QNAP TS-253B 2-Bay NAS Enclosure (4GB RAM)

QNAP TS-253B 2-Bay NAS Enclosure (4GB RAM)

QNAP TS-253B 2-Bay NAS Enclosure (4GB RAM)

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Product Highlights

  • 2 x 3.5"/2.5" SATA HDD/SSD Bays
  • 1.5GHz Intel Celeron J3455 Quad-Core CPU
  • AES-NI Encryption Acceleration
  • 4GB of DDR3L RAM
  • 5 x USB 3.0 Type-A ports
  • PCIe 2.0 x2 Slot
  • Up to 225 MB/s Reading & Writing Speed
  • 4K Video Playback
  • 4K H.264 Real-Time Video Transcoding
  • QTS 4.3 Embedded Linux Operating System
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QNAP TS-253B-4G Overview

  • 1Description

The TS-253B 2-Bay NAS Enclosure from QNAP is designed to be used for backup, synchronization, remote access, and serving home entertainment. Its two drive bays support 3.5" and 2.5" SATA III (6 Gb/s) hard drives and SSDs. Many free apps are available for download from the App Center, including Notes Station 3, Qsirch, Qfiling, QmailAgent, and Qcontactz.

The TS-253B runs the QTS 4.3 operating system, a browser-based operating system which helps to simplify managing your QNAP NAS. Its CPU is a quad-core 1.5 GHz Intel Celeron J3455, and its 4GB of DDR3L RAM allows frequently used files and applications to be quickly accessed. The NAS offers maximum read and write speeds of 225 MB/s with AES-NI encryption acceleration.

Five USB 3.0 Type-A ports and one Type-C port allow the enclosure to be connected to your Windows, Mac, or Linux/UNIX system. Network connectivity is achieved via two integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports, with link aggregation to increase the total data transmission potential. Failover and dual IP are also supported to ensure continuous system operations, and data may also be made remotely available through the free iOS and Android applications.

The TS-253B is engineered for quiet operation, generating 16.7 dBA at low speeds. It operates on 100-240 VAC power and includes two Ethernet cables, six flathead screws for 2.5" HDD drives, an AC power adapter, and a power cord.

General Features

Quad-Core Processor Delivers High Performance
Equipped with an Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, 4GB DDR3L RAM, dual Gigabit LAN ports, and SATA 6Gb/s, the TS-253B is a high-performance NAS for home and workgroups, providing performance of up to 225 MB/s read & write speeds. The TS-253B's enhanced hardware-based encryption and decryption engine provides transfer speeds of up to 225 MB/s with AES 256-bit full NAS volume encryption, boosting system performance & security while helping to ensure the safety of sensitive personal data stored in the NAS.
QTS - Simple and Efficient
The intuitive user interface of the QTS operating system makes your NAS experience smarter and smoother. Its modern flat design streamlines loading times, while 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.
PCIe Expansion
Supporting PCIe expansion, the TS-253B provides flexibility in extending NAS functionality and potential applications. You can install a QNAP QM2 PCIe card to provide the TS-253B with M.2 SSD and 10GbE connectivity, use the TS-253B as a wireless access point by installing a compatible wireless network card, or boost the USB connectivity of the TS-253B by installing a USB 3.1 10Gbps card.

