QNAP TS-1253U-RP 12-bay Rackmount Customizable NAS
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The TS-1253U-RP, featuring the easy-to-use QTS operating system, is a powerful, reliable, secure and scalable NAS solution designed for mission-intensive business applications and to meet fast growing data storage needs. The TS-1253U-RP supports SATA 6Gb/s drives and delivers high performance with persistent throughput, providing a comprehensive storage solution for SMBs to build a reliable private cloud.
- Manage, share, and back up business data with Real-time Remote Replication (RTRR)
- Expand the total raw storage capacity up to 192 TB with the economical UX-1200U-RP QNAP expansion enclosure
- NAS and iSCSI-SAN unified storage solution for server virtualization
- Supports VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft Hyper-V and advanced virtualization features
- Enhanced data security with high-performance AES 256-bit encryption and anti-virus
- Use the TS-1253U-RP as a PC with exclusive QvPC Technology
- Run multiple Windows/Linux/Android-based virtual machines with the Virtualization Station
- Transcode Full HD videos on-the-fly or offline with QNAP’s unique transcoding technology
Energy-saving yet powerful quad-core processor
Powered by a cutting-edge 22nm quad-core Intel Celeron 2.0GHz processor with 4GB energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (upgradable to 8GB), coupled with the support of SATA 6Gb/s, 4 Gigabit LAN ports and HDMI output, the TS-1253U-RP is a powerful NAS that delivers up to 423 MB/s throughput. The TS-1253U-RP can also automatically increase the processor's clock rate from 2.0GHz to 2.41GHz when needed for CPU-intensive tasks. The TS-1253U-RP's fast encryption and decryption performance provides transfer speeds of up to 271 MB/s with AES 256-bit volume encryption, boosting system performance & security while ensuring the safety of sensitive business data stored in the TS-1253U-RP.
Tested in QNAP Labs. Figures may vary by environment.
- OS: QTS 4.1.2
- Volume type: RAID 5; 4 x Seagate ST1000NM0033
- Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770 3.40GHz CPU; DDR3 1600Hz 16GB; Seagate ST500DM002; Intel Gigabit CT (MTU 1500); Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
- IOMeter configuration: Transferring 8GB file continuously to/from 4 PCs for 3 minutes. Block size: 64KB for SMB2.0 (Throughput)
Economical storage expansion with scale-up solution
The TS-1253U-RP offers a high performance yet affordable storage solution to fulfill the needs of businesses in archiving rapidly growing data & large files. The TS-1253U-RP supports capacity expansion by connecting a QNAP expansion enclosure. With the QNAP scale-up solution, the raw storage capacity can be expanded on demand, making the TS-1253U-RP an ideal file center with a large storage capacity for business data.
The maximum raw storage capacity available by connecting a QNAP expansion enclosure:
*The maximum capacity is calculated by using 8TB HDDs.
QTS - Simple and efficient
Thanks to the intuitive user interface of QTS, system operations of the TS-1253U-RP are smooth and handy. Its intelligent desktop allows you to find desired functions quickly, create desktop shortcuts or group shortcuts, monitor important system information on a real-time basis, and open multiple application windows to run multiple tasks concurrently, bringing greater operating efficiency.
SSD cache acceleration
The TS-1253U-RP supports SSD caching which can greatly boost the IOPS performance of storage volumes. It is perfect for improving the overall workflow of IOPS-demanding applications such as virtualization.
High reliability design ensuring business continuity
The business-ready TS-1253U-RP is designed to provide 24/7 operations and services. The support for comprehensive RAID configurations and hot-swapping allow for replacing hard drives without service interruption. QNAP's advanced RAID recovery technology also helps if any healthy drives are removed from a degraded RAID volume by mistake. The system can be recovered by reinserting the wrongly removed hard drives so the data can still be accessible. The TS-1253U-RP delivers high reliability and efficiency with 4 LAN support for multiple port-trunking modes including fail-over support. The TS-1253U-RP also features a hot-swappable redundant power supply to ensure maximum system uptime.
