[guide] how to store/manage comics/manga and view from nas 2022

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[guide] how to store/manage comics/manga and view from nas 2022

Post by Moogle Stiltzkin » Sat Aug 06, 2022 5:52 am

This is a guide for how to manage your digital comics/manga/manhwa/manhua using your QNAP NAS, and how you able to read from it. Mostly useful for people not too familiar with digital media for comics, or you are looking for an alternative to what you are already using for this use case scenario.


Few steps here. Firstly buy the comics to support the artist. Then after that, there are a few ways to have a digital copy which you can store on your NAS.

comic/manga/manhua/manwha, can either be in CBZ, PDF, ZIP etc. But if that's not available (from official sources), you can use something like these downloader apps to obtain them

https://hakuneko.download/
https://github.com/dazedcat19/FMD2


it's recommended to store the folder with the images as a compressed file in either CBZ/ZIP/RAR/7ZIP of your choice. Then store that on your QNAP NAS. On the NAS, create the share and sub directories in a way that is easily understood by you so you know where your stuff is at. Also remember to backup :D

Next step is viewing from either mobile (android) or desktop pc (windows)


For android, my recommendation is comicscreen (it now supports smb 2/3). has some ads, but within tolerable levels.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... omicscreen

For windows pc/laptop, my current recommendation is YACreader which is open source (previous recommendation was CDEXdisplay, but it's rarely maintained and has some bugs)
https://www.yacreader.com/


YACreader can be used as a standalone reader to open up those compressed files to read. But it also has another app called YACreaderlibrary which you can use to create libraries of your comic/manga collection.


if you're too lazy to manage that, you can just simply read online

https://mangadex.org/
https://www.asurascans.com/


but if you have a NAS, and you want your collection to be available regardless if you have internet or not, then i suggest storing your own digital collection on the nas.
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[Main Server] QNAP TS-877 (QTS) w. 4tb [ 3x HGST Deskstar NAS & 1x WD RED NAS ] EXT4 Raid5 & 2 x m.2 SATA Samsung 850 Evo raid1 +16gb ddr4 Crucial+ QWA-AC2600 wireless+QXP PCIE
[Backup] QNAP TS-653A (Truenas Core) w. 4x 2TB Samsung F3 (HD203WI) RaidZ1 ZFS + 8gb ddr3 Crucial
[^] QNAP TL-D400S 2x 4TB WD Red Nas (WD40EFRX) 2x 4TB Seagate Ironwolf, Raid5
[^] QNAP TS-509 Pro w. 4x 1TB WD RE3 (WD1002FBYS) EXT4 Raid5
[^] QNAP TS-253D (Truenas Scale)
[Mobile NAS] TBS-453DX w. 2x Crucial MX500 500gb EXT4 raid1

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