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Surveillance Station
Professional Network Video Recorder (NVR)

The Surveillance Station is professional network surveillance Video Management System (VMS). Being one of the Turbo NAS standard applications, the Surveillance Station can be activated on the QTS App Center to turn the Turbo NAS into a professional Network Video Recorder (NVR) system for real-time monitoring, recording, playback, alarm notifications, Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA), and management to safeguard your assets and property when used with supported IP cameras.


The Surveillance Station provides flexible options for you to set up a surveillance system that is fully customized for you.

Web-based user interface

The management of IP cameras is all done on the browser. With no additional software required, you save more time for other more important tasks.

Choose from over 3,000 IP cameras

The Surveillance Station is compatible with over 3,000 IP camera models of over 100 brands and ONVIF specifications, including those support advanced features such as multi-streaming and fisheye-dewarping. The wide range of supported IP cameras provides great flexibility in IP camera selection.

Expandable license management

The Surveillance Station comes with at least one free IP camera license for each Turbo NAS by default and you can expand the channel number based on your demands by purchasing additional licenses. This provides a flexible and cost-effective way of scaling your surveillance needs.


Flexible camera access control

You can create up to 32 user accounts on the Surveillance Station and flexibly assign them to different user groups with different rights for monitoring, playback, PTZ control, and audio monitoring.

Advanced Event Management

The Surveillance Station allows you to configure 5 types of events, including motion detection, alarm input, connection failure, recording failure and user-defined events. Every event can be assigned to 7 types of event actions, including recording, PTZ Control, alarm output, email notification, SMS notification, buzzer notification, and user-defined actions, helping you to be alerted immediately.


The Surveillance Station provides flexible options to set up IP camera recording, including video format, frame rates, schedules, smart recording, and more.

High quality codec recording

The Surveillance Station supports H.264, MPEG-4, M-JPEG, and MxPEG recording, ensuring high-quality recording videos for future playback and reference.

Manual recording

On the Live-view panel, you can click the record button to start recording the live camera feeds and click the stop button whenever you want to finish recording. Manual recording helps you to capture critical moments on a real-time basis.

Smart recording

Smart recording intelligently records standard resolution videos in regular recording, and switches to high resolution automatically when alarms are triggered. This greatly saves your cost spent on hard drives and provides you with high resolution video evidence when needed.

Scheduled recording

With the intuitive drag-n-drop scheduled recording panel, you are able to define the time to record feeds for each IP camera, allowing you to flexibility set up a suitable recording plan with your existing Turbo NAS storage capacity.

Alarm recording

With alarm recording, the recording will only be triggered when motion detections and camera input events occur. Alarm recording ensures the critical events are properly saved for future use and saves storage capacity usage.


The Surveillance Station provides various ways for you to search and analyze recordings so you can efficiently look up the desired events.

Identify events easily

On the intuitive playback interface, you can easily distinguish regular recording and alarm recording in the timeline bar.

Preview recordings by thumbnails

You can move the mouse cursor over the timeline to preview the video thumbnails to quickly identify and search the event. No need to play the video from the start and wait long just to find a short video clip.

Playback and speed control by shuttle bar

With the speed control shuttle bar, you are able to fast-forward the video playback by dragging the button to the right and rewind to the left at the speed you like, helping you quickly find the desired screenshots.

Zoom in to see details

Mega pixels camera had become mainstream with larger recording zone and higher resolution. By right-clicking the mouse and dragging an area on the screen, that area will be enlarged with a more clear view.

Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA)

IVA is an advanced way to quickly search videos corresponding to particular modes, greatly saving the time & effort of manually screening out matching videos. For example, in search of a missing car in a parking lot, the “missing object” mode can help quickly locate the section in which the car disappears in the video.

Real-time watermarking

In need of exporting videos or snapshots, the concern of authenticity might occur. The support of digital watermarking helps prove that the exported videos and snapshots are genuine without any falsification. The Watermark Proof utility developed by QNAP can verify the credibility of the exported videos and snapshots by showing the exact recording date and time, camera name and the Turbo NAS model name. This is rather useful when the videos could be raised as evidence in a relative investigation or in court.


Maintaining accessible and reliable live surveillance feeds is essential for properties such as retail stores, hotels, construction sites, offices, and at home. With the Surveillance Station, you can easily manage & monitor multiple IP cameras on a real-time basis through web browsers, and attain the first-hand status of monitored corners, such as building gates, office entrances, or emergency exits, safeguarding your staff and property.

Various remote monitoring modes

The Surveillance Station supports various monitoring modes to display 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 20, 25, 36, 42, and 64 channels on a single screen. Users can also choose to sequentially display each channel or use dual displays to have a wider view.

Monitor on TV via HDMI

With the support of QvPC Technology, you will be able to gain direct control over the surveillance infrastructure in your home or office environment by using "Surveillance Station (Local Display)" function*, which supports video local display and playback on a big monitor via the HDMI output.

*All Turbo NAS models with HDMI interface except TS-269H are supported

Learn more: QvPC Technology

PTZ (Pan/Tilt/Zoom) control

On the Surveillance Station web interface, you can directly adjust the PTZ (Pan/Tilt/Zoom) functions of supported cameras, greatly enhancing the convenience in remote monitoring of desired corners.

Interactive control buttons

Whenever you move the mouse cursor over a camera channel, the supported function buttons of the camera will show up for quick access. The interactive control buttons will disappear when not in use, helping you watch the IP camera feeds without any distractions.

Instant Playback

On the Live-view page, whenever you want to look back to check suspicious events of a camera channel you just missed, just hit ‘Instant Playback’ button to bring up the window to review recent feeds. While you don’t have to switch to the playback page to do so, you can still have full live views of other channels simultaneously.

Preset positions and auto-cruising

You can set up preset positions and auto-cruising for PTZ cameras to automatically adjust the camera angle to preset positions by the time interval you define. To gain more flexibility, you can click the corresponding number buttons of an IP camera’s preset positions to have an instant view at that position.

Same-screen IP camera configurations

On the Live-view page, you can directly configure IP camera recording schedules when needed without leaving the Live-view page, maintaining a seamless monitoring so you won’t miss any suspicious event.

Visual aid by E-map

The E-map function helps visualize the layout of the deployment of IP cameras enabling you to quickly identify the location of each IP camera, especially when an alarm occurs. Just upload the pictures of the monitoring locations and drag and drop the IP camera icons to the right place on the E-map. Once an alarm event happens, the camera icons will flash to indicate the event type for you to be alerted immediately and take necessary actions.

Cross-platform support

The Surveillance Station works with all major web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. With QNAP Surveillance Client for Mac, users can also enjoy a similar experience on their Macs.

Instant notifications

When the alarm recording is enabled and an event occurs, an alarm icon will be shown instantly on the monitoring page. The alert details can be viewed by clicking the icon.