January 22nd, 2013 by Josh Linden
Netgear’s Centria is the company’s latest multifunction home and small home office router. Like other recent high-performance home and SOHO wireless routers, Centria features dual 450Mbps transceivers capable of a theoretical maximum throughput of 900 Mbps and consolidates routing, switching, NAS/backup, and media streaming functionality into once device. Unlike previous Netgear routers which allowed users to add storage exclusively through external USB interfaces, the Centria provides an internal SATA bay for hard drive storage.Read more
January 22nd, 2013 by Doug Crowthers
LaCie and beautiful design intuitively go together, thanks to years of LaCie regularly pumping out great looking storage devices. The LaCie 2big 2-bay NAS system is no different, sporting solid-aluminum body. It features LaCie's NAS OS 3.0, which makes NAS management easy. Out of the box, the 2big NAS comes configured in RAID 1, but has support for RAID 0 configurations.Read more
March 7th, 2012 by Kevin OBrien
The Pogoplug Series 4 is the latest effort to bring the personal cloud to the masses in a simple, cost effect manner. Series 4 takes over the flagship position for Pogoplug, adding several features to the entry-level Pogoplug Mobile. Like the Mobile, Series 4 offers users remote access to their data stored on an SD card or USB device through all major web browsers and apps for the iOS and Android platforms. The big updates for the Series 4 though include USB 3.0 support as well as straight SATA support for docking a 2.5" hard drive or SSD in the unit.Read more
November 14th, 2011 by Kevin OBrien
There's little doubt that a major migration in the way we consume not just Internet-based content, but our own digital assets, is occurring right now. Tablets, smartphones and other highly mobile electronics are both generally low on storage and often connected to the Internet. That combination highlights a need for many who want to consume their digital assets on the go. For anyone not quite ready to make the jump to a home NAS, Pogoplug has a lightweight solution to the problem, the easy to set up and use Pogoplug Mobile.Read more
October 17th, 2011 by Thomas Sullivan
Personal Cloud - that's going to be an increasingly popular storage motif over the coming years as consumers figure out exactly how to manage their increasingly large and complex libraries of digital media files. Buffalo's take on the personal cloud space is the CloudStor, a two-bay NAS that's equally accessible within the home network or on the road via applications on mobile devices.Read more
June 8th, 2011 by Kevin OBrien
If you took one of Synology's 4-bay NAS systems designed for 3.5" hard drives and blasted it with a shrink-ray, you would find yourself holding the miniature in stature, but big on features DiskStation DS411slim. The slim is still a 4-bay unit though, it just uses 2.5" drives to reduce the device footprint to a desk-friendly size. Inside, the NAS is powered by a 1.6Ghz processor and hardware encrypted engine and offers 256MB of memory, an eSATA port for use with external drives and two USB ports, the one on the front supporting instant transfer. Like all Synology systems, the slim gets the latest version of DiskStation Manager, their intuitive GUI for managing the NAS.
December 29th, 2010 by Brian Beeler
QNAP is a long-time player in the NAS space, today we're reviewing their TS-459 Pro+, a four bay unit that incorporates an Intel Atom 1.8Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM, dual Gigabit LAN, LCD display and a load of other features like being VMware Ready, Citrix Ready and compatible with Microsoft's Hyper-V environment. With a laundry list like that, it's clear QNAP's TS-459 Pro+ means business.Read more
December 17th, 2010 by Brian Beeler
This past summer, we spent some time with Synology's DiskStation DS410j, a 4-bay NAS generally geared toward small business and home users. Today we're reviewing the DS411+, also a 4-bay unit, but this time with a Dual Core processor, four times the RAM and a black case that shows it's ready for the duties required in an active business environment or use as a high-end media streaming hub. With full support for 3TB drives, the DiskStation DS411+ can support up to 12TB of internal disk space and under RAID 5 can generate 112.99 MB/sec reads and 103.07 MB/sec writes.