Qremote and QAirPlay
In additional to the many features of HD Station in your QNAP NAS appliance, there are also several options when it comes to controlling these features. One of which is the Qremote app available on iOS, with an Android version in the works. The Qremote app allows you complete hand on control of all HD Station features from the comfort of your couch and iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Here we have the initial setup screen for Qremote.
Setting up your Qremote to work with you QNAP appliance is rather simple, and after naming and inputting the IP address of your NAS, everything is ready to go.
After setup is complete, the ability to switch between apps is just a touch away. At the top of the menu there is the option for text input via the keyboard icon, followed by a touch mouse and d-pad for scrolling menus.
Here we have a closer look at the keyboard on our iPad mini, with the perfect amount of space between the keys allowing easier text input. In the bottom right corner there is a button to change the overall size of the keyboard and touch input.
In addition to the Qremote, QNAP has allowed complete support for all keyboard and mouse combinations, though you may want to go wireless for ease of use. Another feature that QNAP has recently made available is their very own MCE remote, available at the QNAP Accessory Store for $40.
AirPlay is a significant advantage Apple users have had since 2004 when it was first introduced as AirTunes. The ability to stream the content on your iOS device straight to your HDTV via a connected AppleTV. QAirPlay furthers this allowing you to stream your entire library of content from your NAS to your AppleTV, all while controlling the content and playlists from your iOS device.
Since its first release in February of this year, I've spent my fair share of time using QNAP HD Station. While other NAS manufacturers have begun to catch on, QNAP is in the stages of refining the system. This gives a unique advantage to owners of x69L and Pro appliances in that a lot of the earlier bugs have been worked out and now the interface is smooth and error free. While I don't normally use the Chrome or MyNAS features on an everyday basis, it's a comfort to me especially in the hot summer months, to have the option to stay in my comfy living room chair accessing all the internet has to offer via Chrome, or managing my NAS via the MyNAS application.
Over the last number of years, I've had my share of standalone media players. From homebuilt HTPC's to the Pivos AIOS HD, the problem I always had was finding a media player that would do it all without installing a mess of codecs. With the HD Station from QNAP, I have found these issues have come to an end, this due to the extreme capabilities of XBMC and the development community behind it. Video formats supported include, to name a few, AVI, MPEG, WMV and MKV with audio formats like MP3, AAC, DTS and FLAC supported as well.
For those of you that enjoy multiple connected DLNA capable media devices in your home, the ability to have a movie playing on the big screen in your living room through HDMI on your QNAP and additional devices streaming content from the same NAS appliance is, in my opinion, a true delight to any home user. Additionally, users of AppleTV will enjoy the ability to control through the QAirPlay App content streaming to all there AppleTV devices in the connected network.
In closing, those of you on the edge of purchasing your very first network appliance have a ton of options in the market. While most in some form have started to bring similar options into the market, you can rest assured with QNAP to have a blissful experience with a full range of 2 to 8 bay enclosures all available with HD Station.