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Comparison of ZyXEL NAS542 and QNAP TS-231

The side-by-side comparison of the devices’ specifications. The comparison table below makes it easier to choose the most fitting NAS.

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ZyXEL NAS542 (NAS542)
ZyXEL NAS542 (NAS542)
QNAP TS-231 (TS-231)
QNAP TS-231 (TS-231)
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Launch 2016 2015
Class Small office / Home office Small office / Home office
Body
Dimensions 190 x 225 x 160 mm 169 x 102 x 219 mm
Weight 2 kg 1.28 kg
Disks
Disk bays 4 x 3.5" SATA II 2 x 3.5" SATA III
RAID JBOD
RAID0
RAID1
RAID10
RAID5
RAID6
JBOD
RAID0
RAID1
SSD support no yes
Network
LAN ports 2 x Gigabit Ethernet 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless no yes, with USB dongle
Protocols AFP
CIFS/SMB
FTP
HTTP
ISCSI
NFS
WEBDAV
AFP
CIFS/SMB
FTP
ISCSI
NFS
WEBDAV
P2P support BitTorrent BitTorrent
Media server DLNA
Squeezebox
UPnP
iTunes
DLNA
iTunes
Cloud backup Dropbox
Google Drive
Amazon S3
Dropbox
Google Drive
Microsoft OneDrive
Connectivity
USB ports 3 x USB 3.0 3 x USB 3.0
eSATA ports no 1 x eSATA
System
CPU Freescale ARMv7 Cortex-A9 dual-core @ 1.2 GHz Freescale ARMv7 Cortex-A9 dual-core @ 1.2GHz
RAM 1 GB DDR3 512 MB
Flash 256 MB 512 MB
Operating system ZyXEL QNAP QTS
Alternative OS
Power
Power supply 19 V / 4.74 A 12 V / 5 A
Consuption 36.5 W / 14.8 W 20.56 W / 9.78 W
Fans 1 x 120 mm 1 x 70 mm
Noise level 15.4 dB(A)
Features
Specials Failover and link aggregation
SD card reader
Administration
Default IP DHCP DHCP
Default username admin admin
Default password 1234 admin

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