Cross-platform file sharing, centralized data storage
The TS-1253U-RP supports SMB/CIFS, NFS, and AFP protocols for file sharing across Windows, Mac, Linux/UNIX networks. Data, logs and ISO images of CDs and DVDs can be centrally stored on the TS-1253U-RP and protected by an integrated antivirus solution. The Windows AD and LDAP services enable system administrators to configure user permissions by using an existing Windows AD server, LDAP server or built-in LDAP service. The TS-1253U-RP supports SAMBA v4 and can act as a Windows domain controller to manage privilege settings.
Well-rounded backup solutions to secure data
QNAP NetBak Replicator supports real-time and scheduled data backup on Windows including Outlook email archiving. Apple Time Machine is also supported to provide Mac OS X users with a solution to effortlessly back up data to the TS-1253U-RP. A wide range of third-party backup software such as Acronis True Image and Symantec Backup Exec are also supported.
File synchronization across multiple devices
The Qsync utility turns your TS-1253U-RP into a safe data center for file synchronization with a large storage capacity. Any file uploaded to the TS-1253U-RP will be made available for all linked devices, such as computers, laptops or mobile devices. Qsync is especially useful for frequent travelers to manage files and always have the most updated files on different devices. Qsync provides multiple ways of file synchronization and group file sharing, greatly enhancing the flexibility of collaboration.
Disaster recovery solutions brings peace of mind
The TS-1253U-RP offers various data recovery options. RTRR (Real-Time Remote Replication) supports real time or scheduled data backup to a remote Turbo NAS or FTP server and synchronizes files to a remote folder from a local folder with better backup efficiency and reduced backup time. The TS-1253U-RP also supports rsync protocol to back up data to another remote server on a scheduled basis. Data can also be backed up to and restored from a range of cloud storage services, including Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Microsoft Azure, ElephantDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive.
Monitor and manage multiple NAS with Q'center
Q'center turns your TS-853U-RP into a central management system to manage multiple Turbo NAS units. After installing Q'center in the QTS App Center, you can use the TS-853U-RP to centrally manage multi-site Turbo NAS for monitoring system logs, managing firmware updates and maintenance; and enjoy major benefits including ease-of-use, cost-efficiency, convenience and flexibility. Managing multiple Turbo NAS becomes so easy and efficient with Q'center.
Comprehensive security options
In open network environments, business data may be exposed in a potential hack. The TS-853U-RP provides numerous security options, such as encrypted access, IP blocking, and more. IT administrators can also control the access rights of each user to different folders, preventing unauthorized access to important files. The TS-853U-RP is validated with military-level FIPS 140-2 AES 256-bit encryption, preventing sensitive business data from unauthorized access and breach even if the hard drives or the entire system were stolen.
Storage for comprehensive virtualization applications
The TS-853U-RP supports VMware and Citrix, and is compatible with Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012, benefiting flexible deployment and management in the virtualization environments. The TS-853U-RP supports VMware VAAI and Microsoft ODX to increase performance by offloading server loading for ESXi server and Hyper-V respectively, and supports QNAP vSphere Client plug-in and QNAP SMI-S provider with enhanced operational efficiency and management in virtualization applications.
Use your TS-853U-RP as a PC with the exclusive QvPC Technology
QNAP's exclusive QvPC Technology consolidates a number of high-end technologies including VM integration, multimedia transcoding, HDMI output, cloud integration and NAS connection technologies, allowing users to operate the TS-853U-RP as a PC when they plug in a keyboard, mouse and monitor. With QvPC Technology, the TS-853U-RP is transformed into a cost-effective device with PC functionalities for users to directly access stored data, run multiple applications using Windows/Linux/UNIX/Android-based VMs, surf the web on Google Chrome, enjoy Full HD videos with up to 7.1 channel audio with XBMC, monitor Surveillance Station in real time with local display, and much more.
