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AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad

External Thunderbolt™ 3 Storage Solution
This 4-bay storage enclosure is designed to house up to four 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives. With Software RAID, four striped SSD's can reach data transfer speeds of up to 1375 MB per second while the Thunderbolt 3 interface provides sufficient bandwidth for additional 4K video signal streams and data transfers at the same time. An ultra durable aluminum casing provides efficient heat dissipation, plus an extra large rear fan keeps your drives cool during long hours of operation.

Features
Thunderbolt 3 interface for lighting fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps Second Thunderbolt 3 port supports Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices Dedicated DisplayPort for additional monitor to expand the workspace Large and quiet low speed fan (1900 RPM) for active cooling Large handle provides comfortable grip when carrying the device Removable trays for easy SSD and HDD installation Kensington security slot
Thunderbolt™ 3
Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, creating one compact port that does it all – delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices. A single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying power to bus-powered devices.

The AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad has two Thunderbolt 3 ports. The second port operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.

DisplayPort
The dedicated DisplayPort connector makes it easy to connect an additional monitor to extend your workspace and it will free up the second Thunderbolt 3 port for other Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.

Removeable trays
Designed to house up to four 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives, the tray based system allows for easy installation and replacement of either the large desktop hard disk drives or the portable laptop drives and SSD's.

Secure Connection
With the 6-pin Mini-Fit Jr.™ power connector and the optional cable locking mount for the Thunderbolt 3 connector, the cables are held in place securely to avoid accidental disconnection of the device and to prevent subsequent data loss.

Benchmark
With Software RAID, the AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad provides users the ability to edit and playback multiple streams of HD and/or 4K content with enough headroom to simultaneously daisy-chain additional monitors and storage devices.

The transfer speeds for this benchmark were obtained using the AJA System Test tool with 1GB test files at 5K resolution. These results closely reflect the real-world performance but the actual transfer rates can vary depending on the test environment

For traditional spinning hard disk drives, the maximum transfer rate for a single drive (Non-RAID) is around 200 MB/s. Only when used in a striped RAID set can the transfer rates exceed 200 MB/s.

For solid state drives, the maximum transfer speed is limited by the PCIe to SATA controller to around 370 MB/s per drive. Because of this limitation, the maximum transfer rates for a striped RAID with four drives set are about 1375 MB/s, even though the Thunderbolt 3 interface is capable of faster speeds. 

Frequently asked questions about the Akitio Thunder3 Range and Mac How about older Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 products with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter? Yes, existing Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices from Akitio will work fine on the new MacBook Pro with the bidirectional adapter from Apple or with our own T3T adapter. There might be some models that require a firmware update but testing is currently still ongoing. Once we have concluded all the tests, we will update this page again. For more details about the compatibility of the adapter from Apple, please refer to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207266. How about an older Mac in combination with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter? The bidirectional adapter from Apple can connect Thunderbolt 3 devices to a Mac with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port but it requires macOS Sierra. For more details about the compatibility of the adapter from Apple, please refer to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207266. In our tests, we found that with Mac OS 10.10 the adapter does not work at all but with Mac OS 10.11 and macOS 10.12, the adapter appears to work. The devices mentioned above that are currently not compatible with the MacBook Pro 2016 (Thunder3 Duo Pro, Thunder3 PCIe Box, Thunder3 Quad) appear to work OK on a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 computer. The Node and the PCIe SSD are still not compatible. How about Boot Camp? Boot Camp is not part of the Thunderbolt™ compatibility testing and certification process by Apple and Intel. Even if the product has been certified for Windows, this does NOT include systems that are running Windows on a Mac with the help of Boot Camp. For this reason, Akitio does not support Boot Camp. If you still want to use Boot Camp, in our experience, the external storage drives are recognized by the system as long as you connect them before starting up the system. Hot plug is not supported. External GPUs like the AKiTiO Node are not supported at all. Are you really sure that the Node is not compatible with a Mac computer? Yes, we can only confirm that the Node is compatible with the Thunderbolt 3 Intel NUC and the Razer laptops. Several other PCs using Windows 10 appear to be compatible upon initial testing but the Node is NOT compatible with the Mac.This also applies to a Mac running Boot Camp and to older Thunderbolt 2 computers. Having said all that, we are aware how dedicated the eGPU community is and who knows, as this statement is published, someone might already have found a way to make it work anyway. How long do I have to wait for these new Thunderbolt 3 products that are compatible with both PCs and a Macs? We are currently working to make all of our Thunderbolt 3 products except the Node and the Thunder3 PCIe SSD compatible with Windows and macOS. As this includes a hardware change and the new products have to be re-tested and re-certified to make sure everything is working as expected, it's likely going to take some time. As a rough estimate, we expect the first products to be available at the beginning of the next year (2017). If I cannot use the Node on my Mac, how can I then use a full-length PCIe card? We are working on another Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion chassis designed for full-length cards, other than external graphics cards, that will work with both Windows and macOS. Please give us a bit of time and we will have the right solution for you.


