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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:37 am    Post subject: NewerTech Intros miniStack NAS Reply with quote

NewerTech Intros miniStack NAS
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Posted by: Brian

NewerTech today announced the newest addition to its storage line, the miniStack NAS Network Attached Storage solution for storing and sharing music, videos, photos, and files at home or at the office. The miniStack NAS utilizes advanced network storage technology to enable direct storage and access by up to 20 users simultaneously with up to 6 times faster performance than older PC file sharing-based technologies. With both USB 2.0 and Ethernet connections, miniStack NAS offers the flexibility to be used either on the network or as a personal external high-speed storage solution. It is available in seven pre-configured 7200RPM solutions, from 80GB to 750GB, priced starting at $119.99. An 'Add Your Own Hard Drive' kit is priced at $79.99.

miniStack NAS Features:
- Up to 750GB storage.
- Up to 16MB of data cache.
- Ximeta NDAS 2011 network chipset for extra security.
- One RJ-45 10/100Base-TX auto switching MDI/MDI-X port.
- One USB 2.0/1.1 port.
- Data transfer speed up to 100Mb/s.
- Up to 20 simultaneous Mac or PC users.
- Front panel LED status lights.
- External auto-switching 100-240V 50-60Hz 3 amp UL listed power supply.
- Small footprint: 6.5" x 6.5" x 1.5" size.
- Auto-Power on/off automatically with computer.
- Intelligent thermal monitoring for minimal fan power consumption.
- Whisper quiet operation.
- Kensington Security Slot.
- Ethernet RJ-45 and USB 2.0 cables included.
- Stackable design.



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a bad looking external
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only one interface can be used at a time!?!? Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder why the MiniStack V3 kit is priced so much higher than the V2 and NAS kits. There is like a 40-dollar premium for it. I just need one for a SATA drive, but this model appears to be for PATA drives like the V2. That leaves me with the V3 again. I realize that it uses different technology and includes eSATA, but the pricing seems to be out of line. Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems like a lot of drives are moving over/going to NAS...
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These guys have very obviously created a drive that they are trying to market to Mini owners. Just to recap, that's a Macintosh Mini which from its very first incarnation has been fitted with Firewire.

So in addition to the Ethernet connection they've provided........ a USB port.

Right.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NAS that powers down with the computer makes no sense, it's supposed to be available for your whole network. Also why even put the NAS underneath your computer? If you keep only on and for the computer it's under, why no just attach it with USB or firewire?

They should have just made it white and promoted it for Airport Express.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ecking wrote:
NAS that powers down with the computer makes no sense, it's supposed to be available for your whole network. Also why even put the NAS underneath your computer? If you keep only on and for the computer it's under, why no just attach it with USB or firewire?


Why do you think the USB port is there? You can use this for network storage via Ethernet or direct storage with USB. The power down feature is obviously for USB. When used for network storage, it's connected to your router. Turning off one computer on the network isn't going to shut down the drive. I agree that it's not important to have a NAS underneath your computer, but it should look nice with your Mac mini and save some space. Especially if your gear is close to a router. I've been looking around for a NAS for a while. This one lacks Gigabit Ethernet, but has NDAS going for it. It might go on my short list. I would really need to read more about it. Anyone know where I can RTFM? I don't see a link to one on NewerTech's site.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ecking wrote:
They should have just made it white and promoted it for Airport Express.


This drive sparked some interest in me last night. I began searching around and found out that it's similar to the Nexstar LX.

http://www.vantecusa.com/products/nexstarLX/p_nst-375lx.html

Guess what? They make them in white and black. I'm not sure if they include the NDAS technology though. Which, by the way, sounds like something that I would want to have.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:18 am    Post subject: no gigabit Reply with quote

Come on now advertise to a Mac market where all lines are gigabit equipped and the Airport Extreme Base Station is gigabit equipped and make a 10/100Mbps device. Where are the gigabit devices?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:33 am    Post subject: Re: no gigabit Reply with quote

dungeon92 wrote:
Come on now advertise to a Mac market where all lines are gigabit equipped and the Airport Extreme Base Station is gigabit equipped and make a 10/100Mbps device. Where are the gigabit devices?


Yeah, but Apple just added Gigabit Ethernet to the AirPort Extreme. These things take time to work down. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:11 am    Post subject: Write access for Macs is limited to a single user at a time Reply with quote

http://www.newertech.com/products/ministackNAS.php

LAN

* Speed: 100Mb/s over Ethernet, 480Mb/s over USB 2.0.
* Connection: Proprietary Driver Solution
* Maximum Access: Up to 20 simultaneous connections*

*Simultaneous Write access for up to 20 PCs is possible, Write access for Macs is limited to a single user at a time. Best performance in PC environment is obtained with fewest connections.


Not much of a benefit as a NAS device in a Mac environment...
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