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VLC replacement

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:47 am
by P4444
When I go away for work I want to be able to play shows from my qnap by clicking on them from file station. The problem I'm having is that it won't play half of the files I try. It suggests VLC player but as I'm sure you know you need QV helper which is no longer available. Does anyone know a better way for play the show on a laptop away from home?. Thanks

Re: VLC replacement

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:49 am
by dolbyman
sadly no nas model specified

if one that supports plex..use the plex web player and connect via vpn

Re: VLC replacement

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:12 pm
by P4444
Sorry TS-253Be, so it does support plex. Is playing it off the network a paid feature?

Re: VLC replacement

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:22 pm
by dolbyman
that should be free

only hardware transcoding is a paid feature

Re: VLC replacement

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:05 pm
by P4444
Thank you. Why do I need to use a VPN?

Re: VLC replacement

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:55 pm
by dolbyman
qnap had it's last ransomware attack wave just a couple of days ago ... any exposed service is a potential risk

so only connecting via vpn (preferably established via firewall/router..optional via nas) eliminates the attack vectors towards your nas from outside

Re: VLC replacement

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:36 pm
by P4444
OK thanks. I also made the changes they recommend for security, although I can Fong the security counselor app when I search. Also with the network access protection how long do you block IPs for?

Re: VLC replacement

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:14 pm
by dolbyman
I don't block any IP's as I don;t expose my NAS .. if you do not expose your NAS, no need to block IP's

Re: VLC replacement

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:20 pm
by P4444
By expose you mean accessing outside of my home network without a VPN?

Re: VLC replacement

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:27 pm
by dolbyman
correct

Re: VLC replacement

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:40 pm
by P4444
Thank you. I assume if I'm using the qfile app with out a VPN to manage my downloads at work this is exposing my qnap.

Re: VLC replacement

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:46 pm
by dolbyman
that is also correct, exposing qfile (effectively QTS frontend) is extremely dangerous

Re: VLC replacement

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:49 pm
by P4444
OK thanks, I'll use my vpn in future.