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  Product:     Vantec NexStar LX NAS Hard Drive Enclosure  
  Price:     $78 (CDN) / $70 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Vantec
  Author:     Mars
  Date:     August 6th, 2006
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star  

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Alan from Vantec for sending the Vantec NexStar LX NAS Hard Drive Enclosure for review.

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Introduction:

In today’s progressive society more and more people use their computer for many facets of life, and the number of computers per household continues to grow steadily. As this upward trend continues, so does the need to share their resources such as an Internet connection through a router and for some households file and printer sharing is a common facet of their home or small office network. Window based operating systems provide a means to share files through a network between computers, by opening “ports” or “doors” in the operating system to allow one computer to share and transfer files from one computer to another. This can provide an entrance for hackers and unwanted visitors into your system as well, allowing them full access to do with your system as they wish. One solution for file sharing on a network that offers more security is with a NAS or a Network Attached Storage Device A rough definition of a NAS is a hard disk storage device that is set-up with its own network address attached to a local area network (typically, an Ethernet network) and assigned an IP address. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new NexStar LX NAS Hard Drive Enclosure from Vantec.

Specifications:

Capacity meets flexibility with the NexStar LX from Vantec. Transforming any standard IDE hard drive into a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device, your files become easy to store and even easier to share. Now you can access movies, music, and photos from your entire network as well as from anywhere on the Internet. With its USB port, the NexStar LX can also be used as a typical enclosure where a network is not available. No matter where you are, the NexStar LX will keep your data within reach. A NAS device has a few key benefits such as security, ability to be left always on using much less power that a typical computer would use, and not using the resources of any one computer on the network to provide file requests. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Vantec website:

Model
Vantec NexStar LX NAS Hard Drive Enclosure - NST 375LX-BK (Black) & NST 375LX-WH (White)
Dimensions

16.51cm x 16.51cm x 5.08cm

Application

3.5¨ IDE (Parallel ATA) Hard Drive, ATA-6 Compatible

Interface/Ports

IDE to USB 2.0 or RJ-45 Ethernet

Features

- Smart Cooling

- USB 2.0 / Ethernet
- Smart Power
- Passive heatsink
- FTP & SMB server
- Web based management
- Micro Security Slot
- Supports up to 500GB hard drives

Vantec NexStar LX NAS Hard Drive Enclosure
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Vantec NexStar LX NAS Hard Drive Enclosure
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The NexStar LX NAS Hard Drive Enclosure comes in a glossy black box with an orange outer box sleeve. The writing on the sleeve provides a good deal of useful information such as system requirements, included components, and the key features and benefits of the NexStar LX.

Vantec NexStar LX NAS Hard Drive Enclosure
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Vantec NexStar LX NAS Hard Drive Enclosure
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The inner packaging is simple and consists of cardboard dividers and cavities to protect the inner contents. Considering the NexStar LX is made of plastic and gloss painted I was disappointed to see the lack of any form of protection for the main body components aside from the plastic bag that appeared to cause more harm than good, as you will see in some later pictures.

Vantec NexStar LX NAS Hard Drive Enclosure
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The NexStar comes with everything the end user will need to install and use their newly acquired NAS. Included in the box is the power supply, USB cable, CAT 5 cable, mounting screws, users manual, and a driver CD. The manual is well laid out and easy to follow for any novice or experienced user.

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