Run additional operating systems on the TS-853U-RP
With the support for Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x), the TS-853U-RP can operate the Virtualization Station, transforming the TS-853U-RP into a 2-in-a-box NAS that can function as an all-in-one NAS and a virtualization platform that supports multiple operating systems, fast virtual machine (VM) creation, VM import/export, snapshot, and enables desktop operations on web browsers. With the easy-to-use interface, you can centrally manage all of the VMs created on the TS-853U-RP with minimal effort. You can also download VMs on demand from online VM markets and import them to the TS-853U-RP without any complex procedures.
Real-time & offline HD video transcoding
The TS-853U-RP delivers superior real-time Full HD video transcoding to convert videos to formats that can be smoothly played on PCs, mobile devices and Smart TVs. It allows multiple devices to simultaneously view different videos stored on the TS-853U-RP with on-the-fly hardware accelerated transcoding. The TS-853U-RP allows you to enjoy instant videos on multiple devices - even those that lack computing power or have limited file format support - without the need for complicated and time-consuming file conversion.
With the benefit of offline transcoding, if you can only connect to an Internet connection with limited/restricted bandwidth, you can still enjoy smooth videos by selecting a pre-rendered lower resolution to play the videos via File Station, Video Station, or the Qfile mobile app without affecting the TS-853U-RP’s system performance running other applications. This also allows more people to play videos via streaming. The TS-853U-RP also allows you to set a dedicated folder for automatic video transcoding.
1080p local display with HD Station via HDMI
QNAP's HD Station integrates the powerful XBMC media player and web browser. With HDMI connectivity, you can connect the TS-853U-RP to an HDTV to enjoy your rich multimedia content on the big screen. The splendid user interface and support for 7.1 channel audio passthrough* brings smooth playback of Full HD videos providing a quality home theater viewing experience**. You can even watch YouTube videos, surf the web and manage the Turbo NAS using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox with multilingual keyboard input. The HD Station supports user authentication so only authorized users can access data stored on the TS-853U-RP via HDMI monitors. It is convenient & easy to control the HD Station with your mobile device installing the Qremote app as a remote control, or with a USB keyboard and mouse.
*A receiver with HDMI support is required for decoding multi-channel surround sound.
**Video files up to 1080p resolution are supported. Some high-bitrate files or codecs are not supported due to the hardware limitations.
Optimize IT assets management with the IT Management Station
The IT Management Station, powered by Mandriva Pulse, provides a flexible service for managing multi-OS and multi-site IT assets for businesses of all sizes. By installing the IT Management Station on the TS-853U-RP, you can centrally manage multiple IT resources with numerous business applications including comprehensive inventory, centralized software deployment & updates, imaging, remote management & support, backup & restore, and more tasks with greater flexibility and productivity.
Comprehensive surveillance solution providing 24/7 security
Surveillance Station is professional network surveillance Video Management System (VMS) that offers a user-friendly management interface, over 2,700 compatible IP camera models, and expandable IP camera channel licenses. It supports real-time monitoring, video & audio recording and playback with a wide range of customizable settings. You can also install the Vmobile mobile app on your iOS or Android devices to manage the monitored channels anytime and anywhere to safeguard your office environment, or install the Vcam mobile app to turn your device into a network camera to instantly record to your TS-853U-RP. The TS-853U-RP offers 2 free IP camera channels and you can expand up to 24 channels by purchasing additional licenses.
Signage Station - Creatively present your animated content and ads
With the Signage Station, it is easy to create content for a wide range of materials such as menu boards, advertisements, posters, and business profiles. The Signage Station is a great tool to invigorate your advertisements or animated materials for promoting your services, and to update contents in a timely manner. The iArtist Lite application, with intuitive editing tools, helps you create these signs with simple drag & drop tools. Your creativity can now travel around the world with a few simple steps to instantly get published, revised, and shared.
