Easy way to connect QNAP TS-251A NAS drive to Windows PC

Bought yourself a QNAP TS-251A recently? Well, you're going to want to get the device set up with your Windows PC. Today we'll be going through how to get the device visible on your laptop/PC, how to set up shared folders and new users/groups, how to set up storage drives (volumes and disks), and finally how to map the network drive for your QNAP device, so you can access it the same way on any remote device!

Step 1: Setting up your account and connecting the NAS drive


First things first, you want to get your device switched on. To do so, simply plug the power cord into the wall and the other end into the back of the NAS drive. Then take an ethernet cable and plug one end into your WIFI router, and the other end into the supplied ethernet port that is also on the back of your NAS drive.


Once the lights are all solid green and the second light begins to flicker, you are ready to head to your PC/laptop.


From a search browser such as Chrome or Microsoft Edge, type in https://www.qnap.com/en-uk/utilities/essentials



Easy way to connect QNAP TS-251A NAS drive to Windows PC
Easy way to connect QNAP TS-251A NAS drive to Windows PC


On this screen, select the Windows download option that is displayed for the Qfinder Pro.


By downloading this firmware, you simply skip the delicate process of trying to connect your NAS drive to the internet from typing in your IP address, this download will do this automatically for you.


Ensure you allow changes to be made to your PC, and accept any terms and conditions/agreements that pop up while the download takes place.