When it comes to protecting your data it is very easy to ignore things until you have a problem and frankly that is what most people do. But it doesn’t have to be that hard, at least to get basic protections in place. But for me protecting my data isn’t just backing things up. Protecting your data can also be about not opening your files up to the possibility of someone accessing them online, especially these days with everything having its own cloud. In addition to a NAS in your home giving you a central place to store important files, I’ve found that some brands have options that can give you similar features to many cloud-based services without monthly fees and without you uploading your files onto someone else’s servers. Qnap is one of those companies and one of their newest NAS the Qnap TS-233 is a compact 2-drive NAS for personal use that has the potential to allow you to do that at a lower cost and I’m curious to see how it compares to other options to today I’m going to check out the TS-233 and then put it through a few tests.

Product Name: Qnap TS-233

Review Sample Provided by: Qnap

Written by: Wes Compton

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Hardware Specifications


ARM 4-core Cortex-A55 2.0GHz processor

CPU Architecture

64-bit ARM

Floating Point Unit


Encryption Engine


System Memory

2 GB, not expandable

Note: Reserves some RAM for use as shared graphics memory.

Maximum Memory

2 GB, not expandable

Flash Memory

4 GB (Dual boot OS protection)

Drive Bay

2 x 3.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s

Drive Compatibility

3.5-inch SATA hard disk drives

2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives

2.5-inch SATA solid state drives



Gigabit Ethernet Port (RJ45)


Wake on LAN (WOL)


Jumbo Frame


USB 2.0 port


USB 3.2 Gen 1 port


Form Factor


LED Indicators

System Status, LAN, USB, HDD1~2


Power, Reset, USB Copy

Dimensions (HxWxD)

7.43 × 3.55 × 6.15 inch

Weight (Net)

2.45 lbs

Weight (Gross)

4.3 lbs

Operating Temperature

0 - 40 °C (32°F - 104°F)

Storage Temperature

-20 - 70°C (-4°F - 158°F)

Relative Humidity

5-95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C (80.6˚F)

Power Supply Unit

65W adapter (12VDC), 100-240VAC

Power Consumption: HDD Sleep Mode

3.43 W

Power Consumption: Operating Mode, Typical

10.81 W

Tested with drives fully populated.


1 x 80mm, 12VDC

System Warning


Max. Number of Concurrent Connections (CIFS) - with Max. Memory


Package Contains

Ethernet Cable
AC Adapter
Power Cord
Flat head screw (for 3.5” HDD) x8
Flat head screw (for 2.5” HDD) x6
Quick Installation Guide


2 years or an additional 3 years for $99



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