Addonics Intros a $55 NAS Adapter for USB Storage Drives


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Ever wish you could convert your large external USB storage drive into an NAS server? Well, Addonics says you can easily for $55. Just plug your USB drive to the back of this peripheral and connect the adapter via Ethernet to your router and you’re good to go. The Addonics NAS Adapter essentially converts your drive instantly into a network SAMBA share accessible by any Windows, Mac, or Linux PC. What’s more, users can FTP to their drive as well as use it as a BitTorrent appliance or print server.

UPDATE: Missed this let gem from the product page feature list: “Can be set as a UPnP AV server to share photo/music files stored on the file server with XBOX 360 video game consoles connected to the LAN.” Whoa, Mama!

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Addonics Announces Network Attached Storage Adapter

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) today announced the Addonics NAS (network attached storage) adapter, a low-cost way to add USB storage devices onto a local area network.

Once on the network, USB storage can be shared by any network user just like any NAS device. In addition, the new solution allows users to custom build their own NAS appliance with unlimited expansion and RAID capability by using Addonics family of drive enclosures, port multipliers and IO converters. When used with Addonics storage towers or racks, users can instantly add to any LAN multi-tera bytes of storage with RAID capabilities.

The NAS adapter supports both SMB (Server Message Block) and the open source Samba network protocols. This allows for cross-platform access of all shared data for most versions of Windows, Mac OS X, and various Linux distributions. The adapter comes with a USB 2.0/1.1 connection and a fast Ethernet 10/100Mbps connection.

For remote users who are not connected over the LAN, the NAS Adapter provides FTP access for up to eight simultaneous users anywhere in the world with an internet connection. In addition, the NAS adapter can also be used as a print server or as a bit-torrent file downloading appliance.

Other features include support for fast Ethernet 10/100 Mbps; the ability to power most 2.5″ USB hard drives or any low powered USB storage device; simple installation; small and light weight (about the size of a C battery); support for Samba and FTP servers; and user management that allows read only or read/write access to folders. The Addonics NAS adapter is compatible with all Windows OS, Mac OS, Linux 2.6.x and above, Solaris 9 and above.

List price of the NAS is $55.

Addonics products are available through the company online store www.shopaddonics.com, major catalog companies, resellers, VARs and distributors, including Amazon.com, PC Connection, CDW, Buy.com, Provantage.com, Insight, and Ingram Micro.

About Addonics
Addonics Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets a broad line of external and mobile storage products. Addonics is headquartered at 1918 Junction Ave, San Jose, CA 95131. Phone: 408-573-8580.




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  • http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/12/12/addonics-55-adapter-turns-any-usb-drive-into-a-nas/ CrunchGear

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  • http://homenetworking01.wordpress.com Simon Mackay

    One issue to remember with this kind of USB – Ethernet NAS adaptor is that devices like this, including routers that have this functionality built in to them, may not be able to adequately power a bus-powered USB hard disk on their own. I would suggest either using them with a self-powered external hard disk or running a bus-powered external hard disk from a self-powered USB hub connected to its power supply.
    As far as the UPnP functionality that this deice has is concerned, I would suggest that you have a look at the DLNA feature articles in my blog such as this one ( http://homenetworking01.wordpress.com/2008/12/03/feature-article-dlna-network-media-series-setting-up-pc-less-networked-av/ )

    With regards

    Simon Mackay

  • http://www.ehomeupgrade.com Alexander Grundner

    Hi Simon. The NAS Adapter includes a 5V power adapter to power itself and a USB drive. Addonics states: “USB port can be used to power most 2.5-inch USB hard drives or any low powered USB storage device.” But you may have a point… it may not be powerful enough for a large multi-drive USB storage tower (though the graphic on the product shows that it can work with storage towers, which most likely will have their own power supply).

  • http://www.ChesterfieldSoftWear.com/shop/listcats.aspx Greg Wishart

    What happens if you hook up a USB hub to it and several USB hard drives to the hub? If I have .ISO files of DVDs on my USB drives, will the XBox play them complete with DVD menus and chapters?

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  • Pete

    Sounds very cool. Any reviews you could point me to?

  • http://www.ehomeupgrade.com Alexander Grundner

    @Greg Wishart – The only way a device can playback .ISO files of DVDs is if its media player supports it. On a PC you can either use a media player that supports playback of .ISO files or use an application that can create a virtual drive to coax the PC into thinking it’s reading the .ISO as a physical disc. As far as I know, the Xbox 360 does not support .ISO playback.

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  • Andrew

    Great idea!! Why not with gigabit ethernet?! 100mb is just too slow for the 480mb potential of USB 2.0… :(

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  • dillyweed

    anyone know if these can handle ntfs & FAT ?

  • James H

    It will be nice to have gig-E…