Test System Setup
Tyler's NAS Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Hero (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon) / (Read our Review)
- Memory: G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Hybrid (buy from Amazon)
- OS Storage: Intel 730 480GB SSD (buy from Amazon) / (Read our Review)
- Secondary Storage: MyDigitalSSD BP5 512GB SSD (buy from Amazon)
- Case: EVGA DG-86 (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2 (buy from Amazon)
- Networking: ASUS PCE-AC88 AC3100 (buy from Amazon)
- Networking: ASUS ROG 10G Express
- I/O: ASUS Thunderbolt EX3 (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 (buy from Amazon)
Setup hasn't changed much over the years. For the TVS-473, we start with configuring the password and naming the NAS. To continue, we follow the wizards through date/time, network setup and services.
The desktop offers several icons or navigating the interface. From the left, we have a control panel which will house many of the features you will need during set up. File Station allows you a way of managing your files locally, and myQNAPCloud is the gateway to your NAS on the go. Of course, we have App Center for running services such as Plex, QvPC, and others.
QTS gives you a peek of the overall system resources along with a news feed at the bottom right.
Diving into the control panel, QNAP has done a remarkable job cleaning thing up and organizing them into groups making it easier to find what you need.
Storage Manager has its own full menu to the left.
The app store seems to have grown since our last look at a QNAP appliance. The left sidebar breaks things down into groups, and the right side gives a broad overview of the apps available.
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