|Item Model Number||NAS540|
|Product Dimensions||31.6 x 26.9 x 28.6 cm; 2 Kilograms|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||31.6 x 26.9 x 28.6 centimetres|
|Item Weight||2 kg|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||27 June 2018|
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- Four 2.5" or 3.5" SATA II hard disk the max support up to 64 TB (16 TB x 4)
- Reliable and secure data storage on your personal cloud with easy access online
- Screw less design for fast and easy drive installation
- With 120mm quiet fan for more ventilation and low noise operations
- Protect you data with RAID 1, 5, 6 or 10
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Your Choice for Reliable and Secure Personal Cloud Storage
Create a personal cloud with ZyXEL’s NAS540 4-Bay Personal Cloud Storage server. Enjoy the freedom to bring large amounts of documents and multimedia files along with your mobile devices where Internet connection is available. Sync your mobile devices easily with popular cloud platforms including Google Drive™**, Memopal, ownCloud or ZyXEL’s new zCloud 2.0. Equipped with RAID-5 configuration and dual Ethernet ports for link aggregation support, the ZyXEL NAS540 can deliver up to 130 MB/sec of reading and 77 MB/sec writing speeds(V5.02).
Personal cloud for easy remote file access, backup, syncing and sharing
The ZyXEL NAS540 gives you the ability to access your cloud storage anytime and anywhere. ZyXEL zCloud 2.0 enables you to view and access your multimedia contents on the NAS540 remotely through Android or iOS mobile devices. Through ownCloud support, you can also remotely access and sync files on Windows, Mac OS X, Android, iOS and even Linux**** computers. Instant Picture Upload automatically backs up your photos from your mobile device, and you can create public Web links with ownCloud to easily share files with friends, families or co-workers.
* Apple and AirPlay are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. AirPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc.
** (C) 2014 Google Inc. All rights reserved. Chromecast is a trademark of Google Inc.
*** Release in 2015
**** Check with ownCloud’s website for official supported Linux distributions
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Superior Performance for enhanced data management
Being able to access your personal files and data is crucial in such a technology driven world. The ZyXEL NAS540 provides secure and easy access to all your personal files anytime, anywhere. Featuring both public and private options, you can store and access your personal
data securely without any interference. Its 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU and 1GB of DDR3 RAM handles all your intensive network data management tasks. USB 3.0 ports with data transfer rates of up to 4.8 Gbps provide a fast interface for external storage and an SD slot with the latest SDXC support allows you to transfer new photos to the ZyXEL NAS540 for quick and simple backup. High performance speeds allow you to share files or stream HD videos on your own personal devices with little wait time. With the NAS540, you can hold all your data in just the palm of your hand.
Full capacity RAID support to secure data
Never worry about losing data again. The ZyXEL NAS540 includes RAID 1, 5, 6, or 10 support to protect your personal data from hard disk failures. In case of disk failure, you can still access your data safely and restore the normal RAID protection with the failed disk replaced.
Intelligent desktop and easy to use GUI
Easy to use GUI allows for personal use for your storage and offers a smooth, user-friendly graphic interface for you to conveniently view and manage apps. Check your network storage health status, including CPU utilization and fan speed, with its intuitive Web GUI with convenience.
App support for multimedia streaming and management
The new ZyxelCloud app, zCloud 5.0 is developed specifically for your use so you can easily access your files through all types of personal devices or sync your mobile devices with popular cloud platforms including Google Drive, Memopal, and ownCloud. Also, with the personal mobile app zCloud, view all your multimedia contents on your network storage with your mobile device wherever you go. NAS540 is also compatible with many apps with support for Roku, Google Chromecast, and Apple TV so you can conveniently stream all your favorite videos on the big screen or other devices you currently own.
Quiet design for silent operations
The ZyXEL NAS540 features a 120mm fan, which cools down your device with 27 dB sound level from 100 centimeter distance without the annoying noise from high speed, smaller fans. This will increase your product life and decrease heat damage without any disturbance to your environment.
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Anteriormente, compré un zyxel NSA-310 que resultó excelente así que cuando vi este a buen precio no lo pensé dos veces.
El consumo varía de los 12 a los 40W con todos los discos conectados y habilitando la función de desconectar los discos cuando no se utilizan (regresa a 12W).
Es una belleza, aunque la última actualización del sistema no me gustó.
Para los usuarios normales es muy fácil de usar y entre sus funciones incluye servidores multimedia, de itunes, de impresión, FTP y web-dav entre otros.
Para los que quieren aventurarse un poco más, es muy fácil agregarle paquetes de terceros con la ayuda de metarepository, entware y ffp.
