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QNAP TVS-473-16G 4-Bay NAS Review

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We used the latest 4.3 version of QNAP’s QTS OS to set up the TVS-473-16G. QNAP have really gone to town on this version with a whole host of revamps and improvements, the most important of which is that the OS now uses a 64-bit system architecture. The control panel has been revamped and there is now a more streamlined approach to system warnings and error notifications (including that voice alert).

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QTS is a graphically-rich OS with the major apps appearing as icons on the main page. Clicking on the ‘hamburger‘ menu icon at the top left-hand side of the screen drops down a very useful side menu. Clicking the icon on the top right of the screen activates the Dashboard page which gives a snapshot of what’s happening with the NAS.

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The Control panel has been revamped to make it easier to access all the various functions of the NAS which are neatly divided into groups; System Settings, Privilege Settings, Network Services etc.

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Storage Manager gives you complete control over setting up drives and volumes, in addition to showing how the capacity of the NAS is being used and warnings of potential failures. The Storage/Disks/VJBOD sub-menu displays individual drive information and health with a handy graphical display showing which drive is being interrogated.

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App Center has over 160 apps to choose from covering everything from backups to home automation and pretty much everything in between.

QTS 4.3 Highlights
Backup Station
Photo Station
Video Station
Music Station
File Station
Download Station
App Center
HD Station  –  Use a QNAP NAS as a home theater center
Hybrid Backup Sync
Storage Manager
QNAP Snapshot Agent
Qcontactz – contact mamagenement
QNAP QvPC  – use the NAS as a PC
QUSBCam2.2  – Surveillance tool
Plex Media Server
Qmedia
myQNAPcloud
QNAP Mobile Apps including
Qremote – Control HD Station with your mobile phone
Vmobile –  Professional mobile surveillance app
Vcam  – Turn your mobile device into an IP cam
Qmanager – Remote management for NAS
Qfile – Remote file access
Qnotes – Take and share notes
Qphoto  – Photo sharing
Qget – Remotely manage download tasks

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