The QM2 expansion card allows users to easily set up SSD caching or to enable Qtier auto-tiering technology to optimize NAS performance. 10GbE-compatible cards can also future-proof the TS-253B for use with 10GbE networks. Equipped with a dedicated cooling module, the QM2 can maintain its high performance even when tasked with the highest workloads. Select models with 10GbE connectivity are backward-compatible with 5GbE, 2.5GbE, 1GbE, and 100MbE networks.
USB-C QuickAccess
The TS-253B features a USB Type-C QuickAccess port that allows you to complete the first-time installation and setup of your TS-253B without requiring network connectivity. The files and data stored on the TS-253B can also be directly accessed by using Qfinder Pro and a USB Type-C cable (available separately). You can also assign access rights to users for different folders to prevent unauthorized access to important files. Qfinder Pro and USB QuickAccess support Windows 8.0 (and later) and Mac OS X 10.7 (and later). Other versions may require driver installation.
OLED Panel with Capacitive Touch Buttons
The TS-253B's design incorporates a sliding cover. The tool-less 3.5" hard drive installation makes it easier for you to set up and maintain the TS-253B. The OLED front panel displays system information such as temperatures and fan speed, and the capacity of hard drives, volumes, and LUN, allowing you to quickly view the overall system status. Dust-proof capacitive touch buttons allow you to easily wake up the screen, change network IP settings and host password, or even restart and shut down the system.
4K HDMI Output
Featuring 9th-generation Intel HD Graphics, the TS-253B supports 4K (H.264) hardware decoding and delivers real-time 4K (H.264) and 1080p video transcoding to convert videos to universal formats that can be smoothly played on multiple devices. QNAP Linux Station is integrated with Ubuntu OS, allowing users to download and install versatile multimedia apps from Ubuntu Software Center, such as Plex Media Server, KMPlayer, LibreOffice, and VLC. QNAP's HD Station also allows users to directly enjoy multimedia using HD Player or third-party players such as Plex Home Theater. By connecting the TS-253B to an HDTV or A/V receiver with HDMI output, you can enjoy watching videos with up to 4K resolution. Beyond multimedia applications, the TS-253B has dual HDMI outputs that allow using the NAS as a workstation with "duplicated" or "extended" desktop configurations. An IR remote control is included.
IFTTT (If This Then That) is a web automation service that enables you to create a near-unlimited number of NAS-related applets on the IFTTT website to boost your productivity. For example, if you set a trigger as "Any new photo (using Android Photos service)" and the action as "Download the URL to QNAP NAS (using QNAP service)," then all the photos taken using your Android device will be automatically downloaded to the TS-253B.
QmailAgent is an online email client that helps you manage multiple email accounts, allowing you to access all of your emails and to easily switch between different accounts. It provides complete functionality for composing, reading, and organizing emails. You can even attach files, photos, and documents from the TS-253B when composing emails. iOS and Android users can use the QmailClient app to quickly check multiple email accounts with mobile devices, and to browse & send emails using the QmailAgent on their TS-253B. You can use QmailAgent together with Qsirch, which supports searching through the .eml files stored on the TS-253B, to make searching through and managing massive amounts of emails much easier.
Qcontactz with the high-capacity TS-253B helps you centrally store and manage contact information for colleagues, business partners, families, and friends. Other features include importing from Google accounts, importing/exporting CSV or vCARD 3.0 files, automatic identification of frequently used contacts, encryption for sensitive/confidential contact information, smart searching, and more. Qcontactz offers snapshot backups that enable you to revert to a previous version of your contacts list according to your needs. A companion app for Android phones and iPhone is also available for easy access to contacts. Qcontactz can be used with QmailAgent to create email workflow environments, as well as with Qsirch to find specific contacts when needed.
Qfiling helps automate file organization for sorting files spread through multiple folders, helping to reduce the time needed for finding important files. You can categorize files and determine filing conditions, and schedule filing tasks to be carried out periodically. The Recipe feature allows you to save frequently-used filing conditions as an "exclusive recipe" so that the next Qfiling task can be run with just one click using the recipe.
Backup Solutions to Secure Data
The TS-253B is a comprehensive centralized backup center for multiple files. You can use QNAP NetBak Replicator to back up files on Windows to the TS-253B, or use Time Machine for Mac data backup. A wide range of third-party backup software (such as Acronis True Image and Symantec Backup Exec) is also supported to facilitate system backup and restoration.
Disaster Recovery Solutions
Hybrid Backup Sync consolidates backup, restoration, and synchronization functions (using RTRR, rsync, FTP, CIFS/SMB) into a single app for easily transferring data to local, remote, and cloud storage spaces as a comprehensive data storage and disaster recovery plan. Supported cloud services include Amazon Glacier, Azure Storage, Google Cloud Storage, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Amazon Drive, Yandex Disk, Box, and Amazon S3 / OpenStack Swift / WebDAV compatible services. Hybrid Backup Sync supports multi-version backup, flexible job scheduling, file compression to save storage space, and more.
Comprehensive Security Options
In open network environments, business data may be exposed in a potential hack. The TS-253B provides numerous security options, such as encrypted access, IP blocking, 2-step verification, and more. The TS-253B 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.
Manage Your Files via the Internet
File Station brings conventional desktop-style file operations to web browsers, allowing you to upload, download, and manage files on your TS-253B wherever there is an Internet connection. Supporting file extraction, folder creation, and smart search for files and folders, File Station also allows you to easily share files via unique URLs protected with reliable security features, SSL, and password options. You can even directly browse and transfer files between the TS-253B and public cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Box, Yandex Disk, and Amazon Drive, open office files directly with a Google Chrome office extension, and also view your files on Google Docs or Office Online.
Virtualization Station and Containerized Applications
Virtualization Station allows you to host virtual machines (VM) on the TS-253B 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 VMs. Virtualization Station allows the TS-253B, VMs, and containers to share the same LAN port. No longer constrained by physical network performance, high-speed virtual switches greatly increase data transfer between VMs, containers, and NAS through the internal interface.

