QNAP Network Attached Storage
QNAP is a Taiwanese corporation that specialises in manufacturing networking hardware solutions for file sharing. They also offer other products like surveillance solutions and software for managing your network storage. The company, whose name stands for Quality Network Appliance Provider, began operations in 2004. It used to be a department under the IEI Group as the Internet Appliance Department but was then spun off into QNAP Systems Inc., which became a subsidiary under the IEI Group. They provide affordable, secure and reliable network solutions not only fit for home use but also a range of businesses as well.
What is network attached storage?
Commonly known as NAS, network attached storage is a type of storage solution not located physically inside a computer. It is connected to the network in your home, office or business. The data inside the storage is available to any device connected to the network and potentially from anywhere using a browser depending on the firmware of the NAS. Of course, the storage system has security measure, such as passwords and two-step authentication on some models. Some devices even feature nightly data backups and wide expansion capabilities to allow you to scale your data storage on your own terms, as opposed to using free cloud storage options.
What types of QNAP NAS products are available?
QNAP has a range of products geared toward different users. For instance, if you have a small family of three and just want a NAS to store your relatively small collection of media, photos and files, get a QNAP TS-251, which has two drive bays and 4 GB of SO-DIMM RAM. This NAS can upgrade to up to 4 TB of data storage. It also has QTS 4.2, a simple and efficient user interface ideal for use with a large TV and controllable via the provided remote control. Small businesses may want to consider the TS-1673U-RP, a 16-drive NAS that can handle over 32 TB of data storage.
How do I Install a NAS?
Set up the hardware by following the instruction manual. This generally entails inserting your hard disks (HDD) or solid state drives (SSD), and plugging in all relevant connections like power and Ethernet. Then, install the firmware through cloud installation, the Qfinder Pro Utility, or via local installation. After software is installed, log in with your username and password and start filling up your personal cloud.