myQNAPcloud is a service that provides remote access to your QNAP NAS, replacing the previous MyCloudNAS service. To use myQNAPcloud, you need to create an account and register your device. If your router supports UPnP and you have it enabled, the myQNAPcloud service will automatically open the ports needed for remote access.
myQNAPcloud Landing Page
An auto configuration wizard will help you through the initial setup for your remote access services. I tested this with UPnP enabled on my router and then checked the portmap on my NETGEAR WNDR3800. The ports specified for the services I enabled were properly opened on the router.
After setting up myQNAPcloud, you merely have to enter http://NASNAME.myqnapcloud.com (where NASNAME is the name you used when you registered your NAS with the myQNAPcloud service) into your browser to access your NAS remotely. A secure HTTPS link is also supported, though you will get a certificate warning since your NAS uses a self-signed certificate. When you connect, you’ll land at the same login page as though you were on your local network.
I tested remote access on a remote network using an iPad as well as two Android based devices. All showed the home screen (shown at the top of the review) after logging in remotely.
QNAP NAS login page
QNAP also has included a beta version of a service they call CloudLink. Their CloudLink configuration menu says, "It may work even if your router does not support UPnP".
To test CloudLink, I disabled UPnP on my router then checked back to make sure that CloudLink was enabled. I then went to the same remote location that I used for testing the apps, but wasn't able to connect using myqnapcloud.com. I returned to my office and re-enabled UPnP on my router and had the QNAP refresh the port openings. On my next trip out of the office, I checked remote access again, and using the UPnP configuration, remote access was restored. So at least for now, CloudLink looks like it doesn't work.
Backup Station – This is a consolidated backup center that allows you to back up data on the QNAP NAS to external devices. Backup targets include external USB storage devices as well as support for Cloud Backup providers (Amazon S3, ElephantDrive and Symform). The Backup Station also lets you configure NAS-to-NAS replication or backup to a remote Rsync server.
Real-time Remote Replication (RTRR) lets you replicate between two NAS devices, or the QNAP NAS and an FTP server or an external drive. The QNAP NAS can also be configured as an Apple Time Machine target.
The front panel USB port can be configured three ways:
- As an external storage drive that can be shared
- As a USB One Touch Copy device. With this option, you select a directory on the NAS and choose whether to backup from the NAS or to the selected folder. All files are copied between the selected NAS folder and the external storage device in the direction configured in the Backup Station.
- Smart Import (beta). When you plug in a storage device, all photos and videos on the device are automatically copied into a specified folder without having to press the copy button. The default folder is Multimedia, so your content will be published immediately.
App Center – This is a "store" where you can download additional QNAP utilities as well as third-party applications that run on your QNAP NAS. It is organized much like the Google Play store or the Apple Apps store. The App Center notifies you of any pending updates for your installed apps. QNAP advises that they don’t provide support for third party applications.
HappyGet - I downloaded HappyGet from the app center. HappyGet is an application that will automatically back up your YouTube and Vimeo videos and Facebook photos to your QNAP NAS. After installing a Chrome extension and restarting the browser, HappyGet, with minimal configuration, (user name, password, and IP address of your NAS) downloads content into a HappyGet folder in the Multimedia tree. Your downloads are also automatically . It worked very well; I’ve started a library with about 35 video downloads from YouTube.
App Center showing My Apps
Qsync (Beta) – This application synchronizes data between your QNAP NAS and Windows PCs. It supports selective folder synchronization and can create download links for file sharing. Currently, there isn’t a Qsync application for the MacOS platform. You can acess your Qsync folder from within the QFile mobile applications (both iOS and Android). But you can’t synchronize your mobile devices as you would with other cloud services such as Dropbox or SugarSync.
I installed the Qsync software on both a Windows7 and an XP computer and synchronization worked as expected. With the application, you can see which Qsync devices are connected and view synchronization logs by user. Team folders are also supported.
AirPlay (via QAirPlay app) – This allows you to stream media files to an Apple TV I don’t have an Apple TV device, so I couldn’t test this feature.