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File Station

File Station

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The File Station is an online file management center. With the File Station, you can access the NAS across the Internet, manage files using a web browser, quickly find your files, play media files online, set file and folder permissions and easily share your files and folders on the NAS.

 

Starting File Station

 

Launch the File Station from the File Station shortcut on the Main Menu or the Desktop, or log directly into the File Station (type http://NAS_Name_or_IP/cgi-bin/filemanager.html into a web browser.)

 

Familiarizing yourself with File Station

 

Menu Bar

 

No.

Name

Description

1

Search Bar

Search files by their name, file type (music, video, photo) or with advanced search.

2

Browsing Mode

Switch between different browsing modes (from left to right: thumbnail browsing mode/list browsing mode/detail browsing mode.)

3

Create Folder

Create a folder on the selected shared folder.

4

Copy / Paste

Copy / paste folders or/and files.

5

Upload

Upload files or folders to the selected shared folder.

6

Share

Share the folder/file via email, publish the folder/file, or share the link of the folder/file.

7

More Action

Bookmark the selected shared folder (and it will appear under "Favorites" on the left panel.)
Check folder properties
Review transcode information and background tasks (i.e. file compressions, file upload and moving files within the NAS.)

8

Smart File Filter

Filter files based on conditions set by users and the conditions will apply to all folders.

9

Refresh

Refresh the current page.

10

Settings

Set to show/hide files and folders on the local PC
Set to show/hide hidden files

 

Tip: You can directly drag and drop files from your PC to the NAS to upload them if you are using Chrome.

 

Left Panel

Shared folders: All shared folders on the NAS are listed here. Depending on your NAS model, the default shared folders are "Download", "home", "Multimedia", "Public", "USB" and "Web"
Local folders: Folders on the local PC are listed here, but Java JRE needs to be enabled first.
Qsync: Folder or files synchronized from the Qsync service are listed here.
Favorites: Bookmarked folders are listed here.
Share: Files and folders that have been shared are listed here.
Recycle Bin: Deleted files or folders can be found here. Right click the deleted items in the recycle bin to permanently delete or recover them.

 

Right Panel

Properties: Click this tab to review the details of a file and folder and click "Calculate Size" to calculate the size of a folder.
Permission: Click this tab to configure shared folder permissions. For steps on setting folder permissions, please refer to the "Set file/folder level permission" section below.

 

Using File Station

 

Creating shared folders

To create a shared folder, click "+" next to the NAS (the first item on the left panel,) specify the folder name, folder description, the disk volume, user access privileges and advanced settings in the shared folder creation dialog window and click "Create".

 

Subfolder operations

Right click a subfolder and choose to perform the following actions:

Action

Description

Sort By

Sort all the subfolders and files within the page by name, modified date, type, or size.

Create folder

Create a subfolder.

Copy/Paste

Copy a subfolder and paste it to another shared folder.

Share

Share the selected folder via email;
Publish the selected folder on social networking sites;
Set sharing details  

Open

Enter the chosen subfolder.

Download

Compress and download the chosen subfolder.

Rename

Rename the subfolder.

Move

Move the subfolder to another location on the NAS.

Delete

Delete the subfolder.

Cut/Paste

Cut a subfolder and paste it to another shared folder.

Add to Transcode (Beta)

Create transcode tasks for the files within the subfolder. Note that if you see certain resolution options disabled in the "Add to Transcode(Beta)" window, it means the selected video files have already been transcoded into these resolutions.

Cancel/Delete Transcoding

Cancel / Delete transcode tasks created for the subfolder

Transcode Information

Bring up the Transcode Task window for your review on transcode tasks.

Add to Favorites

Bookmark the subfolder and it will appear under "Favorites" on the left panel.

Compress(Zip)

Compress the subfolder.

Properties

Switch to open the right panel.

 

Tip: For folders and files, the shortcut keys are provided for quick file and folder operations. Available shortcut keys include:

Ctrl + C: Copy selected files/folders.
Ctrl + V: Paste selected files/folders.
Ctrl + X: Cut selected files/folders.
Ctrl + A: Select all files/folders.
Del: Delete selected files/folders.
F2: Rename the selected file/folder.
F5: Reload the current list.

 

File operations

Right click a file and choose to perform the following actions:

Action

Description

Sort By

Sort all the subfolders and files within the page by name, modified date, type, or size.

Copy/Paste

Copy a subfolder and paste it to another shared folder.

Share

Share the selected file via email;
Publish the selected file on social networking sites;
Set sharing details  

Open

Open the file with a corresponding application on your PC. If no such applications available, the file will be downloaded.

Open with VLC

If the chosen file is a video file, it will be opened in the browser (the VLC plug-in needs to be installed first.)

Download

Download the file. If the file chosen is a video that has been transcoded, you can choose its resolution and download the file. If multiple files are selected for the download, they will be compressed before the download.

Rename

Rename the file.

Move

Move the file to another location on the NAS.

Delete

Delete the file.

Cut/Paste

Cut a file and paste it to another shared folder.

Add to Transcode (Beta)

Create a transcode task for the file. Create transcode tasks for the files within the subfolder. Note that if you see certain resolution options disabled in the "Add to Transcode(Beta)" window, it means the selected video files have already been transcoded into these resolutions.

Cancel/Delete Transcoding

Cancel / Delete transcode task.

Transcode Information

Bring up the Transcode Task window for your review on transcode tasks.

Extract

Extract the compressed file.

Compress(Zip)

Compress the file.

Mount ISO

Mount the iso image as a shared folder on the left panel. After the file is mounted successfully, you can click that shared folder to access the content of that iso image. To unmount an iso file, please right click the iso-mounted shared folder on the left panel and choose "Unmount".

Properties

Switch to open the right panel.