The TS-253B also features Container Station, which exclusively integrates LXC and Docker lightweight virtualization technologies, allowing you to operate multiple isolated Linux systems on the TS-253B, as well as download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry. Containers Station also supports the QIoT Containers platform that helps quickly structure your IoT environment and deployment on your private IoT cloud.
QTS-Linux Dual Systems
The TS-253B's QTS-Linux dual systems are based on QNAP's virtualization technologies. The architecture of the TS-253B enables you to not only download rich apps from QTS App Center but also to develop or utilize IoT packages for Linux and display them using HDMI output. With the TS-253B, you can develop and install various IoT packages on demand and centrally store the data on the TS-253B, benefiting from a secure private storage and development solution.
Datastore for Virtualized Environments
The TS-253B is an iSCSI/ IP-SAN storage that supports VMware and Citrix, and is compatible with Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 R2, fulfilling the need for flexible deployment and management in virtualization environments. The TS-253B 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.
VPN & Proxy Server Secure Access
QVPN combines VPN server and VPN client functionality. Through QVPN, the TS-253B 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-253B can also be used as a VPN Client to connect to other VPN servers or virtual private network through 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 and via VPN Client on your NAS. You can also connect to international VPN servers for accessing regionally restricted services such as Netflix and Hulu in HD Station. The TS-253B provides you with various VPN options and helps secure your data transmission.
Private Cloud
In contrast to the limited storage space of public cloud services and the security concerns associated with them, the large-capacity private cloud established by the TS-253B gives you full control over how your data is used and transmitted. The myQNAPcloud service allows remote access to files stored on the TS-253B, allowing you to play & share multimedia from the TS-253B or to conveniently check the system status from almost anywhere.
File Synchronization Across Multiple Devices
The TS-253B supports SMB, NFS, and AFP, allowing you to quickly share files to Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX devices. Qsync turns your TS-253B into a safe, high-capacity data center for file synchronization. Any file uploaded to the TS-253B can be made available for all linked devices, such as computers, laptops, or mobile devices. Qsync is especially useful for frequent travelers who need to manage files and always have the most up-to-date files on different devices. Qsync provides multiple ways for file synchronization and group file sharing, greatly enhancing the flexibility of team projects and collaboration. The SDXC card slot makes it easier to directly access and back up stored files, and the exFAT driver (available separately) provides compatibility with faster SD cards.
Comprehensive Surveillance Solution
Surveillance Station is a professional network surveillance Video Management System (VMS) that offers a user-friendly management interface, over 3000 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 the monitored channels anytime and anywhere, or install the Vcam mobile app to turn your device into a network camera to instantly record to your TS-253B. The TS-253B offers four free IP camera channels, and you can expand up to 40 channels by purchasing additional licenses.
QVR Pro-Surveillance Solution
