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Description
Echo Express SEL
Connectivity and Capability Expander

Thunderbolt2 Single-Slot Expansion Chassis for Low-Profile PCIe Cards

Use a Low-Profile PCIe Card with Computers Lacking Expansion Slots
Today’s ultra-light notebooks, mini, and all-in-one desktop computers now have tremendous processing power—power that many thought would only be possible in full-size workstation or large desktop computers. Smaller in size and more portable, they’re very desirable. For pros in the creative fields, processing power alone is not enough. A prime example is the latest Mac Pro®. Reviewers love its performance, but make a point of mentioning its lack of internal expansion capabilities compared to the old towers the new model replaces. If you want to add more capabilities, think external—the latest Pro is loaded with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 ports, but it lacks the PCIe expansion slots necessary for you to install specialty high bandwidth NIC cards, or HBAs and RAID controller cards for high-performance storage. With the Echo Express SEL, Sonnet has created a solution that leverages the paradigm shift enabled by Thunderbolt technology, allowing PCIe expansion slots to be connected outside a computer. This very compact desktop Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion chassis is ideal for connecting one professional 16Gb or 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS/SATA host bus adapter or RAID controller PCIe card to any Mac® or Windows® PC(4) with a Thunderbolt port.

The Echo Express SEL features Thunderbolt 2 technology, which provides ample bandwidth for many of the most demanding, highest performance PCIe cards, and incorporates support for the DisplayPort 1.2 protocol, which enables video streaming to a 4K video monitor. While the SEL delivers maximum performance when connected to a computer with Thunderbolt 2 ports, it is also fully compatible with computers with 10Gbps Thunderbolt technology, supporting most cards at full-performance.

Key Features
Use PCIe Expansion Cards with Computers Lacking Slots—Use high-performance PCIe cards with any Mac with a Thunderbolt port Thunderbolt 2 Interface—Maximum performance with computers with Thunderbolt 2 technology, backward compatible with host computers and other devices equipped with 10Gbps Thunderbolt technology Upgradeable—When available, upgrade to 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Technology with a replacement Thunderbolt interface card Small and Light—Most compact Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion system available, designed to fit the most popular Thunderbolt-compatible high-speed networking and storage controller interface cards One PCIe Slot—Supports low-profile card Two Thunderbolt Ports—Daisy chain up to six devices to a single port on the host computer Remarkably Quiet—Temperature-controlled, variable-speed fan automatically and quietly cools the card   Energy Saver Mode—Powers on/off automatically with the computer Rugged Aluminum Housing—Provides robust and secure protection for any environment Thunderbolt Cable & ThunderLok Included—Includes Thunderbolt cable and ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip to secure cable from accidental disconnections Full Performance in a Small and Light Package
The Echo Express SEL is small, light, and perfect for use in situations where only a single low-profile PCIe card is needed. Measuring a scant 4" wide by 8.4" long by 2.8" tall, the SEL was designed specifically to house one low-profile PCIe card. Many of the most popular Thunderbolt-compatible high-speed networking and storage controller cards are a perfect fit and even the BlueFish 444 Epoch 4K Neutron video card can be accommodated. The SEL’s small size doesn’t limit its performance; installed in this system, a card will perform the same as when installed in an Echo Express SE II, Echo Express III-D, or Echo Express III-R. And like the other Echo Express models, the SEL includes two Thunderbolt ports to support daisy chaining of up to six devices from a single port on your computer.

Smart Design Inside and Out
Constructed of rugged and lightweight aluminum, the outer shell of the Echo Express SEL securely protects the installed PCIe card. The card is protected inside, too. Instead of using a fixed speed fan that may not reliably cool a hot-running card, or a fan with a switch that leaves it up to you to guess the correct speed, the SEL employs a variable-speed, temperature-controlled fan to ensure the card and chassis’ components remain reliably cool. The SEL’s fan automatically speeds up as necessary to cool the installed card when it’s hot, and slows down when it’s cool. Since Echo Express products automatically power on and off with your computer, there is no power switch on the chassis, ensuring you don’t waste energy by forgetting to turn it off.

Quiet, Please
The Echo Express SEL was designed to be ultra-quiet so that it can be comfortably used in noise-sensitive environments. The airflow path within the chassis has been specially designed to enable the temperature-controlled, variable speed fan to quietly and efficiently cool the installed card at all times, even during peak operation. The SEL is Sonnet’s quietest expansion chassis yet.

