Can I connect Qnap NAS directly to a PC or Mac?
If you are planning to connect your Qnap NAS to your PC over USB, then no, you can not no it with every model (just few). NAS means network attached storage and is being connected to a network. Once added as a network drive, the new drive will appear in your drive list on your PC or Mac.
If you want to connect your NAS directly, you can do it. Set up manual IP on your PC and NAS with a one in the same IP range. Than use Synology finder app or type IP in the address bar and it’s done. Maximum speed for regular network cable is 1Gb/s which is around 115MB/s in real life.
For example Your NAS IP could be 192.168.1.100 and computer 192.168.1.101.
You can do it when setting up NAS
Or do it any time after
go to “Control Panel” > “System Settings” > “Network” to configure the network settings of your NAS.
Nevertheless, there is actually a way to connect NAS using USB or Thunderbolt port. It is only possible with Qnap NAS x73, x53B or x51A series. These are unique NAS models with DAS and NAS functionality.
On windows you need to open network settings : Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections
And set manual IP address
Connecting via 1GbE directly will be faster then WiFi, but using a switch or router would simplify all this process. But if you want faster connection like 5GbE or 10GbE and you do not have switch which can handle this speed then you might use an adapter.