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Download Station

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The Download Station is a web-based download tool enabling you to download files from the Internet through BT, PT, Magnet Link, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP/FTPS, and subscribe to RSS feeds. With the BT Search function, you can easily find BT seeds to download and make your NAS as 24/7 download center.

 

Important: The Download Station is provided for downloading authorized files only. Downloading or distribution of unauthorized materials is against the law and may result in severe civil and criminal penalties. Users should be aware of the fact that they are subject to copyright restrictions and responsible for the consequences of their actions.

Note: For PT download, the supported client applications vary based on the PT sites. If the Download Station (libtorrent) is not in the client application list recommended by your PT sites, please search for an alternative one in the App Center.

 

Starting Download Station

 

Depending on your NAS model, the Download Station should be enabled by default and can be launched from the Desktop or the Main Menu. If not, please Go to the App Center and make sure that the Download Station has been installed and enabled first (QTS 4.1 or later versions only.) Launch the Download Station from the Main Menu or the Download Station shortcut on the Desktop or log directly into the Download Station (type http://NAS_Name_or_IP/cgi-bin/Qdownload/qdownloadindex.cgi into a web browser.)

 

Familiarizing yourself with Download Station

 

Menu Bar

 

No

Name

Description

1

Search Bar

Enter a keyword in the search bar, click the magnifier button to select the search engines and press enter to search for BT seeds. Please note that the BT search feature is only available after you agree to the terms and conditions in "Settings" button on the main menu > "BT" > "BT Search".

2

Add

Add a BT seed by entering the URL or upload a torrent file from the local PC.

3

Start

Start BT tasks.

4

Pause

Pause BT tasks

5

Remove

Remove BT tasks or remove BT tasks and their data

6

Action

Start all, pause all, or pause all download tasks for a specified time period, remove all completed tasks, remove all completed tasks and delete data.

7

Download

After you select the BT seeds from the search result, click this button to download them.

8

Filter

Enter a keyword in the box or click the drop down list to select the categories and filter the searched BT seeds.

9

Sort

Sort tasks by dates that tasks are created or task types.

10

Settings

Configure BT or RSS settings (refer to the Download Station Settings section below for details.)

 

Left Panel

Tasks: List all BT tasks based on their download status (All, Downloading, Paused, Completed, Active and Inactive.) Right click a task to start, pause, set priority and remove a BT task (and its data) and edit downloads.
BT Search: List all BT seeds searched using the BT Search Bar. Right click a searched BT seed to download that seed (create a task), open the link URL, or download the torrent file.
RSS: List, add, edit, delete or update RSS feeds.

 

Download Station Settings

 

Click "Settings" to configure the Download Station.

 

Global Settings

Download Schedule: Select continuous download or specify the download schedule. When setting the download schedule, select "Full speed" to use the global speed limit (unlimited) for all the download tasks. Select "Limited" to apply the speed limit settings of the downloaded services.
Location of Downloaded Files: Specify the default directory on the NAS for the downloaded files.
Notification: Select to send a notification by email when a download task has completed. Note that the SMTP settings must be configured properly in "System Settings" > "Notification".

 

HTTP

Connection: Specify the maximum number of concurrent HTTP downloads.
Bandwidth Limit: Specify the maximum download rate of HTTP download tasks. 0 means no limit (for Intel-based NAS models, the maximum number of concurrent HTTP and FTP downloads is 30, while that number is 10 for ARM-based (Non Intel-based) NAS.)

 

FTP

Connection: Specify the maximum number of concurrent FTP downloads.
Bandwidth Limit: Specify the maximum download rate of FTP download tasks. 0 means no limit (for Intel-based NAS models, the maximum number of concurrent HTTP and FTP downloads is 30, while that number is 10 for ARM-based (Non Intel-based) NAS.)

 

BT

Connection Setting:
oSpecify the ports for BT download. The default port numbers are 6881-6889.
oEnable UPnP port mapping: Enable automatic port mapping on the UPnP supported gateway.
oEnable DHT network: To allow the NAS to download the files even no trackers of the torrent can be connected, enable DHT (Distributed Hash Table) network and specify the UDP port number for DHT.
oProtocol encryption: Enable this option for encrypted data transfer.
Bandwidth Limit: Specify the maximum download rate of BT download tasks. 0 means no limit.
oGlobal maximum concurrent downloads: Specify the maximum number of concurrent BT downloads (for Intel-based NAS models, the maximum number of concurrent downloads is 30, while that number is 10 for ARM-based (Non Intel-based) NAS.)
oGlobal maximum upload rate (KB/s): Enter the maximum upload rate for BT download. 0 means no limit.
oGlobal maximum download rate (KB/s): Enter the maximum download rate for BT download. 0 means no limit.
oMaximum upload rate per torrent (KB/s): Enter the maximum upload rate per torrent. 0 means no limit.
oGlobal maximum number of connections: This refers to the maximum number of allowed connections to the torrent.
oMaximum number of connected peers per torrent: This refers to the maximum number of allowed peers to connect to a torrent.
Seeding Preferences: Specify the share ratio for seeding a torrent and the sharing time. The share ratio is calculated by dividing the amount of uploaded data by the amount of downloaded data.
Proxy: specify the proxy server for BT download. Select the proxy type and fill in the host IP and port, login username and password for the proxy server. For details on the setup of the proxy server, please refer to its user manual.
BT Search: Select the BT engines to enable for BT search on the Download Station.