The TS-253B supports QVR Pro (Beta) that integrates QNAP's professional QVR system into the QTS operating system. You can arrange a dedicated, independent storage space for surveillance data on the NAS and leverage the advantages of scalability and storage manageability from QTS. QVR Pro features a flexible monitoring interface that allows adjusting the proportion and monitor view of IP cameras, supports an upgraded timeline feature that provides instant video search and quick view identification in live monitoring mode, and allows for monitoring views and playing back images without switching between windows. Additional functions like batch-adding & -editing cameras and searching for cameras across different LANs further reduce the money and time costs of deploying and maintaining a complete surveillance system. With the QUSBCam2 App, you can use a USB camera as an ONVIF network camera. Simply connect it to your TS-253B, and you can view real-time images without installing any software. Through QVR Pro, you can even store recordings for playback, allowing you to build a surveillance system with minimum budget.
Expandable Storage Capacity
The TS-253B's storage capacity can be increased not only by attaching a QNAP expansion enclosure to it, but also by using VJBOD. With VJBOD, the storage capacity of up to eight other QNAP NAS systems can be used as virtual disks that can be mounted as local disks on the TS-253B for shares, applications, or even creating another LUN. You can use the QTS Storage Manager to easily handle NAS capacity expansion and storage expansion enclosure management. With the support of QJBOD Express (JBOD enclosures roaming), you can migrate data to another QNAP NAS through a JBOD enclosure without network connectivity. The remote QNAP NAS must support iSCSI and Storage Pools and use QTS 4.2.1 (or newer).
Photo Station
Photo Station makes photo sharing simple and lets you designate your own access right controls. Simply upload your photos to the TS-253B to create & organize your photo albums through a web browser, and share with your family and friends through social networking sites such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest. With the Qfile and Qphoto mobile apps (for iOS and Android), you can also instantly upload your new photos from your mobile device to the TS-253B.
Music Station
Music Station helps categorize your music collection and displays album covers to easily organize your personal playlists. Through the Music Station web player, you can enjoy your music virtually anytime and anywhere with a few clicks. Thousands of local and global online Internet radio programs are also built-into the Music Station for you to enjoy.
  • Stream via AirPlay and DLNA for music throughout your home.
  • Listen to your favorite songs streamed from iTunes Server or play music via web browsers on your PC.
  • Listen to your music on mobile devices using the Qmusic app.
  • 24/7 Download Center
    The TS-253B is also a download center for high-speed BT, Magnet, PT (Private Trackers), FTP/FTPS, and HTTP/HTTPS downloads, and supports loading RSS feeds. After you have finished setting your download tasks, you can turn off your computer and the TS-253B will silently finish downloading them. By installing the Qget app in your mobile devices, you can easily search download sources, download contents to the NAS, and manage download tasks on mobile devices from anywhere.
    Access and Enjoy with Tablets and Smartphones
    The TS-253B is your private cloud storage that virtually enlarges the capacity of your mobile devices. Qfile allows you to access, upload, download, manage, and share NAS files as if you are carrying all of them in your pocket. If Qfile is installed on an iOS device, users can also browse videos & photos stored on the TS-253B and play via Apple TV. Qmanager lets you monitor & manage the TS-253B remotely and efficiently without turning on your PC. You can take and share digital notes with Qnotes, and enjoy and share music, photos, and videos on the TS-253B anywhere and anytime with Qmusic, Qphoto, and Qvideo apps.
    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, adding potentially limitless opportunities for the TS-253B.
    Energy-Saving Design
    The TS-253B offers energy-saving features such as hard disk standby, scheduled power on/off, and Wake-on-LAN.
    NAS Management Tools
    Resource Monitor
    The NAS lets you easily monitor CPU, memory, disk, and network bandwidth usage, as well as currently-running apps and services.

