Scan HD-LANUSB04 USB 4xPort Quad Lan Adapter (FAT 32 and NTFS HDD Formats) - £32.19 @ Scan (+/- free delivery) - HotUKDeals
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This device makes your USB hard drive network accessible. It also has a print server, a built-in FTP server (so you can login from anywhere in the world and download or upload files) and, as far as I know, it also has a torrent server!

A one-port one is also available for £24.14.

If you are registered on AV forums (with 10 posts) you get free delivery.

A 'review' of this device can be found here:
http://www.automatedhome.co.uk/New-Products/Addonics-USB-Network-Attached-Storage-Adapter.html


The USB NAS Dongles allow regular USB HDD Enclosures or Portable Storage Units to be converted to work as Network Attached Storage (NAS) Devices. Once the unit has been configured, any user on your network can share and back up their documents, pictures, video and audio files.

Supports live device status monitoring via web browser & device software
Supports USB1.1/2.0 (Hi-Speed) specification
Supports 802.3/3u transceiver
Supports MDI/MDIX auto crossover function
LED indicators for Ethernet connection
Supports up to 3 SPI interfaced devices simultaneously
Supports Ethernet protocols TCP/IP, WSD, UPnP, Bonjour
Supports USB External HDD Enclosure, USB HDD Media player
Interface: 1x 10/100 Base-TX Auto MDI/MDIX, 4x USB2.0 Type A Female
Data Transfer Rate: Up to 5MB/s
Power Supply: 5V 1.2A
Supports FAT 32 and NTFS HDD Formats
Supports Plug & Play feature
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#1
Not really much of a review, but this looks ideal for me, so it's worth looking into a bit more. Thanks.

Is the review in fact the same item? It's about the single port model and it says its made by a company called Addonics. But I can't find the four port model on Addonics.
#2
I can find some stuff on the single port Addonics model, which leads me to believe that its capacity can only be extended by using Addonics products and wouldn't accept the use of a USB hub.

I can't find any info on the four port model. Scan lists itself as the manufacturer. But it's also sold on Micro Direct for £39.82, where its manufacturer is listed as 'Various'.

I still want one.

Update: I found it on Aria for £34.44, but are out of stock. It's listed as a 'Darkstar USB-to-NAS NetMagic Quad Port'. I can find a few references to it now, but no manufacturers website. Anyone else have any clue. I'm just talking to myself here.

It's an intruguing product which might help me network my existing drives and printers together until I invest in a Qnap later in the year.
#3
As far as I can tell, it's an unbranded item, being sold under various brands. Scan has branded it under their name.
#4
any good for me? for a nas drive or sim
#5
sme24185
any good for me? for a nas drive or sim


It simply connects regular hard drives onto a network, so turning them for all intenst and purposes into NAS devices. You'll need some spare drives to connect by USB.

I really want to know if you can extend by using USB hubs and how many printers can be used through the print server. Someone buy one and let me know.
#6
Mine arrives tomorrow, so I'll give it a proper 'review.'

I'm guessing this should work with USB flash drives too.
#7
Sunni
Mine arrives tomorrow, so I'll give it a proper 'review.'

I'm guessing this should work with USB flash drives too.


I will await your review,
#8
I will await your review too. Please check if the print server works well. Thanks.

On a side note: Its very strange, I was looking at the exact same product on fleabay this morning where it is £45 delivered. So this will save me some money if it works. :thumbsup:
#9
me too, very interested. please test the facility to login into your usb hard drive from a remote location.
#10
So could I use one of these to allow my brother who lives in another city to access and download files from my USB harddrive? (sorry in advance if it's a stupid question) Is that the FTP server bit, and are they hard to set up or cost anything to run?
#11
donttouchthehair
So could I use one of these to allow my brother who lives in another city to access and download files from my USB harddrive? (sorry in advance if it's a stupid question) Is that the FTP server bit, and are they hard to set up or cost anything to run?


That's the basic idea if it works, yes.

It will just run off of your broadband connection. This device will attach to your router and usb drive. Then you'd use a service like dyndns.org to give your dynamic IP a static hostname with which your brother can login using an FTP client and access the hard drive.
#12
I'm really interested in the torrent server bit myself. Imagine if that works!
#13
also interested, keep us posted.
#14
This is similar to the Linksys device from Tesco the other day
#15
Only 10/100Mbps ports. I wouldn't want to shift a lot of data through those. Worth it for the print server, though.
#16
themikeyboosh
This is similar to the Linksys device from Tesco the other day

That's what I thought too - this is a bit of an unknown device. I would definitely recommend getting a Linksys NSLU2 ("slug") for about 35 quid on fleabay or amazon marketplace and modding the fimware to run Unslung http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/Main/HomePage - it will probably be much more adaptable and reliable.
#17
Anybody know of anything like that that can use usenet rather than torrents? I know that the popcorn hour can but its a bit pricey for what I want it for (just downloading, saves leaving laptop on over night).
#18
Data Transfer Rate: Up to 5MB/s :w00t: :thinking:
#19
This looks very like the device I got from ebay a while ago, which I thought would be perfect, but was a bit dissappointed as you have to install software to use it and only ONE user can use it at a time! Which rules out using it on linux / mac and on a Xbox media centre (as I think there was only windows drivers). I'm not sure if its the same device, but mine has USB server written on the top too.

