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Quick intro: NAS drives can essentially be accessed over your local network or worldwide through internet without even having your PC turned on... so, media streaming, file sharing across home is sorted for good.

I was recently looking for NAS solutions, found many enclosures ranging from 25 to 300 (Drobo)... But this one is different because you can turn any USB drive (Thumbdrive, or external) into NAS drive. Brilliant.

Check out this video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJj5iEXFkOg&feature=player_profilepage

I thought this was a wonderful kit, you can connect up to 4 USB drives... It has some extra features, like printer sharing, Bit torrent built in, etc... but I hear they don't operate as swiftly as you would like...

This post is more of a awesome product find than a great deal, but its also the best deal I could find for it... may be not the cheapest it ever retailed for..
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#1
Interesting looking piece of kit priced around three quid cheaper than Amazon. Worth at least warm!
#2
Wud this be able to link to my tv so i cud watch media wireless or wired, sound s a great bit of kit, heat from me op ta
#3
Pogoplug would probably be better (and cheaper), though without wireless.

Pogoplug Pro is a little more (With wireless) but has a dual core processor.

Wireless is really bad for a NAS anyway - Since you'll be very limited by transfer speeds.

Compare specs here:
http://plugboxlinux.org/wiki/index.php5/Portal:Hardware

Edited By: jacksonliam on Feb 05, 2011 18:52
#4
#5
adeo
Wud this be able to link to my tv so i cud watch media wireless or wired, sound s a great bit of kit, heat from me op ta


This is not a media player.. but say you have a wd live tv media player you can access files from drives connected to this hub without the need for your pc to be turned on.
#6
jacksonliam
Pogoplug would probably be better (and cheaper), though without wireless.

Pogoplug Pro is a little more (With wireless) but has a dual core processor.

Wireless is really bad for a NAS anyway - Since you'll be very limited by transfer speeds.

Compare specs here:
http://plugboxlinux.org/wiki/index.php5/Portal:Hardware



Pogoplug retails as low as 56/57... and Pro costing even more... I don't see them offering any thing more than what iConnect offers.. what advantage do you think they have over iConnect?
#7
Depends what you want :

the pogoplus is way better if you just want to have your own dropbox type cloud storage (video aside which is poor), using it for NAS is poor (way pogoplug does NAS), the iconnect is way better for this (iconnect online storage solution though is very poor in comparison to pogo and requires an annual fee !)

other nice bet is a discontinued dockstar which does all pogoplug does (they gave it a lifetime pogoplug cloud licence at the end i think) and has better NAS plus you can slap a 2.5" HD in the top and its a very neat solution

For those people who want to hack these as a debian server - In all these boxes is a marvell kirkwood (ARM) processor clocked at 1.2GHz in the pogo/dockstar and 1.0Ghz in the iconnect. RAMwise the dockstar is a bit limited at 128MB wheras the other 2 have 256MB. Good thing about the kirkwood processor they use is that it has mainstream linux support - The pogoplug pro is a completely different processor and doesnt have such mainstream linux support.

Its very easy to put a debian bootable (from usb stick) distro on either the pogoplug or dockstar - i have a dockstar with a 500GB HD slapped in the top ruiing as a squeezebox server and player and NAS as well .. i have recently got a cheap ex display iconnect as well and in the process of doing the same (a bit more painful process if like me your a linux newbie) and once hacked the dockstar is going to my nephew
#8
looks like torrent feature only allows one download and speeds seem pretty bad from most reviews. Is there anyone who knows of a NAS or simailr with a good and fast built-in torrent client?
#9
hot. i think the cold voters have no idea what this is.
#10
For 60 quid, why not just buy a nas?
#11
craigstephens
For 60 quid, why not just buy a nas?


coz you would have just one drive... this one can connect up to four, and ur existing non-NAS drives can now become NAS./.
#12
popoyaya
hot. i think the cold voters have no idea what this is.


Yup... I didnt really knw what this was, until I stumbled into it.. I think its amazing kit, hot or cold I just wanted this to be searchable here, so some looking for a NAS might at least see what options they have...
#13
logix88
craigstephens
For 60 quid, why not just buy a nas?


coz you would have just one drive... this one can connect up to four, and ur existing non-NAS drives can now become NAS./.


Most NAS's nowadays have usb ports allowing you to do exactly what you said: add your non-NAS drives.
#14
noxide
logix88
craigstephens
For 60 quid, why not just buy a nas?
coz you would have just one drive... this one can connect up to four, and ur existing non-NAS drives can now become NAS./.
Most NAS's nowadays have usb ports allowing you to do exactly what you said: add your non-NAS drives.
zactly
#15
craigstephens
noxide
logix88
craigstephens
For 60 quid, why not just buy a nas?
coz you would have just one drive... this one can connect up to four, and ur existing non-NAS drives can now become NAS./.
Most NAS's nowadays have usb ports allowing you to do exactly what you said: add your non-NAS drives.

zactly


Which ones exactly? How cost effective are those? As far as I know the Buffalo Linkstations don't have any mention of that... could you point me to the ones that do.
#16
logix88
Which ones exactly? How cost effective are those? As far as I know the Buffalo Linkstations don't have any mention of that... could you point me to the ones that do.

