QNAP appears to have favored all processor companies these days by matching their products with their technological capability. Their latest product, the QNAP TVS-473, resulted in a mutual partnership between QNAP and AMD to offer users an ideal NAS solution according to AMD’s R-Series quad-core SoC.

QNAP’s TVS-473 4-Bay sits a little under the company’s SMB mid-range tier. It’s currently available as a 4-bay unit. As an entry-level in the series, the TVS-473 4-Bay is so packed with bells and whistles that it’s used for a number of things. If you are looking for something with more drive bays, there is the TVS-673 with 6 bays and TVS-873 with 8 bays available.

QNAP TVS-473 Review – Whats in the Box?

The TVS-473 is available in a big brown box. A sticker on the front portion can be seen depicting an image of the unit as well as a table of specs and AMD logo for its R series SoC and Radeon graphics. At the rear of the box are several icons displayed at the top left corner. These icons shows some of the unit’s uses, including: data security, mobile management, private cloud, backup station, file sharing, and surveillance station.

At the base, the box shows off compatibility details for a hard disk drive and a solid-state-drive. The top part indicates transportation icons. On the other side of the box are rows of icons showcasing which standards the TVS-473 can comply with.

Contents of the box include:

  • 2x Ethernet cables
  • 2.5” drive screws
  • M.2 drive screws
  • 1x infra-red remote control
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • 1x quick start guide

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The Product

QNAP TVS-473 – A Power House of a NAS

The TV-473 is structured in a tower design. It comes with front and vertical-mounted drive bays. The chassis and external cover are made from tough metal. The unit has a champagne-gold color. Meanwhile, its front bezel has a plastic construction and is also decorated in gold color.

The unit boasts a big LCD screen situated right on top of the drive bays. The screen is responsible for displaying setup details whenever the unit is switched on. A power button is situated on the right part of the front bezel. Beneath it is a one-touch-copy USB function and a QuickAccess USB port.

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The unit’s drive bays possess a non-complex latching system for opening and closing. No other physical lock can be seen on the drive doors. This is something one can really think about if the TV5-473 is publicly situated in an office with plenty of indoor traffic.

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The unit’s hind panel is as intricate as you can ever get as desktop-inspired design. This simply displays what NAS’ units are like nowadays and the support that a TV-473 can actually offer. Its panel is mainly occupied by the grill where a 120mm cooling fan is also located. On the grill’s side are most of the I/O ports.

A pair of 4K HDMI 1.4b ports, 3x 3.5mm audio ports (2x microphones and 1x audio), 3x USB 3.0 ports, and 4x Gigabit Ethernet ports. On the top side of the rear panel is an external-based access for two PCI Gen3 slots. One of them stores a 2-port USB 3.1, Type A add-in card.

At the rear panel, a grill for the internal speaker can also be seen. The speaker actually “speaks” to the user. This is one feature that would surprise many since the unit comes with a voice-enabled system indicating the NAS is set to do its job.

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The 4-drive bays it came with are tool-free, with each utilizing plastic-based bars — pins sitting through the screw holes in the tray side and into the mounting holes of the drive side. It’s really a basic yet highly effective design. The mounting holes come with grommets that helps damp the vibration caused by the drive. The bottom trays contain screw holes for properly mounting 2.5” drives.

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Gaining entry to four DDR4 SO-DIMM slots and two of its M.2 SATA ports is as easy as removing three screws from the unit’s rear, which retains the external cover.

Situated right beside the SoC are 4x DDR4 SO-DIMM slots. These are stacked by pairs. Below that are two ports supporting 2280/2260 M.2 drives. Right underneath them is a 512MB SLAC disk-on-module, where the QNAP O/S is situated.

Situated at the back portion of the motherboard are two PCI Gen.3 x4 slots. One of them contains a 2-port USB 3.1 Type A add-in card utilizing the ASmedia ASM1142 controller. Such slots offer dual-port 10Gbe LAN card support.

