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IOCELL NetDISK 351UNE review

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The IOCELL NetDISK 351UNE is ostensibly just another NAS, but you should never judge an external storage device by its chassis. The NetDISK 351UNE does indeed have a Gigabit Ethernet port, but it also features an eSATA and a USB port, making this a Network Direct Attached Storage device - simple, no?

Furthermore, although the NetDISK 351UNE can be connected via a local area network, it works a little differently to your average network-attached storage. To access the NetDISK 351UNE via your network, you'll have to install a driver on your computer; after which the NetDISK 351UNE will show up as a local drive on your computer.

IOCELL touts a number of benefits to this method of hooking up a network drive to your PC. Because there's no messing about with IP addresses set-up is as easy as plugging in the NetDISK 351UNE in, connecting it to your network, installing the driver software and entering a couple of serial codes (for security).

IOCELL calls the NetDISK 351UNE 'hack-proof' because IP addresses aren't used, making it undetectable in your network. Anyone who really wants to get hold of your data will doubtless still find a way, but that's true of any storage device.

Importantly, NetDISK 351UNE drivers are available for Windows, Mac and Linux - although the latter is in beta currently. There are a few features only available on Windows, such as connecting multiple NetDISK devices together in 'Multidisk' configuration, but most Mac and Linux users won't miss out on anything.

The NetDISK 351UNE measures 213.5mm x 48mm x 161.3mm, weighs 568g diskless and has one drive bay inside. Thoughtfully, Ethernet, eSATA and a USB to mini-USB cables are bundled with the NetDISK 351UNE itself.

morsch

July 8, 2010, 1:11 pm

If anybody else is wondering, this is the network tech they use instead of TCP/IP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N... (not much information but it's a start)

GaryRW

July 9, 2010, 12:33 am

Can I ask that when you review similar products (or if you still have the review sample for this one...) - can you test power issues like idle power draw, do the disks spin down etc...





I've been looking at NAS's for a while, but the price puts me off - If you try, you can build a fully fledged pc for the cost of most 3-4 bay NAS's for example. What puts me off that idea though is my assumption that these purpose designed NAS's will be better on power draw. Obviously this is something that most people will leave on 24/7.

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