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Addonics Mini NAS: when RAID is too much to ask for

Addonics Mini NAS: when RAID is too much to ask for
Joseph L. Flatley
Joseph L. Flatley|November 17, 2009 9:39 AM
If you're in the market for a single bay network drive, your options have certainly been piling up lately -- and now the kids at Addonics are premiering their aptly named Mini NAS. Billed as "the world's smallest," this guy is roughly the same size (and roughly as attractive) as a small hub, and it sports 10/100Mbps Ethernet, a 2.5-inch drive bay, a USB port for printer sharing, and support for SMB, Samba, and iTunes music sharing, FTP access (up to 8 simultaneous users), and a BitTorrent client. Yours now for $69. PR after the break.

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Addonics Announces the Mini NAS, a Small Portable Network Storage Enclosure Solution That Provides Cross-Platform Access of Shared Data

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) today announced a small and portable network storage enclosure solution called the Addonics Mini NAS. The new storage device provides fast access to data across most platforms.

Among its key features are a fast Ethernet 10/100Mbps connection and the ability to install any 2.5" SATA hard drive or Solid State Drive (SSD) and make it instantly sharable over the LAN. An USB printer can also be shared over the LAN simultaneously when attached to the Mini NAS.

The Mini NAS is the approximate size of a VHS tape cassette and weighs less than a pound. Its size makes it very portable and allows it to be installed in a small space.

The Mini NAS supports both SMB (Server Message Block) and open source Samba network protocols. This provides for cross-platform access of all shared data for most versions of Windows, Mac OS X, and various Linux distributions.

For remote users not connected over a LAN, the Mini NAS provides FTP access for up to eight simultaneous users anywhere in the world with an internet connection. In addition, the Mini NAS can be configured as a bit-torrent downloading appliance or as an iTunes media server.

Other features include ease of installation; low power requirements; the ability to be set as a DHCP server or client; support of Samba servers for up to 64 clients; support of FTP servers for up to eight clients, and the ability to be used as a print server and an UPnP AV server to share photo/music files stored on the file server with XBOX 360 video game consoles connected to a LAN.

The Mini NAS also provides read/only or read/write access to folders and administrative management access via web browser with password security.

List price starts at $69.
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