Home Team Call for Mobile-Qnap Vs Seagate

Do you feel not quite sure to use Our site or similar cloud services? Modern NAS devices let you make backups to your own hard drive. Here we have made Qnap against Seagate to see which device is doing it best.

A NAS, Network Attached Storage, or network disk on regular Swedish, is ideal to store backups of everything from entire hard disks to pictures, music and video. On the other hand, has traditionally been about something you do between computers at home or at work at an NAS in the local network, and if you wanted to back up anything at all from the phone, you had to connect it to a computer first.

Many manufacturers of network drives has now accepted the fact that we increasingly use mobile phones and offers connection to this in one way or another. To check out how the whole thing is we took a Qnap TS-269L and a Seagate Business Storage 8 TB. When the two entities differ in many ways, mainly to Qnap unit usually comes without hard drives, we don’t go into too much on the functionality as network storage, but how they are doing on mobile devices. It should be mentioned that if you want a NAS with more functionality than storage and backup to Qnap and its app system is considerably more versatile right out of the box than what Seagate’s solution is.


Both units are set up in much the same way. You create an account on network storage, which is then used as the basis for the mobile experience. In both cases, it Shall and Seagate’s a relatively simple process where you more or less sets the username and password of the NAS settings for remote access. Since the software takes care of all the other settings. Qnap has its own service, which is the one we are looking at here, but with all the apps and services that may be linked to software, you can set storage via everything from Amazon’s Web services to our site on any such service will suit you better.

Both Qnap and Seagate have made their services with a focus on consumption in the first place, making it easier to download content from your network drive than what it actually is to send something up to it.

Seagate Global Access

Seagate has an app for all the mobile features where everything is presented in a provides destop-like environment. In addition to a help section and an icon for the file on your own drive POPs even the folders that are shared with the account up on the screen. To dig itself into the file structures and find what you are looking for is no major problem and both images that music can be played directly through the app. The video is a little worse with, primarily kodekstödet seems to be quite limited.

The other way is starting a real headache. To Android, you cannot select entire folders (for example, photos) or set automatic backup or transfer of material, but you have to go into each folder, choose it to be uploaded, and then make sure that the phone’s screen is kept alive during the upload. In Ios, you see only the already downloaded files under the local disk and to upload something, you need to go into edit mode, and then choose the picture folder. IOS is obviously a little more limited as a result of its more locked file system, but we are mostly just sad when we can only upload one image at a time. By contrast, the Seagate built in crossover support in your app, so that Global Connect pops up in quite a few» open file in «menus through the system and in various apps. This makes it at least reasonably easy to get different apps to talk with Seagate’s solution.

Qnap the QTS

QTS is actually software for network disk, while the mobile services is using something called Myqnapcloud. But to your phone you will find not just one, but a handful of different apps to do things for you on the mobile way.

Qmanager is the combined monitor and application manager. Here you will find all sorts of information on the network drive, but the only thing you really can influence is whether or not to restart the drive or the different apps you installed. It also features a built-in bittorrent client that is controlled through the app.

QFile is in turn file manager where you can move files around and to some extent even play them, which on the whole satisfactory, even if kodekstödet for audio and video is not perfect. Here you can also choose to upload the files to your disk and if you run Android, you can even set it to upload newly taken photos automatically. Slightly better on the right kodekstödet is Qmobile and Qmusic. Both acting media player in your phone, even if Qmusic is adapted for just music. Do you have a Qnap NAS with built-in HDMI port, as our test specimen, you can also install a XBMC-app on the network drive and use the Qremote as the media center remote control software.


We have just looked at the two manufacturers’ solutions for managing mobile data via an own network drive, but it’s still interesting to see how much difference there is between the two solutions. Seagate’s solution is, as the name suggests, more geared toward smaller companies and not as much to private users. However, I feel quite sad that their solution will need to fuss with everything as much as it does, at the same time as it is so limited.

Qnap plays as Swiss army knife with its QTS-software, which means that it can run without major problems in the corporate context. All apps are not perfect, but it is also multi-tasker. As a consumer product for backup and media game however, round the cross works relatively well. The Qnap has five apps for Ios, Android, and a sixth, however, makes it quite confused and it feels a bit as though many of them could have housed under the same roof and been refined slightly more. Of these two solutions, however, are the Qnap light-years ahead of Seagate from a mobile point of view.

Facts Seagate

Name: Seagate Global Connect

Compatibility: Seagate Blackarmour NAS devices (where Business storage units included)

Price: Free network disk costs different depending on the model and storage space

Other features via the NAS: DLNA support, Time Machine support, backup, Itunes server

Rating: 5

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