If one is taking the route of including both options to the unit, then it’s guaranteed the NAS is future proofed. Its backplane stores four SATA ports. Each of the port is handled by a single Marvel 88SE9215-NAA2 IC.

Standing part on the chassis at the opposite part of the motherboard is a 250W Delta Electronics ATX 1 power supply, which is cooled by an internal fan and rated Bronze.

With three active fans cooling a number of components, the unit isn’t loud or silent. It’s right in the middle even if it’s benchmarked hard.

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OneTouch Button

The TV-473 has several features to take note of. Its One Touch button situated at the front bezel can be installed to download or upload folders/files or backup NAS to a third-party external USB drive. The Backup Station pages within the QTS can be set up in such a manner the One Touch system is supposed to.

QuickAccess

The QuickAccess is one smart functionality. Through the USB QuickAccess port at the front bezel, one can connect the TV-473 to a desktop PC or laptop through a USB cable for accessing folders and files in the NAS. Once a connection is established, a QuickAccess icon in Qfinder can be seen. In case of a network failure or a NAS is required in an area without an Ethernet present, getting to one data can still be done — a unique feature. The unit itself is essentially seen as a DAS.

Using the Product

There are a couple ways in setting up the unit. This can either involve entering the cloud key (labelled on the unit side) or through QNAP’s Qfinder Pro utility. By then, it’s all about following the install wizard for the unit to be used right away.

The unit’s default setup is by RAID 5. It takes an average of 20-25 minutes for the NAS to be fully setup for use. It’ll take a lot longer if it involves synchronizing the disks. But once the NAS is set up, clicking the NAS via the QFinder will bring one up to the log-in screen.

QNAP WirelessAP Station – Connecting You Better

Through QNAP WirelessAP Station, the TVS-473 can turn into an efficient wireless station. It’s a matter of setting up a compatible PCIe wireless network card and downloading the WirelessAP app to give devices permission to connect straight to the unit, allowing accessibility to internet connectivity as well as being able to use services of the NAS itself just like how you would if you were connected to the network though a cable. You are able to enjoy the same services and applications of the NAS.

Through this station, one can make the most of wireless services offered by the unit on smart devices. At the same time, it allows access to a wide range of applications including Qvideo, Qfile, and Qmusic.

When a wireless network is required, the Station gives the user the ability to hike up bandwidth currently available by means of physical network cards so that it doesn’t get in the way of each other. For instance, two wireless network cards can be installed into the TVS-473. Once that’s done, a 2.4G as well as 5G service can be configured and be provided by the same NAS. You won’t need to get other base stations to provide other frequencies that are demanded. The NAS is able offer services in varying frequency ranges.

Aside from shared resources, NICs can be assigned separately to the container or varying QNAP services can be utilized via QNAP Network and Virtual Switch integration to get an interface with divided wireless connection. A private network can also be made and with this network you are able to give only certain devices access to it. Each private network are separate and independent from each other and can have its own wireless connection complete with its own interface. You can then do different tasks separately on each of your devices without having to worry of data being compromised. You are able to enjoy a hassle-free organization of your varying private networks that are required to do certain specific tasks without interfering with each other as well as its users.

The QNAP NAS is well optimized concerning network connectivity. It is able to handle more traffic without having to sacrifice speed therefore stunting the connectivity of the user and quite possibly even lead to the device disconnecting. This is a tremendous risk that can lead to some serious data loss or even just mildly hassle the user of having to reconnect again. The traffic or the amount of users connecting to it also doesn’t cause complications nor slow down the speed of the NAS as the device directly connects to the NAS bypassing the wireless router which traditional network connections use. Because of this, your devices have a better and optimal route giving it a stable and optimized access to the data as well as the services of the NAS.

The system architecture is stable as it is based on OpenWRT which is a specialized operating that uses Linux that is primarily used to route network traffic. The operating system is used in conjunction with the QTS LXC Container technology which allows the user to operate multiple isolated Linux systems on your QNAP NAS.  It also allows the user to download apps directly from the built-in Docker Hub Registry.

