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Tuesday, June 07, 2017 As announced at WWDC on June 5, 2017, macOS High Sierra brings support for external graphics processors to any Mac with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. MacBook Pro (2016) with macOS High Sierra and the Node with an AMD Radeon RX 470 graphics card Our Akitio team in Taiwan has recorded a short video to show what happens, without any modifications to the system or hardware whatsoever, when the Node is connected to a Thunderbolt 3 Mac running macOS 10.13. After connecting the Thunderbolt cable to the computer (0:25), the external GPU is detected and the user is prompted to logout (0:40). After logging in again, the GPU is ready to use (1:22). When disconnecting the Thunderbolt cable (1:30), the same procedure of logging out and logging in has to be repeated and that's all it takes. How about a Thunderbolt 2 Mac with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter from Apple? Yes, this appears to work as well. How about graphics cards from Nvidia? No, according to the release notes (v1.0) for the external graphics development kit, only the AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card is supported. Other graphics cards are unsupported. Source

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AKiTiO Node
Finally an affordable eGPU box

The Thunderbolt™ 3 eGXF box is a low cost expansion chassis designed to house an external graphics card. Connected to the computer via Thunderbolt 3, the additional GPU power instantly upgrades a regular laptop or a mini PC and makes it possible to do things that would normally require a high-end workstation or gaming computer. For video editors and colorists, the dedicated GPU reduces the time it takes to render the footage, a computer that was not powerful enough for a VR headset is now potentially VR ready and for those that like to play games, these can now run at much higher frame rates than before.

Features Thunderbolt™ 3 for lighting fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps 1 PCIe (x16) slot supporting full-length, full-height, double-width cards Spacious enclosure for use with standard and large sized graphics cards Built-in 400W SFX power supply to provide extra power to GPU PCIe x16 slot supplying up to 75W of power 4 lane PCI Express 3.0 compliant interface Removable back panel for double-width cards Carry handle to easily transport the device
Supports standard and large sized PCIe Gen3 x4 cards
The PCIe (x16) slot accepts full-length, full-height, double-width cards with enough space available inside the enclosure for both standard and large sized graphics cards. The four PCIe Gen3 lanes and the Thunderbolt 3 interface are capable of transfer rates up to 40Gbps, providing enough bandwidth even for the most demanding PCIe cards.

Extra power for graphics cards

400W SFX PSU
The built-in power supply provides enough power for the AKiTiO Node (~10W) as well as for graphics cards. If the standard 75W through the PCIe slot is insufficient, two extra pairs of 8-pin power connectors are available inside the AKiTiO Node that can be connected to the GPU, providing a total of about 390W.

The power of external GPUs

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. In combination with the AKiTiO Node, this makes it possible to instantly upgrade your regular laptop or Mini-PC and achieve a performance that usually requires high-end workstations or specialized gaming computers.

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 Node Part No. NODE-T3IA-AKTU (without graphics card) Certifications CE FCC VCCI Thunderbolt™ technology Warranty 2-year limited warranty Case material SECC sheet metal Application 1 x PCIe card (see compatibility chart) Supports full-length, full-height and double-width cards PCIe (x16) slot provides a maximum of 75W but additional power can be supplied to the PCIe card by connecting a pair of 8-pin connectors  RAID mode Not applicable Interface/Ports 1 x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) port 1 x internal PCIe (x16) slot with 4 lane PCI Express 3.0 interface Data transfer Thunderbolt 3 up to 40 Gbps System requirements (PC) Windows 10 Computer with Thunderbolt™ 3 port Computer must support external GPUs (see compatibility chart) 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 Internal power supply (UL, cUL, CE, FCC, BSMI, TUV approved) Input: AC 100-240V, 50Hz-60Hz Output: DC +12V/33A Fan noise level 29.6 dB(A) Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.85 inches x 5.71 inches x 8.94 inches 42.8 cm x 14.5 cm x 22.7 cm Package contents AKiTiO Node with built-in 400W PSU Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cable Setup guide Carton/Packing Retail Box Size: 20.24 x 9.72 x 14.37 in. (51.4 x 24.7 x 36.5 cm) Remarks The computer must support external GPUs. Not all Thunderbolt 3 computers support external GPUs. If in doubt, please contact the manufacturer of your computer. To prevent damage, always uninstall graphics cards when transporting the device. The monitor, VR headset, Intel® NUC and graphics card are for reference only.
Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.
Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.
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Model Thunder3 Node NODE-T3IA-AKTU
Type 1x TB3 USB-C, 1x PCI-Express-v3.0-x16 FHHL (x4 speed, 75W) - Windows Only
ROHS Y
Date added 28/10/2016