Designed for Low-Profile PCIe Cards
The Echo Express SEL supports one half-length (up to 6.6" long), low-profile, single-width PCIe card. PCIe 1.1, PCIe 2.0 and PCIe 3.0 cards are supported. Do you have a card in mind but aren’t sure it’s compatible? We’ve worked closely with PCIe card manufacturers to provide a list of compatible cards on our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart. The chart provides an up-to-date list of cards that have been tested to be recognized over a Thunderbolt connection and compatible with Thunderbolt technology requirements.

Strong Link in the Chain
These Sonnet solutions support daisy chaining of additional Thunderbolt technology-enabled peripherals such as an additional Echo Express, the Apple® Thunderbolt Display, video capture devices, and data storage devices. For connected devices requiring extra power, 10 watts is provided through the daisy chain port to peripherals.
Thunderbolt Cable and ThunderLok™ Included

Sonnet includes a Thunderbolt cable to connect the Echo Express SEL to your computer, and a ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip(3) to secure the cable to the Echo chassis. Thunderbolt connectors are held in place by friction, which works well in situations where equipment remains undisturbed while operating. But when there’s a chance of movement nearby, there’s a chance the Thunderbolt cable can be unintentionally unplugged, possibly leading to loss of your work or data. Sonnet’s ThunderLok prevents accidental cable disconnections from the Echo chassis, and is easy to install and use—just slide it over one end of the cable, and then plug in the connector and secure it to the chassis by turning a thumbscrew. Because of its unique design, ThunderLok does not attach to the connector, but remains on the cable so it won’t get lost when not in use.

Get Full Thunderbolt Performance, At a Distance
Whether noisy PCIe card fans make it impractical to use the Echo SEL in a noise-sensitive environment, or because securing it in another room is required, you may find it necessary to put some space between the chassis and computer. No problem! Sonnet Optical Thunderbolt Cables, available in lengths from 5.5 to 10 meters, enable you to locate your equipment where you need and connect the pieces without loss of functionality. Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt compatible, these thin, lightweight, and tough fiber optic cables are easy to route, and deliver performance equal to copper Thunderbolt cables.

 
ECHO-EXP-SEL
Echo Express SEL Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion System(1)
Hardware
 
Warranty
1-year

Form Factor
Desktop Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion system

External Connectors
Two Thunderbolt 2 ports
Power

Expansion Slot
One x8 mechanical (x4 electrical) PCIe 2.0

PCIe Cards Supported(1)
One low-profile PCIe card

Compatible PCIe Cards(2)
Up-to-date PCIe cards listed on our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart

Power Adapter
Universal 60W, 100-240V AC, 50-60 Hz

Operating Temperature
0˚ C to 35˚ C (32˚ F to 95˚ F)
 
Dimensions (WxDxH)
4 x 8.25 x 2.8 in. (10.3 x 21 x 7.28 cm)

Weight  
1.85 lbs (.84 kg)

RoHS Compliant
Yes

Package Contents
Echo Express SEL Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion System(1)
Power adapter
Power cord

Thunderbolt cable
ThunderLok Thunderbolt Connector Retainer Clip(3)

Documentation
Note: PCIe cards old separately
Specifications subject to change without notice.

 
Mac Compatibility
Mac® with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port
OS X® 10.8.5+
OS X El Capitan compatible

PC Compatibility
PC with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port(4)
Windows® 8, 7
PCIe Card Compatibility

For up-to-date PCIe card compatibility see our PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart


Technical Notes

PCIe cards sold separately.
Compatibility requires the installation of Thunderbolt technology-aware drivers, available from the manufacturer. See our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart for a list of up-to-date compatible PCIe cards.

ThunderLok compatible with all copper Thunderbolt cables. Not yet compatible with optical Thunderbolt cables.
Windows requires a Thunderbolt 2 interface in the computer and in the expansion chassis to support more than two PCIe controllers. Note that some PCIe cards have a bridge to multiple controllers, so it is possible for a single dual-controller PCIe card to reach the limit if not connected via Thunderbolt 2. Not all Mac-compatible PCIe cards are also compatible with Windows. See the PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart for details.
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Specifications

General

Stock code SCsb-EESEL
Brand Sonnet
Series Echo Express SEL
Model ECHO-EXP-SEL
Type Thunderbolt2 Expansion Chassis - 1x Half-Length PCIe2 x8 slot (Low-Profile)
ROHS Y
Date added 12/03/2014

ECHO-EXP-SEL Spec Information

Form factor / drive height 10.16 x 21.39 x 7.16 cm
Guarantee 1yr
Bays/Slots 1

Software

ECHO-EXP-SEL Speed

Physical

Weight (kg) 2.5kg
Weight (bare) 0.84kg
Watts 80W
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Sonnet Echo Express SEL ECHO-EXP-SEL Thunderbolt2 Expansion Chassis - 1x Half-Length PCIe2 x8 slot (Low-Profile)


