Affordable, two-bay setup offers a wealth of features without overwhelming users
For every computer user, there comes a point of critical mass in data storage. When it hits, external hard drives, USB sticks and DVD burning may no longer be feasible for the constant back-and-forth of data transfers that are a part of a daily routine. When it comes to that, what are users left to do? The next jump is to network-attached storage (NAS). But what options are there for computer users that don't know much about setup, but don't want to be stuck with a non-upgradeable solution? Don't worry, because Thecus has an easy-to-use, frustration-free option with the N2310. Find out how it stacks up in our review.
Rack-mountable system includes six tuners, hot swappable drives, retains TiVo features
In a world where consumers are witnessing the shrinking size of technology, TiVo decided to offer up a product that goes in the opposite direction. Today, the company unveiled the TiVo Mega, a massive entry into the digital video recorder (DVR) market that gives some users a way to record more than 26,000 hours of television in a single unit.
New NAS can push 30FPS 1080p video to five devices simultaneously
Synology America has unveiled the DS415play, the four-bay follow-up to 2014's popular two-bay DS214play. As the second Synology NAS to support hardware video transcoding, the DS415play delivers full 1080p HD video to nearly any media-streaming device, with multiple streamers able to connect simultaneously.
Logitech announces Harmony Ultimate now working with Nest Learning Thermostat
Logitech has announced that its smart remote control, the Harmony Ultimate, is now compatible with the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Harmony Ultimate allows users to control home theatre devices behind closed cabinets and walls, as well as access IR devices as well as Bluetooth game consoles. Its new Nest compatibility means that when the remote is paired with the thermostat, the Harmony Ultimate can facilitate setting temperatures. Additionally, the remote sensor can detect the user's nearby presence, and so can switch off nest's Auto-Away mode. The Harmony Ultimate is priced at $350.
QNAP launches new fabless, silent HS-251 NAS device
QNap Systems has announced the release of its Silent Network-Attached Storage (NAS) series addition, the HS-251, designed for living-room use. Featuring a wide range of multimedia applications, the HS-251 offers real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding, and HDMI connectivity for local playback. Simultaneous viewing of different videos is possible with the device, and video content can be converted in formats that can be easily played on PCs, mobile devices and smart TVs.
New models boast dual-core Pentium processors, HDMI and VGA out
At next week's CES, networking equipment manufacturer Thecus will be demonstrating the new seven-bay N7710 and eight-bay N8810U network attached storage devices. The pair have upgraded hardware and new features and software, and are tailored for home and small office use.
Model available in up to eight bays, all with i3 3.3Ghz, HDMI
QNAP Systems today announced the release of the TS-x70 Pro series Turbo NAS, available in four-, six- and eight-bay tower models aimed at home and small office use. Powered by a dual-core Intel Core i3 3.3GHz processor and 2GB DDR3 RAM, the TS-x70 Pro series delivers real-time multimedia transcoding capabilities, and is designed to connect home digital assets as a multimedia hub.
WD remakes NAS concept
Western Digital is attempting to reinvent the network-attached storage (NAS) concept with its new My Cloud device. The external storage aims to eliminate all of the network complications while expanding the available features. In our full review, we try to determine if the company has succeeded in simplification without too much sacrifice.
Mobile apps allow for remote connection to MyCloud across Internet
Western Digital has launched a new network attached storage device with a greater emphasis on cloud storage. The MyCloud line, continuing from where the MyBook Live and MyBook Live Duo left off, provides storage across a home or office network, as well as allowing users to download and upload files over the Internet.
Thinner network storage drives offer 750GB, 1TB capacities
Western Digital has updated its line of WD Red hard drives to include two new 2.5-inch versions designed for network attached storage devices. The 1 terabyte and 750 gigabyte-capacity 2.5-inch drives join the line alongside with a new higher-capacity 4 terabyte 3.5-inch model, beating the size of its previous largest model by 1 terabyte.
Two and four bay models available with dual-core Atom
Network storage solution provider Asustor has announced the launch of its brand new AS 3 Series Network Attached Storage (NAS). The AS 3 Series NAS devices feature multimedia applications,including support for 1080p high-definition video playback. They are the first devices from Asustor to come equipped with Intel Atom 1.6 GHz dual-core processors, along with 1GB of DDR3 memory. The AS 3 line has been launched with the two-bay AS-302T model and the four-bay AS-304T model.
Up to a 2Ghz Marvell chip at core of new devices
QNAP has revealed its new budget-friendly Turbo NAS lineup with the TS-421U and TS-420U rackmount models for workgroups with fast-growing data storage needs. Both new models support cross-platform file sharing for Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX users, and provide a centralized storage solution, along with robust backup options, including Time Machine for OS X.
