We all know that everything in computing is moving toward the cloud. Storage services like Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive are great options for making files available to yourself or others regardless of location or the device being used. But concerns still exist with putting your data on a server being controlled by someone else. Fortunately we’re not just in the age of the Cloud, but the Personal Cloud as well. You can now run your own Cloud server, and QNAP NAS software makes it pretty easy.
The first step is to have your QNAP NAS set up with the basic software with QTS installed. You can find a tutorial for doing all that here. You’ll need to log into your QTS environment, where you’ll be greeted with the default icons installed at setup:
Click the icon for myQNAPcloud. At the myQNAPcloud screen, click the “Get Started” button.
This will open the myQNAPcloud wizard.
If you already have a myQNAPcloud account (which you may have set up during the initial installation of the hardware and QTS), you’ll get a login screen. If you need one, you can follow the link to set one up.
Set your myQNAPcloud device name, which will form the URL you will use to contact your NAS on the web.
The system will then go on to automatically configure your router.
When this completes, you will get a success screen with a summary of the steps you’ve completed.
Your QNAP is now cloud-enabled and entering the URL you got on the summary screen (yourdevicename.myqnapcloud.com) will take you to the web-based log in for the QTS environment. Enter your QTS credentials and you will be able to do most of the same things remotely with your device that are available to you when you’re sitting right next to it. For the purposes of this tutorial, I put several of the images I’m using in the article on my QNAP, then went to my iPad and brought the URL up in the Chrome browser. After logging in, I’m on the QTS desktop as shown at the beginning of the article. To see the image files, I go to File Station, click it, and there they are.
You can view the files, copy them for pasting into another document or window, or share them with someone else by sending them a link via email, just as you might with files on a service like Dropbox.
By keeping important files you may need while away from your home computer in your personal QNAP cloud, they’ll be not only protected by the RAID functionalities, but available to any device with a web browser using your personal URL and log-in credentials. Never be caught without your favorite cat videos again!
For more tips on how to get the most from your QNAP, just keep reading. We’re posting more every week. You can also check out the series so far right here.