QNAP Systems, Inc. has released the QSW-1208-8C (twelve-port) and QSW-804-4C (eight-port) 10GbE/NBASE-T unmanaged switches to help home and small business users upgrade their networks to accommodate 10GbE speeds for bandwidth-demanding tasks. The NBASE-T-based switch delivers a cost-effective solution for improving network performance while using existing Cat 5e, 6 and 6a cables. The QSW-1208-8C has twelve ports, including four SFP+ (fibre) and eight SFP+ (fibre)/ RJ45 (copper) combo ports while the QSW-804-4C has eight ports, including four SFP+ (fibre) and four SFP+ (fibre)/ RJ45 (copper) combo ports to ensure an optimised investment in 10GbE networking. The QSW-1208-8C and QSW-804-4C are also backward compatible with legacy devices and support the IEEE 802.3az (Energy Efficient Ethernet, EEE) standard for reducing power consumption while maintaining high network performance and quality. "The QNAP unmanaged switch series is excellent for home and small business users," said Ken Cheah, Product Manager of QNAP. "The versatility of these 10GbE switches allows users of 10GbE-equipped QNAP NAS and virtually all 10GbE/NBASE-T-ready servers to fully leverage the high-speed potential of their devices, services, and infrastructure for greatly improving workflows and enhancing day-to-day tasks." Near-silent operationThe QSW-1208-8C and QSW-804-4C can function as a desktop-based or rackmount-based solution The QSW-1208-8C and QSW-804-4C can function as a desktop-based or rackmount-based solution (a free rackmount kit is included in the package). Both switches feature a sleek modern design to blend in with other devices in digital homes and offices. The smart fan mechanism enables efficient heat dissipation to ensure high performance while staying near-silent for minimising background noise. The following are the key specifications: QSW-1208-8C: 12-port (4 SFP+ fibre ports, 8 SFP+/ RJ45 copper combo ports) QSW-804-4C: 8-port (4 SFP+ fibre ports, 4 SFP+/ RJ45 copper combo ports) Dual desktop/rackmount; 5-speed (10GBASE-T/5GBASE-T/2.5GBASE-T/1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX), IEEE 802.3az compliant. The QSW-1208-8C unmanaged switch is available; the QSW-804-4C will be available in April 2018.
QNAP Systems, Inc. announced that its NAS officially supports Kodi (formerly XBMC) Entertainment Center. Users of x51, x53, x70, x71, x79 and x80 series NAS now can install Kodi in HD Station to enjoy an improved entertainment experience. As of version 14, XBMC has been renamed "Kodi". If users have XBMC v13 installed, they can install Kodi separately to use its beautiful unified interface to enjoy pictures, videos and music. Both versions can be installed to provide users with greater choice. "Multimedia entertainment has become a major part of QNAP NAS, and we will continue to offer up-to-date applications and technology to provide our users with the best multimedia experience," said Ken Cheah, product manager of QNAP. Revamped user interface for more intuitive operations QNAP will also rename XBMC v13 to "HD Player" in its HD Station platform. HD Player introduces a revamped user interface for more intuitive operations and integrates the QTS Media Library and user authentication for securing NAS data. HD Station is a free app available in QTS, and integrates multiple applications including Kodi, HD Player, YouTube, Spotify, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, DeaDBeeF, and more. By installing HD Station and connecting the QNAP NAS to an HDMI display, users can directly enjoy the video, music and photo collections stored on their QNAP NAS, surf the web, and even control the entire experience from their mobile devices.