Wednesday, March 25, 2009

QNAP TS-209 II Research

My research about the QNAP TS-209 II continues. It turns out that people are very satisfied with all aspects of this device, except the 70mm fan, that one person described as being louder than his first full tower PC from 1984. Fortunately, I found some creative advice on how to modify the TS-209 to make it quieter. The way to do it seems to be to use an 80mm fan (there are some quiet ones from Noctua for example) together with a 70mm to 80mm adapter. These adapters are not too common, but I found some at Kustom (UK, no chance of getting them here in Sweden it seems).

At the same time, I'm studying up on Drupal to be able to set up a website if and when I get the TS-209. The LAMP stack and Drupal are installed on the Dell Inspiron now, which gives me a nice base to experiment on.

I promised some ranting, and I didn't have to wait long to find something to get frustrated about. In Drupal, there is a possibility to get "clean URLs" for your website, even a page with instructions for Debian. Sounds easy? Well, the line "Note: This article needs to be updated for Debian "Etch" and "Lenny" releases. (as of March 2009)" should have given me a hint that it was bound not to work. There is just too much outdated information out there. Mental note: write down how I did it if I do get it to work, so that someone is spared from the same insane forum hunt.


  1. i also had the qnap ts-209 pro II and was looking for a full x86-server-nas solution. so i found the d945gsejt. i was happy reading about the fact that the onboard controller supports raid under linux. the intel spec did't show these clearely.

    please contact me via aim for few more questions i have. thx

    best regards

  2. The D945GSEJT is a great board, indeed. You actually do not need any special controller for setting up a software RAID under Linux. Now software RAID works flawlessly under Linux, so there is no need for hunting after hardware RAID controllers. In fact, consumer-grade motherboards claiming to have RAID controllers very rarely implement RAID completely in hardware, and are in the overwhelming majority of cases dependent on (proprietary Windows) software RAID drivers.

    Unfortunately I do not have an AIM account, but let me know about your other questions.