Iomega PX2-300d NAS brings horsepower to network storage
Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are similar in one respect to the iPod on release -- until one used it, the utility wasn't immediately apparent. Then, upon using it, it becomes nearly vital to day-to-day operations. The Iomega PX2-300d is the Cadillac of NAS boxes. Driven by a dual-core Atom processor, the device is brutally fast for what it is, and runs a host of services -- including the ability to serve as the core of a security system, bit torrent, iTunes, iSCSI initiation, file sharing with user management, and automated off-site backup. In the NAS ecosystem, where does it fit? Electronista got a hold of a 4TB unit, and ran it through its paces.
Five bay RAID case boasts mSATA port for data transfer acceleration
Storage drive provider Drobo today confirmed the rumorsfrom November and announced the Drobo 5N, the latest in the new lineup of high-performance storage systems. The Drobo 5N, a network-attached storage (NAS) device, provides increased performance and data protection enhancements for personal and professional users who want a file sharing and backup experience over a local area network.
Dual-bay NAS adds iTunes, BitTorrent server
Mini-PC case manufacturer Shuttle has created its first network-attached storage device aimed at home users and small offices. The Omninas KD20 is a two-bay system made of aluminium and white plastic, claimed to be both energy efficient and extremely quiet. Both of the drive bays are hot-swappable and can each support 3.5-inch hard drives and solid state disks up to 4TB in capacity.
WD Red claims higher reliability, performance in NAS devices
Western Digital is bringing out hard drives designed specifically for network attached storage devices. The WD Red range is a new line of storage aimed purely at the NAS market, claiming improved reliability and system performance in comparison to desktop and server drives in such devices.
Available in driveless or 6TB versions
On May 15, LaCie announced an addition to its network attached storage (NAS) line of products. The LaCie 2big NAS joins the product lineup. The new drive case is fully compatible with Apple's Time Machine software as well as Windows 7 Backup. Remote access is by way of FTP, SFTP, or HTTP file transfer. Cloud storage is accessible by an iOS application.
Sony launches unifying Nasne hybrid NAS, PVR
Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has announced the Nasne, a sophisticated network attached PVR that ties together a number of its frontline consumer electronics products. The device combines a multi-channel tuner that can receive digital and satellite TV signals with 500GB of storage. Recordings can then be viewed using an owner's PS3, Vaio PC, PS Vita, Tablet S/P, or Xperia handsets.
Supports Windows, Mac, UNIX, Linux
QNAP Systems has added to the company's Turbo NAS lineup with one-, two- and four-drive enclosures aimed at small corporate workgroups, SOHO and home users. The TS-x19P II models all feature a 2GHz Marvell processor, 512MB of on-board DDR3 RAM, the ability to run the latest QNAP NAS firmware and a two-year warranty. Secure connections to the drives can be accomplished via FTP, web-base file management, WebDAV or remote mobile apps.
Network storage for connected households
Netgea has beefed up their ReadyNAS Ultra line of network hard drive storage solutions with a new accessing apps for iOS and Android devices, new pricing for the lineup and a firmware update that will, the company says, increase performance by as much as 50 percent. Using the mobile apps, users can download, upload and edit their stored content securely.
New NAS touts "Personal Cloud" features
While Iomega's Boxee hub and iPhone backup dock served as the primary focus of Iomega's CES introductions, the company also expanded its storage lineup with a new Home Media NAS. The latest drive offers many of the same features as its predecessors, with the addition of a new "Personal Cloud" system that links the storage device to users or other devices via the Internet.
Can provide up to 6TB of storage
Synology has released latest NAS storage addition to its DiskStation range, the DS211+. Designed to cater for the budget-conscious business user or power user, the device includes two hot-swappable drive bays with support for the latest 3TB drives. Depending on whether a users chooses to set it up in a RAID configuration, the DS211+ offers up to 6TB of storage.
Transfers at up to 76MB/sec, iOS app access
Buffalo Technology is in the process of revamping its consumer-oriented network storage solution offerings, introducing a new V-series set of drives that feature higher transfer speeds than most competing NAS drives, as well as WebAccess i apps for iOS devices, giving users ways to stream and upload digital content directly to and from their mobile devices. Future models in the line will also feature RAID redundancy, and all the drives in the V-series feature Time Machine and iTunes compatibility along with built-in FTP and print server software.
