With a QNAP TS-251A, you can build a Network Attached Storage (usually known as NAS) in your home and/or office. NAS enables the following common usage:
QNAP TS-251A is a NAS that is easy to install. It provides the USB QuickAccess port which enables you to quickly complete your first time NAS installation.
Now you can directly copy and paste files directly onto your TS-251A, and access your files from any of the devices of your choice.
Let’s explore on how we can best use NAS (through QNAP TS-251A).
Qsync can turn QNAP TS-251A into a safe data center for file synchronization with relatively large capacity.
QTS is a user interface which lets you be more productive and efficient with your QNAP NAS (TS-251A). One of the most up-to-date version of QTS is 4.3.6.
QTS has a desktop-like visual interface that allows you to access to many functions quickly, create desktop shortcuts or group shortcuts, monitor important system information in real-time, and open multiple application windows to run multiple tasks concurrently.
With QTS, you can break the barriers of devices, platforms, and geography to bring optimized cloud experiences and include advanced features (such as volume/LUN snapshots, remote connections) to public cloud services in File Station, multi-zone multimedia system, and more.
The user interface of QTS makes your NAS experience smarter, smoother and more spectacular.
QNAP TS-251A enables cross operating system file sharing and centralized data storage.
In QNAP TS-251A, Qsirch lets you perform quick file searching.
QNAP TS-251A allows three modes of data/file transmission.
The three data/file transmission modes can work independently, and can simultaneously run without bandwidth interference (when multi-tasking).
Direct access to files with the USB QuickAccess port
You can use the USB QuickAccess port to complete the first time installation and setup of your QNAP TS-251A without any network connectivity.
You can also access files and data stored in your TS-251A through Qfinder Pro and a USB 3.0 A-Male to Micro B-Male cable (or a USB 2.0 Micro B cable).
QfinderPro and USB QuickAccess support Windows 8.0 (and above) and Mac OS X 10.7(and above). You may need to install drivers when you are using other versions.
Before starting firmware installation, you should download QNAP utility “Qfinder Pro” based on your operating system.
You can assign access different rights to different users for access of different folders.
Note that when you purchase your new QNAP TS-251A, usually a USB cable is not included.
USB QuickAccess mode
Through the USB QuickAccess Mode, you can access files and data stored in QNAP TS-251A using the Qfinder Pro when you connect a PC computer (or Mac) to its USB QuickAccess port.
For security reason, you need to configure the authentication modes in Network and Virtual Switch in the QTS management interface.
Ethernet NAS mode
With the Ethernet NAS mode, you can use Qfinder Pro to find the Ethernet IP address to connect to your TS-251A.
Through Ethernet networking, simultaneous file sharing across multiple devices using SMB/CIFS, NFS and AFP protocols for sharing across Windows, Mac and Linux/UNIX networks is possible.
iSCSI SAN block-based mode
After creating an iSCSI target in TS-251A, you can access the iSCSI with your computer using the NAS IP.
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