Tyler's Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair VIII Formula X570 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (buy from Amazon)
- RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB 2x8GB DDR4 3600 (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair Hydro H60 (buy from Amazon)
- Case: Corsair Carbide 275R (buy from Amazon)
- OS Storage: Corsair MP600 1TB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: Corsair RM850x (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 (buy from Amazon)
The setup has moved to QFinder Pro, and as you can see, our unit showed up with no issue. From here, you can begin the configuration of the system.
Smart Install can be done via HDMI or through the web interface.
If done through the web interface, you have the option of setting up the drives along with time zone, etc.
Once inside, the layout is what you would expect from a QTS platform with a few specialized applications installed. The control panel offers all the standard QNAP options from user account and groups to shared folders and backup setup. You can manage hardware controls like fan speed and drive spin down. File Station is your onboard file management solution, and storage and snapshots will allow you to set up your arrays, iSCSI, and SSD cache.
One of the most prominent features of the QNAP Guardian is the ability to install your favorite firewall router OS in a virtualized environment and then setting up the L2 switch to handle Wired and Wireless LAN connectivity. To do this, we use VM Installer, choosing one of the three options available.
After choosing your configuration, we move to switch setup. Choosing which port we want to be our WAN connection first, I chose port 14 because I want ports 1-4 to power access points.
We then choose which ports should be denoted to LAN connections.
Once complete, Pfsense will be installed on a VM and booted for the first time. You can plug in your WAN and LAN connections and continue setup.
One of the final steps to setting up Pfsense is going through WebGUI and configuring it to your liking. This will include time zone, admin username, and password. After, you can connect any PoE Aps you have to the LAN ports and run through their configuration process.
Last updated: Feb 19, 2020 at 06:11 am CST