When compared to home and professional routers, QNAP has better processing power than dual-core x86 CPUs. It has over 1 gigabytes of ram than those of home based routers that only has either 32 or 64mb and 128 or 256mb for professional routers. QNAP boasts over 512mb of storage space for its flash and a direct NAS integration that allows the user to seamlessly use the service without complications. This compared to a home based router that only provides either 8 or 16mb of flash space and 128mb for professional is a nice upgrade. The specs of the QNAP NAS are more than doubled when you compare it to these two types of NAS.

WirelessAP Station Installation

Setting up the WirelessAP station can be done through these steps:

  1. Download the WirelessAP Station app (through the QNAP App Center).
  2. Start installing the wireless network card.
  3. Follow the setup installation.
  4. Once the installation is finished, compatible devices should be capable of connecting wireless to the TV-473.

The TV-473 has been consistent in its write performance when dealing with small files on a daily basis. In terms of read performance in RAID 6, the unit did a way just a bit. It performed consistently during its ATTO benchmark test. Regardless of the kind of RAID it was making use of, it didn’t stray from its 118 to 119 MB/s.

A good performance level with the unit in all arrays for reads/writes can be seen during a 100GB test. The TVS-473 didn’t show one hint of difficulty when performing real-life folder tests. This actually points to consistency across varying arrays tested.

Specifications

CPU

  • AMD R-Series RX-421BD quad-core 2.1 GHz processor, burst up to 3.4 GHz

Hardware Encryption Acceleration

  • AES-NI

Graphics

  • Embedded Radeon™ R7 Graphics Processor

System Memory

  • TVS-473-64G: 64GB DDR4 (4 x 16GB)
  • TVS-473-16G: 16GB DDR4 (2 x 8GB)
  • TVS-473-8G: 8GB DDR4 (2 x 4GB)

Maximum Memory

  • 64GB

Memory Slot    

  • 4 x SODIMM DDR4

Flash Memory  

  • 512MB DOM

Hard Disk Drive

  • 4 x 3.5″/2.5″ SATA 6Gb/s HDDs/SSDs

M.2 SSD Slot     

  • 2 x 2280/2260 SATA 6Gb/s

LAN Port             

  • 4 x Gigabit RJ45 LAN ports

PCIe Slot             

  • 2 x PCIe Gen 3 (x4), one slot is pre-installed with a dual-port USB 3.1 Type-A card

LCD Panel           

  • Mono-LCD display with backlight, Enter and Select buttons for configuration

USB       

  • 2 x USB 3.1 port, and 4 x USB 3.0 Type-A port

HDMI   

  • 2, up to 3840 x 2160 @ 30Hz resolution

LED Indicator    

  • Status/Power, USB, LAN, Drive 1-4, M.2 SSD 1-2

Button 

  • Power/Status, USB one-touch-backup, Reset

IR Receiver        

  • Yes, support QNAP RM-IR004 and MCE-compatible remotes

Software

After evolving from generation after generation, the QTS software is making advancements on its UI design, kernel, and access to bundled apps. In the latest QTS 4.3.3. version, one will immediately see the advantages it offers. Thus, it makes for an efficient and hassle-free QTS experience.

QNAP has made huge leaps with its latest version thanks largely to its enhancements and fixes. The most important aspect is how the OS is currently operating on a 64-bit architecture. Its control panel has been re-made. Currently, it operates on a streamlined manner where error notifications and system warnings can be seen.

QTS is an operating system with rich graphics. Its major apps can be seen as icons on the main page. Hover over to its “hamburger” menu icon situated at the top left-hand portion and a drop-down side menu will be made available. By clicking on the top right icon, a Dashboard page is activated, thereby triggering a snapshot on what’s going on at the moment with the NAS.

Its control panel is revamped. This makes it simpler to gain access to a wide range of NAS features, which are categorized by groups: Network Services, System Settings, Privilege Settings, and a host of others.

