QNAP TS-231P2 2-Bay NAS Enclosure

QNAP TS-231P2 2-Bay NAS Enclosure

QNAP TS-231P2 2-Bay NAS Enclosure

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  • 2 x 3.5"/2.5" SATA III/II Drive Bays
  • 1.7 GHz Annapurna Labs AL-314 Quad-Core
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • 3 x USB 3.0 Type-A Ports
  • RAID 0, 1, and JBOD
  • Up to 209 MB/s Data Transfer Speeds
  • AES 256-Bit Encryption
  • SSD Cache Acceleration
  • QTS 4.3 Operating System
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QNAP TS-231P2-4G-US overview

  • 1Description

The TS-231P2 2-Bay NAS Enclosure from QNAP is a high-performance NAS that provides feature-rich applications for home & office use, including backup, synchronization, and remote access needs on a secure private cloud. Users will also be able to stream their multimedia library using DLNA and AirPlay, as well as build a surveillance center and use Snapshots to restore their NAS in the event of data loss or a system breach.

The TS-231P2 is powered by a 1.7 GHz Annapurna Labs AL-314 Quad-Core processor, which will allow you to run multiple applications simultaneously. The 4GB of DDR3 RAM has a configuration of 1 x 4GB, can be upgraded to 8GB, and will allow quick access to frequently used file and programs. Network connectivity is achieved using the two Gigabit Ethernet ports which support failover and dual IP. There is also support for JBOD, single disk, RAID 0, and RAID 1, which respectively offer performance gains or 1:1 data redundancy.

This 2-bay enclosure has the ability to natively house both 3.5" and 2.5" SATA III 6 Gb/s and SATA II 3 Gb/s hard drives or SSD drives, and screws are included that accommodate each drive size. With both Gigabit Ethernet ports in use, the TS-231P2 can deliver download speeds of up to 209 MB/s and upload speeds of up to 157 MB/s. When using both Gigabit Ethernet ports with volume encryption, download speeds max out at 157 MB/s and upload speeds can reach as high as 146 MB/s. Using the three USB 3.0 Type-A ports this QNAP NAS can be connected to other devices, such as QNAP expansion units. To help bolster security, AES 256-bit encryption helps to prevent sensitive business data from unauthorized access and breaches.

QNAP's TS-231P2 2-Bay NAS Enclosure operates using an included 65W AC adapter that runs using 100-240 VAC. Also included are two Ethernet cables, a power cord, 3.5" HDD flat head screws, 2.5" HDD flat head screws, and a power cord. Protection is provided by a limited 2-year warranty.

