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QNAP TS-870U-RP NAS Network Storage Server Review

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Explore the Unlimited Possibilities of Your NAS with QPKG

Network Attached Storage (NAS) used to refer to a basic network storage device for simple data sharing but now with the high performance SoC and qnap_ts-809_qpkg.jpgthe advantage in power-saving design, it is redefined as a powerful embedded system that allows the possibilities of offering numerous fascinating applications. Over the past years, QNAP has successfully developed a series of All-in-One NAS servers for power users and business users providing a wide variety of software applications. Besides those QNAP provides, many other software packages are also developed in Linux open source community that power users are able to install them on their NAS to further enrich the functions. However, this is only limited to those advanced users or software developers who are more familiar with Linux systems. In order to let majority of general QNAP NAS users to also utilize their NAS servers with those software packages already developed by the open source community, QPKG platform and development framework is then introduced by QNAP.

Inspired from the powerful software package management system in Linux (yum, dpkg, etc.), but unlike those running in the modern PCs today, QPKG is designed and fine-tuned for running on Linux embedded systems like NAS along with many popular software packages ready for install. Besides, in order to publish your software in our official repository all the software packages will be verified by QNAP to prevent from others to embed malicious codes for system intrusion or potential risks of data damage. Therefore QNAP NAS users may enjoy these software packages developed by the community in a safe way through an installation method as easy as firmware update just like you would install/uninstall software in the Windows environment without the need to go through the complicated process.

QNAP has introduced some popular QPKG software packages as the demonstration purpose. Below are the quick introductions on each of them:

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MLDonkey (eMule)
MLDonkey is a door to the “donkey” world, a multi-network, multi-platform open source P2P application used to exchange big files on the Internet and present most features of the basic Windows donkey client and additionally supports overnet, fasttrack, bittorrent and gnutella protocols (and more)! The core works best with Sancho the premier graphical user interface for MLDonkey.

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QAirplay

QAirPlay lets you stream photo, music, and video from NAS to Apple TV. You may also use mobile app Qfile to browse the media content on the NAS and play the content on AirPlay-supported players.

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Optware Ipkg (Itsy Package Management System)
Ipkg, or the Itsy Package Management System, is a lightweight package management system designed for embedded devices. It is used in the Unslung operating system for the Linksys NSLU2, in OpenWRT, OpenMoko, Gumstix, iPAQ and now on QNAP NAS too.

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Plex Media Server
Plex bridges the gap between your QNAP and your home theater, doing so with a visually appealing user interface that provides instant access to your media. Plex can play a wide range of video, audio and photo formats as well as online streaming audio and video.

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QUSBCam
The QUSBCam QPKG add-on allows users to connect a UVC-compliant (USB Video Class) USB webcam to the QNAP Turbo NAS and utilize the Surveillance Station to record and play back videos, building a budget-saving surveillance system for home and office.

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Google Drive Sync
Access files and folders in your Google Drive with Google Drive Sync QPKG. Simply select a shared folder to synchronize with Google Drive or use it as a backup destination.

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WordPress
WordPress is a free, open-source personal publishing system that allows you to easily create a complex blog, or web log, on your site. Written in PHP and supported by a MySQL database, WordPress offers intuitive administrative tools and sophisticated design features that make it easy to develop and integrate a personal or professional blog on your site.

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Joomla CMS
Joomla! is a free, open source content management system for publishing content on the world wide web and intranets. The system includes features such as page caching to improve performance, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, website searching, and language internationalization. BTW, Benchmark Reviews is built from the Joomla! CMS.

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Mono
Mono provides .NET Framework environment to run ASP-based websites on Linux.

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PS3 Media Server
PS3 Media Server is a DLNA compliant UPnP Media Server for the PS3, written in Java, with the purpose of streaming or transcoding any kind of media files, with minimum configuration.

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XMail is an Internet and Intranet mail server featuring a SMTP server, POP3 server, finger server, TLS support for SMTP and POP3 (both server and client side), multiple domains. No need for users to have a real system account, SMTP relay checking, DNS based maps check, custom (IP based and address based) spam protection, SMTP authentication (PLAIN LOGIN CRAM-MD5 POP3-before-SMTP and custom), a POP3 account syncronizer with external POP3 accounts, account aliases, domain aliases, custom mail processing, direct mail files delivery, custom mail filters, mailing lists, remote administration, custom mail exchangers, logging, and multi-platform code.

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Logitech Media Server
Logitech Media Server is an audio server designed for streaming music to Logitech devices over a network, allowing users to play their music collections from virtually anywhere there is an Internet connection.

Software Expansion via QPKG Platform
The QPKG software package platform enables the users to maximize the usage of Turbo NAS by installing additional software packages developed from the users and community worldwide. This can be done by simple “download & install” clicking without going through any complicated process.

OK, now we’ve seen the COMPLETE ins and outs of this complex system; let’s turn this thing on, set it up, and dive into the testing phase.


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