QNAP. Turbo NAS 3.5

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QNAP released a maintenance update for Turbo NAS 3.5.  Read on for details of the update.

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QNAP NAS units run firmware that they call Turbo NAS.  We’ve told you about that here.  I also did a multiple part review of Turbo NAS; Part One is here.  Tonight, I noticed an update available for Turbo NAS, now updated to version 3.5.2, build 1126.  Here are the release notes:

Release Notes

[What's New?]

- Symform cloud storage

- Upgraded built-in Townkymedia server from 5.1.6 to 6.0.34

- Upgraded iTunes server to support iTunes 10.5

- Added Hugarian, Romanian, Thai, Portuguese/Brazil, and Greek languages to Web UI

[Enhancement]

- [Advance ACL] Reduced time on Advanced Folder Permission application

- [AFP] Enhanced AFP and Time Machine compatibility with Mac OS X Lion

- [RTRR] RTRR supports Pure-ftpd server

- [Surveillance Station] Support the following new cameras: AXIS M1054, AXIS M1104, AXIS M1114, AXIS M3204(-V), D-Link 930L, D-Link 932L, Vivotek IP7160, Vivotek SD7151

[Major Bug Fixes]

- [Surveillance Station] Surveillance Station could not record on encrypted disk volume.

- [iSCSI] iSCSI configuration could not be restored by system configuration restore.

- [Printer] When multiple printers of the same model were connected to a NAS, only one of them would be recognized.

- [RTRR] If transfer was interrupted, temporary files would remain on the remote FTP server after file transfer was completed.

- [SNMP] SNMP info could not be received via the snmpwalk command from Mac.

- [Power Management] The actual power on/off schedule was inconsistent with the user settings.

- [NFS] In some case, NFS share could not be mounted through a NAT network (example, from virtual machine)

- [Service Binding] When Service Binding was enabled, MySQL and PHPMyAdmin services could not be enabled.

- [SAMBA & AFP] SAMBA and AFP services could fail when the disk volume is 100% full.

- [Download Station] Rapidshare concurrent download task is limited to one at a time to fix the unexpected failures on all subsequent jobs.

So if you are running Turbo NAS 3.5, go ahead and check for an update.

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This is Part Six of our QNAP TurboNAS Deep Dive series and we look at media streaming 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 covered the remote access capabilities inherent in TurboNAS 3.5.  In Part Six, we’ll cover the media streaming capabilities.

Media Streaming Features

TurboNAS has three main media streaming features: a Twonky media streaming DLNA server, and iTunes server for sharing music, and the Multimedia Station for streaming media over the internet and network to connected devices.

Twonky Media

The current release of Twonky Media being used on TurboNAS is 5.1.6.  Under Application Servers, click on UPnP Media Server and follow the link to the Twonky configuration page.

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Here is what you’ll see:

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Click on PC Media Browser and you’ll see this:

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Click on the wrench for settings and then click on Sharing.  Make sure that your media directories are all listed.  I am only sharing Multimedia here.

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If you want to use transcoding of your content, click on Transcoding under Advanced Setup and check off the selections that you want to use.  Be careful here; these devices run on Atom chips and don’t have tons of memory, so your mileage will vary.

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That’s it!  I’ve streamed primarily MP4 video (AAC/H.264 encoding) and WMV video files with a combination of PlayStation 3’s, a Sony blu-ray player, my HP TouchPad and various PC’s in the house with very good results.  They content just plays.

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