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AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe Box

The Thunderbolt™ 3 PCIe expansion box provides an additional PCIe slot for Thunderbolt 3 computers (e.g. laptop computers) where installing an internal expansion card is not an option and for systems where there is not enough space for more PCIe cards. The Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) connection not only makes adding an external PCIe card easy but it also allows you to take the device with you to use on location and move it from one system to another. Installing and replacing the PCIe card is a simple matter of removing a few thumb screws and does not require any tools.
This product is not supported on Mac OS X This product is not supported on Boot Camp This product is not designed for graphics cards This product does not support full-length PCIe cards
Features
Thunderbolt™ 3 for lighting fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps Dedicated DisplayPort for additional monitor to expand the workspace 2nd Thunderbolt port supports Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, and DisplayPort devices 1 PCIe (x16) slot supporting half-length, full-height, double-width cards 4 lane PCI Express 3.0 compliant interface Removable back panel for double-width cards Daisy-chain up to 6 Thunderbolt devices Durable and rugged aluminum casing No tools required for installation 4 Lane PCI Express 3.0 Compliant Interface Supports PCIe Gen3 x4 cards
The PCIe (x16) slot accepts half-length, full-height, double-width cards and provides a maximum of 25W. The four PCIe Gen3 lanes and the Thunderbolt 3 interface are capable of transfer rates up to 40Gbps, providing enough bandwidth for both the internal PCIe card as well as any additional Thunderbolt devices in the daisy chain.

Thunderbolt Connectivity

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 PCIe Box 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. This video output capability requires a Thunderbolt 3 connection to the computer and will free up the second Thunderbolt 3 port for Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy-chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.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 PCIe Box Part No. T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU (without PCIe card) Certifications CE FCC VCCI Thunderbolt™ technology Warranty 2-year limited warranty Case material High quality aluminum with metal chassis Application 1 x PCIe card (see compatibility chart) Supports half-length, full-height and double-width cards PCIe (x16) slot provides a maximum of 25W Not designed for graphics cards RAID mode Not applicable Interface/Ports 2 x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) ports 1 x DisplayPort 1.1 1 x internal PCIe (x16) slot with 4 lane PCI Express 3.0 interface 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, BSMI, TUV approved) Input: AC 100-240V, 50Hz-60Hz Output: DC +12V/6A Fan noise level 23 dB(A) Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.17 inches x 5.87 inches x 2.99 inches 23.3 cm x 14.9 cm x 7.6 cm Package contents AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe Box Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cable Power adapter Setup guide Carton/Packing Retail Box Size: 12.4 x 12 x 4.9 in. (31.5 x 30.5 x 12.5 cm) Carton Size (6pcs per carton): 25.6 x 15.7 x 13.8 in. (65 x 40 x 35 cm) Remarks This Thunderbolt product is not compatible with Mac OS X or Apple's Boot Camp. PCIe card (driver) must be compatible with requirements for Thunderbolt technology (e.g. hot-plug support, recovery from sleep). This device is not designed for graphics cards.
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Stock code TBP-AK-T31
Brand AKiTiO
Series Thunderbolt3 PCIe
Model Thunder3 PCIe Box T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU
Type 2x TB3 USB-C, 1x PCI-Express-v3.0-x16 FHHL (x4 speed, 25W) - Windows Only
ROHS Y
Date added 11/08/2016

Thunder3 PCIe Box T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU Spec Information

Form factor / drive height 23.3 x 14.9 x 7.6cm
Guarantee 2yr
OS Support - Windows Windows 7 and later
OS Support - Mac/OSX *NOT SUPPORTED*

Thunder3 PCIe Box T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU Spec Connections

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PCIePCIe v3 x16Internal1

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Weight (kg) 3kg
Watts 72W
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AKiTiO Thunderbolt3 PCIe Thunder3 PCIe Box T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU 2x TB3 USB-C, 1x PCI-Express-v3.0-x16 FHHL (x4 speed, 25W) - Windows Only


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AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe Box

The Thunderbolt™ 3 PCIe expansion box provides an additional PCIe slot for Thunderbolt 3 computers (e.g. laptop computers) where installing an internal expansion card is not an option and for systems where there is not enough space for more PCIe cards. The Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) connection not only makes adding an external PCIe card easy but it also allows you to take the device with you to use on location and move it from one system to another. Installing and replacing the PCIe card is a simple matter of removing a few thumb screws and does not require any tools.
  • This product is not supported on Mac OS X
  • This product is not supported on Boot Camp
  • This product is not designed for graphics cards
  • This product does not support full-length PCIe cards

