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Netgear 'Stora' Brings NAS to the Masses

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Netgear 'Stora' Brings NAS to the Masses

I'm not going to preach the age old message of back-up. Instead I'm going to show you something which is much, much cooler...

Netgear has announced 'Stora', the first truly affordable network attached storage device made specifically to target mainstream consumers. The nuts and bolts are very simple: Stora can hold two 3.5in hard drives and comes with a single 1TB HDD installed with the extra bay available for automatic expansion. As with other NAS, the Stora can hold photos, music, movies, files and backup data. This can then be accessed from any computer on the network. Independent, safe and always available.

Where the magic happens however is online since Netgear has created 'MyStora.com', a site with a graphically driven UI which enables remote access to your files from any Internet connected device be it a PC, laptop or even smartphone. From here you can share content with friends and colleagues and copy it to another computer. Clever stuff.

"We strongly feel that Stora exemplifies the next-generation of consumer storage devices," said Netgear network storage marketing director Drew Meyer. "Stora is most definitely a platform for everyone. Stora gives users the features they need today with a consumer-friendly user interface and price point, making their media available to them and their designated friends and families anytime, anywhere".

Stora is Mac, PC and Linux compatible, has centralised iTunes library support, works with Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Picasa to save and upload content and supports Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) enabled photo frames, XBox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles and iPhone and Blackberry handsets.

The best part however is the price with Netgear pricing Stora at just £189.99 - about one third of the price you'd expect to pay for most NAS boxes while a three year warranty comes as standard. Yes, storage can be very cool indeed...

Link:

Stora Product Page

Martin Daler

September 22, 2009, 11:42 am

bring on the review!

needlegun

September 22, 2009, 12:57 pm

Looks kinda large for a 2-bay device, My D-Link 323 is much smaller. No USB socket? (e.g. for initial load or subsequent expansion).

needlegun

September 22, 2009, 1:06 pm

My bad, it does have a USB port!





Was thinking, it would be nice if there was a bare-bones version, then you could stuff 2 x 1.5Tb or 2 x 2Tb drives in it without having to pay for the stock 1Tb drive.

iain coghill

September 22, 2009, 1:32 pm

Does that price include the 1TB drive? Want one.

kdot

September 22, 2009, 2:03 pm

@needlegun: lol how can you tell the size of it compared to anything else with nothing else in the picture as reference!!!!





But yeah hope its not too big, i think i want one then I will decide later the best way to make use of it, salivating 'til review.

Geoff Richards

September 22, 2009, 2:12 pm

* Dimensions: (H x W x D): 175.25 x 150 x 146 mm (6.90 x 5.91 x 5.74 in)


* Weight: 1.36 kg (3 lb)(without a hard disk)





From Netgear.com

Gormond

September 22, 2009, 2:38 pm

This just looks the same as the WD My Book World Edition II which comes with 2TB and all the same features for the same price.

comedian

September 22, 2009, 3:00 pm

Do you know whether Netgear intend to sell it sans drives?

Gordon394

September 22, 2009, 5:22 pm

@iain coghill - yes that includes the 1TB drive. It's really good value.


@comedian - not at this stage, but I suspect Netgear will in future. I also believe it is looking at a 4 drive version ;)

Don Kanonjii

September 22, 2009, 6:05 pm

Coooool! me want...just need to free up a port on the router.

timple

September 22, 2009, 6:21 pm

Could this be used with the squeezebox duet without needing a PC? And a question on the squeezebox duet - if you do need to run the squeezebox server software - does the remote control provide control over the local pc it is running on? What I am thinking of is running it on a nettop ion vesa mounted pc and providing the link to the hifi direct from the nettop.

Darfuria

September 22, 2009, 8:27 pm

4 drive version, yes please.





Very good value though :)





I would be very amused if a photo frame was synchronised and one's backup contained some images that were perhaps not suitable for the family living room - and the amusingly inevitable happened...

hellodavey

September 22, 2009, 10:26 pm

I'm with Gormand on this one. The 2TB Western Digital My Book World Edition II, at £212 online, and I think all the same features looks the more attractive option well... because it looks much more attractive. Btw, where is the review for the WD. Nothing like the assurance of a Trusted Review before a purchase, esp since you've already reviewed the WD Caviar Green HDD.

GherkingTR

September 23, 2009, 12:34 am

I've never gone for networked storage because


a) I can't wait aaaages to manage my larger files over a slow network connection


b) Gigabit ethernet equipment is expensive when you're upgrading a full network.





Does anyone know of a NAS device that connect via USB2 or Firewire800 to a close computer, whilst maintaining it's presence on the network (ie for slow video streaming duties) at the same time?

itsallgonepearshaped

September 23, 2009, 1:51 am

This is where the money's going. Simple to use, effective central storage for home networks. May not be sexy, but if it's simple to use, it doesn't need to be.


Now you just need a 4 port switch and a wireless adapter / router and it's complete.

needlegun

September 23, 2009, 2:43 am

@kdot - guessing really from the space between the drives that looks to be about 1.5 x the drive height, plus the space between the edge of the drive and the case.





@GherkinG - performance really isn't that bad over gigabit, plus there's the USB port for the initial 'load' if you prefer. Nice thing is you can site the NAS drive away from your Mac/PC. My D-Link NAS is in the loft. My logic is that if someone breaks in and steals my computer, they hopefully won't take the time to go up in the loft searching for the NAS, so my data is safe which is the important thing.

Scott

September 25, 2009, 2:17 am

My previous experience with the WD Mybook drives will not let you access any music or movie files from outside of your home network.





Any ideas if Netgear will allow remote access to these kinds of files?

Tony Walker

September 25, 2009, 4:00 am

If it runs at a similar speed to the ReadNAS Duo, the networking will be at least as fast as any USB connected drive at around 22MB/sec

Gordon394

September 25, 2009, 7:27 am

@skotbites - it is mentioned in detail in the article - yes, there is remote access!

Peter 26

January 10, 2010, 4:32 am

I have some answers to some of the comments above...


@timple - No Squeezebox aupport on Stora. For that you need a ReadyNAS from netgear.


@skotbites - remote access to Stora is a standard feature and really easy. You just go to www.mystora.com and login. Then you get the same experience as you do when you are local.


@Tony Walker - Stora is actually faster than the readynas duo at around 30+MB/s if you have a gigabit network.

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