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Need a nice file- and printer server for your home network ?

Friday, 17 April 2009  |  alexander neundorf

Ok, this blog is not really KDE related (well, it makes the network installation of a KDE developer more convenient, so...), but anyway here we go. Main purpose is to get the compatibility information out there, so others can find it.

So, I recently purchased a QNAP TS 109 Pro. This is a small NAS, i.e. basically it is a small Linux server. It has a 500 MHz ARM processor from Marvel, 128 MB RAM and its main purpose is to be used as a NAS. That's what I'm doing. For that, it supports among others NFS, Samba and also a web interface. I'm using it here over NFS from my different Linux machines. Additionally it can also be used as a printer server over Samba. This is also nicely working, both from SUSE 11.1 and Slackware 12.1. Finally we can now print wireless :-)

Some nice points of the device:

  • it's small, roughly the size of an external 5.25" drive
  • it's very silent, no fans at all !
  • in idle mode it consumes only 6W
  • the power-on switch is also an power-off switch (AFAIK e.g. for the NetGear 2150 it is only a power-on switch)

I'm using it with hardware which is not on the official compatibility list at QNAP, but it seems to work flawlessly. So, the harddisk is a Samsung HD322HJ 320 GB Spinpoint F1. No problems until now, also very silent. The printer is a HP DeskJet 5151, connected via USB to the QNAP and exported via Samba. An additional note: the HP5151 is AFAIK the same as the HP DeskJet 5150, just in different colors.

I just did a quick benchmark, reading 261 MB of data and piping it into /dev/null took 28.3 s, gives 9.2 MB/s. I guess this is not too far away from the maximum one can get over a 100 MBit ethernet cable. And it's more than you can get over WLAN anyway.

So, all in all, a nice, silent and small device :-)

The TS 109 II has more RAM, but I think I don't need that. The "Pro" versions of the TS 109 and TS 109 II support NFS (that's what I'm using), the versions without "Pro" AFAIK don't.


P.S. one bad point: for setting it up they ship a Windows-only software, so I had to do this on somebodys else PC. AFAIK there is also a Linux-only way to set it up initially, but I didn't feel like doing this since it seemed slightly complicated.