Model No. AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad Part No. T3Q-T3DIAS-AKTU Certifications CE FCC VCCI Thunderbolt™ technology Warranty 2-year limited warranty Case material High quality aluminum for optimized heat dissipation Application Up to four 2.5" or 3.5" SATA hard disk drives or solid state drives RAID mode Non-RAID Interface/Ports 2 x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) ports 1 x DisplayPort 1.1 Data transfer Thunderbolt 3 up to 40 Gbps DisplayPort 1.1a (4K at 60 Hz) System requirements (PC) Windows 7 and later Computer with Thunderbolt™ 3 port System requirements (Mac) Not supported System environment Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing) Power supply External power adapter (UL, cUL, CE, FCC, GS, PSE, BSMI, RCM, CCC approved) Input: AC 100-240V, 50Hz-60Hz Output: DC +12V/12.5A Fan noise level 25 dB(A) Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.53 inches x 5.31 inches x 7.24 inches 24.2cm x 13.5cm x 18.4cm Package contents AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad enclosure (drives not included) Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cable Power adapter Setup guide Carton/Packing Retail Box Size: 12.9 x 10.7 x 8.4 in. (32.7 x 27.2 x 21.4 cm) Carton Size (2pcs per carton): 17.7 x 13.6 x 11.8 in. (45 x 34.5 x 30 cm) Remarks This Thunderbolt product is not compatible with Mac OS X.
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Stock code IB-AK-4TB3
Brand AKiTiO
Series 4-Bay SATA -to- Thunderbolt3
Model Thunder3 Quad T3Q-T3DIAS-AKTU
Type Case for 4x SATA HD, Non-RAID (2x TB3, 1x DP) - Windows Only
ROHS Y
Date added 09/06/2016

Thunder3 Quad T3Q-T3DIAS-AKTU Spec Information

Form Factor / Drive Height 24.2 x 18.4 x 13.5cm
Platter size 3.5"
Platter (alternate) 2.5"
Guarantee 2yr
Total Drives 4
Total Drives (alternate) 4
OS Support - Windows Windows 7 and later

Thunder3 Quad T3Q-T3DIAS-AKTU Spec Connections

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Colour Silver
Weight (kg) 5kg
External Length (mm) 450cm
External Width (mm) 350cm
External Height (mm) 300cm
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AKiTiO 4-Bay SATA -to- Thunderbolt3 Thunder3 Quad T3Q-T3DIAS-AKTU Case for 4x SATA HD, Non-RAID (2x TB3, 1x DP) - Windows Only
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AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad

External Thunderbolt™ 3 Storage Solution
This 4-bay storage enclosure is designed to house up to four 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives. With Software RAID, four striped SSD's can reach data transfer speeds of up to 1375 MB per second while the Thunderbolt 3 interface provides sufficient bandwidth for additional 4K video signal streams and data transfers at the same time. An ultra durable aluminum casing provides efficient heat dissipation, plus an extra large rear fan keeps your drives cool during long hours of operation.

Features
  • Thunderbolt 3 interface for lighting fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps
  • Second Thunderbolt 3 port supports Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices
  • Dedicated DisplayPort for additional monitor to expand the workspace
  • Large and quiet low speed fan (1900 RPM) for active cooling
  • Large handle provides comfortable grip when carrying the device
  • Removable trays for easy SSD and HDD installation
  • Kensington security slot

Thunderbolt™ 3
Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, creating one compact port that does it all – delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices. A single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying power to bus-powered devices.

The AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad has two Thunderbolt 3 ports. The second port operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.

DisplayPort
The dedicated DisplayPort connector makes it easy to connect an additional monitor to extend your workspace and it will free up the second Thunderbolt 3 port for other Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.

Removeable trays
Designed to house up to four 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives, the tray based system allows for easy installation and replacement of either the large desktop hard disk drives or the portable laptop drives and SSD's.

Secure Connection
With the 6-pin Mini-Fit Jr.™ power connector and the optional cable locking mount for the Thunderbolt 3 connector, the cables are held in place securely to avoid accidental disconnection of the device and to prevent subsequent data loss.

Benchmark
With Software RAID, the AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad provides users the ability to edit and playback multiple streams of HD and/or 4K content with enough headroom to simultaneously daisy-chain additional monitors and storage devices.

