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BitTorrent Sync Installation & Setup Tutorial

“Unlimitedly and Securely Share your Happy, Family Hours with QNAP Turbo NAS”

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What is BitTorrent Sync?

Nowadays, it seems every family has tons of photos, music and videos spread across different devices and NAS units, but if you want to sync these multimedia files among your devices, some effort is required. Conveniently and securely accessing these contents to enjoy and share with your family members is increasingly essential at modern homes.

BitTorrent Sync uses the P2P (peer-to-peer) protocol to synchronize an unlimited number of files (stored on the NAS) among your devices. Your data is not stored on a server in the cloud but protected using private keys during file transmission. With more and more devices participating in the synchronization process, the time required for file transmission is greatly reduced. So, with this feature, large files can be transferred momentarily. Let’s use BitTorrent Sync with the QNAP Turbo NAS to share folders with your friends and families and to sync anything automatically and unlimitedly.

How it works?

Install BitTorrent Sync on QNAP Turbo NAS

To install the BitTorrent Sync add-on on the QNAP Turbo NAS, please log into the NAS Desktop as an administrator. Go to “App Center” > “Backup/Sync” > “BitTorrent Sync” and click “Add To QTS”. After installation is complete, please launch BitTorrent Sync.

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Set up to sync between your PC and QNAP Turbo NAS through BitTorrent Sync

  1. Enable BitTorrent Sync on QNAP Turbo NAS
    After launching BitTorrent Sync on the QNAP Turbo NAS, its Web UI will appear (can be accessed using the url: YourNAS_IP:8080/BTSync/). Please read the terms for using BitTorrent Sync, and if you agree, please check both checkboxes and click “start to use”.
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    Next, please modify your login ID/password/network port, click “Apply Changes” to keep your personal settings, and click “Discard Changes & Go to BitTorrent Sync” to go to the BitTorrent Sync index page. Alternatively, you can use the default value for login ID/password/network port and click “Discard Changes & Go to BitTorrent Sync” to go to the BitTorrent Sync index page directly.
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    Next, please type your login ID and password to log into BitTorrent Sync.
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    After successful login, you can start to sync between your QNAP Turbo NAS and your PC.
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  2. Download and install BitTorrent Sync on your PC
    Please visit BitTorrent Labs to download BitTorrent Sync (PC version) and install it on your PC. To install BitTorrent Sync on your Mac or Windows computer, please follow the usual installation path.
  3. Launch BitTorrent Sync on your PC
    After successful installation, please launch BitTorrent Sync on your PC.
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  4. Add folders on your PC to sync between your PC and QNAP Turbo NAS
    Please click “Add” and “Generate” to generate a new “Secret” and choose the folder you want to share.
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    Next, the sync folder on your PC will show up on BitTorrent Sync.
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    Please right click the folder under the Folders tab and select “copy secret”.
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  5. Set synchronization with QNAP Turbo NAS
    In this step, please log into the QNAP Turbo NAS and enable BitTorrent Sync to go to the web index page. Click “Add Folder” and another small window will pop up. Please paste the “Secret” you copied and add the new folder you want to sync on the QNAP Turbo NAS. (Note: 1. If your volume is created as single disk, choose the path: “Share/HDX_DATA (X is from A to Z)/Shard folder on the NAS (ex. Multimedia or Download or Web, etc.)” 2. If your volume is created as RAID group, choose the path: “Share/MDX_DATA (X is from 0 to 7)/ Shard folder on the NAS (ex. Multimedia or Download or Web, etc.)”.
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  6. Establish Synchronization between your PC and QNAP Turbo NAS
    After synchronization steps between your PC and NAS are finished, you can check both the status of BitTorrent Sync on your PC and QNAP Turbo NAS.

    On your PC, you can check the status of synchronization on the QNAP Turbo NAS.

