP、L2TP/IPSec & OpenVPN VPN services
  2. VPN Server: Up to 100 clients.
  3. VPN Server: Supports domain users as VPN users.
  4. VPN Client: Supports PPTP, L2TP/IPSec & OpenVPN VPN protocols.
Download Station
  1. PC-less downloads (BitTorrent, FlashGet, FTP/FTPS, HTTP/HTTPS, QQDL, and Thunder)
    Note:

    • The application supports a maximum of 500 tasks.
    • The maximum number of concurrent downloads is:
    • Other ARM-based NAS devices: 30 (10 BT/PT, 10 HTTP, 10 FTP)
Storage Plug & Connect
  1. Creating and mapping shared folders by QNAP Windows Qfinder Pro
  2. Creation of and connection to iSCSI target/LUN
iTunes Server Audio and video sharing for Windows & Mac iTunes
Container Station
  1. Supports LXC and Docker
  2. Supports CPU/Memory management
  3. Download applications from the built-in Docker Hub Registry
  4. Supports one-click installation, container export/import & console mode
DLNA Server
  1. Supports DLNA/UPnP TVs and players such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  2. Supported audio formats: AIFF, APE, DSD (DSF, DFF), FLAC, M4A, M4A Apple Lossless (ALAC), MP3, OggVorbis, WAV (PCM, LPCM), WMA, WMA PRO, WMA VBR*
  3. Support CUE indexing file for APE, FLAC audio format.
    *DRM-protected content is not supported.
iSCSI (IP SAN)
  1. iSCSI target with multi-LUNs per target (Up to 256 targets/LUNs combined)
  2. Supports LUN mapping & masking
  3. Online LUN capacity expansion
  4. Support for SPC-3 persistent reservation
Video Station
  1. Show photos by thumbnails, list, timeline, or folder view
  2. Supports virtual/smart collections
  3. Tag videos with text, color, and ratings
  4. Share video links to social websites or through email
Print Server
  1. SMax number of printers: 3
  2. Supports Internet Printing Protocol
  3. Print job display and management
  4. IP-based and domain name-based privilege control
App Center Official and community software add-ons such as Signage Station and Notes Station

 

This and additional technical information on TS-328 could be found on QNAP.com

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Alex Lusakhpuryan

Alex has been part of the media scene for about 10 years now. He has formed and operated a nonprofit review company "UMLan" and after its recent closure has joined Modders-Inc. An Sr IT Systems Engineer by day and media reviewer by night, Alex brings his expertise in networking and storage aspect of the technology as well as in overall knowledge of latest technologies.

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