The transfer speeds for this benchmark were obtained using the AJA System Test tool with 1GB test files at 5K resolution. These results closely reflect the real-world performance but the actual transfer rates can vary depending on the test environment

For traditional spinning hard disk drives, the maximum transfer rate for a single drive (Non-RAID) is around 200 MB/s. Only when used in a striped RAID set can the transfer rates exceed 200 MB/s.

For solid state drives, the maximum transfer speed is limited by the PCIe to SATA controller to around 370 MB/s per drive. Because of this limitation, the maximum transfer rates for a striped RAID with four drives set are about 1375 MB/s, even though the Thunderbolt 3 interface is capable of faster speeds. 

Frequently asked questions about the Akitio Thunder3 Range and Mac

How about older Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 products with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter?

Yes, existing Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices from Akitio will work fine on the new MacBook Pro with the bidirectional adapter from Apple or with our own T3T adapter. There might be some models that require a firmware update but testing is currently still ongoing. Once we have concluded all the tests, we will update this page again. For more details about the compatibility of the adapter from Apple, please refer to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207266.

How about an older Mac in combination with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter?

The bidirectional adapter from Apple can connect Thunderbolt 3 devices to a Mac with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port but it requires macOS Sierra. For more details about the compatibility of the adapter from Apple, please refer to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207266. In our tests, we found that with Mac OS 10.10 the adapter does not work at all but with Mac OS 10.11 and macOS 10.12, the adapter appears to work. The devices mentioned above that are currently not compatible with the MacBook Pro 2016 (Thunder3 Duo Pro, Thunder3 PCIe Box, Thunder3 Quad) appear to work OK on a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 computer. The Node and the PCIe SSD are still not compatible.

How about Boot Camp?

Boot Camp is not part of the Thunderbolt™ compatibility testing and certification process by Apple and Intel. Even if the product has been certified for Windows, this does NOT include systems that are running Windows on a Mac with the help of Boot Camp. For this reason, Akitio does not support Boot Camp. If you still want to use Boot Camp, in our experience, the external storage drives are recognized by the system as long as you connect them before starting up the system. Hot plug is not supported. External GPUs like the AKiTiO Node are not supported at all.

Are you really sure that the Node is not compatible with a Mac computer?

Yes, we can only confirm that the Node is compatible with the Thunderbolt 3 Intel NUC and the Razer laptops. Several other PCs using Windows 10 appear to be compatible upon initial testing but the Node is NOT compatible with the Mac.This also applies to a Mac running Boot Camp and to older Thunderbolt 2 computers. Having said all that, we are aware how dedicated the eGPU community is and who knows, as this statement is published, someone might already have found a way to make it work anyway.

How long do I have to wait for these new Thunderbolt 3 products that are compatible with both PCs and a Macs?

We are currently working to make all of our Thunderbolt 3 products except the Node and the Thunder3 PCIe SSD compatible with Windows and macOS. As this includes a hardware change and the new products have to be re-tested and re-certified to make sure everything is working as expected, it's likely going to take some time. As a rough estimate, we expect the first products to be available at the beginning of the next year (2017).

If I cannot use the Node on my Mac, how can I then use a full-length PCIe card?

We are working on another Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion chassis designed for full-length cards, other than external graphics cards, that will work with both Windows and macOS. Please give us a bit of time and we will have the right solution for you.




AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad
  • T3Q-T3DIAS-AKTU
  • CE
  • FCC
  • VCCI
  • Thunderbolt™ technology
  • 2-year limited warranty
  • High quality aluminum for optimized heat dissipation
  • Up to four 2.5" or 3.5" SATA hard disk drives or solid state drives
  • Non-RAID
  • 2 x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) ports
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.1
  • Thunderbolt 3 up to 40 Gbps
  • DisplayPort 1.1a (4K at 60 Hz)
  • Windows 7 and later
  • Computer with Thunderbolt™ 3 port
Not supported
  • Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C
  • Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C
  • Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)
  • External power adapter (UL, cUL, CE, FCC, GS, PSE, BSMI, RCM, CCC approved)
  • Input: AC 100-240V, 50Hz-60Hz
  • Output: DC +12V/12.5A
  • 25 dB(A)
  • 9.53 inches x 5.31 inches x 7.24 inches
  • 24.2cm x 13.5cm x 18.4cm
  • AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad enclosure (drives not included)
  • Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cable
  • Power adapter
  • Setup guide
  • Retail Box Size: 12.9 x 10.7 x 8.4 in. (32.7 x 27.2 x 21.4 cm)
  • Carton Size (2pcs per carton): 17.7 x 13.6 x 11.8 in. (45 x 34.5 x 30 cm)
  • This Thunderbolt product is not compatible with Mac OS X.
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General