"Buffalo LinkStation Live 1TB MultiMedia NAS with Built-In BitTorrent Client @ Amazon UK - £84.98 - Delivered"

maverik

This is a fiver cheaper than the deals for Buffalo LinkStation Live 1TB posted before.

Buffalo LinkStation Live is a Network Attached Storage built in DLNA Server, desined for home networking to share your documents, pictures, movie and music over a network.

You can store contents from network computers or using the one touch direct copy function, that is a means of taking pictures or movies from your digital camera, camcorder and storage device via USB port directly. Stored data can be shared on your network and a built-in DLNA media server can stream it to a PC, a MAC, a Buffalo LinkTheater an other DLNA CERTIFIED™ entertainment devices. Our Web Access feature enables you to access your data and media stored in the LinkStation via the interenet by computuers and iPhone's. With a built-in BitTorrent Client, LinkStation can download content without the requirement to keep your PC powered up.

- Intelligent Power Saving functions, timer power on/off and auto power on/off with your Windows PC all help towards power saving and eco in mind.
- With Web Access you can store, share and access files from any web browser
- Use Web Access for iPhone to access the digital library on your LinkStation
- Built-In Media Server connects to DLNA compatible digital entertainment devices
- One touch transfer of media files from digital camera/camcorder with Direct Copy feature
- Seamlessly integrates with iTunes® 7 and allows you to access your music files on the
- LinkStation from your iTunes software
- Supports Apple Time Machine
- Built-In BitTorrent Client
- Eco Friendly Power Saving Mode (PC Interlocking Power System/Schedule Power Management System)
- Built-in print server to print documents from anywhere on your network
- Easy setup does not require drivers
- Supports UPS connectivity via USB port
- Expand storage by adding a USB 2.0 hard drive
- Includes Memeo™ AutoBackup Software for Windows or Macintosh
- 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet with JumboFrame support
- Access your data from any Windows or Macintosh computers

BFN,

fp.
#17
logix88
craigstephens
noxide
logix88
craigstephens
For 60 quid, why not just buy a nas?
coz you would have just one drive... this one can connect up to four, and ur existing non-NAS drives can now become NAS./.
Most NAS's nowadays have usb ports allowing you to do exactly what you said: add your non-NAS drives.

zactly


Which ones exactly? How cost effective are those? As far as I know the Buffalo Linkstations don't have any mention of that... could you point me to the ones that do.

possibly more cost effective to buy new drives rather than use existing probably small ones.
eg dlink sharecentre 2 bays of 2TB is under 200 all in (netgear reaadynas sometimes similar) with usb to back up to - not sure about adding drive via it though but dont see why not.
if i was to use this to add my existing drives then id have less storage over 4 usb ports for more money in a messy pile.
not for everyone but some may find it useful
also you are adding 4 drives via usb, usb interface has to be slower than internally mounted drives so transfers may be alot slower.

Edited By: brilly on Feb 08, 2011 09:02
#18
brilly
logix88
craigstephens
noxide
logix88
craigstephens
For 60 quid, why not just buy a nas?
coz you would have just one drive... this one can connect up to four, and ur existing non-NAS drives can now become NAS./.
Most NAS's nowadays have usb ports allowing you to do exactly what you said: add your non-NAS drives.

zactly


Which ones exactly? How cost effective are those? As far as I know the Buffalo Linkstations don't have any mention of that... could you point me to the ones that do.

possibly more cost effective to buy new drives rather than use existing probably small ones.
eg dlink sharecentre 2 bays of 2TB is under 200 all in (netgear reaadynas sometimes similar) with usb to back up to - not sure about adding drive via it though but dont see why not.
if i was to use this to add my existing drives then id have less storage over 4 usb ports for more money in a messy pile.
not for everyone but some may find it useful
also you are adding 4 drives via usb, usb interface has to be slower than internally mounted drives so transfers may be alot slower.


slow for 1080p streaming? if its routed through ethernet I am pretty sure that'll be fine...I am not transferring massive files from one drive to another... mainly streaming purposes and moreover if I get new NAS drives then I have to shift all my existing content (worth about 3.5TB) onto the new NAS and my old drives are made redundant?

Whereas if I spend 60quids on this kit, then I can have my existing drives (3) connected to it and thats sorted. Else, I have to buy an entirely new setup that costs 200+ quids...
#19
http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/network-storage/277879/iomega-iconnect
i have a usb socket on my router which i can read at 3MB/s max - not the same but sounds similar.

Edited By: brilly on Feb 08, 2011 13:23
#20
Same product at £41.99 delivered at Viking now, posted here.

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