All the best,
Ash
#20
Thanks for the comments, Ash.
Looking forward to the review from Sunni :)
#21
yeah heat n rep added this is a good price but im going to follow everyone else and await your review :) thanks
#22
dwl99
That's what I thought too - this is a bit of an unknown device. I would definitely recommend getting a Linksys NSLU2 ("slug") for about 35 quid on fleabay or amazon marketplace and modding the fimware to run Unslung http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/Main/HomePage - it will probably be much more adaptable and reliable.


I'm not sure an NSLU2 is all that reliable, having owned one for many years. I've lost count of the number of times it's died on me (although most of the time I had it running uNSLUng). One other -ve to note about the slug is that it does not use NTFS/FAT32 without a bit of a struggle - using the default firmware, it formats your drives using EXT3. Maybe things have moved on since I last tinkered with it, who knows... All that said it's a flexible device that allows you to set up secure remote access using SSH/SCP etc. so it's not all bad.
#23
too slow - hence why it's cheap
#24
I have a NAS box made by Addonics. It does work but it's so slow that for files of any size you really do have to set the transfer running then go to bed.
#25
Shame it's only 10/100 - I would have rather liked a gigabit version!
banned#26
waiting with anticipation...
#27
dwl99
That's what I thought too - this is a bit of an unknown device. I would definitely recommend getting a Linksys NSLU2 ("slug") for about 35 quid on fleabay or amazon marketplace and modding the fimware to run Unslung http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/Main/HomePage - it will probably be much more adaptable and reliable.


Would u be able to use this as a m edia server to connect to ps3 xbox and also windows vista

thanks
#28
Can this be used as a USB hub so you can still access the drives locally? Looking for a NAS device to use with the Western Digital HD TV thing but you would obviously need to have USB access.
#29
danandrews80
Would u be able to use this as a m edia server to connect to ps3 xbox and also windows vista

thanks

it can act as a media server but I have no idea if it would work with an Xbox 360 or PS3. A softmodded original Xbox with XBMC will stream media from the NSLU2 OK.
#30
Boogie83e
Data Transfer Rate: Up to 5MB/s :w00t: :thinking:


Note its MB not Mb - so faster than your broadband speeds... a 10/100 network max transfer speed is 12MB per second ish... not that bad!
#31
Babbler
Note its MB not Mb - so faster than your broadband speeds... a 10/100 network max transfer speed is 12MB per second ish... not that bad!


The rate limiting step over the internet wouldn't really be the speed of the device, but the upload speed of your broadband supplier, which, generally speaking in the UK, aren't that great. (I don't think many of us have T3 lines in our homes :p )

Over a LAN, it should be fine for streaming audio and video, but large file transfers may be a bit slow!

Anyway, it's arrived (Citylink delivered at 9:01 am - shockingly good service for such a poor courier service!). Will play with it when I get home later.
#32
Sunni
The rate limiting step over the internet wouldn't really be the speed of the device, but the upload speed of your broadband supplier, which, generally speaking in the UK, aren't that great. (I don't think many of us have T3 lines in our homes :p )

Over a LAN, it should be fine for streaming audio and video, but large file transfers may be a bit slow!

Anyway, it's arrived (Citylink delivered at 9:01 am - shockingly good service for such a poor courier service!). Will play with it when I get home later.


I know that - I was just attempting to point out the speed wasnt as bad as perceived by Boogie :)
#33
So i should be able to connect to my External HD from any PC using this??
#34
silentsource
So i should be able to connect to my External HD from any PC using this??


Yup - with a bit of setup :thumbsup:
#35
kevyn;4047667
Shame it's only 10/100 - I would have rather liked a gigabit version!


Could a USB device keep up with a gigabit version? I use a 10/100 ZyXEL switch for hooking up my PS3 and Wii over powerline, which is fine given there network speeds. A gigabit switch would've been twice the price and pointless.
#36
dwl99
it can act as a media server but I have no idea if it would work with an Xbox 360 or PS3. A softmodded original Xbox with XBMC will stream media from the NSLU2 OK.


So if installed the custom firmware, would I still be able to use it with windows or would I need to use linux to be able to use it properly

Thanks
#37
RedOnRed
Could a USB device keep up with a gigabit version? I use a 10/100 ZyXEL switch for hooking up my PS3 and Wii over powerline, which is fine given there network speeds. A gigabit switch would've been twice the price and pointless.


Yes, USB2 devices run around the 25MB/sec range max. Gigabit is a little more than this in the real world, although both the speed of the device itself and whether devices attached (and the device itself) support jumbo frames would also have an impact on speed. I'm looking for a NAS that will give at least 20MB/sec. I bought a NAS-4220b from Raidsonic a while back and (as well as having major issues on using it with Samsung drives) is VERY slow. I'll check out this SLUG thing in a bit, as this might be just what I need.
#38
I just received a single port one of these, and have played with it last night.
I note that the specs on the box have NTFS listed, but crossed out!!!
I haven't tested NTFS yet, but I have plugged an 8GB FAT32 USB stick in it, and can access it over ftp or samba from my PC and xbox media centre. I sucessfully downloaded using bittorrent some pictures, which I was able to view easily using my xbox....

But, I'm currently downloading some other torrents and I'm not impressed by the speed. It might not be the fault of the device though, possibly the torrent or my network. I'll see how it goes when I test it again tonight with a different network setup and torrent...

But for anyone wanting to connect their NTFS drive to access over the network, be careful!! You might need to reformat to FAT32. I'll test NTFS tonight.
#39
It looks like that SLUG thing is even slower than this with transfer speeds of 4MB read / 3MB write over SAMBA. Not good!

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