QNAP's celebrated dual core TS-451+ has inspired a new storage solution primed for small to medium sized businesses and home users alike. The potent TS-451+ is a Celeron-based system with two extra cores and double the RAM. This NAS system introduces updated multimedia capabilities, supported by a processor upgrade at 2GHz with 2.42 GHz of Burst frequency. All of this is offered in two configurations of 2GB or 8GB of system memory. An integrated high definition graphics engine comes with the Intel Celeron J1900 system on chip. This way, all components are fully integrated on a single substrate, achieving a remarkably elegant performance boost.

Software Synergy

The TS-451+ brings hardware-accelerated encoding to a backwards-compatible QTS 4.2 operating system. QNAP updated its operating system in phases, with the most recent loaded onto the ultimate release so that new users don't have to tolerate beta-grade glitches. The software is streamlined for both single-user and multi-client needs. Four hot-swappable drive bays are offered, or if you prefer extra punch, pushing that number up to 12 is easy enough. Data redundancy can be built into user capacity with RAID levels, with RAID 5 being the most user-friendly option. The cache algorithm can be tweaked to introduce further redundancy. The potent Network Attached Storage (NAS) system provides intuitive backup functionality, sharing, and file synchronization.

Its updated multi-zone and multi-media controls bring you enhanced streaming capabilities while snatching minutes off your loading times. A secure private cloud can be created, so you can access your data remotely through your own my QNAPcloud CloudLink account. Heterogeneous client devices and multiple users can share storage on a local area network, too. Data is transferred over gigabit Ethernet, and two ports provide access to up to two networks at 802.11ad.

Government-Standard Encryption

The QNAP TS-451+ lets you encrypt disk volumes with the 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard--the same standard the U.S, Government has adopted. It uses three block cyphers to protect data from unauthorized access even if the hardware itself is accessed on site. Encryption can be managed using a single disk, JBOD, or RAID group volume. An easy-to-follow volume creation wizard will guide you through the process. Encryption isn't enough, of course, so the interface includes a Container Station, which operates several isolated Linux systems, both on the NAS itself and through application downloads from the Docker Hub Registry. LXC images are used to create LXC containers that present you with a range of Linux distributions, so you can set up a Linux-based virtual machine in mere moments.

Peripheral Hardware

Four USB ports are supported by a one-touch copy feature. If it's entertainment you want, it has an HDMI 1.4a video output for sending signals to your home theater. You can easily connect it to a mouse and keyboard and run it as a virtualized computer. Combine it with your home theater software and QNAP remote control to handle all your audio-visual content. Multi-zone controls have been added for media streaming through DLNA, Chromecast, Bluetooth, and Apple TV. The unit also interfaces with Google Docs and other major cloud services.


QNAP's virtualization Station lets you manage a number of virtual machines through its interface. The Turbo NAS can host multiple operating systems for information archiving and backups. This means you can execute all operations on the NAS itself, which gives you watertight security and efficient bandwidth usage.

Our Conclusion

The TS-451+ won the 2017 European Hardware award for the best NAS device. Despite its superior features, it comes at a price that's equal to its lesser rivals. It's wonderfully scalable, managing multimedia processing as well as it does data storage. If you're in the market for a budget friendly data storage solution, you should definitely consider the TS-451+.

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  • I wanted a 16G version for 4K videos is this possible?

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