    Administrators can turn on the NAS via LAN to save energy and improve security.

    Scheduled Power On/Off
    Administrators can flexibly set up the time of powering on/off the Turbo NAS.

    The Turbo NAS supports HDD S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology), which monitors the hard drive status, and sends out email notifications for administrators to take action.

    Comprehensive Event Logs
    The NAS supports Syslog server that collects logs from various connected devices over the Internet and saves the data, enabling centralized log management with greater efficiency.
    In the Box
    QNAP TS-253B 2-Bay NAS Enclosure (4GB RAM)
  • 65W Power Adapter for 2/4-Bay NAS Systems
  • 2 x Ethernet Cable
  • Power Cord
  • 6 x Flat-Head Screws for 2.5" HDD
  • IR Remote Control
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    QNAP TS-253B-4G Specs

    Hardware Specifications
    CPU 1.5 GHz Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core, up to 2.3 GHz
    System Memory 2 x 2 GB, DDR3L slots
    8 GB maximum
    Total Memory Slots 2 x DDR3L SODIMM slots

    For dual-DIMM configuration, a pair of identical DDR3L modules must be used.

    Drive Interface 2 x 3.5"/2.5" SATA 6 Gb/s HDD/SSD, hot-swappable
    USB 5 x USB 3.0 Type-A ports
    USB Type-C, QuickAccess
    LAN Port 2 x Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
    Optional 10 Gb Lan port via PCIe expansion card
    PCIe Slot 1 x PCIe 2.0 x2
    HDMI Port 2 x HDMI 1.4b, up to 3840 x 2160, 30 Hz
    Audio 2 x 3.5 mm jack, microphone input
    1 x 3.5 mm jack, speaker line output
    Display 0.96" monochrome OLED
    LED Indicators Status/power, LAN, USB, drives, SD card, USB QuickAccess
    Buttons Power, USB copy, Reset, Capacitive touch buttons (select, enter)
    Card Reader SDXC
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Relative Humidity 5-95% RH non-condensing
    Wet Bulb: 80.6°F (27°C)
    Power Supply 65 W AC adapter, 100-240 V
    Power Consumption HDD Sleep: 13.07 W
    Typical Operation: 20.42 W
    Sound Level Operating Low Speed: 16.7 dBA
    Security Design Kensington security slot
    Fan 1 x 7 cm
    Dimensions 8.90 x 6.61 x 4.13" (22.6 x 16.8 x 10.5 cm)
    Weight 3.66 lb (1.66 kg)
    Software Specifications
    Operating System QTS 4.3 (embedded Linux)
    Client OS Support Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2003/2008 R2/2012/2012R2
    Apple Mac OS 10.7+
    Linux & UNIX
    Supported Browsers Microsoft Internet Explorer 10+
    Google Chrome
    Apple Safari 7+
    Mozilla Firefox
    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
    File System Internal Hard Drive: EXT4
    External Hard Drive: EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+, exFAT (available separately from AppCenter)
    Networking TCP/IP (IPv4 & IPv6: Dual Stack)
    Jumbo frame (failover, multi-IP settings, port trunking/NIC teaming)
    DHCP client, DHCP server
    USB Wi-Fi adapter support
    Virtual Switch:
  • Supports editing the Virtual Switches in Virtualization station
  • Supports combining virtual machines and containers to the same Virtual Switch
  • Supports NAT (Network Address Translation)
  • Supports STP (Spanning Tree Protocol)

  • USB QuickAccess
    WirelessAP Station
    VPN Server Secure remote access with PPTP, L2TP/IPSec & OpenVPN VPN services
    Up to 100 clients
    Supports domain users as VPN user
    VPN Client Supports PPTP, L2TP/IPSec & OpenVPN VPN protocols
    Supports importing .ovpn files to create OpenVPN connection
    iSCSI (IP SAN) iSCSI target with multi-LUNs per target (Up to 256 targets/LUNs combined)
    Supports LUN mapping & masking
    Online LUN capacity expansion
    Support for SPC-3 persistent reservation
    Supports MPIO & MC/S
    iSCSI LUN backup, one-time snapshot, and restoration
    iSCSI connection and management by QNAP Windows Qfinder
    Virtual disk drive (via iSCSI initiator)
    Stack chaining master
    Up to 8 virtual disk drives
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.3 x 10.9 x 8.1"

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