Features
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 for lighting fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps
  • Dedicated DisplayPort for additional monitor to expand the workspace
  • 2nd Thunderbolt port supports Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, and DisplayPort devices
  • 1 PCIe (x16) slot supporting half-length, full-height, double-width cards
  • 4 lane PCI Express 3.0 compliant interface
  • Removable back panel for double-width cards
  • Daisy-chain up to 6 Thunderbolt devices
  • Durable and rugged aluminum casing
  • No tools required for installation
  • 4 Lane PCI Express 3.0 Compliant Interface
Supports PCIe Gen3 x4 cards
The PCIe (x16) slot accepts half-length, full-height, double-width cards and provides a maximum of 25W. The four PCIe Gen3 lanes and the Thunderbolt 3 interface are capable of transfer rates up to 40Gbps, providing enough bandwidth for both the internal PCIe card as well as any additional Thunderbolt devices in the daisy chain.

Thunderbolt Connectivity

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 PCIe Box 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. This video output capability requires a Thunderbolt 3 connection to the computer and will free up the second Thunderbolt 3 port for Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy-chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.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 PCIe Box
  • T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU (without PCIe card)
  • CE
  • FCC
  • VCCI
  • Thunderbolt™ technology
  • 2-year limited warranty
  • High quality aluminum with metal chassis
  • 1 x PCIe card (see compatibility chart)
  • Supports half-length, full-height and double-width cards
  • PCIe (x16) slot provides a maximum of 25W
  • Not designed for graphics cards
Not applicable
  • 2 x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) ports
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.1
  • 1 x internal PCIe (x16) slot with 4 lane PCI Express 3.0 interface
  • 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, BSMI, TUV approved)
  • Input: AC 100-240V, 50Hz-60Hz
  • Output: DC +12V/6A
  • 23 dB(A)
  • 9.17 inches x 5.87 inches x 2.99 inches
  • 23.3 cm x 14.9 cm x 7.6 cm
  • AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe Box
  • Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cable
  • Power adapter
  • Setup guide
  • Retail Box Size: 12.4 x 12 x 4.9 in. (31.5 x 30.5 x 12.5 cm)
  • Carton Size (6pcs per carton): 25.6 x 15.7 x 13.8 in. (65 x 40 x 35 cm)
  • This Thunderbolt product is not compatible with Mac OS X or Apple's Boot Camp.
  • PCIe card (driver) must be compatible with requirements for Thunderbolt technology (e.g. hot-plug support, recovery from sleep).
  • This device is not designed for graphics cards.
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Stock code TBP-AK-T31
Brand AKiTiO
Series Thunderbolt3 PCIe
Model Thunder3 PCIe Box T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU
Type 2x TB3 USB-C, 1x PCI-Express-v3.0-x16 FHHL (x4 speed, 25W) - Windows Only
ROHS Y
Date added 11/08/2016

Thunder3 PCIe Box T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU Spec Information

Form factor / drive height 23.3 x 14.9 x 7.6cm
Guarantee 2yr
OS Support - Windows Windows 7 and later
OS Support - Mac/OSX *NOT SUPPORTED*

Thunder3 PCIe Box T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU Spec Connections

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ThunderboltUSB-CExternal2
GraphicsDisplayPortExternal1
PCIePCIe v3 x16Internal1

Software

Thunder3 PCIe Box T3PB-T3DIS-AKTU Speed

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Weight (kg) 3kg
Watts 72W
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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
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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

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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.


 

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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


 

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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.

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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.


 

10/11/2016 | | GB Flag |
If you have a thunderbolt 2 on your Mac, you can buy a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter from apple.
Yes, but it will not improve the compatibility of this unit with your Mac - https://www.akitio.com/blog/articles/akitio-thunderbolt3-devices-macbook-pro

We are still looking for 100% confirmation of support in Bootcamp


SPAN.COM tech team
10/11/2016 | | GB Flag |
But the new MacBook Pro (2016) in 13" and 15" are Thunderbolt 3 devices. The 13" without Touch Bar is already available. The Touch Bar devices will come in a few weeks. So yeah, there is a TB3 Mac out there right now. Of course, Akitio could not yet have been able to test their devices with those Macs.
Thanks for the comment. Here is their current compatibility list - https://www.akitio.com/blog/articles/akitio-thunderbolt3-devices-macbook-pro

SPAN.COM tech team
10/11/2016 | | GB Flag |
interesting, product... looking forward to the akitio node dock review soon

The Akitio NODE Can be found here -https://www.span.com/product/AKiTiO-Thunderbolt-PCIe-Thunder3-Node-NODE-T3IA-AKTU-1x-TB3-USB-C-1x-PCI-Express-v3-0-x16-FHHL-x4-speed-75W-~60061

SPAN.COM tech team
24/10/2016 | | GB Flag |
Only for PC thunderbolt 3 motherboards so far. But soon for Mac too. As I am PC user - fits me.


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