Survey of Network Attached Storage (NAS)mail-boxes

If you want to have a credible advanced home server, then you need a network disk drive. It has to be potentially accessible from all workstations, tablets, phones, and media devices 100% of the time without going to extraordinary lengths. You may also find yourself far away from home and in dire need of a file you left behind.

You can always rent storage space on a drive hidden somewhere in the cloud and use it as a nexus for you and your remote data needs. Read More –>

QNAP vs. Synology vs. Asustorthree

Meet the possible predecessors of the future home computer. None are ready for that title yet, but, as technology evolves, the future will regard this design as a direct ancestor. These are more than network disk drives. They’re application  servers that support massive disk capacities. They run 24/7 and require an almost insignificant amount of electricity. Linux transparently controls the show. In terms of difficulty, they require only a little more effort to master than the advanced functions on a microwave oven, although some of the applications might force you to Google something new in order to learn how to use them. Your browser is your terminal. Read More –>

QNAP SSL Managementprivate-keep-out

Smart network drives are full featured appliances. They store. They serve. They include fully functional web servers that become enabled by checking off a box (or disabled by un-checking the box), and SSL management is mostly easy to perform. In real life, SSL management is not knowledge anyone is born with. It’s abstract and usually explained poorly or over explained well past the point of interest. Few people grasp the concept of SSL certificates quickly or on the first attempt at learning. Traditionally, Bob and Alice are dusted off and used to humanize concepts most people don’t really need to know just to make, install, and use SSL certificates. Bob and Alice tell a good story if you want to know how encryption works. They usually don’t explain anything about making, installing, or managing SSL certificates. Read More –>

QNAP WebDAVyinyang

WebDAV gives you the ability to transfer files to and from your network attached storage, securely, from anywhere in the world, just as easily if you were attached to a local USB drive. Windows PC and Windows Server 2012 use features built into Internet Information Services (IIS) to enable WebDAV. QNAP is no different, only the configuration is much easier. All you need to do is check off a box in the QNAP web server configuration panel. The downside is that it’s a little more difficult to set up WebDAV on the client using QNAP.  Windows allows you to use HTTPS to map a WebDAV drive within Windows Explorer. QNAP suggests you use a third party client and recommends one by name that’s free for non-commercial use. Afterward, you use Windows Explorer for file transfers just as if you were connected to a local disk drive. Read More –>


Most, if not all, major NAS manufacturers offer remote access capabilities, either through a proprietary manufacturer supported cloud of some kind, or through direct access over the internet using DDNS. The less expensive home models generally use a proprietary manufacturer cloud. Smart NAS drives can use DDNS and provide direct access to shared folders over the internet without first going through a cloud oriented switchboard. Read More –>

QNAP FTPrr tracks3

FTP is the grand daddy of file transfer methods. It’s the easiest way to move files over the internet. Normal unsecured FTP uses port 21 to transfer data, and it just zips along almost without effort.

Secure FTP is an on one hand / on the other hand proposition. Secure FTP uses a range of ports and almost randomizes which ones to use within the range. There’s probably a method to it, but the only way to make sure you don’t accidentally block one with your firewall is to open them all up for the FTP server. This is called a DMZ and is a little more dangerous than Russian Roulette if you set one up for this purpose. On one hand, the files are transferred securely using SSL. On the other hand, all ports aimed at your FTP server are open, which is like leaving your front door unlocked and and wide open when you leave for vacation. Read More –>

QNAP SSHrail tunnel

QNAP supports SSH. Just as with most aspects of QNAP administration, you enable it by checking off a box. SSH is useful for two major aspects of QNAP operations.

1) The administrator can transfer files, securely using SSL, to and from a remote location by using free open client source software such as WinSCP or FileZilla.

2)  SSH allows an administrator to manage the server from afar using a command line. Most likely, few people will manage their advanced home server in that way. Read More –>

QNAP OpenVPN (SSL)tunnel2

Yes, smart network attached storage (NAS) devices support secure VPNs.  An open source product named OpenVPN is installed by default on QNAP, Synology, and Asustor.  Configuration is easy and, overall, the process takes only a fraction of the effort required for a Windows oriented SSL VPN.


QNAP RADIUS Serverglass-tunnel

A fair number of the people reading this are probably asking themselves, “What’s a RADIUS Server, and why is it in capital letters?” RADIUS is in capital letters because it is an acronym for something that doesn’t matter. It’s doubtful that 1 out of 100 network managers who operate a RADIUS server know what it stands for, so don’t worry about it. Everyone calls it a RADIUS server. Nobody would know what you were talking about otherwise.

The better question is “What’s a RADIUS Server?” Read More –>


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