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Netgear SC101

£99 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Netgear

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Now this is a box with a difference. The toaster-like SC101 from Netgear is that rarity, a low-cost NAS (Network Attached Storage) box.

Now this is a box with a difference. The toaster-like SC101 from Netgear is that rarity, a low-cost NAS (Network Attached Storage) box.

You connect the SC101 anywhere on your network and thanks to the clever software you install on each workstation, the hard disk drive appears to be a local drive and not a network share. As a result, all sorts of clever tricks become possible, such as spanning and Raid 1 mirroring, either between internal drives or with other SC101s on the network. So as well as being a NAS box, this actually has elements of a storage area network (SAN) as well.

One of the reasons the SC101 is relatively cheap is that you have to supply your own hard disk - it needs you to slot in a 3.5in ATA133 drive set to Cable Select. The SC101 finds your new drive, then formats it remarkably quickly (it uses an oddball file system) having first checked for updated software online, which is a wise move. You can then partition it and decide how it is to be shared and who on the network is to have access to what.

All in all, setup is pretty straightforward. The unit will take two hard disk drives (essential for mirroring) but be warned - the casing isn't actively cooled and can run rather warm.

Also in the box is another clever piece of code: SmartSync Pro, both a backup tool and a way of synchronising folders. Performance-wise, the SC101 is pretty much par for the NAS course, so long as you remember that the bottleneck on all NAS systems is the 100Mbps network, which translates to rather less than 50Mbps in practice.

Netgear SC101 Expert Verdict »
Netgear Sc101uk Scores 5.2 out of 10 based on 10 reviews
10/100 Mbps (auto-sensing) Ethernet RJ-45 interface
TCP/IP, DHCP and SAN
supports 2x 3.5in internal ATA6 or above IDE hard drives
1-year warranty
171x108x144mm
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The SC101 is a novel hybrid storage device that combines the best of SAN and NAS at a low price. It has a few rough edges but its flexibility is unparalleled. Its backup and mirroring possibilities make it a good choice for us media byte-billionaires with nothing to back up our extensive collections on to.

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