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Build your own Cloud with QNAP Network Attached Storage

By: Tyler Bernath | Guides | Posted: Dec 26, 2013 2:02 am

QFile for Android and iOS


No storage solution in this day and age could be called a "cloud" without complete integration into all the systems we enjoy on a day to day basis. So, as we have connected all of our PCs and Macintosh devices alike to our NAS via Qsync, we also have QFile for Android and iOS devices.




QFile is freely available on the Google Play store and the App Store from Apple. We are using our iPad Mini for this article. After downloading the app, we launched and were greeting with the QFile splash screen seen above.




Here we have a slide from QNAP, outlining the capabilities of QFile.




As before, you can add your NAS by letting the application search for appliances on your network or manually, which is available below.




We chose for this article to use the manual method and outline how to do so. Starting off, we first need to name our connection, enter the IP of the NAS, and then of course enter username and password information to access it. You can also use SSL encryption if you so choose, just make sure it's enabled for file services in the NAS administration panel.




Okay, so we have added our TS-470 appliance to the QFile application and above you can see we land into the application with our entire folder list. At the top of the folder list you will find the Qsync folder, which allows you to move files between your PC and mobile device. In addition, you also have complete access to all your other folders including your media, where in my case, I have stored backups of my DVD and Blu-ray collection.




If you're like me and purchased the 16GB version of the iPad mini, then you to know that these things fill up rather quick. The same holds true for all iOS and Android devices. In this case, what better option is there than to move all of that data to your own personal cloud, within your NAS. The process is rather simple, first tick the upload button at the top of the application.




Then you can choose the folders or files you would like to upload, the app keeps a tally at the bottom, then tap upload and away it goes into your personal cloud.




In addition to the cloud storage capabilities, you can also share direct links to a photo from your NAS with family, friends or colleagues. To do this, you simply navigate to the folder from the QFile application and click the link icon next to the media file you wish to share. Doing this brings up the above menu, where you can add SSL or password protection, along with adjusting how long the link shall be valid.




Now that you have your link created it is automatically stored in the clipboard of your device, allowing you to paste it into messages.




Here we have the image I shared in the previous message.

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