General Features

1.4 GHz Alpine AL-314 Quad-Core Processor
Equipped with an Annapurna Labs AL-314 Quad-Core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15 processor and 4GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable to 8GB), the TS-231P2 is a high-performance NAS for home, workgroups, and SOHO users, providing performance of up to 209 MB/s read & 157 MB/s write. With AES 256-bit full NAS volume encryption, the TS-231P2 provides transfer speeds of over 157 MB/s, boosting system performance and security while helping to ensure the confidentiality of sensitive personal data stored in the NAS. When used with a compatible 802.11ac or dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n USB Wi-Fi adapter, the TS-231P2 becomes a media center with high speeds for transferring large amounts of files and streaming bandwidth-intensive multimedia.
SSD Cache Acceleration
The TS-231P2 supports SSD caching to boost the IOPS performance of storage volumes and increase operational efficiency. It is well-suited for improving the overall workflow of IOPS-demanding applications and allows the best of both cost and performance by combining SSDs with HDDs.
Dual LAN Support
The TS-231P2 supports multiple port trunking modes, enabling administrators to set up link aggregation to increase total data transmission potential. Failover and dual IP are also supported to help ensure continuous system operations. Supported port trunking modes include: Balance-RR (Round-Robin), Active Backup, Balance XOR, Broadcast, IEEE 802.3ad, Balance-TLB (Adaptive Transmit Load Balancing), and Balance-ALB (Adaptive Load Balancing).
Disaster Recovery with Snapshots
The TS-231P2 supports block-based Snapshots, which can record and save the state of the file system and the metadata of the files outside the file system at any time. In the event of an unexpected NAS failure or if struck by a ransomware attack, the snapshots remain intact, allowing you to quickly and easily restore the system back to a previous normal state. You can preserve and restore multiple versions of the same file, folder, or even the entire volume. The TS-231P2 supports up to 64 snapshots per volume or LUN (up to 256 in total). Snapshot Replica facilitates double protection that replicates snapshots to a remote QNAP NAS or server.
QTS 4.3 Operating System
With modularized multiple applications and functions, QTS enhances management efficiency, personal productivity, multimedia, and much more. Intelligent agent services have also been added to simplify system operations and management. The user-friendly QTS features an intelligent desktop that allows you to find desired functions quickly, monitor important system information on a real-time basis, open multiple application windows to run multiple tasks concurrently with greater working efficiency, and provides a built-in App Center with install-on-demand apps to extend NAS functionality.
Qfiling Automates File Organization
Qfiling helps automate file organization for sorting files spread through multiple folders, helping reduce the time needed to find important files. Users can categorize files, determine filing conditions, and schedule filing tasks to be carried out periodically. The "Recipe" feature allows users to save frequently-used filing conditions as an "exclusive recipe," then the next Qfiling task can be run with just one click using the recipe.
Qsirch
The TS-231P2 supports Qsirch, a search tool for quick file searching. Qsirch supports thumbnail previews and even remembers your search history, allowing you to quickly navigate to files you've previously searched for. The revamped Qsirch adds "search operators" and advanced search filters and tags, allowing you to find files faster with more precise results. Qsirch also provides a Helper for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that allows you to search for files on your NAS when you use Google Search.
Container Station
Container Station integrates LXC and Docker lightweight virtualization technologies, allowing you to operate multiple isolated Linux systems on the TS-231P2, as well as download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry for unlimited containerized applications. What's better, 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 to drive more business opportunities.
Centralized Email and Contact Management for Improved Communication Workflows
It can be hard to manage emails and contact information that are scattered across multiple computers, devices, and accounts - not to mention if important emails or contact information are lost or become inaccessible due to account closure or device malfunction/loss. QNAP QmailAgent and Qcontactz helps you centrally store and manage emails and contact information, making them accessible to your devices. Using the powerful Qsirch search engine, you can easily find specific contacts and emails whenever needed.
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-231P2's private cloud.
IFTTT Agent
IFTTT (If This Then That) is a popular web automation service. With QNAP IFTTT Agent, you can create a near-unlimited number of NAS-related applets on the IFTTT website for greater automation and 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-231P2. With the IFTTT Agent, you can make your TS-231P2 smarter.
Hybrid Backup Sync
Hybrid Backup Sync provides a well-rounded solution for data backup, file synchronization and disaster recovery. With Hybrid Backup Sync, you can easily and securely back up data from your NAS to several local, remote, and cloud storage spaces. In the event of a system crash or critical hardware failure, you can quickly restore data from these storage spaces, minimizing downtime and reducing overall loss. Hybrid Backup Sync also takes advantage of cloud storage for one-way sync of your data to cloud storage through RTRR, Rsync, FTP, SMB protocol, or two-way sync your NAS with remote NAS/cloud services.
Share and Sync Files Across Devices
The TS-231P2 supports SMB, NFS, and AFP, allowing you to quickly share files to Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX devices. With QNAP's Qsync utility, the TS-231P2 becomes a safe data center for file synchronization with huge storage potential. Any file uploaded to the TS-231P2 can be synchronized to the linked devices such as computers, laptops, and mobile devices. You can also sync shared folders to increase the flexibility of collaboration and file sharing.
Comprehensive Security to Protect Your Data
In open network environments, business data may be exposed in a potential hack. The TS-231P2 provides numerous security options, such as antivirus, encrypted access, IP blocking, 2-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-231P2 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.
Surveillance Station
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-231P2. The TS-231P2 offers 2 free IP camera channels and you can expand up to 25 channels by purchasing additional licenses. With the QUSBCam2 App, you can use a USB camera as an ONVIF network camera. Simply connect it to your TS-231P2 and you can view real-time images without installing any software. Through Surveillance Station, you can even store recordings for playback, allowing you to build a surveillance system with minimum budget.
Photo Station
Photo Station makes photo sharing simple, and you can designate your own access right controls. Simply upload your photos to the TS-231P2 to create & organize your photo albums through a web browser and share with your family and friends through social networks 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-231P2.
Music Station
Music Station helps categorize your music collection and displays album covers to easily organize your personal playlists. With the Music Station web player, you can enjoy your music almost anytime and anywhere with a few clicks. Thousands of local and global online Internet radio programs are also built-in to Music Station for you to enjoy. Stream via AirPlay and DLNA for music throughout your home, listen to your favorite songs streamed from an iTunes server, or play music via web browsers on your PC, and listen to music on mobile devices using the Qmusic app.
Multi-Zone Multimedia Control
Use your TS-231P2 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-231P2 to different rooms from a single device using Bluetooth & USB devices connected to the TS-231P2 (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. The TS-231P2 is also a powerful streaming machine with DLNA, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Google TV support with the support of Plex Media Server.
24/7 Download Center
The TS-231P2 is a well-suited 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-231P2 will silently finish downloading them. By installing the Qget app on your mobile device, you can easily search for download sources, download contents to the NAS, and manage download tasks on mobile devices from just about anywhere.
Expand Storage Capacity
The TS-231P2 supports online capacity expansion by connecting two QNAP expansion enclosures for storing rapidly-growing data, especially for storage-intensive applications such as video surveillance, data archiving, TV broadcast storage, and more. You can gradually expand the TS-231P2's storage on-demand, and use the QTS Storage Manager to handle the NAS capacity expansion and storage expansion enclosure management. With the support of QJBOD Express (JBOD enclosures roaming), you can just connect a large capacity QNAP expansion enclosure to the TS-231P2, and migrate data to another NAS through the JBOD enclosure without network connectivity.

