Review: QNAP TVS-882T NAS piles on the features

With a built-in hypervisor, countless add-ons, and even a remote control, this ‘storage’ server might solve some problems you didn’t know you had

Review: QNAP TVS-882T NAS piles on the features
At a Glance

We’ve seen a steady flow of multifunction NAS boxes over the years. What began as relatively straightforward uses of Linux software RAID and mildly customized hardware has blossomed into a crop of multifaceted appliances that sport a full-on rampage of capabilities. In some cases, the NAS functionality may be one of the more minor considerations. QNAP’s TVS-882T is a prime example of this new class of NAS.

The TVS-882T supports a plethora of software features, starting with the usual stable of open source packages like MariaDB, Apache, Node.js, and PHP and extending to virtualization and containers and beyond. The TVS-882T works with many types of surveillance cameras and can serve as a print server, media server, VPN server, and RADIUS authentication server, as well as an FTP and web server. It can even serve as a host for virtual machines and containers.

Naturally, the TVS-882T supports SMB/CIFS, AFP, and NFS file sharing, AES256 encryption at the volume and folder level, and the requisite backup and file synchronization services. There’s Apple Time Machine support, standard rsync, and integrations with cloud storage services such as Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Dropbox, and Google Cloud Storage. Using QNAP’s Qsync utility, you can automatically sync files across your computers, laptops, and mobile devices.

All of this is packaged in an eight-bay storage appliance with an Intel Core i5 processor and 16GB of RAM, delivered via QNAP’s Linux-based QTS 4.3 OS, and managed through a generally user-friendly web UI. Basic setup is extremely simple, though you can definitely get into the weeds when working in more advanced territory such as native virtualization or Docker containers. The network configuration can be daunting if you’re not well versed in virtualization networking. An understanding of Xen networking in particular will serve you nicely.

Storage and I/O aplenty

The hardware details alone show that the TVS-882T isn’t simply a pile of disk and a network interface. For one, it comes with a remote control, three HDMI ports, and not one but two ¼-inch microphone/audio inputs and a 3.5mm stereo audio output jack -- yes, stereo on a NAS box and two speakers. The TS-882T even talks to you during normal operations such as bootup.

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