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New Mini NAS Enclosure Targets Small-Biz Users

Addonics is selling a nifty little network attached storage enclosure that could be just the ticket for SOHO users.

Addonics is selling a nifty little network attached storage enclosure that could be just the ticket for SOHO users.Here is some additional information from the Addonics Web site: The Addonics Mini NAS is a small portable Network Attached Storage enclosure solution in the market. Come built in with fast Ethernet 10/100Mbps connection, any 2.5" SATA hard drive or Solid State Drive (SSD) can be installed into the Mini NAS and become instantly sharable over the LAN. A USB printer can also be shared over the LAN simultaneously when attached to the Mini NAS. With a size equivalent to a VHS tape cassette and weight less than a pound, the Mini NAS can be easily moved around or installed into a very small space.

Similar to the NAS adapter, the Mini NAS supports both SMB (Server Message Block) and the open source Samba network protocols, allowing for cross-platform access of all shared data for most versions of Windows, Mac OS X, and various Linux distributions. For remote users who are not connected over the LAN, the Mini NAS provides FTP access for up to 8 simultaneous users anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

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As these images illustrate, the device is about the size of a paperback book:

It isn't clear whether the USB port will also support a second hard disk. According to Addonics, however, it is also possible to use the USB port to power the device if it is running SSD storage:

And if you're looking to mix business with pleasure, the unit includes a built-in BitTorrent client and can also function as a UPnP AV server for photo or music-sharing duties.

The Mini NAS is available at the Addonics Web site for $69.

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