Thunder3 Node NODE-T3IA-AKTU Spec Information

Form Factor / Drive Height 42.8 x 14.5 x 22.7 cm
Guarantee 2yr
OS Support - Windows Windows 10
OS Support - Mac/OSX MacOS High Sierra

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Weight (kg) 6.97kg
Weight (bare) 4.5kg
Watts 75+?
External Length (mm) 514cm
External Width (mm) 247cm
External Height (mm) 365cm
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Tuesday, June 07, 2017

As announced at WWDC on June 5, 2017, macOS High Sierra brings support for external graphics processors to any Mac with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

MacBook Pro (2016) with macOS High Sierra and the Node with an AMD Radeon RX 470 graphics card

Our Akitio team in Taiwan has recorded a short video to show what happens, without any modifications to the system or hardware whatsoever, when the Node is connected to a Thunderbolt 3 Mac running macOS 10.13. After connecting the Thunderbolt cable to the computer (0:25), the external GPU is detected and the user is prompted to logout (0:40). After logging in again, the GPU is ready to use (1:22). When disconnecting the Thunderbolt cable (1:30), the same procedure of logging out and logging in has to be repeated and that's all it takes.

How about a Thunderbolt 2 Mac with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter from Apple?

Yes, this appears to work as well.

How about graphics cards from Nvidia?

No, according to the release notes (v1.0) for the external graphics development kit, only the AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card is supported. Other graphics cards are unsupported.

Source

Compatibility list 

AKiTiO Node

Finally an affordable eGPU box

The Thunderbolt™ 3 eGXF box is a low cost expansion chassis designed to house an external graphics card. Connected to the computer via Thunderbolt 3, the additional GPU power instantly upgrades a regular laptop or a mini PC and makes it possible to do things that would normally require a high-end workstation or gaming computer. For video editors and colorists, the dedicated GPU reduces the time it takes to render the footage, a computer that was not powerful enough for a VR headset is now potentially VR ready and for those that like to play games, these can now run at much higher frame rates than before.

Features

  • Thunderbolt™ 3 for lighting fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps
  • 1 PCIe (x16) slot supporting full-length, full-height, double-width cards
  • Spacious enclosure for use with standard and large sized graphics cards
  • Built-in 400W SFX power supply to provide extra power to GPU
  • PCIe x16 slot supplying up to 75W of power
  • 4 lane PCI Express 3.0 compliant interface
  • Removable back panel for double-width cards
  • Carry handle to easily transport the device


Supports standard and large sized PCIe Gen3 x4 cards
The PCIe (x16) slot accepts full-length, full-height, double-width cards with enough space available inside the enclosure for both standard and large sized graphics cards. The four PCIe Gen3 lanes and the Thunderbolt 3 interface are capable of transfer rates up to 40Gbps, providing enough bandwidth even for the most demanding PCIe cards.

Extra power for graphics cards

400W SFX PSU
The built-in power supply provides enough power for the AKiTiO Node (~10W) as well as for graphics cards. If the standard 75W through the PCIe slot is insufficient, two extra pairs of 8-pin power connectors are available inside the AKiTiO Node that can be connected to the GPU, providing a total of about 390W.

The power of external GPUs

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. In combination with the AKiTiO Node, this makes it possible to instantly upgrade your regular laptop or Mini-PC and achieve a performance that usually requires high-end workstations or specialized gaming computers.

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 Node

Part No.

  • NODE-T3IA-AKTU (without graphics card)

Certifications

  • CE
  • FCC
  • VCCI
  • Thunderbolt™ technology

Warranty

  • 2-year limited warranty

Case material

  • SECC sheet metal

Application

  • 1 x PCIe card (see compatibility chart)
  • Supports full-length, full-height and double-width cards
  • PCIe (x16) slot provides a maximum of 75W but additional power can be supplied to the PCIe card by connecting a pair of 8-pin connectors 

RAID mode

Not applicable

Interface/Ports

  • 1 x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) port
  • 1 x internal PCIe (x16) slot with 4 lane PCI Express 3.0 interface

Data transfer

  • Thunderbolt 3 up to 40 Gbps

System requirements (PC)

  • Windows 10
  • Computer with Thunderbolt™ 3 port
  • Computer must support external GPUs (see compatibility chart)

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

  • Internal power supply (UL, cUL, CE, FCC, BSMI, TUV approved)
  • Input: AC 100-240V, 50Hz-60Hz
  • Output: DC +12V/33A