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Echo Express SEL
Connectivity and Capability Expander

Thunderbolt2 Single-Slot Expansion Chassis for Low-Profile PCIe Cards

Use a Low-Profile PCIe Card with Computers Lacking Expansion Slots
Today’s ultra-light notebooks, mini, and all-in-one desktop computers now have tremendous processing power—power that many thought would only be possible in full-size workstation or large desktop computers. Smaller in size and more portable, they’re very desirable. For pros in the creative fields, processing power alone is not enough. A prime example is the latest Mac Pro®. Reviewers love its performance, but make a point of mentioning its lack of internal expansion capabilities compared to the old towers the new model replaces. If you want to add more capabilities, think external—the latest Pro is loaded with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 ports, but it lacks the PCIe expansion slots necessary for you to install specialty high bandwidth NIC cards, or HBAs and RAID controller cards for high-performance storage. With the Echo Express SEL, Sonnet has created a solution that leverages the paradigm shift enabled by Thunderbolt technology, allowing PCIe expansion slots to be connected outside a computer. This very compact desktop Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion chassis is ideal for connecting one professional 16Gb or 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS/SATA host bus adapter or RAID controller PCIe card to any Mac® or Windows® PC(4) with a Thunderbolt port.

The Echo Express SEL features Thunderbolt 2 technology, which provides ample bandwidth for many of the most demanding, highest performance PCIe cards, and incorporates support for the DisplayPort 1.2 protocol, which enables video streaming to a 4K video monitor. While the SEL delivers maximum performance when connected to a computer with Thunderbolt 2 ports, it is also fully compatible with computers with 10Gbps Thunderbolt technology, supporting most cards at full-performance.

Key Features
  • Use PCIe Expansion Cards with Computers Lacking Slots—Use high-performance PCIe cards with any Mac with a Thunderbolt port
  • Thunderbolt 2 Interface—Maximum performance with computers with Thunderbolt 2 technology, backward compatible with host computers and other devices equipped with 10Gbps Thunderbolt technology
  • Upgradeable—When available, upgrade to 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Technology with a replacement Thunderbolt interface card
  • Small and Light—Most compact Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion system available, designed to fit the most popular Thunderbolt-compatible high-speed networking and storage controller interface cards
  • One PCIe Slot—Supports low-profile card
  • Two Thunderbolt Ports—Daisy chain up to six devices to a single port on the host computer
  • Remarkably Quiet—Temperature-controlled, variable-speed fan automatically and quietly cools the card  
  • Energy Saver Mode—Powers on/off automatically with the computer
  • Rugged Aluminum Housing—Provides robust and secure protection for any environment
  • Thunderbolt Cable & ThunderLok Included—Includes Thunderbolt cable and ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip to secure cable from accidental disconnections
Full Performance in a Small and Light Package
The Echo Express SEL is small, light, and perfect for use in situations where only a single low-profile PCIe card is needed. Measuring a scant 4" wide by 8.4" long by 2.8" tall, the SEL was designed specifically to house one low-profile PCIe card. Many of the most popular Thunderbolt-compatible high-speed networking and storage controller cards are a perfect fit and even the BlueFish 444 Epoch 4K Neutron video card can be accommodated. The SEL’s small size doesn’t limit its performance; installed in this system, a card will perform the same as when installed in an Echo Express SE II, Echo Express III-D, or Echo Express III-R. And like the other Echo Express models, the SEL includes two Thunderbolt ports to support daisy chaining of up to six devices from a single port on your computer.

Smart Design Inside and Out
Constructed of rugged and lightweight aluminum, the outer shell of the Echo Express SEL securely protects the installed PCIe card. The card is protected inside, too. Instead of using a fixed speed fan that may not reliably cool a hot-running card, or a fan with a switch that leaves it up to you to guess the correct speed, the SEL employs a variable-speed, temperature-controlled fan to ensure the card and chassis’ components remain reliably cool. The SEL’s fan automatically speeds up as necessary to cool the installed card when it’s hot, and slows down when it’s cool. Since Echo Express products automatically power on and off with your computer, there is no power switch on the chassis, ensuring you don’t waste energy by forgetting to turn it off.

Quiet, Please
The Echo Express SEL was designed to be ultra-quiet so that it can be comfortably used in noise-sensitive environments. The airflow path within the chassis has been specially designed to enable the temperature-controlled, variable speed fan to quietly and efficiently cool the installed card at all times, even during peak operation. The SEL is Sonnet’s quietest expansion chassis yet.

