Over recent months I have installed a number of 2 Bay QNAP branded NAS devices.
This is like having your own personal cloud storage (Like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive), except you control the environment and access.
There are many benefits of having such a device.
- You can set it up to have a large storage pool.
- It is run independent of the computer. (Access from your phone)
- Works from Mac and PC
- Can be accessed from any device on your home network or if configured to allow it, access from a remote location via the internet.
- If the computer were to crash or be replaced, then we have all your data securely stored externally.
- The device has built in redundancy (Two drives always mirroring each other)
- You can send images or videos directly from your phone to your folder on the NAS.
- You can setup shared access to images or folders to others.
- You can have user restricted access to folders on the NAS. Keep individuals data on the NAS Private. Each office member can have their own private folder for storing data).
- Mac laptop/desktop can also use this to perform it’s time machine backup.
There are two parts to it.
- The NAS box itself. Which is about the size of a small shoe box.
- The two hard drives that you decide to install in the box. This is where you can decide what size(Capacity) drives you want in the box.
I have been implementing the brand QNAP 2-Bay Units for a NAS and Seagate Ironwolf Pro Drives (Better Quality and Warranty).
To give you an idea on costs.
A Two Bay NAS Box (Diskless) will cost from around $250 through to the better faster 2 bay unit at around $750-800 .
The better units are faster to process data.
Then to get a standard NAS Hard Drive of which you will need two matching drives, can cost from $100 per 1TB drive to $1000 per 16TB drive .
I have found a number of software utilities that can run on either windows or mac computers to assist with NAS configuration, Data Synchronization, NAS Monitoring.
Qfinder Pro (available for Windows, Mac and Ubuntu) allows you to quickly find and easily access all of the QNAP NAS on the same LAN. The Windows version provides “Storage Plug & Connect” functionality, allowing the QNAP NAS to be used as a PC network drive or virtual disk for convenient data storage. You can also use the “Media Upload” feature to save NAS system resources by performing media file transcoding on your local PC before uploading them to the NAS. Chromebook users can download Qfinder Pro from the Chrome Web Store to enjoy seamless connectivity to the QNAP NAS.
QSYNC : Qsync enables automatic file synchronization across different devices. Simply drag and drop files in the “Qsync folder,” data on devices linked with the NAS is updated simultaneously when changes are made. Additional sync modes, such as Smart Sync or Advanced Selective Sync, allow users to only sync selective data or folders. You can also create download links to share files with others without them having to create a user account for download.
NetBak Replicator: (Windows Only) QNAP NetBak Replicator features real-time synchronization, scheduled and auto backup of the entire disk drives, documents, multimedia files and e-mails from multiple Windows PCs to QNAP NAS. It also supports backing up to a remote server via FTP and WebDAV over the Internet.
Notes Station 3 Clipper : The Notes Station 3 Clipper for Google Chrome™ assists in collecting online information by saving web content (including web pages, articles, and images) as notes in Notes Station 3 for quick and easy access. Simply add this Chrome extension to start clipping online content to Notes Station 3.
Note: The Notes Station 3 Clipper requires Notes Station 3 to be installed on your NAS.
Qsirch: Qsirch is a fast, full-text search engine that enables you to search for files based on names, content, and metadata. You can choose from a variety of elaborate search options to quickly find documents, images, videos, emails, and much more stored on your QNAP NAS. You can also search through web, mobile app, browser extension, and Mac Finder. With Qsirch, you can easily find movies, songs or photos at home or increase your productivity and efficiency for your business.
QPhoto: Here is an app that many might find useful. Managing your photo and backing them up directly to the NAS.
- QNAP NAS: QTS 4.1 (or later) with Photo Station installed and enabled. Note that you need a NAS account that has the permission to access Photo Station.
- Mobile device: Android 4.0 (or later) or iOS 9.0 (or later).
There is also an app called Qvideo but this requires Video Station to be installed on the NAS is the App Center.
Mobile Phone App
App on the NAS
I have only discussed the 2 bay NAS devices but they come in larger configurations.
Call me if you want to discuss options.