 

File Hosting Account

You can save the login information of maximum 64 HTTP and FTP accounts. To add login information, click "Add Account".  Enter the host name or IP, username and password. To allow the login information to appear for account selection when configuring HTTP or FTP download, select "Enabled" next to the newly added account. Click "Apply" to confirm or "Cancel" to cancel. To edit the settings of an account, select an entry on the list and click "Edit Account". To delete an account, select an entry on the list and click "Delete Account".

 

RSS

Update: Enable RSS download and specify the time interval to for the NAS to update the RSS feeds and check if any new contents that match the filters are available.

 

Using Download Station

 

Adding download task(s)

There are three approaches you can add download tasks:

1.Drag and drop BT/PT files from the local PC to Download Station or click "+" button to add BT/PT files or multiple URLs (HTTP/FTP/Magnet link).
2.You can search BT files through BT search function to add download tasks.
3.In "RSS" on the left panel, you can add RSS feeds. The Download Station will load all feeds in RSS feeds for you to download.

 

Note:

The maximum number of concurrent downloads for an Intel-based NAS is 60 (30 BT/PT downloads, 30 HTTP+FTP downloads)
The maximum number of concurrent downloads for an ARM-based NAS is 20 (10 BT/PT downloads, 10 HTTP+FTP downloads)
Drag and drop BT files from PC to the Download Station is supported on Chrome and Firefox browsers.

 

Adding HTTP, FTP, Magnet download tasks

To add an HTTP, FTP, or Magnet download task, click "Start" on the Menu Bar. Enter the URL of the download task (one entry per line). Then select the download type: HTTP/FTP, or Magnet Link. If a username and password is required to access the file, select "Use credentials" and select a pre-configured account (Settings > Account List) or enter a username and password. Then click "OK". The NAS will download the files automatically.

 

Note: You can only enter maximum 30 entries at one time.

 

Managing downloads in a BT seed

You can right click a task and select "Edit Downloads" to select only the files within a BT seed that you would you like to download.

 

Limiting the download/upload speed

To limit the bandwidth usage of the Download Station, please configure the settings in "Settings" > "HTTP", "FTP", or "BT" > "Bandwidth Limit".

 

Scheduling downloads

To set download schedules, please go to "Settings" > "Global" > "Download Schedule". After enabling the download schedule, please select "Full speed", "Turn off", or "Limited" and then click the time slots that you prefer.

 

Sending a notification after a download task is complete

Please go to "Settings" > "Global"> "Notification" and enable "Email".

 

Subscribing to and managing RSS feeds

You can subscribe to RSS feeds using the Download Station and download the torrent files in the feeds:

1.Click "+" next to "RSS" on the left panel to add an RSS feed.
2.Enter the URL and the label.
3.To download a torrent file from an RSS feed, select the file and click the down arrow button or right click the feed and select "Download".
4.The NAS will start to download the file automatically. You can view the download status in the Downloading list.

 

To manage the RSS feeds subscription, right click an RSS feed label. You can open the RSS Download Manager, add, update, edit, or delete an RSS feed.

 

Downloading torrent files using RSS Download Manager

You can use RSS Download Manager to create and manage filters to download particular torrent files for BT Download.

To add a filter, first launch RSS Download Manager, select a label and click "Add".
Enter the filter name and specify the keyword to include and exclude.
Select the RSS feed to apply the filter settings.
You may also specify the quality of the video torrent files (leave it as "All" if you do not need this function or the torrent file is not a video.)
Episode number: Select this option to specify particular episodes or a serial of episodes of a drama work. For example, to download episodes 1-26 of season 1 of a TV program, enter 1x1-26. To download only episode 1 of season 1, enter 1x1.
Select the time interval for automatic update of the RSS feeds. The NAS will update the RSS feeds and check if any new contents that match the filters are available.
Click "Apply" to save the filter or "Cancel" to cancel or exit.
To delete a filter, select the filter from the list and click "Delete".

 

Shortening BT seeding time

Please go to "Settings" > "BT" > "Bandwidth Limit">"Seeding Preferences".

You can change the "Share Ratio "to a smaller percentage or modify "Share Time" to shorten BT seeding time.

 

Tip on shortening BT seeding time: Please go to "Settings" > "BT" > "Bandwidth Limit">"Seeding Preferences". You can change the "Share Ratio "to a smaller percentage or modify "Share Time" to shorten BT seeding time.

Tip on slow BT download rates or download errors: The common reasons for slow BT download rate or download error are as below:

1.The torrent file has expired, the peers have stopped sharing this file, or there is error in the file.
2.The NAS has configured to use fixed IP but DNS server is not configured, or DNS server fails.
3.Set the maximum number of simultaneous downloads as 3-5 for the best download rate.
4.The NAS is located behind NAT router. The port settings have led to slow BT download rate or no response. You may try the following means to solve the problem:
a.Open the BT port range on NAT router manually. Forward these ports to the LAN IP of the NAS.
b.The new NAS firmware supports UPnP NAT port forwarding. If your NAT router supports UPnP, enable this function on the NAT. Then enable UPnP NAT port forwarding of the NAS. The BT download rate should be enhanced.

 


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