Connect Qnap directly to a PC over LAN

Please pardon my ignorance and thank you for your helpfulness. I’m a NAS Newbie, and not Network
competent. I purchased the TS-453BT3-8G with the thought that I could use its 2x T3 ports, 1x
10Gbe, and 2x 1Gbe to connect multiple computers to its stored data–and to each other–in an
internal cloud uninvolved with the Internet, and that at least the T3’s and 10Gbe would be at
10Gbe-ish speeds. Can the 10Gbe port of the iMac Pro be connected directly to the TS-453BT3-8G
without my involving a 10Gbe switch such as the NETGEAR 5-port 10Gig Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged
Switch, 1xSFP+ (XS505M)?

Step 1

Make sure that the 2 devices are in the same IP subnet. For example:

PC 1 IP address:, subnet:

NAS Drive ip address:, subnet:

If the NAS is “Out of the box” new, then it should be configured for DHCP, meaning it would be given a default address if you connect it directly to your PC. In this case, you should do the same for your PC, and configure it for DHCP.

Step 2

Discover your NAS Through the Qfinder Pro discovery tool

Download the software from QNAP website, and you should be able to find it.



Here is Qnap made manual:





1.Connect the NAS to your PC/Mac with a direct ethernet cable. You may use any of the available LAN port on the NAS.


2.Set your PC/Mac to IP address and submask
If you’re running Windows, please read the instructions here.

If you have a Mac, please refer to this guide.

3.Run Qfinder on your computer. It should find your NAS with the IP address we set up in step 2.

In this case, the NAS IP is

4.Try if you can ping NAS IP

5.Try if you can see QTS web interface




What can I connect to a NAS?

Wireless Speaker Sonos

The great thing about Sonos is that you don't need to pay for music subscription service. With the cheapest NAS at home like DS115j or any other, you can have your backups done for all of your devices and still use your network drive as a Sonos music library. Sonos will connect to your NAS via your network and let access your provided music library. If you have little more of IT knowledge, you can even set up your Alexa or Sonos with Alexa built in to play music on your voice commands ("Alexa! Ask DS Audio to Play Music!").

Casting devices

Nowadays it is so cheap to upgrade your old TV and make it smart. All you need is Google Chrome or EZcast alternative plugged into your HDMI port at the back of your TV. Now you have great functionality added to your TV to send a video file directly from your NAS to a TV. No need for wires and chargers and other mess. You can use your phone as a remote to go to your movies or family videos and cast that content on your TV during family or friend gatherings.


Apple TV

Amazon Fire TV

You may not have a smartphone, or you just simply prefer to control your content with a remote in that case Amazon Fire TV will be a great addon to get to your TV. It also plugs into your HDMI port and will play content from your NAS to a TV. No wires no mess.

nVidia Shield TV

It gets even better! If you want some more entertainment and all previously mentioned functions - nVidia TV is a great thing to get. You can use it for playing games and watching movies from your NAS. The greatest thing is - shield TV does video transcoding. So even if you have a cheap NAS with a weak CPU, in a combination of shield TV you can now automatically on the fly change video file size and format for a destination device. It is a great way to reduce network load and let older devices to play video content which normally was not supported on the device.


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