QNAP TS-431X 4-Bay NAS Enclosure (8GB)

QNAP TS-431X 4-Bay NAS Enclosure (8GB)

QNAP TS-431X 4-Bay NAS Enclosure (8GB)

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QNAP TS-431X 4-Bay NAS Enclosure (8GB)

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Product Highlights

  • 4 x 3.5"/2.5" SATA III Drive Bays
  • 1.7 GHz Cortex A15 Dual-Core CPU
  • AES 256-Bit Volume Encryption
  • 8GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 2 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • 10 Gigabit SFP+ Port
  • 3 x USB 3.0 Type-A Ports
  • Up to 956 MB/s Throughput
  • Up to 312 MB/s Encrypted Speeds
  • QTS 4.3 Embedded Linux Operating System
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QNAP TS-431X-8G overview

  • 1Description

The TS-431X 4-Bay NAS Enclosure from QNAP is designed to be used for backup, synchronization, remote access, and home entertainment. Its four drive bays support 3.5" and 2.5" SATA III (6 Gb/s) hard drives and SSDs. Many apps are available for free download from the App Center, including Notes Station, QmailAgent, and Qcontactz.

The TS-431X runs the QTS 4.3 operating system, a browser-based operating system which helps to simplify managing your QNAP NAS. Its CPU is a dual-core 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex A15 fabricated by Annapurna Labs, and its 8GB of DDR3 RAM allows frequently used files and applications to be quickly accessed. The NAS delivers up to 956 MB/s throughput, as well as encryption speeds of up to 312 MB/s with AES 256-bit full NAS volume encryption.

Three USB 3.0 Type-A ports allow the enclosure to be connected to your Windows, Mac, or Linux/UNIX system. Network connectivity is achieved via one 10GbE SFP+ port and 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-431X is engineered for quiet operation, generating 19.5 dBA at low speeds. It includes two Ethernet cables, flathead screws for 3.5" and 2.5" drives, a power adapter, and a power cord.

General Features

Dual-Core Processor Delivers High Performance
Equipped with an Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-212 dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15 processor and 8GB DDR3 RAM , the TS-431X provides performance of up to 956 MB/s throughput. The TS-431X's enhanced hardware-based encryption and decryption engine provides transfer speeds of up 312 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.
SSD Cache Acceleration
The TS-431X supports SSD caching to greatly boost the IOPS performance of storage volumes to increase operational efficiency. It is perfect for improving the overall workflow of IOPS-demanding applications and allows the best of both cost and performance by combining SSDs with HDDs.
Besides using expansion enclosures, there is an additional option to expand NAS storage capacity. QNAP VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) is network-based JBOD, allowing you to expand the storage of a QNAP NAS with multiple QNAP NAS units. The TS-431X offers great potential for economically expanding the storage of other QNAP NAS with VJBOD, and to create virtual storage pools and volumes on virtual disks for operating NAS services.

