QNAP is known as the popular network storage server (NAS) manufacturer, but today it ventured into the home Wi-Fi router field with the TGX-150, which was launched at CES 2017.
Details on the TGX-150, including Wi-Fi specifications and actual release date, are still sketchy. But for now, its general specs include:
- 14nm Intel Atom 2.0GHz processor (up to 2.5GHz) with 2GB DDR3 memory
- Hardware-based encryption when used as a NAS server
- Built-in 2.4GHz / 5GHz dual-band 11ac MU-MIMO Wi-Fi to work as a Wi-Fi router or an Access Point
- Two USB 3.0 ports (1x Type-C, 1x Type-A)
- Five 1-Gigabit network ports (one WAN and four LANs)
- Can store a 2.5 inch SATA 6Gb / s hard drive or solid state hard drive
- Sleek, stylish and quiet, with a space-saving vertical design and fan-less cooling
This is a Wi-Fi router with built-in hardware for the NAS server. In other words, you can just add a 2.5 inch hard drive or solid state drive and you’ll have a Wi-Fi router that is also a full featured NAS server.
QNAP says the TGX-150 uses a lightweight version of the QTS operating system, which is used in all of its NAS servers. This means that the router provides a comprehensive way for users to manage its network features and functions.
When used as a NAS server, it offers some of the most useful features available in the QNAP NAS server, such as File Station and backup to cloud services including Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox. . The device will also allow users to access files locally and remotely via the myQNAPcloud and CloudLink services.
In many ways, the TGX-150 is QNAP’s answer tofrom Synology, another famous NAS manufacturer that also manufactures Wi-Fi routers. QNAP says the TGX-150 will launch in April this year, check back later for a full review.