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    On the QNAP Turbo NAS, you can check the status of synchronization on your PC.
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    You may also check the synced folders both on your PC and QNAP Turbo NAS.
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Set up to Sync between QNAP Turbo NAS Units through BitTorrent Sync

  1. Add folders to your QNAP Turbo NAS and sync among QNAP Turbo NAS units
    Please click “Add Folder”, and another small window will pop on. Please generate the “Secret” and choose the folder you want to sync or share with another QNAP NAS.
    (Note: 1. If your volume is created as single disk, choose the path: “Share/HDX_DATA (X is from A to Z)/Shard folder on the NAS (ex. Multimedia or Download or Web, etc.)” 2. If your volume is created as RAID group, choose the path: “Share/MDX_DATA (X is from 0 to 7)/Shard folder on the NAS (ex. Multimedia or Download or Web, etc.)”
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  2. Set synchronization with other QNAP NAS units
    After you have added the folders and are ready to sync them, please click “Secret/QR” and copy the “Secret”.
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    On another QNAP Turbo NAS, please paste the “Secret” and create the folder to be synced and shared with. (Note: 1. If your volume is created as single disk, choose the path: “Share/HDX_DATA (X is from A to Z)/Shard folder on the NAS (ex. Multimedia or Download or Web, etc.)” 2. If your volume is created as RAID group, choose the path: “Share/MDX_DATA (X is from 0 to 7)/ Shard folder on the NAS (ex. Multimedia or Download or Web, etc.)”
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  3. Establish synchronization between QNAP NAS units
    After your NAS are online and connected, BitTorrent Sync will synchronize the chosen folder(s) among your QNAP Turbo NAS units immediately.
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Set up to Sync between your Smart Phone and QNAP Turbo NAS through BitTorrent Sync

  1. Download and install the BitTorrent Sync app on your smart phone
    Please go to the Google Play Store to download and install the BitTorrent Sync app on your smart phone (This app is only available for Android OS now, but the iOS version will be released soon.) After successful installation, please launch BitTorrent Sync on your smart phone.
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  2. Sync folders on your phone
    First, please go to the QNAP Turbo NAS and log into BitTorrent Sync. Click “Secret/QR” and the “QR code” will be generated for the sync folder.
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    Second, please launch the BitTorrent Sync app on your smart phone, tab “Add Folder” and “Choose folder”, and then choose the folder.
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    Third, please scan the QR code on the QNAP Turbo NAS to get the “Secret” and tab “Done”.
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    After synchronization between the smart phone and QNAP Turbo NAS is set up, you can check the synced folder on both of them.
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  3. Back up your mobile data to your QNAP Turbo NAS
    First, please launch BitTorrent Sync on your smart phone, tab “BACKUP”, “Add Folder”, “Choose folder”, and select the folder that you want to back up.
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    After the backup folder is selected, the “secret” will be generated. Please copy this “secret” or to send the “secret” via E-mail.
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    Please log into the QNAP Turbo NAS, and set the sync folder with the “secret” received in your E-mail. After settings are finished, the “backup folder” on your smart phone will be synced with the QNAP Turbo NAS, and all the data is backed up from your smart phone to your QNAP Turbo NAS.
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Advanced Setting

UI preferences of BitTorrent Sync for QNAP Turbo NAS

Please click “Preferences”, and the “Settings” window will pop up. Here you can: 1) change the name of your NAS, as shown on other devices; 2) change the listening port; 3) map it using UPnP; and 4) set the limits on the total upload and download speeds.

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Folder preferences (general settings) of BitTorrent Sync for QNAP Turbo NAS

Please click QNAP and the “Folder Preferences” window will pop up. Please click “General” and each option is described below:

  • Use relay server when required: Use a relay server when it is impossible to directly connect to other devices due to NAT issues.
  • Use tracker server: Enable this option to facilitate communication between devices.
  • Search DHT network: If the “tracker sever” fails, please use DHT network to search the device you want to sync.
  • Delete files to Sync Trash: Saves all the files deleted on other clients to the “Sync Trash” within your folder.
  • Use predefined hosts: Specify ip:port or host:port of known clients.
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Folder preferences (advanced settings) of BitTorrent Sync for QNAP Turbo NAS

Please click QNAP and the “Folder Preferences” window will pop up. Please click “Advanced”. Each option is described below:

  • Secret: All folders added with this secret will be granted with all permissions for two-way synchronization.
  • Read only secret: It is generated based on the master secret and is used for one-way synchronization.
  • One-time secret: You can generate either a full access or read-only short key. The one-time secret can be used only once and should be activated within 24 hours
  • Connect mobile via QR code: The secret will be generated as the QR code for connecting mobile devices.
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Release date: 2013-08-06
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