As with each type of network connected device, there is generally a web based admin panel that you connect through to change various settings and configurations on the device. QNAP here have opted to use a flash based portal.
The first page we come to after going to the admin panel is a turbo wizard that gives quick access to the NAS boxes basic setup for users and folders.
Each section in the administration panel is sub divided into more refined groups depending on what area you wish to manage.
Under the disk management is one of the areas that you will end up going to as part of the NAS setup process. From here you can configure your RAID array and also see the status of the drives.
As we mentioned before, a NAS box contains a whole host of server based features, all of which can be configured in another sub section of the admin panel with ease.
At the bottom of the admin panel sections is an area where you can monitor the status of the NAS including temperatures, system resources and LAN status.
In addition to the system status the service status of each server type can be monitored for any downtime or errors.
Last of all there is a web based file manager for file administration on the NAS itself, which can eliminate the bottleneck of moving files within the storage media when mapped as a network drive on your computer.
Overall, the admin panel is very easy to use with a clear layout and intuitive menus to work through, making it less of a daunting experience for a novice user who may not have previous experience with this type of device. On the initial landing page, you can scroll to the right and right at the end is a link for help and also the QNAP user forums – a nice little addition in its own right.