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To Hell with their Cloud. Build your own Today! - QNAP's MyCloudNAS Service Setup

We keep hearing about how the Cloud will do this and it will do that - so on and so on. Let's ignore future tense and see what it does right now!

By: | Editorials in Storage | Posted: Nov 21, 2011 2:04 pm
Manufacturer: QNAP

QNAP's MyCloudNAS Service Setup

 

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I have several QNAP NAS servers here at my office, but today I'm going to use a TS-419P II TurboNAS. Don't let the name fool you, the TS-419P II isn't a two thousand dollar unit designed for heavy business traffic, although the TS-1279 flagship models offer the same service. The unit I'm using today costs less than 500 Dollars and the MyCloudNAS Service is available on even less expensive units as well. All you need to do is update your QNAP NAS with the latest software and you are good to go.

 

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This is my network at home and a contributing source of the 400 Dollar power bill that arrives every month. I can see that one of my boys was polite enough to turn his computer off before bed and my other son won't be playing Battlefield 3 tomorrow. What's important here is I can see the TS-419P II on my network and prefer to use this method to open my admin panel. New NAS users can choose QNAP's Finder program and get to their NAS that way.

 

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Once you've selected your QNAP NAS it's time to log in and get to work making your home NAS your personal cloud too.

 

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QNAP just makes it all too easy really. Here we see the MyCloudNAS Service listed in the directory. Then you can get started.

 

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They call these Wizards for a reason! There is no need to make it more difficult than it has to be - choose the Express Setup option and move on.

 

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The first thing you are asked in step 2 of 6 is to name your cloud. I chose tttest001 for TweakTown Test 001. If I got it wrong, well, then I always had tttest002! - You can then hit the CHECK button and see if the name is available.

 

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The next step, now number 4 because checking for the name was actually step 5, is enabling features. I just picked one of each to check out. If I want to go back and disable features, the software allows me to do so.

 

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The last step is a confirmation screen that tells you that everything is good to go. You can then access your URL list and prepare to get started. Your MyCloudNAS Service is now setup. Like I said before, scary easy, but you are not exactly done there. The next step is configuring your router - the part that used to take forever.

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