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The Verbatim Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive is designed to store and share files and folders over a network, providing a central storage device for a small office or home environment. The Gigabit NAS can store up to 1,000,000 photos as well as 1,400 films and 330,000 songs, which can then be accessed wirelessly by several computers or media players.
Verbatim Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive 1TB Features:
As well as the ample 1TB of storage space, the Verbatim Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive is armed with 2 USB sockets which gives you the possibility of connecting a printer or a normal USB External Hard Drive to share on the network. The NAS External Hard Drive can also be configured to function as an FTP server so you can transfer large files over the internet.
As the drive is DLNA-compliant you can watch movies on your TV through your digital media player and with the iTunes Server, you can store and manage your music collection centrally on the drive and access your music files via iTunes from any computer on your network.
Other features include:
- BitTorrent software for accessing rich media over the internet.
- Automatic backup of all your networked computers using Nero BackItUp Essentials.
- Connect your Mac to shared network drives with Apple Bonjour.
- Gigabit Ethernet capability.
Basic set-up was extremely easy. I connected the network cable from NAS storage drive to the router and connected the power cable, pressed the on button and waited for the automatic configuration. After a couple of minutes I went to the network area on my computer. As promised the NAS was now ready to be accessed.
Following the instructions, I accessed the web-based administration tool and ran through the set-up wizard. This offered you the chance to change the password, hostname, internet settings, time and date settings. This was all very simple as the default settings worked just fine. From here you are now able to add users and it is possible to only give access to certain areas of the drive to each user. Again this is a simple process.
The next feature of the Verbatim Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive that I wanted to try was the ability to plug a flash drive/USB drive/memory card reader into one of the USB ports in the back of the NAS Hard Drive. The instructions seemed simple enough, the main thing I had to be aware of was that the drive that was to be used by the NAS had to be in the FAT32 format type. As I had a USB flash drive to hand it seemed reasonable to try that. Following the instructions, I popped it in the back of the NAS Hard Drive. To find the drive all I had to do was access the device in the file browser. As expected, there was now a new folder which represented the USB flash drive.
Another feature that I believe may be more useful within the modern home is the ability to connect a printer which can then be used by any computer on the network. My current printer is set up with a wireless network print server which is sometimes temperamental so I was excited to see how well this works. As the instructions said, I attached my printer, powered it up and went to the printer folder in the file browser. This prompts you with some instructions to install the printer device. After completing the process I sent a test page off to print. To print from another computers the printer set-up has to be performed on each computer.
Verbatim Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive 1TB Verdict:
Overall I was very pleased with the Verbatim Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive. I found the transfer speed on a wired network perfectly acceptable and even on the slower wireless transfer it was quick enough. If you wanted to move a lot of data on/off the drive, i.e. to back up the device, the speed may then become an issue.
The other functions such as setting up devices, a flash drive or a printer, onto the device was really easy when following the instructions. If you are new to setting up a network in the home or office, the Verbatim Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive provides a cost effective way of allowing printer use by many computers and access to important files.
Using some prior knowledge on setting up an ftp (a failed attempt on my current NAS) I found I was quite easily able to access my files on the drive from an external computer, although I would have struggled if I had been a novice as this requires changing some settings on the router.
Verbatim Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive 1TB Pros:
Easy to set up.
Ability to add a printer and other external hard drives via USB.
Verbatim Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive 1TB Cons:
Transfer speed not as high as I hoped.
Instructions on setting up ftp aren't as detailed as needed.
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Verbatim Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive 1TB Specification:
|Box contents:||Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive
UK Power Cables
Quick Start Guide
|External Power:||-/+12VDC input|
|Interface:||1 x Ethernet Port / 2 x USB ports|
|Data Transfer Rate:||LAN: 1000 Mb/sec (max)|
|USB: 480 Mb/sec (max)|
|Dimensions:||200 x 115 x 50mm (L x W x H)|
The Verbatim Gigabit NAS External Hard Drive 1TB is available from £113.95 from the following sites: