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Qnap TS-251A / TS-451A Review - NAS with USB Direct ...

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Buy it on Amazon - http://lon.tv/13ion (affiliate link) - Qnap's new TS-251A NAS has an option to connect to PC's directly via USB. Be sure to see my original TS-251+ review here for more on the product's basics: http://lon.tv/qnap and subscribe! http://lon.tv/s - index below:

VIDEO INDEX:
01:06 - Hardware overview
05:47 - NAS network performance
06:46 - Demo of direct USB connection
08:25 - Transfer speed using direct USB
09:22 - Kodi via the HDMI output
11:36 - Plex transcoding performance
12:34 - Virtualization via Docker and Container Station
17:34 - Conclusion and final thoughts

Qnap drives can best be described as "everything including the kitchen sink." They literally do everything from the basics like file and media serving all the way to virtualization that enables spinning up additional operating systems. It even has a built in HDMI output for using it as a home theater device or even like a dedicated computer.

I am most interested in the virtualization features and I demonstrate how it works with Docker in this video. Docker is a container solution for running virtual machines that are isolated from the main operating system but run very efficiently with no need to preallocate resources.

Docker enables services like blogging platforms and databases servers as well as full operating systems like Ubuntu.

This drive also does well with media playback thanks to its HDMI output that supports 24p video as well as DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD via Kodi.

The big difference between the 251A and the 251+ is that the A has a dual core processor and the + has a quad core.

This video (and the one I did on the 251+) are barely scratching the surface on the feature set here.

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