Stock code IB-AK-4TB3
Brand AKiTiO
Series 4-Bay SATA -to- Thunderbolt3
Model Thunder3 Quad T3Q-T3DIAS-AKTU
Type Case for 4x SATA HD, Non-RAID (2x TB3, 1x DP) - Windows Only
ROHS Y
Date added 09/06/2016

Thunder3 Quad T3Q-T3DIAS-AKTU Spec Information

Form Factor / Drive Height 24.2 x 18.4 x 13.5cm
Platter size 3.5"
Platter (alternate) 2.5"
Guarantee 2yr
Total Drives 4
Total Drives (alternate) 4
OS Support - Windows Windows 7 and later

Thunder3 Quad T3Q-T3DIAS-AKTU Spec Connections

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ThunderboltUSB-CExternal2
MultimediaDisplayPortExternal1
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal4

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Thunder3 Quad T3Q-T3DIAS-AKTU Speed

Physical

Colour Silver
Weight (kg) 5kg
External Length (mm) 450cm
External Width (mm) 350cm
External Height (mm) 300cm
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16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
Is there a difference between network drive, backup drive, network hard drive and nas drive?

There is no physical difference between a network drive, backup drive, network hard drive and NAS drive, the MAIN difference is about the use of the equipment. So:

A Network Drive is a area on storage that is useable to anyone on the network and will be visible to the device you are using if you have the correct login/password.

A Backup Drive is a storage device is a area of NAS or DAS storage that is used JUST for backups and only for writing, not reading - it backs up one or multiple devices on a regular basis.


A Network Hard Drive is the same as a network drive, but instead of a portion of online storage that is network/internet accessible, it is an entire disk drive. Much larger and often includes a RAID drive acting as a fall-back.

A NAS Drive can do all of the above. It can be set up to be a backup drive for all your devices, it can make either a portion or ALL of the storage available over the internet or network, it can do all of these at the same time and can give you much, much more access options thanks to NAS software from the likes of QNAP, Synology, WD, Asustor, Buffalo and Drobo.


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a server at home?

A server at home is a network attached storage device (NAS) that is like a computer, but with the emphasis on storage space. They can be purchased for as little as £100 and mean all your data can be accessed, used and backed up to and from overt the internet or your home network (WiFi etc). Bigger and more expensive home servers can do more, such as virtual computers, surveillance recording and multimedia access.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is meant by diskless NAS?

A Diskless NAS means that it a network storage device that is sold without any Hard Drives inside. Many NAS Brands like WD and Buffalo will only sell their NAS server devices with Drives already installed - this can often increase the price significantly, as well as limit the Hard Drives you want to install. A diskless NAS is a device that you can choose which drives, how many and the capacity you want and install them yourself, for a more bespoke NAS storage device. Installing the Hard Drives is very easy and you can often save a lot of time and improve your long term storage by choosing a diskless NAS and selecting the drives yourself.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a NAS external hard drive?

A NAS external Hard Drive is an external storage device that, unlike USB 3.0 and eSATA external Hard Drives, is accessed used the internet or your home network. So that means you can access the contents (DATA) of the NAS on your iPhone, iPad, Smart TV, PS4, XBOX One, Sonos Sound System, Bose system, Laptop, Smartphone and pretty much any DLNA enabled device without having to connect to it with a cable. Meaning you do not need to carry duplicates of all your data on all your devices, but can have one central NAS storage devices that all the other devices can access.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
How do I connect to my NAS remotely?

You can connect to your NAS server remotely with the mobile applications that are free with your NAS Brand manufacturer for iOS and Android. Alternatively you can use a number of desktop applications from the big brands QNAP and Synology NAS to access your device remotely. Lastly you can create a network and internet accessible drive with iSCSI and then setup software (Virtual Machine, backup, Surveillance and more) on your Mac or Windows machine to read and write to the NAS remotely.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a NAS drive used for?

A NAS drive can be used for the following:

Apple Time Machine Backups
Synchronized Backups of Windows and Android devices
A Plex Media Server
DLNA Media Server
Download Server
Printer Server
Virtual Machine Deployment
Email Server
CRM and/or CMS System
A CCTV IP Camera Enabled Surveillance station for your home or office
File Server
and more...


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What are the different types of RAID?

