QNAP TS-451+ NAS Reviewed as an NVR

9.2

Build Quality

9.5/10

Performance

8.5/10

Features

9.5/10

Pros

  • QTS software
  • Great build quality

Cons

  • Limited camera license
QNAP TS-451+ Quadcore NAS
QNAP TS-451+ Quad Core NAS

QNAP have updated their SOHO NAS range with the quad-core TS-451+ (4-day) NAS. The TS-451+ promises high performance and has scalable storage options so should appeal to small offices or the power users at home.

Inside the TS-451+ is an Intel powered 22nm 64-bit quad-core Celeron processor combined with energy-efficient DDR3L RAM. The TS-451+ comes in 2 memory configurations 2GB or 8GB (suited for those wanting to use the virtualisation capabilities). Our test unit was fitted with 2GB which is more than sufficient as our review will be more focused on the Network Video Recording (NVR) capabilities of the included Surveillance Station software.

One bugbear that still exists, which we also found with the TS-451 last year, was the plastic HDD caddy. Whilst it doesn’t affect the unit’s functionality, at this price point, it would be nice to have a metal caddy like its PRO siblings.

The TS-451+ was reviewed with QNAP’s QTS v4.2. A newer beta version was available but we opted to test with the latest stable version of the NAS software instead.

Images courtesy of QNAP:

Comparison of the QNAP TS-451+ Specifications Against TS-451 and TS-453Pro:
 TS-451+TS-451TS-453Pro
CPUQuad-core Intel® Celeron® 2.0GHz (burst up to 2.42GHz)Intel® Celeron® 2.41GHz dual-core processor (burst up to 2.58GHz)Intel® Celeron® 2.0GHz quad-core processor (burst up to 2.42GHz)
GPUIntel® HD Graphicsn/an/a
MemoryTS-451+-2G: 2GB DDR3L RAM (1 x 2GB)
TS-451+-8G: 8GB DDR3L RAM (2 x 4GB)
Total memory slots: 2 SODIMM
Expandable up to: 8 GB
TS-451-4G: 4GB DDR3L RAM (2GB x 2)
TS-451: 1GB DDR3L RAM
Total memory slots: 2 (expandable up to 8GB)
TS-453 Pro-8G: 8GB DDR3L RAM (4GB x 2)
TS-453 Pro: 2GB DDR3L RAM
Total memory slots: 2 (expandable up to 8GB)
Flash Memory512MB512MB512MB
Drive4 x 2.5" or 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s HDD or SSD; hot swappable trays4 x 3.5” or 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s, SATA 3Gb/s hard drive or SSD4 x 3.5”or 2.5”SATA 6Gb/s, SATA 3Gb/s hard drive or SSD
Expansion Unitvia UX-800P or UX-500P--
External Ports2 x Gigabit LAN Ports
2 x USB 3.0 (Front: 1, Rear: 1)
2 x USB 2.0 (Rear)
1 x IR Receiver (QNAP RM-IR002 remote control)
1 x HDMI
1 x Kensington Security Slot
2 x Gigabit LAN Ports
2 x USB 3.0 (Front: 1, Rear: 1)
2 x USB 2.0 (Rear)
1 x IR Receiver (MCE-compatible)
1 x HDMI
1 x Kensington Security Slot
4 x Gigabit LAN Ports
3 x USB 3.0 (Front: 1, Rear: 2)
2 x USB 2.0 (Rear)
1 x IR Receiver (MCE-compatible)
1 x Kensington Security Slot
LED IndicatorsPower/Status, LAN, USB, HDD1-4Power/Status, LAN, USB, HDD1-4Status, LAN, USB, HDD 1-4 + LCD display
ButtonsPower, Reset, USB Auto CopyPower/Status, USB One-Touch-Backup, resetPower/Status, USB One-Touch-Backup, reset
Alarm BuzzerSystem warningSystem warningSystem warning
Weight (Net / Gross)3 kg / 4.3 kg 3 kg / 4.3 kg 3.65 kg / 4.65 kg
System Fan1 x 12cm, 12V DC1 x 12cm, 12V DC1 x 9cm, 12V DC
Power SupplyExternal Power Adapter, 90W, 100-240VExternal Power Adapter, 90W, 100-240VATX 250W, 100-240V
Power ConsumptionS3 sleep: 0.57
HDD standby: 15.78
In operation (typical): 33.88
S3 sleep: 0.55W
HDD standby: 15.85W
In operation: 31.07W (with 4 x 1TB HDD installed)
HDD standby: 20.71 W
S3 sleep: 0.8W
In operation: 33.13W
(with 4 x 1TB HDD installed)
Temperature0 - 40 °C0 - 40 °C0 - 40 °C
Dimensions (H x W x D)177 x 180 x 235 mm177 x 180 x 235 mm177 x 180 x 235 mm