En lo personal, aparte de almacenamiento de datos a través de samba, lo utilizo como servidor web-mysql-php para páginas personales (completamente funcional con todo y aliases y proxy_http), como servidor DNLA con tvmobili, como servidor DNS y hasta como socks proxy a mi otra conexión de internet (aunque se pueden instalar plex, emule, transmission, gdrive, calibre y un montón de paquetes con sólo buscar un poco).
La velocidad de la red es excelente y casi tan rápida como cuando usaba una pc de escritorio con un procesador hexacore como servidor casero (y 200W más de consumo) .
Es muy silencioso (incluso más que el pequeño 310 que también es una excelente alternativa y al que se le pueden hacer los mismos cambios).
Definitivamente se lo recomendaría a cualquiera.
* Build quality is excellent. Looks fantastic. Magnetized snap on door makes swapping drives take a few seconds. The plastic drive holders are well built and slide in with a satisfying click. Really, this thing is very well designed.
* Setup is insanely easy. You throw some disks in there, web to the NAS, and it will ask you if you want RAID or JOBD. It takes 0 technical skill to setup.
* Good performance. I get a pretty steady upload of about 60MBps. Download it varies but I will often get over 100MBps even if it doesn't stay that speed.
* Has limited app support if you want to add functionality.
* The apps. They're pretty much all garbage.
The built in Twonky "Media Center" app is hit and miss at best. When it works, it's slow and only displays a few items at once. You'll have to keep hitting "Next Page" to load more.
The "zCloud" phone app is supposed to be you're one stop for media streaming and file access through the internet. It rarely works. Usually it will find my NAS and just sit there at "connecting" or "loading content." It's slow to load if it does finish.
That's it. Again this is a great NAS. If all you want is local storage buy it right now, it's the best in it's class. However if you want external access to your files with reliable streaming of video and a good looking front end, look elsewhere.
I've now had this NAS for a little over a month. I loaded it with 4 WD RED NAS 4TB HDD's and put them all in RAID5. The process of installing the drives and setting them up on the NAS is very simple and straightforward, including RAID configurations.
Note: If you're planning to do load yours with similar drives, remember that a HDD's advertised size differs from the actual recognized disk space (in short, this is due to a difference in how HDD manufacturer's report/measure bytes (1000) vs how computer systems do (1024)).
Back to the NAS: After getting the disks set up, I started configuring various functions and features of the NAS. I added shares, users, and set which users/groups had permissions to each. I specified which folders and what content type would be published to the media server. They have the media server configuration basically predefined and preconfigured leaving a computer-savvy user like myself slightly disappointed with the level of control available. I set the network settings, host name, DNS configurations, FTP, WebDAV, etc. and configured all to my liking. I investigated features like the sync button, which allows you to copy content USB > NAS or vice versa. Everything I tested seemed to work really well.
I predominantly bought the NAS to provide a lot of easily accessible storage with RAID5 protection so that I could stop using 6 different external HDD’s and just have one repository. It works excellent for this purpose, but another feature which I am really getting a lot of use out of is the media server.
The device makes itself available on the network as a media server. Basically any other Twonky server, Windows Media Player, AllShare, and similar services will see it and be able to browse it. For my Samsung Smart TV, I simply change the source to the NAS and browse its contents, allowing me to quickly find and play something. Alternatively, on a computer or fully featured browser, I can go to the media server page, find content, and then play it right in the browser or connect a player like VLC. I can also find content in the browser and then cast/stream it to the device of my choosing (it shows which devices can accept a stream). It works really well. And if you use the computer, you can add media to a queue for a device you’re casting to. I had absolutely no issues simultaneously streaming three separate HD movies to three separate devices; I bet I could do more. One thing I don't particularly care for is the support of thumbnails or pictures. So far, it would seem only MP4's show a thumbnail of the video. Thumbnails are not generated for content types like AVI or MKV. The thumbnails are helpful when trying to find something to watch. This isn't a deal breaker and I intend to research Twonky a bit more to see if there's a way around it, but it's worth noting as some of you may be more casual users than myself.
There are a number of features I’m not using now and am not too likely to use, at least in the near future, but it does what I need it to (offer a lot of storage protected with RAID) and then some (media server, download service, sharing), and it does it all well.
The last thing I'd like to point out is unlike the experience some others have had, the Twonky Media Server is very quick for me, easily shows all results on a page, quickly switches between video, photos, and music, and reflects changes to media files with nothing more than a refresh. Expanding on what I described before, I've had zero performance issues browsing, finding, and playing content from it on three separate devices simultaneously. I haven't yet tested the cloud feature, but intend to soon.
