SMC TigerStore NAS teardown
NAS storage is quickly becoming a common component of small business networks as well as the home office. Not too far behind will come the day where many home networks will have a NAS device for serving media files.
It is with this prospect in mind that manufacturers like SMC are marketing what can be considered consumer-friendly NAS devices. To understand what goes into such a device, TechRepublic has cracked open the SMC NAS TigerStore and is sharing what was found with you in this gallery.
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.
under cable 3 & 4 looks to be inductive filtering for th power supply, the other part that is a sort of darkish round object looks to be a cheap timing unit for the R/W controller, there are more stable designs available. On the + side, you can't go wrong with ARM.
This is simply wrong. The RMC charachters are the logo of Realtek. the RTL8366 chip is a simple gigabit ethernet switch. The "remote control" is probably simple web access over the ethernet to the machine's processor. See here for the chip's description: http://www.realtek.com.tw/products/productsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=18&PFid=15&Level=5&Conn=4&ProdID=50
It's one of those things that will be extremely useful to some and be of no use to others. I think it's a matter of how it will appeal to the individual who has a real need for this. Personally, it's not something that I will need but may need at some point in the future. It really is a matter of when and if I'll develop a need for it.
Some pictures of the area where the hard drives would be installed would be nice. I just hope that this device is more reliable than the Netgear "Storage Central" SC-101 which I made the mistake of relying on to store several years worth of photos.
I only wish it was that simple. There a three Realtek chips on the board. You are correct that one of those is the Gigabit Ethernet switch, but the other two add the ability to control the device using a Web browser. All three chips work together.
The author did a prior review of this device where he shows where the drive bays are located. http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10880_11-93946.html
I looked online and see that the cost of the SMC NAS TigerStore storage device is about $500. My PC group (www.fvpca.org) will be looking to have a program on NAS devices. One suggestion is to use FreeNAS to resurrect an older machine. I see the value of having a couple of 500 GB drives in a NAS for remote storage, backups, etc. A USB drive may fill the bill, but I liked the solution offerred by a solution we used in a school PC Lab (An Iomega 250 GB NAS for about $200. Basically, that allowed us to save images and restore them to other identical machines for cloning over the network via BartPE and Acronis.) Using FreeNAS in an older machine may work out quite nicely. My PCs are getting loaded up. It can be a real chore to sort through data and move or delete unneeded files. It seems simpler to just get a bigger drive, but that will eventually bring me back to disk janitorial duties. Who has the time for that? But when your drive gets too full, the PC perfomance bogs. I have to bite the bullet and delete and move. SIMPLIFY your life! Get a NAS! Though to be safe, it should be backed up too, (to DVDs?) which begs for a decent B-Up package!
I did a review of the TigerStore earlier - then I cracked it open to see the parts we did not see the first time. http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10880_11-93946.html
That Netgear was a POS. It never worked correctly for me, even with "support" from Netgear, and eventually my return window just... ...closed. Now I have a 100 dollar paperweight! How's the reliability of this machine? How about a review? I do have to agree with some of the other posts... These photos show nothing useful.
"Using FreeNAS in an older machine may work out quite nicely. " FreeNAS has some performance issues when used with SAMBA. I wound up using Linux on an onld PIII with a cheap SATA RAID card.