How do I create shared folders on my QNAP NAS?

Creating Shared Folders on QNAP NAS

To create shared folders on your QNAP NAS, follow these steps:

Step 1: Accessing the QNAP NAS Management Interface

1. Connect your computer to the same network as your QNAP NAS.
2. Open a web browser and enter the IP address of your NAS in the address bar.
3. Login to the QNAP NAS management interface using your admin credentials.
4. Once logged in, you will be able to access the control panel/dashboard.

Step 2: Creating a Shared Folder

1. In the control panel/dashboard, click on "Shared Folders" to access the shared folder settings.
2. Click on the "New" button to create a new shared folder.
3. Enter a name for the shared folder and choose the desired access rights for users and groups.
4. Optionally, you can also assign a path to the shared folder. By default, the shared folder will be created in the "/share" directory on your NAS.
5. Click "Apply" to create the shared folder.

Step 3: Configuring Advanced Settings (Optional)

1. After creating the shared folder, you can configure additional settings such as quota, permissions, and advanced options.
2. To configure quota, click on the "Quota" tab and set the maximum storage size for the shared folder. This helps to manage disk space allocation.
3. To set permissions for users and groups, click on the "Permissions" tab. Here, you can define access rights and restrictions.
4. Under the "Advanced Options" tab, you can specify options such as enabling offline access, recycle bin, and indexing for the shared folder.

Step 4: Accessing Shared Folders

1. Once the shared folders are created, you can access them from your computer or other devices connected to the same network.
2. On Windows, you can open the File Explorer and navigate to the network locations. Your QNAP NAS should be visible, and you can access the shared folders by double-clicking on them.
3. On macOS, open Finder and navigate to the "Shared" section. Your QNAP NAS should appear, and you can access the shared folders from there.

Note: The above steps are based on the latest version of the QNAP NAS management interface. It's recommended to refer to the official QNAP documentation or user manual for precise instructions related to your specific NAS model.

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