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Shuttle OMNINAS KD22, analysis

Shuttle OMNINAS KD22, analysis

June 25, 2014 2:10 pm0 comments

The Shuttle firm is well known between quality hardware fans and it’s been a couple of months since it updated its NAS domestic offer, less known than barebones and HTPC chassis but with a noticeable configuration and a competitive price.

Shuttle OMNINAS KD22

We have tried the Shuttle OMINAS KD22 for a couple of weeks, top of the series for this season and these are our impressions:

The NAS is presented in a compact packaging accompanied with all the necessary accessories for its setup, including the necessary screws to install the hard drives and the Acronis True Image HD license, a known backup and disc cloning tool. The device has very compact dimensions (170 x 90 x 225 mm) and a more than correct finish in brushed aluminum.

In its interior, the combination of a Marvell 88F6707 a 1,2 GHz processor (a low consumption model based on an ARM architecture) with 512 MB of RAM memory that guarantee a balanced configuration, capable of moving the Linux based proprietary system with total fluidity. The Shuttle OMINAS KD22 incorporate two bays compatible with 3.5” or 2.5” units, that are mounted in racks that are easily extracted with a complex rail system and allow for configuration of up to 8TB capacity (two 4TB discs in RAID 0).

Shuttle has taken advantage of the rear side to integrate a Gigabit Ethernet network port (it also offers WiFi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity), a 2.0 USB port (to which we may add two 3.0 ports on the front and a card reader) and a slot for the blocking Kensington system. For the ventilation it carries a 70 mm unit that, in normal conditions, doesn’t bother in the least (instead, in only enhances its performance when the system passes 50°). We miss details like small rubber stops to reduce the disk’s vibration or better support for the unit, even though taking into account the price and the market to which it is aimed, they are both understandable loses.

Shuttle OMNINAS KD22

Setting up the NAS is very simple, even if we have no experience with this type of devices. Once connected to the network and with at least one disk installed, the software included by Shuttle will automatically find NAS and give us access through a simple web interface.

The operative system is simple but it offers more than enough options for the home user; this way we can configure RAID easily, use NAS as a multimedia or iTunes server, schedule automatic backup copies or use it as a torrent manager, a fantastic option compared to a PC due to his low consumption.

The system is organized by flaps that give access to the different options. Thought it is easy to use, a look at the user’s manual is not a miss (the paper one is a Little more than a quick start guide, but you will find more information in the official web) before deciding for an specific setup configuration and activating specific options. Once we have the device full of data, decisions become more complicated.

Te Shuttle OMINAS KD22 has offered a noticeable performance in our testing bench, reaching 9.8 MB/S for writing and 11.4 MB/s for reading, while tested with a 100Mbps router. During the tests on a Gigabit structure, averages of 60 MB/s for writing and 80 Mb/s for reading are reached without problems. The Wi-Fi connection can work for occasional use but we do highly recommend the use of cables, or, in the worst case, mounting a network with a PLC device.

Relative to consumption, the product meets the requirements outstandingly and we can hardly see it pass 20 watts with both disks installed (the manufacturer declares a maximum of 29 watts). At rest, consumption is reduced to 8 watts, number that positions it as a valid alternative for a 24/7 operation, even below more expensive models that have passed through our technical lab.

Shuttle OMNINAS KD22

Conclusions

The Shuttle OMINAS KD22 can be bought for a little less than 240 dollars , a really competitive price taking into account its features and characteristics. Its product philosophy moves it away from Synology or QNAP equipment, at the same time that it allows them to offer sufficient characteristics for the domestic user or the small business that searches for a system where it can centralize its storage and have easy access to it from anywhere.

On the positive side, it is worth to mention the quality of it construction, its noticeable performance in tests and its hardware endowment. In regards to other options, we missed more labored on software (again, the distance to the big market segment dominators is made noticeable), support for oSCSI or SSH, an eSATA port and some small details so as to get an even more silent operation. In any case, it is a great option as a basic NAS with a contained price and without any really strong weaknesses that represents a major step for Shuttle in this sector.

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