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Control Panel

The Control Panel is where you access the main settings for the QNAP TVS-473 and it is very nicely laid out with an intuitive interface. Here you are able to access:

  •  General Settings
  • Storage Manager
  • Security
  • Hardware
  • Power
  • Notifications
  • Firmware Updates
  • Backup/Restore
  • External Devices
  • System Status
  • System Logs
  • Resource Monitor
  • Privileges
  • Network and File Services
  • Applications

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Storage Manager

The Storage Manager offers control in volume and drive setup aside from showcasing the unit’s capacity and possible warning failures. Meanwhile, the storage/VIBOD/disks menu showcases separate drive details as well as health through its intuitive graphics-rich display where the drive is being interrogated.

This feature should be called the admin’s best friend since this lets you oversee all the information on all of your storage devices, disks, storage space allocation and space utilization as well as enables you to manage all of your storage spaces.

The Storage Manager is quick and easy to use. Even non-technical users are able to create, remove and expand new storage pools, manage RAID groups, set thresholds and select appropriate volumes. Meanwhile, big business enterprises are able to create various and differing storage applications for various teams. Let’s say your development team has their own storage application and the marketing team also has their own. This organizes the application and data by creating and catering to each team’s different needs.

The wide array of disk management technologies that the Storage Manager enables IT personnel to quickly and easily plan for storage expansion, replace old NAS and emergency data restoration. A hard drive can be safely removed from one NAS to another without compromising the data inside the drive.

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App Center

Currently, the App Center has more than 150 apps. It covers anything from home automation to backups and just about everything else in between.

Alerts for software updates, system errors, and warnings can be seen without needing to log in to the QTS via browser-based pop-ups, text messages, and e-mails.  Support is available for storage, cooling, and power errors.

A user can upload certificates given by providers, build signed certificates, or acquire one from certificate authorities (ex. Let’sEncrypt).

The 64-bit software is capable of dealing with data transfers, apps, transcoding, and tasks in an efficient manner. Recent QNAP-based NAS models armed with 64-bit processors can make the most of such technology to meet bigger needs.

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Qtier Technology

The software’s Qtier Technology can empower QNAP NAS via Auto Tiering for continuous optimization of storage efficiency in all SSD, NL-SAS/SATA, and SAS drives. Through Qtier, QNAP offers a tiering solution capable of optimized storage efficiency and enhancing performance. This makes it an ideal and cost-effective answer for virtualization environments consisting of evolving workloads.

The Qtier 2.0 is capable of analyzing system peak hours and CPU performance in settling for the right period in optimal transfer speeds and auto tiering processes. It’s constantly learning daily as it tries to achieve efficiency for storage.

One can set the auto tier manually for processing off-peak periods to have adequate system resources in operating apps.

 

Network and Virtual Switch

This feature has integration in managing IPv6, IPV4, Thunderbolt, Wi-Fi, WirelessAP, and QuickAccess when used with virtual switches. It’s able to centralize in the building, configuration, and management of network connections. Thus, it allows for linking PCs and device to remote and/or local networks in a flexible manner.

Network and Virtual Switch utilizes the most network resources present. For instance, you have the ability connect 1GbE devices to a QNAP NAS in acquiring a functional 10GbE environment for migrating data without the need to purchase a costly Ethernet switch. Network use is simpler, flexible, and cost-effective.

The biggest improvement seen in the Network and Virtual Switch is data transfer support for containers and VMs. Aside from virtual machines and NAS having the same LAN port for sharing, transferring data between containers and virtual machines by means of one interface can now be done. For instance, an Apache web server within a virtual machine can gain entry to a MySQL database in a container. Services are then offered to client computers by means of a physical network.

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Resource Monitor

Of course in any kind of system you would need effective monitoring software that gives you a clear overview of all the resources of the NAS and how it is being used with the amount of applications all running at the same time. This is where the Resource Monitor comes in.

The interface itself has been revamped for a better overview of all your resources. Even Ethernet and wireless network usage as well as other miscellaneous information are readily available for you at first glance in the user interface of the Resource Monitor.

