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Turbo NAS
At a glance
ProductQNAP TS-112 Turbo NAS   [Website]
SummaryBYOD single drive SATA NAS with Gigabit Ethernet and many serving options based on 1.2 GHz GHz Marvell Kirkwood processor.
Pros• Lots of features for relatively little money
• Quiet
Cons• Nothing significant

Typical Price: $1000  Shop Amazon

The TS-112 is the next-to-cheapest QNAP NAS you can buy. It is one step above the look-alike TS-110 and costs from $20 to $40 more. All you are buying with that extra dough is performance, because you get all the same features.

Both the 110 and 112 come in a white plastic case that slides apart for easy drive installation after removing two screws. The front panel has been restyled from previous single-drive QNAP products and made, I think, a bit less attractive.

Port complement is the same as the TS-110: three USB 2.0; a single 10/100/1000 Ethernet port supporting up to 9K jumbo frames; and a single eSATA port.

QNAP TS-112 rear panel

Inside

The photo below shows the 3.5" Samsung Spinpoint F1 1 TB (HE103UJ) drive QNAP installed for the review. Like the TS-110, the 112's mounting plate doesn't accept 2.5" SATA drives.

QNAP TS-112 inside

Removing the board and flipping it over reveals a circuit-side view that is identical to the photo I snapped for the TS-110. The 1.2 GHz Marvell Kirkwood (88F628210C120) is under the heatsink, with the 256 MB of DDRII RAM and 16 MB of flash in plain view. The other two parts of note are a Microchip PIC16F690 Flash-Based 8-Bit CMOS MCU and Genesys GL850G 4 port USB 2.0 Hub

QNAP TS-112 board

Power consumption measured 13 W with the drive spun up and 6 W with it down. Like the TS-110, the 112 is whisper quiet.

Features

The TS-112 came with V3 firmware installed (3.4.2 Build 0331T, to be exact). This version sports a new feature, MyCloudNAS. Don't get too excited, though. MyCloudNAS is basically a hosted dynamic DNS service that can provide a XXX.mycloudnas.com address for you to access your QNAP NAS from the Internet.

MyCloudNAS requires ports to be opened in your router firewall to work. The built-in wizard will open them for you, if your router supports UPnP NAT traversal. If your router doesn't support UPnP, you can still use the MyCloudNAS service, but you'll need to open the ports manually for the services that you want to access from the cloud.

The gallery below will step you through the setup wizard screens. One thing you should know is that QNAP has a "use it or lose it" rule for MyCloudNAS. The note below is taken from the User manual MyCloudNAS description.

A registered MyCloudNAS name will expire in 120 days if your NAS have not been online within the period. Once the name is expired, it will be released for new registration by other users.
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