L337Tech Preconfigured NAS – Windows and OS X Leopard Compatible

L337Tech is finally unveiling its first product. The L337Tech MSI Nettop 100 NAS is a high performance NAS system that easily beats more expensive NAS systems in transfer speeds. See our review of the MSI Nettop 100 by clicking here. Our NAS is also fully compatible with Windows and OS X Leopard so you can have centralized share folders where your household can keep video, pictures, and that can be played back on any computer in the house. The NAS can also be configured to work well with OS X Leopard’s Time Machine. Our NAS is incredibly power friendly. It idles at 28watts and full load is about 33watts, thanks to the Intel Atom 330 procesor and Western Digital Green series hard drive. The L337TECH MSI Nettop 100 NAS is made to be left on 24/7 with no impact to you electricity bill. In fact, with this NAS our motto is set it and forget it. The NAS also comes with simple video tutorials so you can unlock tons of features the system can provide you.

But wait, this NAS can also work as a spare computer. It comes with the latest version of Ubuntu, which is the world’s most popular distribution of Linux. Ubuntu is an easy, kid friendly operating system that anyone can use. It also comes with hundreds of programs that can be installed with the click of a button.

Our tests showed transfer speeds up to 55MB/s thanks to the power of L337Tech MSI Nettop 100’s dual core Atom processor. SmallnetBuilders.com shows that their version of the MSI Nettop 100, otherwise called the MSI Wind PC, is in the top five NAS systems they have ever tested. NAS systems in this performance level cost a minimum of $600 plus the price of hard drives, but most of those systems are closer to $1,000. Our system comes equip with a 1TB hard drive and a DVD burner for just $399, shipping not included. And unlike the other NAS systems in the chart, ours can be configured to work well with OS X Leopard’s Time Machine feature. This makes backups a breeze since you never have to connect usb cords and you don’t even realize your computer is being backed up.

The L337Tech MSI Nettop 100 NAS system is also future proof. If you run out of space you can simply add another hard drive. If you need help increasing your disk space or installing a new drive, get L337Tech to take care of it for you for a small fee. Just send us your NAS in the box it came with and we will send it back fully upgraded and ready to go with no changes to files or software configurations. Having a dual hard drive configuration does require removing the DVD Burner. However upgrading your single drive from 1TB to 2TB does not. Just use an external optical drive if you need two hard drives installed and still want to use an optical drive.

We provide 33 days of software and hardware support from the day of shipment. After that, please refer to the manufacturers website for the hardware, and Ubuntu’s website for the operating system. L337Tech will only provide support through our forums in the “Product Support” section. We will include the original invoice for the parts so that they can be honored by the original manufacturer’s warranty. We ship UPS ground so shipments typically take 3 days and your S&H fee will be the price for this type of shipping. Due to our limited staff, it usually takes 9-12 days for you to receive your new NAS, from the moment we revive your paypal payment. If our parts provider does not deliver the parts in a timely manner for some unforeseen reason then there is a possibility that you may receive your order later than 12 days.

Special notes:
If used as a PC it is important to know that there are only four screen resolutions available to be displayed on your monitor. 1280X1024, 1024X768, 800X600, 640X480. Other resolutions may become available in a upgrade patch to Ubuntu but there are no guarantees. We even tried the beta release of a version that has not come out yet and still had no luck with other resolutions. This is due to the lack of video driver support for this build. To see transfer speeds of 50-55MB/s, all your hardware connected to the machine will need to support gigabit ethernet connections. If your router or switch does not support gigabit ethernet connections then you will be connected at ethernet 100 speeds which limits you to 12.5MB/s. If you are connected to the machine wirelessly then make sure you are using 802.11-N to see speeds up to 37.5MB/s. Other wise you will be connected with 802.11-G or super G which has maximum speeds of 6.75MB/s and 13.5MB/s respectively. We tested the Time Machine feature with my MacbookPro and a wireless N configuration. During the tests we received errors on the MacbookPro saying that the connection had been interrupted, but the backup picked up where it left off once the connection was established automatically. This is probably due to the distance between the MacbookPro and my wireless router. The 125GB backup was performed overnight and worked fine. We tested the “Go Back in Time Feature” over the same wireless configuration and it worked fine. The lack of video driver also makes fullscreen DVD playback very choppy, however native DVD resolutions play fine (640X480).

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