Install-on-demand apps to extend NAS functionality
The TS-853U-RP has a built-in App Center that provides various install-on-demand apps developed by QNAP and third-party developers, including tools for backup/sync, business, content management, communications, download, entertainment, and much more. It is also a centralized location for managing & updating installed apps. In addition, QNAP's development platform embraces the open-source spirit to enable developers to create their own apps, adding potentially limitless potential for the TS-853U-RP.
The TS-853U-RP utilizes a 22nm CPU and DDR3L RAM which feature low voltage requirements and low power consumption whilst maintaining high performance in system operations. Other eco-friendly designs include scheduled power on/off, hard disk standby mode, and Wake on LAN.
Additional SMB-ready features
The TS-853U-RP supports various business applications as an all-in-one Turbo NAS with cost-efficiency.
The Turbo NAS supports FTP server to share large size files, coming with user-defined settings including bandwidth limitation, number of connections, and write-only permission.
The Turbo NAS supports Web server which allows numerous websites built on the same server conveniently. Administrators can manage up to 32 websites on the single one Turbo NAS for reduced IT costs.
The Turbo NAS supports RADIUS server which provides centralized authorization management for computers to connect and use a network service.
The Turbo NAS supports VPN server which provides an easy way for IT administrators to build up a secure private network and allows the staff to log on from outside the office and access business resources securely such as files and Internet connections.
The Turbo NAS supports Printer server to send remote printing request over the Internet (max. 3 USB printers), and supports IPP (Internet Printing Protocol), Samba, print job management and Bonjour printing for Mac OS X.
The Turbo NAS supports Surveillance Station to connect and manage multiple IP cameras remotely, including real-time monitoring, video recording, playback, and event notifications.
General Brand QNAP Model TS-1253U-RP Highlights QNAP TS-1253U-RP 12-bay Turbo NAS, Diskless, Intel Celeron (2.0GHz - 2.41GHz) Quad-Core Processor w/ Media Transcoding, 4GB DDR3 RAM (Up to 8GB), 512MB Flash Memory, VMware Ready and Citrix Ready Certification, SATA III HDD / USB 3.0 / HDMI Output, Redundant Power Supply, Powerful, reliable and scalable NAS for SMBs. Hardware Specification CPU Intel Celeron 2.0GHz quad-core processor (burst up to 2.41GHz) DRAM Installed: 4GB DDR3L SDRAM (1 x 4GB)
Slots: 2 SODIMM (Max: 8GB)
1. When installing two memory modules, please ensure that they are the same size and ideally use the same type of RAM for both memory slots.
2. For the information of RAM module installation and compatible NAS models, please refer to the QNAP RAM Module Installation Guide.
Flash Memory 512MB DOM Hard Disk Drive 12 x 3.5" or 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s, SATA 3Gb/s hard drive or SSD
1. The system is shipped without HDD.
2. For the HDD compatibility list, please visit http://www.qnap.com/compatibility
Hard Disk Tray 12 Hot-swappable and lockable trays LAN Port 4 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port Ports 4 x USB 3.0
1 x HDMI
1 x console (system maintenance)
LED Indicators Status, LAN, USB, HDD 1-12 Buttons Power, reset Alarm Buzzer System Warning Form Factor 2U, rack mountable Dimensions 89 x 482 x 534 mm (H x W x D)
3.5 x 18.98 x 21.02 inch (H x W x D)
Weight Net weight: 16.14 kg (35.58 lbs.)
Gross weight: 18.98 kg (41.84 lbs.)