All these data are shown to you in real-time. No need to wait or refresh the page to give you an accurate data on the current time period. You see all this information in real-time and these can also be displayed in charts for a more graphical interpretation so you can quickly and easily compare varying information.

The amount of information provided by Resource Monitor can be overwhelming thus finding specific information can be daunting. However, Resource Monitor has a well-organized system that lists applications by their types giving admins an effective way of identifying various applications and also monitors their resource usage as well as their consumption rates.

With this well-organized, highly intuitive software that presents information in a revamped easy to distinguish interface, admins can quickly track resource consumption of certain applications with ease.

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T2E Converter

With Apple PCs having zero native support for 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Mac users would previously go for a Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter just to achieve high-speed Ethernet networks. But lately, the T2E Converter innovation made it possible to bridge Thunderbolt and Ethernet networks, which gave Apple PCs the ability to connect to a QNAP Thunderbolt NAS via Thunderbolt connectivity for transmitting data between 10Gbe and Thunderbolt at fast speeds. This greatly preserved a 10Gbe port and forgoes the use of a Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.

Thunderbolt Residential Gateway

The Thunderbolt Virtual Switch NAT service can allows Thunderbolt devices to link to physical adapters by means of QNAP Thunderbolt NAS. Companies and personal users can finally take advantage of network resources present for a wide range of tasks. At the same time, they can handle network connectivity with less effort.

Hybrid Backup Sync

The Hybrid Backup Sync is an essential app intended for back and disaster recovery creation to curb loss of data. It merges restoration, syncing, and backup features conveniently in one app. This allows for easier migration of data to local, cloud, and remote storage. A business that deals with huge amounts of data across different storage infrastructure in different locations and on different devices has a huge challenge for data management and storage. Also the fact that the data isn’t centralized and synchronized makes it even harder to manage. QNAP enables the user to have an extensive backup and recovery solution to huge amounts of data and also synchronizes all the data to a QNAP NAS that is also accessible through the cloud.

Besides remote access, you can also back up your data locally without having network connectivity with Hybrid Backup Sync. The user is able to back up their data to a designated folder on the NAS itself or to an attached device.

During a backup process, both your computer and the NAS can be used as either the source of the data files or the destination of the data files. Whether you’re at home or at the office, you are able to back up your data using the QNAP RTRR (Real-Time Remote Replication) technology or Rsync.

If you also have various cloud backup services like Google Drive, QNAP NAS also supports backup from these services. The supported cloud services are as follows: Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Amazon Drive, Yandex Disk, Box, hubiC, Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, and cloud services compatible with S3, OpenStack Swift and WebDav. The support from these services gives the user more freedom and also synchronizes their data with the QNAP NAS for ease of backup. Not too shabby I would say.

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Proxy Server

You can also operate your own proxy server in just a few minutes. This service can turn your NAS into a web proxy server so it can protect your other devices in your local network from various Internet threats.

The server provides caching that improves response times and also saves bandwidth. It also enables the user to restrict or limit connection to certain websites, servers, or even computers. User behaviours are also logged in files that can be analysed. The server is also protected because it comes with its own antivirus. The SquidClamav is an antivirus suite that is specialized for proxy servers. It scans each package received sent through the proxy server. You can enter Squid commands so you can customize the proxy server as well. Such commands lets the user edit cache settings, and even access control without an SSH tool.

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Time Machine Backup

Backing up Mac-based data to the unit allows for easy access to Mac backups anywhere and at any point in time. Time Machine for Mac OS X 10.5 (or higher) is supported by the QNAP NAS for synchronized backup to Mac devices. The feature makes it a perfect storage for sharing and backup creation of Mac data.

The Time Machine Backup offers seamless functionality with the macOS Sierra. It provides support for SMB and AFP network file sharing protocol in case extended backup is required. A user can back up Mac data to separate home folders by means of exclusive access rights. The whole process is meant to enhance user privacy and data security.

