|ineo NA316N1 All-in-One NAS Server|
|Written by Reuben Gathright|
Monday, 25 April 2011
|Rated 5 out of 5 Stars|
ineo NA316N1 is the New Standard for Single Bay NAS!
As I was preparing for a long airplane flight across country, I realized that I should make a backup of the data on my ASUS 1005HA netbook. The 10" netbook had hundreds of digital photos and other important documents that were irreplaceable in my busy digital lifestyle.
The solution for me was to place a Seagate Barracuda ST31500341AS 1.5Tb SATA hard drive inside a ineo I-NA316N1-R 3.5 inch Single Bay NAS so that I could upload my files quickly on my home network. Since I can use LogMeIn to remotely access my network from anywhere in the world, the digital files would be readily available to me at anytime while on vacation.
How could you use an ineo I-NA3161N1-R Single Bay SATA NAS on a daily basis? What kind of USB transfer speeds can this ineo Poseidon SATA NAS produce? How fast is the ineo 3.5” Single Bay NAS Server on a Linksys WRT54G wireless router network? Read On To Find Out!
A NAS stands for network attached storage. This product from ineo allows you to place almost any 3.5” SATA hard drive inside the provided metal enclosure. You can then plug it into a wireless network router or spare USB 2.0 port to access the files. In this review, you will see how easy it is to get your own state of the art NAS operating in just a fraction of the time it takes to archive data on DVD or CD-ROM discs. You can also setup this ineo product as a File server, SAMBA server or FTP server for remote access from anywhere in the world with an active broadband connection to the internet.
IN THE BOX
First, this external hard drive system comes sealed in a thick, protective box so you should have little worry about shipping it across country through USPS or UPS. In the photo below, you can see the two thick foam pads that wrap around the Poseidon NAS.
The packaging did an excellent job of explaining the functions featured in this product. Seen below is the back panel of the ineo NA316N1 box which shows the many roles it perform in your home or office networking environment.
The kit inside the box comes with everything you need to get this system operational except for the SATA hard drive and Philips screwdriver for installation.
The build quality of this ineo NAS is top notch. Solid metal frame and mounting rail had me marveling at how other manufacturers should have been building their products. I estimate that the NAS itself weighs about 18 ounces, which gives it the stability needed to rest comfortably on a desk or home office workstation. The all aluminum alloy casing with quiet fan-less design not only provides excellent cooling abilities but also dramatically reduces hard drive noise. Blue and red LEDs can be seen on the top illuminated Panel which indicate power and write / read activities of the SATA hard drive inside.
ASSEMBLY AND INSTALLATION
Placing a SATA hard drive in this ineo product is much easier than installing the same drive in a computer. The all metal case gives you the strength needed to get a large hard drive installed as well as the rigidity required to survive the occasional fall. As a result, you can replace the hard drive as often as you wish with the only real limitation being the currently stated maximum capacity of 2.0Tb.
For my initial install, I placed a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1500 Gigabyte SATA hard drive in the enclosure. First you should remove the two screws from the bezel where the ports are located on the back of the ineo NAS.
Now slide out the mounting tray from the housing. I found it helps to use a small knife blade to pry the housing outwards.
Next, using the provided screws, slide the SATA hard drive into the connector on the daughterboard and tighten to about 10 lbs of torque to keep it from sliding in the tray.
Place the hard drive and mounting tray back into the Poseidon housing. Slide until the housing is flush with metal housing and tighten the two Phillips screws to about 5 lbs of torque.
You are now done with the networking storage system installation process. Once power is connected and the switch on the back panel is turned into the On position, you can configure the networking portion of the ineo NAS.
LED Lighting Tip
Microsoft Windows 7 Installation
You can directly access the ineo NAS via the USB Device Port located on the rear panel. Using the supplied USB 2.0 Type A Male to Type B Male cable, you can connect the product to any Windows XP Professional or Windows 7 Professional computer to transfer files directly from the SATA hard drive inside. When connecting the ineo I-NA3161N1-R to my netbook or ASUS P5QL-VM motherboard, I did have to shut it off and back on to get the operating system to recognize it.
Disc Write Performance In USB Mode
For my next USB Mode test of the ineo I-NA3161N1-R Single Bay SATA NAS, I used a ASUS P5QL-VM DO/CSM LGA775 motherboard, Intel QX9650 Core 2 Quad Socket 775 processor, Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (1GBx4) DDR2 1066 all running under Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit edition. In addition to the built in USB 2.0 support on the motherboard, a StarTech 2 Port PCI Express SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Controller card is also installed to give us the broadest possible comparison of transfer speeds for this ineo NAS.
The transfer of 714Mb of MP3 files to the ineo NAS took just 29 seconds in USB 2.0 mode.
Using the Startech PEXUSB3S2 USB 3.0 controller card, the ineo NAS took 25 seconds to transfer the same 714Mb of MP3 files. Well believe it or not, the USB 2.0 ineo Poseidon does transfer faster using the USB 3.0 controller. However, I believe this is due more to the speed of the PCI Express interface than anything else.
Using a P3 International Kill A Watt P4400 power meter, I was able to measure a consistent power draw of 11 watts at 120VAC for the ineo NA316N1 NAS. Most desktop computers pull more than 100 watts so if you are looking for a file server, 11 watts is a drop in the bucket for energy consumption.
Support XBOX360 and PS3 to playback multimedia files via LAN environment
The initial setup screen for the ineo NAS offers plenty of customization options for you to configure to almost any network situation that you may desire. The host name and group name can be changed to suit the needs of your network topography. Additionally, SMB and FTP services can be shutdown with a moment’s notice thanks to this menu. Finally, the hard drive installed is identified by name and the free size indicator is quite handy for determining how much space you actually have left on the device.
The Disk Utility menu on the integrated webserver of the NAS will prove quite handy during initial installation. From here you will need to format the newly installed hard drive. No, you cannot use a previously formatted NTFS partition. The process took me just 3 minutes to complete. You should set the Sleep Time in this menu as well so that your hard drive is not constantly spinning all the time.
Apple iTunes Support
Network Performance Testing
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|Last Updated on Monday, 25 April 2011|