Power Consumption HDD standby: 47.85W
In operation: 126.59W
(with 12 x 2TB HDD installed)
Temperature 0-40˚C Humidity 0~95% R.H. Power Supply Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz; Output: 250W Fan 2 x 70mm, 12V DC Software Specification Operating System QTS 4.1 (embedded Linux) Supported Client OS Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Windows 8 (32/64-bit), Windows Server 2003/2008 R2/2012
Apple Mac OS X
Linux & UNIX
Supported Browsers Microsoft Internet Explorer 10+
Mozilla Firefox 8+
Apple Safari 4+
Multilingual Support Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish File System Internal hard drive: EXT4
External hard drive: EXT4, EXT3, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+
Networking TCP/IP (IPv4 & IPv6: Dual Stack)
- Not all services support IPv6
Jumbo frame support
Proxy server (Squid package available in App Center)
DHCP client, DHCP server
Protocols: CIFS/SMB, AFP (v3.3), NFS(v3), FTP, FTPS, SFTP, TFTP, HTTP(S), Telnet, SSH, iSCSI, SNMP, SMTP, and SMSC
UPnP & Bonjour discovery
USB Wi-Fi 802.11ac/a/n adapter support
Security Network access protection with auto-blocking: SSH, Telnet, HTTP(S), FTP, CIFS/SMB, AFP
CIFS host access control for shared folders
FIPS 140-2 validated AES 256-bit volume-based data encryption*
AES 256-bit external drive encryption*
Importable SSL certificates
Instant alert via email, SMS, beep
* The data encryption functions may not be available in accordance to the legislative restrictions of some countries (ex. Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.)
Storage Management QNAP flexible Volume/LUN with thin provisioning and space reclaim
RAID 0,1, 5, 6, 10, 5/6/10+spare
Global hot spare
Supports storage pool
Online volume expansion
Online storage pool expansion
Storage expansion via a QNAP UX-1200U-RP/UX-800U-RP expansion unit
Bad block scan and hard drive S.M.A.R.T.
Bad block recovery
Power Management Wake on LAN
Internal hard drive standby mode
Scheduled power on/off
Automatic power on after power recovery
USB and network UPS support with SNMP management
Access Right Management Batch users creation
User quota management
Local user access control for CIFS, AFP, FTP, and WebDAV
Application access control for Photo Station, Music Station, Video Station, and File Station
Subfolder permissions support for CIFS/SMB, AFP, FTP, and File Station
Domain Authentication Integration Microsoft Active Directory (AD) & Domain Controller support
LDAP server, LDAP client
Domain users login via CIFS/SMB, AFP, FTP, and File Station
myQNAPcloud Service Private cloud storage and sharing
Free host name registration (DDNS)
Auto router configuration (via UPnP)
Web-based file manager with HTTPS 2048-bit encryption
CloudLink for remote access without complicated router setup
myQNAPcloud connect for easy VPN connection (Windows VPN utility)
Qsync Syncs files among multiple devices with SSL support
Selective synchronization for syncing specific folders only
Use team folders as a file center for greater team collaboration (maximum sync tasks:32)
Shares files by links via email
Policy settings for conflicted files and file type filter support
Version control: up to 64 versions.
Incremental synchronization for HDD space saving
Supports Windows & Mac OS
Web Administration Smart toolbar and dashboard for neat system status display
Smart fan Control
Dynamic DNS (DDNS)
SNMP (v2 & v3)
Network recycle bin for file deletion via CIFS/SMB, AFP, and File Station
- Automatic Cleanup
- File Type Filter
Comprehensive logs (events & connection)
System settings backup and restore
Restore to factory default
Mobile app: Qmanager for remote system monitoring & management
Powerful All-in-one server File Server File sharing across Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX
Advanced folder permission for CIFS/SMB, AFP, FTP
Shared folder aggregation (CIFS/SMB)
FTP Server FTP over SSL/TLS (Explicit)
Passive ftp port range control
File Station Supports ISO Mounting (Up to 256 ISO Files)
Supports thumbnail display of multimedia files
Supports sharing download links and upload links
Drag-n-drop Files via Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox
Photo, music, and video preview and playback with hardware-accelerated transcoding
File Compression (ZIP or 7z)
Creation of and sending download links for sharing public files with expiration time and password protection
Support for displaying subtitles (*.SRT, UTF-8 format)
- Video seeking support for video playback during on-the-fly transcoding
- Support slideshow playback in media viewer
Mobile App: Qfile for file browsing and management
Transcode Management Transcode video files to 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p and 1080p resolutions
Automatic video transcoding for watched folders
Hardware-accelerated transcoding support
Embed subtitles with videos inbackground transcoding
Backup Station Remote replication server (over rsync)
Real-time remote replication (RTRR) to another QNAP NAS or FTP server
Works as both RTRR server & client with bandwidth control
Real-time & scheduled backup
Encryption, compression, file filters, and transfer rate limitations
Encrypted replication between QNAP NAS servers
Desktop backup with QNAP NetBak Replicator for Windows
Apple Time Machine backup support
Data backup to multiple external storage devices
Synchronizes with cloud storage: Amazon S3, ElephantDrive, Symform, Dropbox*, and Google Drive
Third party backup software support: Veeam backup & replication, Acronis True Image, Arcserve backup, emc retrospect, Symantec Backup Exec, etc.
