The TS-253B comes with a sleek new look, featuring an OLED panel and two capacitive touch buttons. The TS-253B also features a PCIe port for boosting the potential applications of your NAS: the QNAP QM2 expansion card can be installed for adding an M.2 SSD cache/10GbE connectivity, a compatible wireless card can be installed to use the TS-253B as a wireless access point, and a USB 3.1 10Gbps card can be added for easier backup to/from multiple external storage devices. With a USB Type-C QuickAccess port and a SD card slot, the TS-253B simplifies transferring and sharing files without needing a network connection. The TS-253B also provides feature-rich multimedia functionality, such as 4K video playback and real-time transcoding.
- PCIe port supports installing a QNAP QM2 dual-port M.2 SSD/10GbE connectivity, a compatible PCIe wireless adapter, or a USB 3.1 10Gbps card
- USB QuickAccess port for direct access to files on NAS without needing a network connection
- Supports virtualization, centralized storage, backup, sharing, and disaster recovery
- A hybrid approach to virtualization in one NAS: Virtualization Station and Container Station
- Supports dual-channel 4K H.265/H.265 hardware decoding and on-the-fly or offline transcoding
- IFTTT Agent enables web automation for improved working efficiency
Intel® Celeron® J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz CPU with AES-NI Encryption
Powered by the latest 14 nm Intel® Celeron® J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz processor (burst up to 2.3 GHz), up to 8GB DDR3L RAM, dual Gigabit LAN ports, and SATA 6Gb/s, the TS-253B runs tasks smoothly and quickly with up to 225 MB/s read/ write speeds. The TS-253B features Intel® AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption to drive transfer speeds of up to 225 MB/s with AES 256-bit encryption for both full NAS volumes and shared folders, boosting system performance and security while ensuring the safety of sensitive data stored in the TS-253B.
Tested in QNAP Labs. Figures may vary by environment.
OS: QTS 4.3.3
Volume: RAID 1; 2 x Intel S3500 240GB SSDs (SSDSC2BB240G4); QNAP LAN-10G2SF-MLX 2 ports 10GbE SFP+
Intel® Core™ i7-4770 3.40GHz CPU; DDR3L 1600Hz 16GB; WD 1TB WD10EZEX; Intel Gigabit CT (MTU 1500) ; Windows® 10 64-bit
Extend NAS functionality with the PCIe Slot
With PCIe expansion, the TS-253B provides flexibility in extending NAS functionality and potential applications. Install a QNAP QM2 card to provide M.2 SSD caching/10GbE connectivity, or use the TS-253B as a wireless access point by installing a compatible wireless network card, or boost the USB connectivity of the TS-253B by installing a USB 3.1 10Gbps card.
QM2 expansion card redeﬁnes NAS function
QNAP's QM2 is a PCIe expansion card that features dual M.2 SSD slots and 10GbE connectivity* (individual cards may vary in functionality). This allows users to easily set up SSD caching or to enable Qtier auto-tiering technology to optimize NAS performance. 10GbE-compatible models can also future proof the TS-253B for use with 10GbE networks. Equipped with a dedicated cooling module, the QM2 can maintain its high performance even when tasked with the highest workloads.
OLED panel with capacitive touch buttons
The TS-253B features an all-new design with a sliding cover. The tool-less 3.5” hard drive installation makes it easier for users to set up and maintain the TS-253B. The OLED front panel displays system information (including temperatures, fan speed, and the capacity of hard drives, volumes and LUN) allowing you to quickly view the overall system status. Dust-proof capacitive touch buttons allow you to easily wake up the screen, change network IP settings and host password or even restart and shut down the system.
Directly access files with USB-C QuickAccess
The TS-253B features an innovative USB-C QuickAccess port that allows you to complete the first-time installation and setup of your TS-253B without requiring network connectivity. The files and data stored on the TS-253B can also be directly accessed by using Qfinder Pro* and a USB Type-C cable**. You can also assign access rights to users for different folders to prevent unauthorized access to important files.
* Qfinder Pro and USB QuickAccess support Windows 8.0 (and later) and Mac OS X 10.7 (and later). Other versions may require driver installation.
Learn more: Qfinder Pro, Network & Virtual Switch
Data backup, recovery, and synchronization
QNAP Hybrid Backup Sync provides a well-rounded solution for data backup, file synchronization and disaster recovery. With Hybrid Backup Sync, you can easily and securely backup data from your NAS to several local, remote and cloud storage spaces. In the event of system crashes or critical hardware failure, you can quickly restore data from these storage spaces, minimizing downtime and reducing overall loss. Hybrid Backup Sync also takes advantage of cloud storage for one-way sync of your data to cloud storage through RTRR, Rsync, FTP, SMB protocol, or two-way sync your NAS with remote NAS/cloud services.