Note: The remote QNAP NAS must support iSCSI and Storage Pools and use QTS 4.2.1 (or newer).
QTS 4.3 - Simple and Efficient
The intuitive user interface of QTS 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.
High Efficiency with Dual LAN Support
The TS-431X supports multiple port-trunking modes, enabling administrators to set up link aggregation to help increase total data transmission potential. Failover and dual IP are also supported to help ensure continuous system operations. The 10GbE SFP+ port allows the TS-431X to fully support 10GbE high-speed networks capable of delivering lightning-fast throughput for businesses that demand higher bandwidth for virtualization and fast backup & restoration for an ever-growing amount of data.
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-431X 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-431X. You can use QmailAgent together with Qsirch, which supports searching through the .eml files stored on the TS-431X, to make searching through and managing massive numbers of emails much easier.
Qcontactz with the high-capacity TS-431X 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 also be used with QmailAgent to create email workflow environments, as well as with Qsirch to find specific contacts when needed.
The TS-431X supports Qsirch, a proprietary search engine for quickly finding files. In addition to previewing files with thumbnails, content abstract, and keyword hints, Qsirch allows you to search through .eml files stored on the TS-431X and to use customized search criteria such as date, size, sender, and recipient. Qsirch even remembers your search history allowing you to quickly navigate to files you've previously searched for. The Qsirch Helper extension (for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) can also be used to search for files on your NAS when using Google Search. Qsirch provides a huge productivity boost by greatly reducing the time spent looking for files on the NAS.
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.
Qsync utility turns your TS-431X into a safe, high-capacity data center for file synchronization. Any file uploaded to the TS-431X will be made available for all linked devices, such as computers, laptops, or mobile devices. It 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.
Notes Station
Notes Station helps organize notes for your personal and working life. You can easily edit text, insert images/files from the NAS, fine-tune images with the image-editing tool, create sharing links to share notes, backup/restore your notes with snapshots, and ensure privacy with password protection and encryption. You can also invite people to collaborate on notes for greater teamwork. Notes Station provides a safe and convenient way of taking notes that are fully under your control on your TS-431X's private cloud.
Backup Solutions to Secure Data
The TS-431X is a comprehensive centralized backup center for multiple files. You can 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, and 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-431X provides numerous security options, such as antivirus, encrypted access, IP blocking, two-step verification, and more. IT administrators can also control the access rights of each user to different folders, preventing unauthorized access to important files. The TS-431X 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. Windows AD server, LDAP server, and built-in LDAP service are also supported.
Cross-Platform File Sharing, Centralized Data Storage
The TS-431X centrally stores data, logs, and various files, and supports SMB/CIFS, NFS, and AFP protocols for file sharing across Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX networks. Coupled with Qsync – a utility that turns a QNAP NAS into a safe, high-capacity data center for file synchronization – any file uploaded to the TS-431X will be made available for all linked devices, such as computers, laptops, or mobile devices. You can sync shared folders and team folders for group file sharing, greatly enhancing the flexibility of team projects and collaboration.
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-431X 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-431X 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.
Container Station
QNAP Container Station exclusively integrates LXC and Docker lightweight virtualization technologies, allowing you to operate multiple isolated Linux systems on the TS-431X as well as download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry for unlimited containerized applications. Moreover, Container Station supports the QIoT Containers platform that helps quickly structure your IoT environment and deployment on your private IoT cloud, boosting microservices and modernizing legacy applications.
VPN Server & Client Secure Access
The QVPN app integrates settings for VPN server and VPN client, and allows the TS-431X to be used as a VPN server with L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN, and PPTP support, allowing you to securely access data shared within private local networks. It can also be used as a VPN Client to connect to other VPN servers (connecting multiple servers at the same time is possible) or virtual private networks through PPTP and OpenVPN for secure data transmission. You can connect devices to your NAS and the VPN server at home to access data on the LAN. Via VPN Client on your NAS, for example, you can connect to VPN servers in foreign countries for accessing regionally restricted services.
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-431X gives you full control over how your data is used and transmitted. The myQNAPcloud service allows remote access to files stored on the TS-431X, allowing you to play & share multimedia from the TS-431X or to conveniently check the system status from almost anywhere.
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 use iOS or Android Vmobile app to manage the 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-431X. The TS-431X offers two free IP camera channels and you can expand up to 30 channels by purchasing additional licenses.
Expandable NAS Capacity with VJBOD
Besides using physical storage expansion enclosures, there is an additional option to expand NAS storage capacity. QNAP VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) is network-based JBOD, allowing you to expand the storage of a QNAP NAS with multiple QNAP NAS units. The TS-431X supports VJBOD to economically expand the storage capacity of other QNAP NAS with its unused storage, and you can simply create virtual storage pools and volumes on the virtual disks for operating NAS services.

