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Has anyone connected to a QNAP HAs via Thunderbolt? I'm interested in doing this, but I have reservations because it looks like this is just another network connection using IP over Thunderbolt rather than connecting to an external hard drive. 

 

Anyone done this or know more specifics?

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TVS-882T: Thunderbolt networking is broken on Windows 10 Pro 1903

https://forum.qnap.com/viewtopic.php?t=150261

 

Thunderbolt 3 Ethernet not working after windows 1809

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/answers/questions/63626/thunderbolt-3-ethernet-not-working-after-windows-1.html

 

Thunderbolt Networking is Broken in Later Versions of Windows 10

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/thunderbolt-networking-is-broken-in-later-versions/3eb526ad-703b-4f04-84e3-a0a24529d921

 

I wouldn't even bother with any of that, maybe you could consider stuff like RDMA (SMB Direct) over Infiniband but you're gonna need Mellanox hardware on both ends

 

http://jplay.eu/forum/index.php?/topic/3634-wireless-access-point-vs-router/#entry52902

 


 

It's definitely running SMB/CIFS over Thunderbolt 3 so that's gotta be TCP/IP then

 

https://www.qnap.com/solution/thunderbolt3-nas/en-us/

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Of course your motherboard must have built-in Thunderbolt 3 to boot, or at the very least it's coming with the necessary header

 

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In the end it's still limited to PCIe x4 so that might / might not be ideal IMHO, depending on what kinda performance we're expecting in the first place.

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