The TS-231P2 is compatible with the UX-500P and UX-800P expansion enclosures. When using one UX-500P enclosure, up to seven total drives (NAS + enclosure) are supported, while adding a second UX-500P supports twelve total drives. If you need more storage, adding one UX-800P provides users with ten total drives and adding a second UX-800P increases that number to 18.
UPC: 885022013708
In the Box
QNAP TS-231P2 2-Bay NAS Enclosure
  • 2 x Ethernet Cables
  • 65W AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Flat Head Screws for 3.5" HDDs
  • Flat Head Screws for 2.5" HDDs
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    QNAP TS-231P2-4G-US specs

    General
    Number of Bays 2 x 2.5"/3.5"
    Media Card Slots None
    Connections 2 x RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet)
    3 x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
    Compatible Drive Interface SATA III
    Form Factor Desktop
    Hot-Swap Support Yes
    Drives
    Total Raw Capacity None
    Type None
    Flash Memory 512 MB NAND
    Computing
    Processor ARM Cortex-A15 Quad-Core
    Clock Speed Base: 1.7GHz
    Total Installed Memory 4 GB DDR3
    User-Replaceable Memory 1 x 4 GB
    Total Memory Slots 1 x SO-DIMM
    Networking
    Supported Protocols AFP
    CIFS/SMB
    FTP
    FTPS
    HTTP
    HTTPS
    IPv4
    IPv6
    L2TP/IPSec
    NFS
    OpenVPN
    PPTP
    SFTP
    SMSC
    SMTP
    SNMP
    SSH
    TFTP
    Telnet
    iSCSI
    iSCSI LUN 256
    iSCSI Target 256
    Software
    Installed Operating System QTS 4.3
    File System Formats Supported External: EXT3, EXT4, FAT32, HFS+, NTFS
    Internal: EXT4
    Supported Browsers Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari
    Menu Languages Brazilian Portuguese
    Czech
    Danish
    Dutch
    English
    Finnish
    French
    German
    Greek
    Hungarian
    Italian
    Japanese
    Korean
    Norwegian
    Polish
    Romanian
    Russian
    Simplified Chinese
    Spanish
    Swedish
    Thai
    Traditional Chinese
    Turkish
    Electrical
    Power Consumption 23.66 W (Typical)
    8.81 W (Standby)
    Power Source AC Adapter
    AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    DC Input Power  65 VDC
    Security
    Encryption 256-Bit AES, FIPS 140-2 Level 1
    Security Features Kensington Security Slot
    VPN Server Connections 100
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Operating Humidity 5 to 95%
    Physical
    Cooling 1 x PWM 70 mm Fan
    Noise Level 19.2 dBA
    Audible Alarm Yes
    Status Monitoring LED Indicator
    Dimensions 6.7 x 4.0 x 8.6" / 169.0 x 102.0 x 219.0 mm
    Weight 2.8 lb / 1.3 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.9 x 9.4 x 8.0"

    QNAP TS-231P2-4G-US reviews

    TS-231P2 2-Bay NAS Enclosure is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good little unit I bought this as an offsite backup for another QNAP NAS I use as a media server. My expectations were pretty low because it's not going to be used very often. It's fairly expensive for a 2-bay unit albeit I didn't compare it with other brands. Maybe 2-bay NAS are at a premium price because the world has moved on. Also, I was unable to set up a NAS-to-NAS replication job on the other QNAP but that could be user error. Instead, I set up rsync scripts to do the backup and they worked fine. I like the QNAP UI, it's easy to use and gives you a lot of information. The initial setup could be easier, esp. if you want to set up multiple volumes; however, this one has only one volume so no complaints.
    Date published: 2018-10-05
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