Print Server Max. number of printers: 3
Support for Internet Printing Protocol
Print job display and management
IP-based and domain name-based privilege control
Cloud Backup Station Amazon S3
WebDAV-based cloud storage
App Center Over 100 official and community software add-ons (including Dropbox, Google Drive Sync, McAfee, WordPress, HappyGet II, and more.)
Photo Station, Music Station, Video Station, Download Station, Notes Station, Signage Station, Digital TV Station (DVB-T only)
HD (HybridDesk) Station Playback videos, music, photos on your TV with XBMC via HDMI output
Watch various online contents such as YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, Shoutcast, and more.
Web browser (Chrome, Firefox)
Supports USB U.S. keyboard and mouse
Supports QNAP Qremote app and the official XBMC remote app
Supports user login permissions
- The playback and quality of some video ﬁles may be affected due to the CPU and GPU decoding abilities.
- Up to 7.1 channel audio passthrough is supported
Storage Plug & Connect Creating and mapping shared folders usingQNAP Windows Qfinder
Creation of and connection to iSCSI targets/LUN
iSCSI (IP SAN) iSCSI target with multi-LUNs per target (Up to 256 targets/LUNs combined)
Support for LUN mapping & masking
Online LUN capacity expansion
Support for SPC-3 persistent reservation
Support for MPIO & MC/S
iSCSI LUN backup, one-time snapshot, and restoration
iSCSI connection and management by QNAP Windows Qfinder
Virtual disk drive (via iSCSI initiator)
Stack chaining master
Max No. of virtual disk drives: 8
Surveillance Station Supports over 2,700 IP cameras
Includes 2 free camera licenses, up to 24 camera channels via additional license purchase
Instant playback to check recent events
Online editing to change cameras when in live view
Visual aid by using e-maps
Playback and speed control by shuttle bar
Video preview using playback timeline
Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) for advanced video search
Surveillance client for Mac
Mobile surveillance app: Vmobile (iOS and Android)
Mobile recording app: Vcam (iOS and Android)
VPN Server Secure remote access: PPTP & OpenVPN VPN services
Max number of clients: 15 for PPTP & 15 for OpenVPN
VPN Client Supported VPN protocols: PPTP & OpenVPN services
PPTP Authentication: PAP, CHAP, MS-CHAP, MS-CHAPv2
PPTP Encryption: None, AES 40/128 bit, AES 256 bit
OpenVPN Encryption: None, AES 40/128 bit, AES 256 bit
Transmission package monitor
OpenVPN port control
OpenVPN link compression
DLNA Server Supports DLNA/UPnP TVs and Players such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Supported audio formats: AIFF, APE, DSD (DSF, DFF), FLAC, M4A, M4A Apple Lossless (ALAC), MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV (PCM, LPCM), WMA, WMA PRO, WMA VBR*
Support CUE indexing files for APE, FLAC audio format.
Video and audio on-the-ﬂy transcoding
*DRM-protected files are not supported.
New Group Package Content TS-1253U-RP x 1
Power Cord x 1
Ethernet cable x 2
Hard disk tray key x 1
Quick installation guide x 1
Flat head screw x 36 (for 2.5" HDD)
Flat head screw x 48 (for 3.5" HDD)