QNAP TurboNAS Firmware: 3.5 Deep Dive Part Five: Remote Access

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This is Part Five of our QNAP TurboNAS Deep Dive series and we look at remote access capabilities. Read on for details!

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In Part One of this series, we told you how to set up the ISCSI target functionality in TurboNAS 3.5. In Part Two, we covered adding users. In Part Three, we covered volume management and SMART data.  In Part Four, we covered cloud backup services.  In Part Five, we go over the remote access capabilities inherent in TurboNAS 3.5.

MyCloudNAS

QNAP offers a service called MyCloudNAS to allow for remote access to data.  Here is how they describe the feature:

What is MyCloudNAS?

The MyCloudNAS service of the QNAP NAS is the best cloud computing solution providing users with great personal cloud experience. It is the ideal storage solution for both home and small business users who want to set up their own cloud storage to access their files on the NAS anytime, anywhere with the Internet.

For Home Users

With the MyCloudNAS service you can upload, download, and stream your digital media from your QNAP NAS anytime for your personal enjoyment or for easy delivery of services to your family and friends. This also includes mobile handsets such as the iPhone, Android, and the iPad through the QMobile app which gives you the freedom to access your digital contents on the go. MyCloudNAS gives users unlimited access to their digital contents so they will never get tired of their picture, movies, and music.

For Small Business

MyCloudNAS will let you enjoy the massive storage volume of your NAS without ever paying a subscription fee. Each QNAP NAS owner can establish the cloud computing environment easily through a guided process by a wizard during the initial setup. The private cloud environment gives users a convenient way to easily access and share their data from the NAS. For example when you travel outside and away from your office, you can access the files stored on the NAS securely from Web File Manager or on any Internet browser. From the Web based manager you can download, upload, and access the files you need. In addition, QNAP provides cloud storage backup to securely protect your data. Your important data can be securely transferred to another remote NAS or even to third party cloud storage service providers. Your irreplaceable data is securely stored at an offsite location establishing another level of protection on to QNAP reliable data protection platform.

Home server owners will be familiar with the model.  QNAP provides the dynamic IP management in this solution, however, and that is a good thing!

Configuration of MyCloudNAS

Like everything else in TurboNAS, MyCloudNAS is configured by completing a wizard.  Let’s begin by clicking on MyCloudNAS Service, and then MyCloudNAS Wizard.

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The wizard starts and gives you the choice of manual or automatic configuration.  Since I want to manage the ports that are used, I opted for Manual here.

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I  opted for a name for the online service.  I won’t check it here as I have already set it up and it’s in use.