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HybridDesk Station

This is software makes it possible for the unit to be utilized as a media player or basic computer (though one of its available HDMI ports). Through this mode, a user will no longer need to switch a computer on just so the TV-473 can be used. It’s up for the user to decide on how apps that belong to the HybridDisk station can be installed. They can either be selected from a list, setup manually, or pressing the install button for the unit to seek compatible apps.

This station enables the ability to plug in a USB-based keyboard and mouse directly to the NAS. Otherwise, one can settle for the remote control that came with the unit.

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File Management

The QNAP NAS is a robust medium for housing digital files both at home and in the personal workplace. Thanks largely to its wide range of productive-enhancing set of tools for file sharing, management, and collaboration, the QTS 4.3.3 has a Qfiling functionality intended for programmed filing, improved syncing, and enhancement of File Station for daily use. File management can easily be done thanks to QNAP’s ability to breeze through the process.

Qfiling provides varying categories such as documents, pictures, videos, and music. After the Qfiling setup, files within the selected folder are archived automatically in the folder according to the categories. Filing schedules can be adjusted by day, hour, month, or week. Filing tasks will automatically be processed in the background.

Qfiling isn’t just limited to work on the local NAS. It also extends its ability in remote NAS units and external devices. Chosen categories can only be migrated or backed up to the designated destination.

Thanks to its enhanced UI, and improved performance, Qsync has numerous ways of synchronizing files as well as file sharing across smart devices. This significantly improves collaborative efforts and teamwork flexibility.

If problems occur in the middle of a file sync, the system will sniff the issue and take necessary steps to recover errors so crashes can be mitigated. Qysync can pack smaller files in one group. Therefore, small files can synced several times faster.

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HD Station

You can enjoy up to 4k video output when you connect your NAS to an HDMI display. This not only avoids the complexity of setting up network media players and therefore clogging up your space with wire but also gives you your own home theatre PC.

Besides the abundance of QNAP’s apps, this feature also supports common multimedia players such as an HD Player, Plex Home Theater, DeaDBeef and Clementine. You can also surf the web all in 4k with Chrome or Firefox and enjoy other multimedia platforms like YouTube, Spotify or even listen to the radio with TuneIn Radio.

Photo Station

You can establish your own virtual albums using the Photo Station. It sorts out your photos by using tags and you can quickly search and share your photos with ease to your friends and family.

The virtual albums are handy tool in sorting out your photos without having too many file copes. The smart album utilizes set conditions allowing varied albums to be set by the user.

An advanced search is provided for the user to find specific photos. You can search according to title, tag, date, file path, camera model and other conditions. The advanced folder permissions set up permissions for each sub-folder. You can then give access to certain users on certain folders.

If you share photos through a shopping cart, you can choose what photos to share with your friends and family. When you share links, you can also set up a password and even add expiry dates for a more secure sharing system. Besides friends and family, you can also directly upload your photos or videos directly to Flickr, Picasa, Twitter, YouTube, etc.

Photo Station allows you to enjoy your photos even further with slide shows and map mode. The Photo Station also protects your photos by locking the right mouse click and also disabling the download function. With this neat feature your colleagues, friends and family can only view the photo but not download it. This is especially good for photographers who dislike having their work stolen.

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Video Station

Video Station’s UI was based on user feedback and QNAP seems to have listened intently to its users. The UI looks elegant and not complicated. The shopping cart allows you to select videos that you want to share with your friends and family using just a link. It also allows you to easily upload videos on YouTube and other video streaming websites.

Like Photo Station, Video Station incorporates the smart and intuitive advanced search feature that lets you search specific video using titles, tags, video length, and view progress and more.

A cool feature that I haven’t seen used by other media players is the Play bookmark. Basically what this does is it inserts bookmarks in your videos so you can easily jump to the funny clip you wanted to show to your friends. This is a really handy feature, most video platforms not just media players but also video streaming websites should use something like this.

Video Station also allows you to organize your TV shows according to seasons or series so you can easily find certain episodes or TV series without having to endlessly search through your folders. It also auto plays the next episode after finishing the previous one so you can just sit back, relax and binge on all the episodes of your favourite shows.