With the exception of a CPU and RAM bump and colour change to black, not a lot has changed between the TS-451 and TS-451+ models. The differences against the TS-453Pro is as expected and centers around additional USB and LAN ports on the TS-453-Pro. The only other difference which the TS-451 and TS-451+ both share against the TS-453Pro is the inclusion of an external power brick. The Pro series QNAP NAS come with inbuilt ATX power supplies which makes it a little easier for a clutterless installation.

Review Configuration

In our recent DIY Home Surveillance article I outlined the following configuration that I will be using to test the NVR capabilities:

Surveillance Testing Setup
Surveillance Testing Setup

The TS-451+ provides out of the box support for the D-Link DCS-2330L. The DCS-4602EV PoE camera will utilise more generic settings as it is ONVIF compliant but not specifically listed as a supported model.

QNAP TS-451+ Installation

Installation was no different to the previous QNAP products we have reviewed. It would be been nice for QNAP to have moved to a screwless design on the caddy though. Felt nostalgic having to reach for a screw driver to install the HDD. The configuration process was just as easy.

When the unit is powered for the first time we are guided through the initial setup process
When the unit is powered for the first time we are guided through the initial setup process
First step in configuring the TS-451+ was to give it a name and setup the admin user
First step in configuring the TS-451+ was to give it a name and setup the admin user
The network was left as DHCP configured
The network was left as DHCP configured
You have the option to enable file sharing services now for Windows, OSX and Linux
You have the option to enable file sharing services now for Windows, OSX and Linux
You can setup the drives now or later
You can setup the drives now or later
Before the setup process completes a summary of the settings is displayed
Before the setup process completes a summary of the settings is displayed
Setup process coming to an end
Setup process coming to an end
Setup has now finished and we are ready to go
Setup has now finished and we are ready to go

Surveillance Station

QNAP provide the functionality of an NVR via the Surveillance Station application. Surveillance Station supports a large range of IP based cameras as well as a multitude of other cameras that are ONVIF compliant. With it, we can do real-time monitoring, recording and playback with a range of settings including motion activation. An important point to note for anyone wanting to use the TS-451+ as a dedicated NVR is that only 2 free licenses are included. If you want to use more than 2 cameras, you will need to purchase extra licenses from QNAP. The 451+ can be extended to support up to 40 channels (e.g. 40 IP cameras).

You can install Surveillance Station from the App Center
You can install Surveillance Station from the App Center
Surveillance Station login screen
Surveillance Station login screen
When you load Surveillance Station for the first time you need to assign a recording folder
When you load Surveillance Station for the first time you need to assign a recording folder
Running auto search to locate cameras on the network
Running auto search to locate cameras on the network
As expected, only the DCS-2330L is found
As expected, only the DCS-2330L is found
Switching over to ONVIF yields the full set of cameras
Switching over to ONVIF yields the full set of cameras
Testing the found camera to ensure we have connectivity
Testing the found camera to ensure we have connectivity
All the cameras added to Surveillance Station
All the cameras added to Surveillance Station

After setting up the camera, we briefly explored other functions of the QNAP Surveillance Station.

Surveillance Station lets us create camera layouts
Surveillance Station lets us create camera layouts
Surveillance Station advanced settings
Surveillance Station advanced settings
Setting up event management items
Setting up event management items
Realtime viewing via the QVR client
Realtime viewing via the QVR client

Vmobile Client

You can download the Vmobile client for iOS and Android to manage the cameras setup in Surveillance Station.

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Final Thoughts

The hardware design is typical of what we expect from QNAP. The TS-451+ is compact, light with a modern look and feel. The QTS system is as responsive as we’ve found on other QNAP units. Overall, the unit performance was as expected and granted the license limits you to only 2 cameras initially, it was still worthy of inclusion in our little surveillance setup. If you are looking for a NAS for your storage needs that is also capable of providing video recording capability this is one to also consider.

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