Fan noise level

  • 29.6 dB(A)

Dimensions (LxWxH)

  • 16.85 inches x 5.71 inches x 8.94 inches
  • 42.8 cm x 14.5 cm x 22.7 cm

Package contents

  • AKiTiO Node with built-in 400W PSU
  • Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cable
  • Setup guide

Carton/Packing

  • Retail Box Size: 20.24 x 9.72 x 14.37 in. (51.4 x 24.7 x 36.5 cm)

Remarks

  • The computer must support external GPUs.
  • Not all Thunderbolt 3 computers support external GPUs. If in doubt, please contact the manufacturer of your computer.
  • To prevent damage, always uninstall graphics cards when transporting the device.
  • The monitor, VR headset, Intel® NUC and graphics card are for reference only.


Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.
Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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General

Stock code TBP-AK-T3N
Brand AKiTiO
Series Thunderbolt3 PCIe
Model Thunder3 Node NODE-T3IA-AKTU
Type 1x TB3 USB-C, 1x PCI-Express-v3.0-x16 FHHL (x4 speed, 75W) - Windows Only
ROHS Y
Date added 28/10/2016

Thunder3 Node NODE-T3IA-AKTU Spec Information

Form Factor / Drive Height 42.8 x 14.5 x 22.7 cm
Guarantee 2yr
OS Support - Windows Windows 10
OS Support - Mac/OSX MacOS High Sierra

Thunder3 Node NODE-T3IA-AKTU Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
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PCIePCIe v3 x16Internal1

Software

Thunder3 Node NODE-T3IA-AKTU Speed

Physical

Weight (kg) 6.97kg
Weight (bare) 4.5kg
Watts 75+?
External Length (mm) 514cm
External Width (mm) 247cm
External Height (mm) 365cm
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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.


 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...


 

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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

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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.

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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.


 

05/03/2017 | dhalrajdhani@gmail.com | GB Flag |
is the akitio node work with the dell xps 15

At this stage the Akitio only works with Windows machines using Thunderbolt 3. I would recommend checking with Akitio and Dell.
We are still waiting for the stock availability for the Node 





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16/02/2017 | | GB Flag |
Dear Sirs, Wanna order an Akitio Node Do I have to pay the full price to reserve it? 50+ days to have it! Please let me know


Sergio,



Thank you for your enquiry.


We only take payments in advance but you will be able to make a purchase when actual lead time will be closer to 10-14 days. I will suggest to wait and make the order then.


On other hand I would like to ask on what you will need it for so I can check if there is any alternative product with shorter lead time. The product you are looking at will work only with Windowscomputers and will not work with Mac.




SPAN.COM tech team
27/01/2017 | Jon-Jo M | GB Flag |
Does the Node supply power, via the TB3 connection, to the TB3 device connected to it (ultrabook, laptop, etc.), like the Razer Core and other eGPU enclosures do? Also wondering when it'll be in stock? Thanks :)

At the moment the Node only works with NUC or Razor devices. As the Node uses Thunderbolt 3 then it would depend on the mother board of the device. Please check the recommend list before any purchase





SPAN.COM tech team
04/01/2017 | Josh | DE Flag |
Just wondering when the product will actually be available
At this stage we are waiting for stock availability and lead time - as soon as we get any more news we will update the website.


SPAN.COM tech team
13/12/2016 | Guest | GB Flag |
Is this actually in stock? Can't tell stock levels from here.
Underneath the price it will say the stock or leadtime.

Currently this says "+57 days", so it is not yet in stock.

SPAN.COM tech team

13/12/2016 | Guest | GB Flag |
Is this thing in stock? Can't tell...

Underneath the price it will say the stock or leadtime.

Currently this says "+57 days", so it is not yet in stock.

SPAN.COM tech team
21/11/2016 | RD | CA Flag |
Where can I find the compatibility chart?
10/11/2016 | | GB Flag |
Great speeds offered for PC with thunderbolt3. Just a shame - not yet compatible with new MAC.
10/11/2016 | | GB Flag |
this need to become a thing real fast!
10/11/2016 | | GB Flag |
Any info on the Node's compatibility to TB1 or TB2 MacbookPro's running Windows 10 on Bootcamp?

I am afraid that I have very little extra info on this device and am as keen as you are to get my sample and host some vids. Stay tuned and I will let you know as soon as possible.

https://www.akitio.com/blog/articles/akitio-thunderbolt3-devices-macbook-pro

SPAN.COM tech team


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