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Review: IOCell NetDisk 351UNE: But Will it Stream Media?

by November 29, 2011
IOCell NetDisk 351UNE

IOCell NetDisk 351UNE

  • Product Name: NetDisk SOLO 351UNE
  • Manufacturer: IOCell
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: November 29, 2011 16:45
  • MSRP: $ 59.99
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  • HDD Capacity: available in different capacities (tested up to 2TB)
  • Average Read Seek: < 10ms (depending on HDD used)
  • Power Requirements: 100~220 VAC, 50-60 Hz, 12V DC, 2.5A
  • Operating Temperature: 5 to 50 °C
  • Storage Temperature: -40 to 70 °C
  • Humidity: 5 to 90%, non-condensing
  • Shock: 2ms/63g (op.), 2ms/350g (non op.)
  • USB 2.0: Data transfer of up to 480Mbps
  • Ethernet: Data transfer of up to 1000Mbps
  • eSATA: Data transfer of up to 3.0G/s
  • Dimensions: 6.4 H x 8.4 L x 1.9 W (inch) 161.3 H x 213.5 L x 48 W (mm)
  • Warranty: 1 Year, Limited

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy setup
  • Fast
  • It streams media, baby!

Cons

  • Not a true NAS device
  • No UPnP or standalone storage support
  • Requires desktop client installation to use

IOCELL NetDISK 351UNE Introduction

My past experience with network attached storage (NAS) was years ago, we called it the toaster and it held two drives with built-in redundancy; RAID 1. Mirrored drives gave my home network nicely backed-up storage via Ethernet. After assigning it an IP and mapping a drive letter to my PC I had access to Ethernet stored files. The NAS drive was great for backing up family pictures and an MP3 library. But did it stream? Forget about it! To any audio/video enthusiast affordable NAS was a major fail. The devices were expensive, complicated and slow. But that was almost ten years ago, surely the situation has improved since then – and it has. Nowadays there are several options including NetDisk proprietary NDAS system aimed at the small, consumer-grade home network admin.

In/Out

I recently got my hands on the IOCELL NetDISK 351UNE. It’s similar to the NAS storage but uses a proprietary fake NAS system called NDAS… needless to say I was skeptical. But in the back of my mind I had only one question – does it stream? It’s the only test that matters for a network-attached storage device. Who wants a drive letter on their computer just for back-up? These days, you wanna’ stream 1080p video with 5.1 audio, baby!

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About the author:

Wayde is a tech-writer and content marketing consultant in Canada s tech hub Waterloo, Ontario and Editorialist for Audioholics.com. He's a big hockey fan as you'd expect from a Canadian. Wayde is also US Army veteran, but his favorite title is just "Dad".

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Recent Forum Posts:

BoredSysAdmin posts on December 01, 2011 09:33
Wayde Robson, post: 844767
It can be used as a USB storage device. But it's primary strength is as an Ethernet storage. When it's on, attached to your network and you have the client software installed - it's used as a drive on your computer. Communication to that drive will be much faster than USB - but slower than SATA.

faster than usb 2 - true that…
Wayde Robson posts on December 01, 2011 09:24
BoredSysAdmin, post: 844755
how it's different from any usb storage? (other than the fact Ethernet cable could be much longer)

It can be used as a USB storage device. But it's primary strength is as an Ethernet storage. When it's on, attached to your network and you have the client software installed - it's used as a drive on your computer. Communication to that drive will be much faster than USB - but slower than SATA.
BoredSysAdmin posts on December 01, 2011 06:02
Clint, this is a bit confusing… As you said the device doesn't offer 3rd party connectivity (without it's client installed) - aka no UPNP and no DLNA by itself…
So - how it's different from any usb storage? (other than the fact Ethernet cable could be much longer)
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