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Music Station

Music Station works like a cloud streaming software. You can have your own “Spotify” at your home and save your music on your NAS so it doesn’t eat up space on your actual computer. And when I say it really works like a cloud streaming software, I mean you can literally connect to it through the internet anywhere from the world thus giving you your own personal “Spotify”.

The Spotlight mode allows the user to switch between Spotlight and Manage mode. Both of which have different functions. Spotlight mode automatically recommends different playlists for you. Besides that, you can also pin your favourite playlists so you can quickly jump to your favourite tunes and start jamming. This is a neat feature when you’re working out, sometimes you just want to just work out already but finding that specific playlist can be a hassle.

While we’re on the topic of playlists, there’s also smart playlists. This organizes certain songs for you that meet a certain criteria. For instance, if you want to listen to 80’s music, select smart playlist and add the year as a condition. Music station will then automatically get and sort all songs that match that criteria.

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Conclusion

NAS drives are not just a depository for digital files. Lately, manufacturers are including newer features, which converted them from typical devices for storage to robust devices with a plethora of functions. The TV-473 4-Bay has offered the market a hint in which functionality and direction NAS is headed to years from now.

Its list of features appears to be more of a computer than a storage medium. This can visibly be attributed to its robust quad-core SoC chip paired with good integrated graphics, 4x DDR4 RAM slots, SSD caching support, M.2 SSD support, video decoding-encoding, and PCIe slots/10Gbe network connectivity.

The unit’s latest QTS 4.3 software added significant enhancements to an already functioning and highly effective operating systems in the market. One of these key improvements involves the upgrade to a 64-bit architecture. Keep in mind that a 64-bit compatibility tool can be downloaded via the QNAP in case one is currently running 32-bit apps and are unsure if they’re supported.

And with the added multimedia features from QTS 4.3, you are able to enjoy, share and manage your various videos, photos and music on the NAS. The HD Station, Photo Station, Video Station and Music Station gives the user hours of enjoyment and consumption of various media excellently sorted out within the NAS. The ease of access is also superb as it allows not just connectivity but also direct streaming through the cloud.

The connectivity management of the QNAP NAS is well equipped. And if you’re like me who has various devices and computers being used or maybe you use your NAS at a small office with a handful of people, your NAS can get congested with tremendous amount of traffic ranging from desktop computers, mobile devices, laptops and other WiFi connected appliances especially from a busy network like a small office. This leaves us with a congested and slow connection and QNAP has an ideal solution for network storage innovation with their Wifeless AP Station.

It isn’t just a typical storage device but also a wireless access point to connect your WiFi devices that lets you access and utilize the NAS’ services. WirelessAP Station is not an extender but an actual access point. For instance, when a device connects to the router, the more devices that are connected to it may compromise the quality of your connection because of low bandwidth. An extender is just as good as the current bandwidth that it extends. In addition, the Ethernet speed is not compromised because it is connected to the network through PICI-e cable. Interrupted connection may be tolerated if you’re just watching cat videos on YouTube but things such as surveillance storage that uses wireless IP cameras needs to have an uninterrupted connectivity.

WirelessAP Station is the perfect solution for uninterrupted connectivity because the NAS itself is its own access point. Devices have a direct connection to the NAS thus it does not congest your bandwidth.

Another use for the QNAP NAS is having your own private LAN or wireless network for testing or deployment with your business in other areas or a more practical reason which applies to more people would be to have your own private and secure connection in public. QNAP NAS along with the Wireless AP station handles this very well.

Overall, the QNAP TV-473 4-Bay is worthy equipment for both personal and professional use. It does take some time to learn its nooks and crannies and it’s a bit technical but as long as one can understand its plethora of features, it’s a product worth keeping in the long term.

Where to Buy

If you are interested in purchasing a QNAP TVS-473 you can do so for around $1,400AUD. To find your closest retailer head on over to the official QNAP website.

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