Designed for Low-Profile PCIe Cards
The Echo Express SEL supports one half-length (up to 6.6" long), low-profile, single-width PCIe card. PCIe 1.1, PCIe 2.0 and PCIe 3.0 cards are supported. Do you have a card in mind but aren’t sure it’s compatible? We’ve worked closely with PCIe card manufacturers to provide a list of compatible cards on our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart. The chart provides an up-to-date list of cards that have been tested to be recognized over a Thunderbolt connection and compatible with Thunderbolt technology requirements.

Strong Link in the Chain
These Sonnet solutions support daisy chaining of additional Thunderbolt technology-enabled peripherals such as an additional Echo Express, the Apple® Thunderbolt Display, video capture devices, and data storage devices. For connected devices requiring extra power, 10 watts is provided through the daisy chain port to peripherals.
Thunderbolt Cable and ThunderLok™ Included

Sonnet includes a Thunderbolt cable to connect the Echo Express SEL to your computer, and a ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip(3) to secure the cable to the Echo chassis. Thunderbolt connectors are held in place by friction, which works well in situations where equipment remains undisturbed while operating. But when there’s a chance of movement nearby, there’s a chance the Thunderbolt cable can be unintentionally unplugged, possibly leading to loss of your work or data. Sonnet’s ThunderLok prevents accidental cable disconnections from the Echo chassis, and is easy to install and use—just slide it over one end of the cable, and then plug in the connector and secure it to the chassis by turning a thumbscrew. Because of its unique design, ThunderLok does not attach to the connector, but remains on the cable so it won’t get lost when not in use.

Get Full Thunderbolt Performance, At a Distance
Whether noisy PCIe card fans make it impractical to use the Echo SEL in a noise-sensitive environment, or because securing it in another room is required, you may find it necessary to put some space between the chassis and computer. No problem! Sonnet Optical Thunderbolt Cables, available in lengths from 5.5 to 10 meters, enable you to locate your equipment where you need and connect the pieces without loss of functionality. Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt compatible, these thin, lightweight, and tough fiber optic cables are easy to route, and deliver performance equal to copper Thunderbolt cables.

 
ECHO-EXP-SEL
Echo Express SEL Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion System(1)
Hardware
 
Warranty
1-year

Form Factor
Desktop Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion system

External Connectors
Two Thunderbolt 2 ports
Power

Expansion Slot
One x8 mechanical (x4 electrical) PCIe 2.0

PCIe Cards Supported(1)
One low-profile PCIe card

Compatible PCIe Cards(2)
Up-to-date PCIe cards listed on our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart

Power Adapter
Universal 60W, 100-240V AC, 50-60 Hz

Operating Temperature
0˚ C to 35˚ C (32˚ F to 95˚ F)
 
Dimensions (WxDxH)
4 x 8.25 x 2.8 in. (10.3 x 21 x 7.28 cm)

Weight  
1.85 lbs (.84 kg)

RoHS Compliant
Yes

Package Contents
Echo Express SEL Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion System(1)
Power adapter
Power cord

Thunderbolt cable
ThunderLok Thunderbolt Connector Retainer Clip(3)

Documentation
Note: PCIe cards old separately
Specifications subject to change without notice.

 
Mac Compatibility
Mac® with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port
OS X® 10.8.5+
OS X El Capitan compatible

PC Compatibility
PC with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port(4)
Windows® 8, 7
PCIe Card Compatibility

For up-to-date PCIe card compatibility see our PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart


Technical Notes

PCIe cards sold separately.
Compatibility requires the installation of Thunderbolt technology-aware drivers, available from the manufacturer. See our supporting PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart for a list of up-to-date compatible PCIe cards.

ThunderLok compatible with all copper Thunderbolt cables. Not yet compatible with optical Thunderbolt cables.
Windows requires a Thunderbolt 2 interface in the computer and in the expansion chassis to support more than two PCIe controllers. Note that some PCIe cards have a bridge to multiple controllers, so it is possible for a single dual-controller PCIe card to reach the limit if not connected via Thunderbolt 2. Not all Mac-compatible PCIe cards are also compatible with Windows. See the PCIe Card Thunderbolt Compatibility Chart for details.
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Specifications

General

Stock code SCsb-EESEL
Brand Sonnet
Series Echo Express SEL
Model ECHO-EXP-SEL
Type Thunderbolt2 Expansion Chassis - 1x Half-Length PCIe2 x8 slot (Low-Profile)
ROHS Y
Date added 12/03/2014

ECHO-EXP-SEL Spec Information

Form factor / drive height 10.16 x 21.39 x 7.16 cm
Guarantee 1yr
Bays/Slots 1

Software

ECHO-EXP-SEL Speed

Physical

Weight (kg) 2.5kg
Weight (bare) 0.84kg
Watts 80W
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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


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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. 


 

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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.


 

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