QNAP TS-453 Mini 4-Bay Stylish and Quiet Vertical NAS Review

Setup – Users, Services & Backup

We’ve done our basic initialization and the system is running, what we need now are some users, user groups, and network shares.


Our admin user was created during initialization, but we shouldn’t be using that for normal access. Instead we’ll create a row of users for our friends, coworkers, family, and who else might be allowed to access files and functions on our NAS.

You only need a username and password to create a user, but you can set a lot more options. You can assign them to a group, set shared folder permissions and application priviledges. You can also let QTS email the person with information regarding their new account, that of course requires that you also enter an email address for the user.

You can also create a lot of users at once. Same thing goes as for single creation except that it is split into more pages for easier setup.

With our users created, we can now move on to the next step.

User Groups

User groups allow you to easily manage a lot of users at once, their rights and privileges. You get the same options as for single users, except this way you can change them for a whole group at once.

Shared Folders

There will be some default shared folders, which ones depend on what plugins, add-ons and features you select and install. Those will rarely be enough and you’ll want to create your own.

This could be personal folders, secure folders, or public folders. They could be for movies, files, tv shows, music, images, tax return – anything you want. Just like on your own PC. Go nuts, but keep it simple and try to keep in mind how you’ll want to map, mount, and attach those shares on your systems.