Learn more: Hybrid Backup Sync
Share and sync files across devices
The TS-253B supports SMB, NFS and AFP, allowing you to quickly share files to Windows®, Mac®, and Linux®/UNIX® devices. With QNAP's Qsync utility, the TS-253B becomes a safe data center for file synchronization with huge storage potential. Any file uploaded to TS-253B can be synchronized to all the linked devices such as computers, laptops and mobile devices. You can also sync shared folders to increase the flexibility of collaboration and file sharing. The SDXC card slot makes it easier to directly access and back up files stored on them, and the new exFAT driver (optional purchase, sold separately) provides compatibility with newer, faster SD cards.
QTS-Linux dual systems, geared for the IoT era
The TS-253B’s QTS-Linux dual systems are based on QNAP’s advanced virtualization technologies. The revolutionary architecture of the TS-253B enables users not only to download rich apps from QTS App Center but also to develop or utilize IoT packages for Linux® and display them using HDMI output. With the TS-253B, you can develop and install various IoT packages on demand and centrally store the data on the TS-253B, benefiting from a secure private storage and development solution.
Learn more: Linux Station
Datastore for virtualized environments
The TS-253B is an iSCSI/ IP-SAN storage that supports VMware® and Citrix®, and is compatible with Microsoft® Hyper-V® and Windows Server 2012® R2, fulfilling the need for flexible deployment and management in virtualization environments. The TS-253B 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.
Learn more: Storage for Virtualization
Storage for hosting virtual machines and containerized applications
Virtualization Station allows you to host virtual machines (VM) on the TS-253B and access them via a web browser or VNC. Virtualization Station supports multiple operating systems, fast VM creation, VM backup & restoration, VM import/export, snapshot, and Device Management for centrally managing VMs. Virtualization Station allows the TS-253B, VMs and containers to share the same LAN port. No longer constrained by physical network performance, high-speed virtual switches greatly increases data transfer between VMs, containers and NAS through the internal interface. The TS-253B also features Container Station, which integrates LXC and Docker® lightweight virtualization technologies. You can operate multiple isolated Linux® systems on the TS-253B as well as download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry®. Containers Station also supports the QIoT Containers platform that helps quickly structure your IoT environment and deployment on your private IoT cloud.
Secure access with VPN & Proxy Server
The new QVPN combines VPN server and VPN client functionality. Through QVPN, the TS-253B can be used as a VPN server with L2TP/ IPsec, OpenVPN, and PPTP support, allowing you to securely access data shared within the private local network. The TS-253B can also be used as a VPN Client to connect to other VPN servers or virtual private network through PPTP and OpenVPN for secure data transmission. VPN Client also allows your NAS to connect to multiple servers at the same time. You can connect your devices to your NAS and the VPN server at home to access data on the LAN and via VPN Client on your NAS, you can connect to international VPN servers for accessing regionally-restricted services such as Netflix and Hulu in HD Station. The TS-253B provides you with various VPN options and helps secure your data transmission.
QTS 4.3 – The most intelligent and intuitive NAS operating system
With modularized multiple applications and functions, QTS enhances management efficiency, personal productivity, multimedia, and much more. New intelligent agent services have also been added to simplify system operations and management. The user-friendly QTS features an intelligent desktop that allows you to find desired functions quickly, monitor important system information on a real-time basis, open multiple application windows to run multiple tasks concurrently with greater working efficiency, and provides a built-in App Center with install-on-demand apps to extend NAS functionality. QTS breaks the barriers of devices, platforms, and geography to bring optimized cloud experiences and incorporates advanced features.
Qfiling automates your file organization
Qfiling helps automate file organization for sorting files spread through multiple folders, helping to reduce the time needed for finding important files. Users can categorize files and determine filing conditions; and schedule filing tasks to be carried out periodically. The “Recipe” feature allows users to save frequently-used filing conditions as an “exclusive recipe”, then the next Qfiling task can be run with just one click using the recipe.
Learn more: Qfiling
4K HDMI output for an excellent audiovisual experience
Featuring advanced 9th-generation Intel® HD Graphics, the TS-253B supports dual-channel 4K H.264/H.265 hardware decoding and real-time transcoding, allowing you to convert videos to universal file formats that can be smoothly played on multiple devices*. QNAP Linux Station is integrated with Ubuntu® OS, allowing you to download and install versatile multimedia apps from Ubuntu Software Center, such as Plex Media Server, KMPlayer, LibreOffice and VLC. QNAP's HD Station also allows you to directly enjoy multimedia using HD Player or third-party players such as Plex Home Theater. By connecting the TS-253B to a HDTV or A/V receiver you can enjoy watching videos with up to 4K resolution. The free QNAP remote control also provides you with convenient control of your multimedia experience.
*The TS-253B’s hardware provides H.264 /H.265 hardware decoding, encoding and transcoding capabilities. However, playback quality may vary due to factors including playback software, file formats, system usage, and available bandwidth.