I purchased a Zyxel 2 bay NAS for work for testing and was really impressed with it. It inspired me to buy (a larger) one for home, so I went with the 4 bay.
Initial set up was sort of tricky on a corporate network, but fine at home. I haven't yet configured or tested all the features at home, but considering my experience at work, my expectations are high.
I intend to update this review at some point to shed more light on it.
As the target for file history on my Windows 10 machines. Works great. Image backups themselves always crap out for some reason. I can browse my main computer files (the backups) even when it's left off, remotely.
As a Web server for a small personal website via NoIP.com, works great. The NAS's update app for NoIP works fine.
To hold music and video files and serve up to everything including tablets/phones, works great, especially for Fire TV (with a DLNA client app).
As an OwnCloud server to provide instant upload from my phone camera anywhere, and keep (literally) my own cloud for syncing important stuff between devices.
As an FTP depository for a webcam.
PROS: Easy to set up, Web/FTP server works great, Media Services work well, has not crashed or had any technical issues in the last year, fast enough to stream video to two tablets simulataneously (haven't tried more). This needs a solid network to work correctly, I didn't even achieve its full functionality until upgrading my router to a WRT3200ACM. It is reliable (1+ years).
No encryption, just the share/user access control. The processor couldn't handle it anyway, it reduces backups to a crawl (they don't work anyway).
After losing my public IP, I am pretty much hosed. The Zyxel Drive app connects but always hangs when trying to get anything. It is perfectly serviceable to access your stuff remotely IF you have a public IP via web/ftp/webdav, however the Zyxel cloud apps are garbage. I am currently using softether to VPN in to a home computer but it is abominably slow.
UPnP setup talks to my router but says ports are already in use and requires remapping. Easier to just DMZ (potentially dangerous) or set up forwarding manually on router.
The fan is silent but doesn't move much air or seem very responsive, drives run HOT at 60C with the cover on and 50C off.
It does vibrate (probably can't help it with 4 drives), some rubber furniture feet have helped keep it from being noisy on the wooden shelf I have it on.
The processor is SLOW and the interface is not quick. Actually serving files seems an appropriate speed, 100MB/sec across the network.
The OwnCloud client is older but works quite well, there have not been any updates in quite a while. However, it hides the OwnCloud data directory inside a non-accessible system directory. I managed to change this via WinSCP and the configuration file to a normal share, but you will still not be able to access/backup your OwnCloud other than through the client on another computer.
The biggest flaw is a garbage backup application. I initially thought it would super easy to backup the RAID to a large external. I have never had a backup complete to an external or internal (prior to using all 4 bays for the RAID) drive, and certainly wouldn't trust it to ever recover. I back this up using WinRAR on my main computer which is tedious and obviously not realtime. The lack of any new packages to backup to a cloud service is pretty much disqualifying in 2018.
SMART flags do not notify you in any way--I have one marginal drive I have to keep an eye on manually.
The SSL certificate stuff is totally incomprehensible. I bricked mine and had to restore from a firmware settings backup. It's not much of an issue for me other than a new computer has to install the default certificate or you will constantly be getting the browser bugs that the certificate is expired/invalid, bad if you want an HTTPS website or to really lock it down for public access. HTTP works fine, but then your only firewall comes down to your admin password, not great. Your share permissions become critical here.
To sum up it's been a largely good, not great machine. It's features and abilities are decidedly obsolete though, and given the expense of the HDs it's hard to recommend this when so many newer models do more stuff.
1) Once the most recent firmware is installed, it works fine as a home server and able to function as a RAID 5 device.
2) Completely tool-less design. Light weight yet feels sturdy. Had an SD slot and a USB 3.0 connection.
3) Costs about half of what other 4-bay NAS devices cost
1) One gigabit LAN port.
2) Have to add NFS file system access from a (very short) list of supported Apps (this should be already enabled).
3) USB 3.0 port copying completely utilizes the CPU to 100%, allowing little else to be done at the same time.
4) Copy button needs to be configured first properly and no "File Station" ability to move a small group (or single) files between directories or to/from USB-- see below.
Other: Bought this NAS several years ago and after working with the original firmware, shelved it shortly thereafter. Almost 2 years ago, updated the firmware and it was actually worse that the original. Re-shelved for 2 years. This past week got it out and for a third time updated the firmware and, now, it actually works the way a NAS device should work. The interface is much improved as is the USB -> NAS copy button. It has NO ability to copy a single file (or group of files) between directories, nor to the USB drive, although I can do this using Allway Sync via Windows 10.
Using SSH and the Linux cp (copy command) is "inconceivably" slow