Tips for old NAS (ARMv5 & 32-bit x86 processors)

NAS are ideal tools for data storage and management in many environments. QNAP NAS users can access a wide range of applications from the MyQNAP site to enhance functionality. However, some users may encounter issues with the repo.xml file, particularly those using older NAS units powered by ARMv5 processors and older 32-bit x86 processors.

Old NAS and repo.xml

QNAP NAS users have reported difficulties accessing application repositories that do not support older architectures (ARMv5 and older 32-bit x86 processors). Consequently, these users may find that certain applications are unavailable via the https://www.myqnap.org/repo.xml file, which contains over 500 applications.

Proposed Solution

For affected users, we provide access to these applications by facilitating manual downloads from our site for installation on their NAS. While we understand that this workaround is not ideal, it currently represents the only solution offered by QTS.

Steps for downloading and installing applications manually:

  • Identify required applications: Determine which applications you need
  • Check compatibility: Make sure the versions of the applications you download are compatible with the specific architectures of your QNAP NAS
  • Download applications: Find and download application installation files
  • Manual installation: Log in to your QNAP NAS administration interface and follow the instructions to install the downloaded applications.

MyQNAP is a secure website offering over 500 verified applications.

Install the downloaded applications

  • Open the management interface of your QNAP NAS, and then click App Center
  • Click on Install Manually button (near the gear) to upload file

  • Click on the Browse button to select the QPKG file
  • Click on the Install button
  • That’s all !

By following these steps, you’ll be able to install and use third-party applications in qpkg format on your QNAP NAS.

Despite the inability to utilize the https://www.myqnap.org/repo.xml file on older NAS devices, it is still possible to install our applications. For users with older NAS units, applications can always be downloaded from our site (in qkpg file format) and manually installed on the device.

For the rest of you, there’s always our tutorial to help you install our repo on your NAS: Install the REPO

We trust that this article will assist you in installing applications and integrating new features into your NAS system.

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