The most popular and recommended RAID levels for a 2-Bay NAS and 4-Bay NAS from Synology and QNAP are:

RAID 0 - Meaning all drive storage is pooled together into 1 big drive - MOST UNSAFE
RAID 1 - Drives are duplicated so you lose half the available storage, but have a complete, up to the second copy of your data
RAID 5 - You lose 1 drive of data storage space, but data is spread across all the available drives and a small piece of information called PARITY is created each wave/stripe that makes a blueprint of all the data
RAID 6 - Same as above, but it removes two drives worth of space and protects you against the loss of two Hard Drives

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a RAID hard drive?

A RAID Hard drive is a Hard Disk Drive that is designed to be used in a RAID configuration - in simple terms it is a drive that can be installed with multiple other drives of the same type (such as WD Red RAID Drives, WD Purples Surveillance RAID Drives and Seagate Ironwolf NAS RAID Drives). These are designed to be on for long periods of time and for handling data that is shared and/or duplicated across multiple drives at once - constructed with better vibration, head and access controls). Most other drives are designed to work on their own.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is raid on a NAS?

RAID on a NAS is a means to protect yourself from losing your data due to hard drive failure. Hard Drives are the 2nd most vulnerable area of a NAS device and if a drive fails and you do not have a copy of the data elsewhere, you will most likely lose it all. RAID gives you a safety net (called REDUNDANCY) which means you can afford to lose 1, 2 or even 3 hard drives with the right configuration. The most common options are:

RAID 0 - Meaning all drive storage is pooled together into 1 big drive - MOST UNSAFE
RAID 1 - Drives are duplicated so you lose half the available storage, but have a complete, up to the second copy of your data
RAID 5 - You lose 1 drive of data storage space, but data is spread across all the available drives and a small piece of information called PARITY is created each wave/stripe that makes a blueprint of all the data
RAID 6 - Same as above, but it removes two drives worth of space and protects you against the loss of two Hard Drives

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a personal cloud storage device?

A personal Cloud storage device is a piece of Hardware, Like a NAS, that gives you the access, freedom, speed and utility of popular 3rd party cloud providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Amazon S3 and more. However unlike those providers that hold your data on a server farm hundreds or thousands of miles away, where you it can be broken into, a Personal Cloud (NAS) lives in your home/office and can be protected with both bespoke AES-256bit encryption, individual login credentials and if the worst case scenario, can be simply unplugged from the network/internet.


It is also considerably cheaper in the long term.


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
How do you connect to a NAS?

You can connect to a device in several ways:


- You can connect to a NAS via your home network as long as it is connected to the same router/switch that your other devices are connected to, via cable or over Wi-Fi (the devices, not the NAS)


- You can connect over the internet using the NAS manufacturer’s respective software on desktop or mobile platforms for Mac, Windows and Android devices


- You can also access the data as a network drive (where the location of the drive with be an IP - 192.168. etc.) and then the drive can be read and written to as needed


Thank you


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
How does a NAS device work?

Excellent Question. A NAS devices like a computer that is dedicated to storing data that is made accessible across all your internet enabled devices. It connects to your home network (in simple terms, the internet connected network in your home or office) and makes the data that is store on it accessible. You can also access the data from outside the phone via WiFi at hotspots and other buildings, or via your mobile 3G or 4G internet connection.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
Do you really need a NAS?

If you have data spread across multiple devices without a single backup location, then YES, you really do need a NAS drive. As it will make backing up with multiple devices easier, more automated and reliable.


If you are a business with large amounts of data that needs to be accessible quickly, across multiple machines or outside your office environment for off-site staff or clients, then YES you needs a NAS.


If you want your internet accessible data to be 100% inaccessible when needed (for security) and are considering a Cloud provider or a NAS, BUY A NAS!!! It is cheaper in the long run and can have individual and bespoke security measures. 


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a NAS drives for home?

A NAS drive for Home is the means of storing your data in a central location that can be used for more home and entertainment based applications. Often these are 2-Bay or 4-Bay NAS Devices that support applications such as Plex, DLNA Server support, Backups like Apple Time Machine and Surveillance over IP cameras from companies such as Edimax and Reolink. The Hard drives in a NAS Drive for Home are recommended to be WD Red NAS Drives or Seagate Ironwolf NAS drives.


 

05/11/2016 | Chris P | GB Flag |
Are you sure this isn't compatible with Mac OS? I would like to buy this to go with my soon-to-be-delivered MacBook Pro 15" (late 2016) which has 4 USB-C ports. Have you tested it with any recent Apple MacBooks?
At this stage the firmware of the Akitio does not work with MAC and we do not have a MAC with Thunderbolt 3 to test it ourselves. At this stage we can only go on the specs we have from Akitio. Hopefully, Akitio will release a new updated firmware soon


SPAN.COM tech team


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