Learn more: Linux Station, HD Station
IFTTT Agent automates your workflow
IFTTT (If This Then That) is currently one of the most popular web automation services, and with QNAP IFTTT Agent you can create a near-unlimited number of NAS-related applets on the IFTTT website for greater automation and to boost your productivity. For example, if you set a trigger as “Any new photo (using Android Photos service)” and the action as "Download the URL to QNAP NAS (using QNAP service)," then all the photos taken using your Android device will be automatically downloaded to TS-253B. With IFTTT Agent, you can make your TS-253B smarter than ever.
Learn more: IFTTT Agent
Centralized email and contact management for improved communication workflows
It can be hard to manage emails and contact information that are scattered across multiple computers, devices, and accounts - not to mention if important emails or contact information are lost or become inaccessible due to account closure or device malfunction/loss. QNAP QmailAgent and Qcontactz helps you centrally store and manage emails and contact information, making them accessible to all of your devices at any time - and with the powerful Qsirch search engine, you can easily find specific contacts and emails whenever needed.
Comprehensive surveillance solution providing 24/7 security
Surveillance Station is a professional network surveillance Video Management System (VMS) that offers a user-friendly management interface, over 3,000 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 app on your iOS® or Android™ devices to manage the monitored channels anytime and anywhere, or install the Vcam mobile app to turn your device into a network camera to instantly record to your TS-253B. The TS-253B offers 4 free IP camera channels and you can expand up to 40 channels by purchasing additional licenses.
Whole new QVR Pro surveillance solution
The TS-253B supports QVR Pro (Beta) that integrates QNAP’s professional QVR system into the QTS operating system. You can arrange a dedicated, independent storage space for surveillance data on the NAS and leverage the advantages of scalability and storage manageability from QTS. QVR Pro features a flexible monitoring interface that allows adjusting the proportion and monitor view of IP cameras, supports an upgraded timeline feature that provides instant video search and quick view identification in live monitoring mode, and allows for monitoring views and playing back images without switching between windows. Additional functions like batch adding and editing cameras and searching for cameras across different LANs further save the cost and time in deploying and maintaining a complete surveillance system. With the newly-developed QUSBCam2 App, you can use a USB camera as an ONVIF network camera. Simply connect it to your TS-253B, and you can view real-time images without installing any software. Through QVR Pro, you can even store recordings for playback, allowing you to build a surveillance system with minimum budget.
Learn more: QVR Pro
Easily expand storage capacity
Besides attaching a QNAP expansion enclosure, the TS-253B’s storage capacity can also be increased by using VJBOD. With VJBOD, the storage capacity of other QNAP NAS* can be used as virtual disks that can be mounted as local disks on the TS-253B for shares, applications, or even creating another LUN. You can use the QTS Storage Manager to easily handle NAS capacity expansion and storage expansion enclosure management. With the support of QJBOD Express (JBOD enclosures roaming)**, you can migrate data to another QNAP NAS through a JBOD enclosure without network connectivity.
The maximum number of drives available by connecting the QNAP expansion enclosure:
|QNAP NAS Model||Expansion Enclosure||No. of Expansion Enclosures||Total HDD No.
(NAS + Enclosure)
*The remote QNAP NAS must support iSCSI and Storage Pools and use QTS 4.2.1 (or newer). Up to 8 remote NAS units can be mounted.
** You must create a separate static volume or storage pool on the UX expansion unit.
Learn more: VJBOD, Storage Manager, QNAP expansion enclosure
Accessories (Optional Purchase):
|Storage expansion accessories|
|8-bay USB RAID expansion enclosure|
|5-bay USB RAID expansion enclosure|
|2GB DDR3L RAM, 1600 MHz, SO-DIMM|
|4GB DDR3L RAM, 1600 MHz, SO-DIMM|
|2GB DDR3L-1866 SODIMM RAM|
|4GB DDR3L-1866 SODIMM RAM|
|QM2: M.2 SSD/10GbE PCIe Expansion Card|
|Dual M.2 22110/2280 SATA SSD expansion card|
|Dual M.2 22110/2280 PCIe SSD expansion card|
|Dual M.2 2280 SATA SSD & single-port 10GbE expansion card|
|Dual M.2 2280 PCIe SSD & single-port 10GbE expansion card|
|QNAP single-port 10 Gigabit SFP+ network expansion card|
|QNAP dual-port 10 Gigabit 10GBASE-T network expansion card|
|QNAP dual-port 10 Gigabit SFP+ network expansion card|
|QNAP dual-port Gigabit RJ45 network expansion card|
|SFP+ DAC Cable|
|SFP+ Direct attach cable 1.5m|
|SFP+ Direct attach cable 3m|
|SFP+ Direct attach cable 5m|