UK's Cheapest NAS HDD - Freecom Classic SL Network Drive - 160gb, £49.99 @ Play.com - HotUKDeals
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Small capacity but cheap.

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Product Description: Freecom Classic SL Network Drive - hard drive - 160 GB - Hi-Speed USB / Ethernet 100Base-T
Type: Hard drive - external
Form Factor: 3.5"
Dimensions (WxDxH): 11.5 cm x 21.5 cm x 3 cm
Weight: 0.8 kg
Capacity: 160 GB
Interface Type: Hi-Speed USB / Ethernet 100Base-T
Connector: 4 pin USB, RJ-45
Data Transfer Rate: 100 Mbps (Ethernet 100) / 480 Mbps (Hi-Speed USB)
Average Seek Time: 9 ms
Buffer Size: 8 MB
OS Required: Apple MacOS X 10.2 or later, Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
Power: AC 230V
Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty
Description

The Freecom Classic SL Network Drive combines the simplicity of a local drive with networked drive sharing. Simply connect your Classic SL Network Drive to your home or office network (LAN) and instantly share secure storage - no IP configuration or separate fileserver needed. Multiple PC's can simultaneously access files on the Classic SL Network Drive, without sacrificing on performance. The drive appears as a local drive on each PC within the network - making it the perfect centralized storage center for your home, company work group or small office. Easy to install and easy to use... Keep it Simple!
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#1
Awesome price. Equivalents on ebuyer and Scan are £80+
#2
[COLOR="Blue"]I'd stick to a NAS drive myself which this is not.[/COLOR] From Trusted reviews:
"Network attached storage (NAS) is generally too expensive for single users or very small businesses to consider, but the Classic SL Network Drive offers an interesting and cost-effective alternative. Alas, the storage industry suffers from more than its fair share of acronyms and Freecom adds yet another to the mix in the shape of NDAS (network direct attached storage). This offers a completely different angle to shared storage as it allows the hard disk to be connected to the network and yet accessed as though it were a locally attached drive.
A key feature of this solution is that, unlike NAS, it doesn’t use TCP/IP to allow workstations or laptops to access the drive over the network. Instead, Freecom uses a proprietary protocol called LPX (Lean Packet eXchange). This requires an extra network protocol driver installed but as you’ll see this method does offer some interesting security options."
#3
Komatoes is right, this is not a NAS device but an external hard drive that offers the alternative connection method of an ethernet cable.

I've used the gigabit eithernet version of this same drive and it works very well for what it is.
#4
[SIZE=2]apologies if this is not true NAS. [/SIZE]
#5
No need to apologise. I just though people should know what they may be buying. There is nothing wrong with this if you are happy to install the software on any device you want to connect to it with. With a true NAS that isn't necessary because it just uses the network connection most PC's would have already. :thumbsup:
#6
so can i not plug this into my wireless router and access it?
#7
No, you can't connect it directly to a switch in the conventional sense, because it uses a proprietary protocol (not TCP/IP) which must first be loaded on to the machine you're connecting it to.
#8
So do you plug this into your PC (and not your router)?
1 Like #9
Yep.
BTW, (nit-picking here!) but strictly speaking a NAS device is plugged into a switch, not a router. A router is a way of joining different networks together.
Many home 'routers' are in fact all-in-one boxes that consist of ADSL modem, switch, router, wireless access point, firewall etc etc
#10
A network attached storage device that can't be attached to a network? I think not. You can attach it to a router (or a switch, if you prefer) and access it over the network. Or you can attach it directly to a single PC, in which case it would be sensible to use the USB connection.
#11
Well that would make sense to me. Surely you can set any hard drive up to be accessed through a network if it's onnected to a PC.
#12
Yes, any ext. drive attached to a PC can be made available to other PCs on the network, but only if the host PC is running. The advantage of a drive attached to a router is that it's accessible from any networked PC irrespective of whether other PCs are on (as long as the router and the drive are running).
#13
Ignore this post.... ! ;-)
#14
Decentbloke
A network attached storage device that can't be attached to a network? I think not. You can attach it to a router (or a switch, if you prefer) and access it over the network. Or you can attach it directly to a single PC, in which case it would be sensible to use the USB connection.


This is not a NAS device.
It is just a disk, you cannot assign it an IP address itself.
It has to hang off a PC.
#15
So what is the difference between this and any other external HD?
#16
BigAde
This is not a NAS device.
It is just a disk, you cannot assign it an IP address itself.
It has to hang off a PC.


im sorry, but that's wrong. read the product description. it is network ready. the issue is that software has to be installed on every computer you want to use it with. it is limited in its functionality but doesnt need to hang off a pc.
#17
He is right that it's not a true NAS though... :thumbsup:
#18
Koma Toes
He is right that it's not a true NAS though... :thumbsup:


It is what it is. It does what it does. Download the manual from Freecom and see whether it's what you want/need.
#19
ryoooh
im sorry, but that's wrong. read the product description. it is network ready. the issue is that software has to be installed on every computer you want to use it with. it is limited in its functionality but doesnt need to hang off a pc.


Yes, sorry you are absolutely right there. :oops: It can connect directly to a switch; however it relies on proprietary software to access it so you can't assign it an IP address and so isn't a conventional NAS. Apologies if I've confused anyone.

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