 

Note:

For IE 8, the maximum size of a file that can be uploaded to the NAS by the File Station is 2GB if the JAVA plug-in is not installed. For file upload, please consider IE 9, Firefox 3.6, Safari 5 and Chrome, as JAVA plug-in is not required.
For Chrome, multiple files and folders can be dragged once and dropped in the File Station to upload them directly.
For ARM based NAS models, Cyrillic characters are not supported for the name of a subfolder in an ISO shared folder (the name will not be correctly displayed if that subfolder is created with a Cyrillic name.) Please name the subfolder with a different language before an ISO file is created.
For Mac OSX, mounting a folder that contains the # character in the folder name through WebDAV is not supported. Please rename the folder before mounting it if necessary.  

 

Playing media files

To play media files with the File Station, please double click a multimedia file (photo, music and video files) in the File Station and the Media Viewer (a built-in media player for the NAS) will be opened to play that file. Use the following buttons to control the Media Viewer:

 

No

Name

Description

1

Play / Pause

Play / Pause.

2

Rotate

Rotate the photo counter-clockwise/clockwise by 90 degrees (for photos only.)

3

Previous Item

Play the previous item.

4

Next Item

Play the next item.

5

Download

Download the item.

6

Delete

Delete the item.

7

Preview Bar

Hide/show the preview bar.

8

Play / Pause

Play / Pause the current item.

9

Seek Bar

Control the playback progress.

10

Volume

Adjust the volume.

11

Full Screen

Switch to the full screen mode.

 

Note: The media viewer feature can be used to play photos and music files on all NAS models. However, the feature to play videos using the media viewer is available on the x69 and x70 series models.

 

Finding your files/folders quickly

The File Station supports smart search of files, sub-folders, and folders on the NAS. You can search a file or folder by all or part of the file or folder name, by file types (music, video or photo), or by the file extension (for example, AVI, MP3.) There are two additional approaches you can quickly find your files: 1) advanced search; and 2) smart file filter.

For the advanced search, first click the magnifier in the search bar and then "Advanced Search". Specify the search conditions (including name, size, date files are modified, location, type and owner/group) and click "Search". The files that match the searched conditions in the current folder will be listed.  
For the smart file filter, first click on the "Smart File Filter" button on the Main Menu. Specify the filtering conditions (including name, size, date files are modified, type and owner/group) and click "OK". The files that match the filtering conditions will be listed for the folder. This is the case even if you switch to a different folder.  

 

Note: To search across all folders on the NAS, please click the drop down list in "Location" and select "…".

 

Setting file/folder level permission

You can set file or folder level permissions on the NAS by the File Station. Right click a file or folder and select "Properties".

 

If the "Advanced Folder Permissions" option is disabled in "Privilege Settings" > "Shared Folder" > "Advanced Permissions", the following settings will be shown. Define the Read, Write, and Execute access rights for Owner, Group, and Others.

Owner: Owner of file or folder.
Group: Group owner of the file or folder.
Others: Any other (local or domain member) users who are not the owner or a member of the group owner.

 

If a folder is selected, you can choose "Apply changes to folder(s), subfolder(s) and file(s)" to apply the settings to all the files and subfolders within the selected folder. Click "OK" to confirm.

If the "Enable Advanced Folder Permissions" option is enabled in "Privilege Settings" > "Shared Folder" > "Advanced Permissions", you will be able to specify the file and folder permissions by users and user groups. Click + to do so.

To select the users and user groups and specify the Read and Write rights, click "Add" to do so.

To remove the permissions on the list, select the user(s) or user group(s) and click "–" to do so.

You can also define the file and folder owner by clicking the edit button next to the owner field. To do this, select a user from the list or search a username, and then, click "Set".

 

The following options are available for folder permission settings. You are recommended to configure folder permissions and subfolder permissions in "Privilege Settings" > "Shared Folders".

Only the owner can delete the contents: When you apply this option to a folder, the first-level subfolders and files can be deleted only by their owner.
Only admin can create files and folders: When you apply this option to a folder, only administrators can create files or folders.
Apply changes to files and subfolders: Apply changed permissions settings except owner protection to all the files and subfolders within the selected folder. The option "Only the owner can delete the contents" will not be applied to subfolders.
Apply and replace all existing permissions of this folder, files, and subfolders: Select this option to override all previously configured permissions of the selected folder and its files and subfolders except owner protection. The option "Only the owner can delete the contents" will not be applied to subfolders.

 

Sharing files

To share the files on the NAS by the File Station, please follow the steps below:

1.Right click the file(s)/folder(s) and select "Share".
2.Switch to "Settings" and configure the sharing link:
oSpecify the Link Name
oSelect the IP or domain name of the NAS.
oCheck "Allow file upload to this folder", and link recipients can upload files to the folder pointed to by the link (for folder only and please note that this option is available for administrators only.)
oSelect to create the link(s) in SSL (optional) and specify the expiration settings and enter a password (optional).
oCheck "Include the password in the email if the link is sent via email" to include the password in the email sent to the recipients.
3.To share the links by emails, switch to "Send" in the Share dialog window and enter the contents. Click the "Send" button after you are done. Note that you can click the link in the dialog window to preview the link page or provide the link directly to your friends, but this is only the case if the link is a domain name or WAN IP.
4.To share the links on social networking sites, switch to "Publish" in the Share dialog window and enter the content. Click the social networking site you would like to share the link on after you are done.

 

Note:

To share links by emails, the mail server settings must be properly configured in "System Settings" > "Notification" > "SMTP Server".
Up to 1000 sharing links are supported.
For best performance, please consider using the following browsers: IE 9, Firefox 3.6, Safari 5, or Chrome.
Please do not close the browser before file transfer process (upload or download) is complete, or the process will fail.

 


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