Note: The remote QNAP NAS must support iSCSI and Storage Pools and use QTS 4.2.1 (or later).
Photo Station
Photo Station makes photo sharing simple, and lets you designate your own access right controls. Simply upload your photos to the TS-431X 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-431X.
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.
  • Multi-Zone Multimedia Control
    Use your TS-431X as a multi-zone multimedia system to fill every corner of your house with your choice of media. You can centrally manage and stream photos, music, and videos from the TS-431X to different rooms from a single device using Bluetooth & USB devices connected to the TS-431X (music streaming only), DLNA, Apple TV, and Chromecast. Every room member in different zones can enjoy the convenience and simplicity for media playback and multimedia storage.
    24/7 Download Center
    The TS-431X 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-431X 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-431X 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-431X and play via Apple TV. Qmanager lets you monitor & manage the TS-431X remotely and efficiently without turning on your PC. You can and enjoy and share music, photos, and videos on the TS-431X 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-431X.
    Energy-Saving Design
    The TS-431X features an energy-efficient dual-core ARM processor that maintains high performance in system operations and is suitable for an always-online personal cloud without running up a high electricity bill. Additional energy-saving features include hard disk standby, scheduled power on/off, and Wake-on-LAN.
    Should you encounter technical problems or have suggestions for improving QNAP products, you can directly contact QNAP's support staff using the Helpdesk app. This app allows you to directly send feedback, questions, and technical support requests to the support team. Helpdesk features remote support, allowing the support team to help you quickly resolve issues by remotely connecting to your NAS over a secure 256-bit SSL encrypted connection. Helpdesk also provides a range of online resources, including online tutorials, frequently asked questions, compatibility lists, and the QNAP Helpdesk Knowledgebase. Whether you are a new or experienced NAS user, you can quickly find answers to your questions by browsing through these resources.
    In the Box
    QNAP TS-431X 4-Bay NAS Enclosure (8GB)
  • 2 x Ethernet Cables
  • 16 x Flathead Screws for 3.5" HDDs
  • 12 x Flathead Screws for 2.5" HDDs
  • Power Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    QNAP TS-431X-8G specs

    Hardware Specifications
    CPU 1.7 GHz Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-212 Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A15
    System Memory 8 GB of DDR3 RAM
    Total Memory Slots 1 x SODIMM, maximum 8 GB
    Flash Memory 512 MB of NAND Flash
    Drive Interface 4 x 3.5"/2.5" SATA 6 Gb/s HDD or SSDs, hot-swappable
    USB 3 x USB 3.0 Type-A ports (1 x front, 2 x rear)
    LAN Port 2 x Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
    1 x 10 Gigabit SFP+
    LED Indicators Status/power, LAN, USB, HDD 1-4
    Buttons Power, reset, USB one-touch-copy
    System Warning Buzzer
    Form Factor Tower
    Relative Humidity 5 to 95% non-condensing
    Wet Bulb: 81°F / 27°C
    Power Supply External Adapter: 90 W, 12 V
    Power Consumption HDD Standby: 11.65 W
    In Operation: 26.7 W
    (with 4 x 1 TB HDDs installed)
    Sound Level Operating Low Speed: 19.5 dBA
    Security Design Kensington security slot
    Fan 1 x 12 cm smart fan (12 VDC)
    Dimensions 6.65 x 6.30 x 8.62" / 16.9 x 16.0 x 21.9 cm
    Weight 6.6 lb / 3 kg
    Software Specifications
    Operating System QTS 4.3 (embedded Linux)
    Supported Browsers Microsoft Internet Explorer 10+, Mozilla Firefox 8+, Apple Safari 4+, Google Chrome
    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+
    Networking TCP/IP (IPv4 & IPv6 dual stack)
    NICs with jumbo frame (failover, multi-IP settings, port trunking / NIC teaming)
    Service binding based on network interfaces
    Squid Proxy server
    Proxy client
    DHCP client, DHCP server
    Protocols: CIFS/SMB, AFP (v3.3), NFS(v3), FTP, FTPS, SFTP, TFTP, HTTP(S), Telnet, SSH, iSCSI, SNMP, SMTP, and SMSC
    UPnP & Bonjour Discovery
    USB WiFi Adapter Support
    Security Network Access Protection with Auto-Blocking: SSH, Telnet, HTTP(S), FTP, CIFS/SMB, AFP
    CIFS host access control for shared folders
    FIPS 140-2 validated AES 256-bit volume-based and shared folder data encryption
    AES 256-bit external drive encryption
    Importable SSL certificates
    Instant alert via E-mail, SMS, beep, and push service
    Two-step verification
    VPN Server Secure remote access with PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, and OpenVPN VPN services
    Up to 100 clients
    Supports domain users as VPN users
    VPN Client Supports PPTP & OpenVPN 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 Pro
    Virtual disk drive (via iSCSI initiator)
    Up to 8 virtual disk drives
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.5 x 12.0 x 9.9"

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