Iomega has announced several improvements to its StoreCenter ix2 network drive. The NAS device now allows remote access to stored content such as images, videos or documents. Users can navigate to a personalized web address from any browser, where files can be securely uploaded or downloaded. Direct peer-to-peer file transfer is also supported, enabling BitTorrent downloads even when the computer is turned off.
TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS
QNAP Systems has announced its latest Intel-based network attached storage (NAS) system, the TS-439 Pro Turbo NAS. The device utilizes a 1.6GHz Atom CPU and provides up to 6TB of storage, with support for online RAID capacity expansion and RAID level migration without turning off the server. The NAS can be connected using five USB 2.0 ports and two eSATA ports. Data can be protected with 256-bit volume-based encryption, automatic policy-based IP blocking, and instant SMS or e-mail alerts to warn of drive problems or failure.
HP MediaSmart Server gets
HP has launched an updated home storage/media server with new Mac-specific functionality. Based on the Microsoft Windows Home Server platform, the HP MediaSmart Server ex485/ex487 functions as a central repository for digital music, videos, photos and documents from multiple computers on a home network. The device automatically organizes files across all PCs (including Macs), streams media across a home network and the Internet, and publishes photos to popular social networking and photo sharing sites.
Data Robotics discounts
In time for Thanksgiving, Data Robotics today started offering a $50 holiday discount in the form of an instant $50 coupon for the driveless model of its of its Drobo storage robot as well as the preloaded 2TB and 4TB versions. This comes in addition to recent, permanent price cuts to the 2TB and 4TB Drobo. As before, all offer a hot-swappable drive functionality that lets users keep a perpetually upgradable redundant backup by adding or replacing SATA drives of any capacity that automatically merge their storage existing content.
Download Station enhanced
QNAP has announced its QGet Utillity for Mac users. QGet offers enhancements to QNAP's Turbo NAS Download Station; the Download Station supports BitTorrent, FTP and HTTP downloading, and QGet allows Mac users to access and remotely manage tasks on QNAP NAS servers, over LAN connections or the Internet. QGet for Mac 1.0.0 works with Mac OS X 10.4 and above, and requires the QNAP Pro Turbo NAS TS-509.
LG intros NAS with Blu-ray
LG Electronics announced over the weekend it will soon bring to market the first Network Attached Storage (NAS) device with an integrated Blu-ray drive to consumers. Meant for home and small business users, the four-bay NAS not only gives users support for hard drives with up to 4TB of storage but also the option of backing up data onto Blu-ray discs regardless of where they are at home.
New NAS supports gamers
Sans Digital has announced a new network attached storage (NAS) server with RAID and direct attach options, supporting connections to gaming systems. It is available in silver, the MobileNAS MN4L+, and black, the MobileNAS MN4L+B. The server offers digital media playback for the PlayStation (both PlayStation 2 and 3) and Xbox over UPnP and DLNA protocols, adding value to its home server appeal. It provides a Gigabit Ethernet NAS connection and can also be used as direct attached storage over an iSCSI connection. In addition to the iSCSI support, the unit also offers eSATA, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0.
Buffalo's Blu-Ray, HD DVD
Buffalo Technology today unveiled three new external drive solutions, as well as a new combination HD DVD and Blu-Ray reader-writer, at CES 2008 in Las Vegas. The company says its MediaStation Blu-Ray HD DVD drive is the first device of its kind to allow users to both read and write Blu-Ray content. While the drive can write to Blu-Ray optical media, it is only able to read HD DVD formatted discs. Using a USB cable, users can connect the drive up to a laptop or other mobile device to watch movies. The drive includes a full version of Nero, and will ship during the first quarter of 2008 for $650.
Ethernet Disk mini Review
Network-attached storage has often been the reserve of businesses, and is only now catching on with home users wanting to share a common pool of files between their computers or with others online. But what about as the hub for a media center? With some help from Axentra's HipServ software, LaCie is hoping that its Ethernet Disk mini Home Edition is simple enough that it can stand as storage for iTunes or even a game console. We put the 500GB drive through its paces in our review to see whether it can stand in both for work and play.
Netgear ReadyNAS drives
Netgear today announced new drives in its ReadyNAS line of shared network drives, coming in 1.5TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB Desktop and 4TB Rackmount sizes. The drives feature a Gigabit Ethernet connector to hook the drive up to networking equipment with Jumbo Frames support which provides maximum data throughput speeds. The ReadyNAS drives feature RAID levels 0, 1, and 5, and use Netgear's proprietary X-RAID technology, allowing users to scale their RAID setups from 1 to 4 disks, or more. Netgear is selling the drives starting from $1100, and are available through retailers nationwide.