Turn external hard drives into network storage via USB with Addonics NAS adapter

Turn external hard drives into network storage via USB with Addonics NAS adapter

Summary: Here's one of those good ideas that makes you wonder why it took so long for someone to come up with it. Addonics has introduced its Network Attached Storage (NAS) adapter, which is a $55 device that lets you plug a USB-powered external drive in one end and then connect an Ethernet cable to the other end that runs to your router.

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Addonics Network Attached Storage adapter

Here's one of those good ideas that makes you wonder why it took so long for someone to come up with it. Addonics has introduced its Network Attached Storage (NAS) adapter, which is a $55 device that lets you plug a USB-powered external drive in one end and then connect an Ethernet cable to the other end that runs to your router.

The compact adapter would seem to be a great idea if you already own external storage that you would like to share over a network, and could also be a cheap alternative to a dedicated NAS device (since the device and an external drive, depending on capacity, could cost around $100 less than a dedicated NAS drive). It also works as a print server if you swap your drive for a printer to plug into the USB port. The unit can even be set up as a FTP server for remote users, a BitTorrent client, or a UPnP AV server.

The NAS adapter's one obvious weakness would be that it only has a single USB port. To overcome this limitation, Addonics sells storage racks and towers that can house multiple drives that can connect to the adapter and provide RAID functionality. With that additional cost, however, this solution faces competition from network storage enclosures offered by other companies. Still, this could definitely appeal to those with a external hard drive or large flash drive who want a fairly cheap way to turn it into NAS devices.

Topics: Hardware, Networking, Storage

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  • So can you just plug in a powered USB multitap...

    and have a networked disk array? I can see two or three drives for easy and cheap RAID backup.
    geedavey@...
  • RE: Turn external hard drives into network storage via USB with Addonics NAS adapter

    PERFECT!
    I've been looking for something like this. Thanks for bringing this up.
    I've been thinking about something like this for years.
    I'm just wondering if it will have an easy way of determining it's IP or name on the network.
    reapur
  • RE: Turn external hard drives into network storage via USB with Addonics NAS adapter

    I do not understand how this is news.
    1. Belkin has been selling USB Network Hub Model F5L009 for at least 6 months. It allows you to attach up to 5 USB devices - hard drives, printers and I understand many other devices. If you connect it to a wireless router it gives wireless access to each device. I have 2 of these devices working on the same network. They work wonderfully. List price is $129.99 or about $80.00 on line.

    2.The higher end Netgear wireless N routers DIR-555 and higher allow for a USB device to be plugged into it and be used as a network drive or printer.

    Both of these devices can be used together.
    susanpun@...
    • I love reviews...

      You might want to read a few of the reviews before you purchase this and realize what you're getting.

      http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16817394066

      This won't work on Mac OS or Linux.

      As for the Story, I edit pictures in photoshop on a Mac on a 40' TV then I have currently been moving them to the PC to print them because I can't get the Mac to see the printer tied to the PC. This little device should solve this.

      I wonder if there is a way to get this device to work with a USB to IDE/SATA adapter.

      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812186036&nm_mc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel&cm_mmc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel-_-Content-_-text-_-N82E16812186036

      Thanks!
      Nate413
    • DIR 655

      The dlink DIR655 does allow NAS functionality but not as a media server. You have to have some special software on your pc to access a usb attached drive.
      jeremy.young1@...
  • RE: Turn external hard drives into network storage via USB with Addonics NAS adapter

    It is a good idea, but hardly a new idea. There have been products like this out for sometime from companies such as Belkin, Linksys and several others. Just do a google search for "usb nas hub" and you'll about 1,340,000 results.

    I have to wonder shy it's taken you so long to find these little gems.
    stephen.gragert@...
  • Printer upgrade

    As well as for adding network storage, could one of these be used to upgrade an printer into a wireless, shared one connected to the router?
    TheWolfHowling
  • Convertors Make your Life Easy

    There are lot of Convertors these days like Aditech ICT which has many Industrial Convertors with them to name a few.I have been using Industrial USB Converter and this has made my life easy.
    Vilas_Adi