Modern businesses usually set up strict firewall rules to prevent hacking from the Web. A proxy server is essential to allow users on the office network to access the Internet resources. It also helps the IT administrator to efficiently manage the network bandwidth by reducing unnecessary HTTP requests. Furthermore, a proxy server helps users bypass the geographically-restricted website while travelling abroad. Now users can turn the Turbo NAS into a Proxy Server by installing the Squid QPKG add-on.
- Optware QPKG
- The web server must be enabled on the NAS
- Install the Squid QPKG add-on
Login the NAS as an administrator. Install the Squid QPKG add-on from “Application Servers” > “QPKG Center” > “Available”.
- Access the configuration page
2.1 Click the webpage link to access the configuration page.
2.2. Enter the login credential, which is the NAS administrator name and password.
- Simple configuration mode
You can configure basic settings in simple configuration mode.
The default HTTP service port is 3128. You will also need to manually open this port on the router for remote access. You can reserve the amount of RAM (cache memory) and drive space (cache directory) for proxy service. Select “Grant access to system user accounts” to restrict proxy server access to only the NAS local users.
- Manual configuration mode
Advanced users can choose manual configuration mode to freely edit the configuration settings for customization. You may refer to the following examples:
- Clear Proxy Cache
Click “Clear Proxy Cache” to delete the temporarily stored files in the cache memory and cache directory. The proxy server will restart automatically.
- Internet Explorer 9
- Click “Tools” and select “Internet options”
- Click the “Connections” tab, and then click “LAN Settings”.
- Enter the proxy information of the NAS.
- If you have enabled access control on the proxy server, enter the user credential before accessing the content.
Proxy settings for other web browsers:
- iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad)
- Go to the “Settings” application.
- Go to “Wi-Fi”, and then select a Wi-Fi connection you want to use with HTTP proxy and connect. Press the right-arrow button to open the detailed settings.
- In HTTP Proxy settings, press “Manual’. Enter the Internet address and proxy port number from the NAS. You may also enter the account information if you have enabled user access on the proxy server.
You can install Opera Mobile web browser on the Android device and surf the web with a proxy.
- Type “opera:config” in Opera’s address bar and enter.
- Scroll down the page until you get to Proxy and click it to display the settings. Enter the proxy information in the format address:port (e.g. qnap.mycloudnas.com:3128) in HTTP server and HTTPS server.
- Scroll down more until you see Use HTTP and Use HTTPS and tick both boxes, and then press “Save”.
- Press “OK” to exit the window and start surfing the web with a proxy!