Aug 01, 2014 Nick Rego
While I’m used to reviewing mini-PCs from Shuttle, this week the company decided to surprise me by sending over the OMNINAS KS10, which is a cost-effective single-bay NAS, designed for simple network storage and media streaming. Shuttle are marketing this as a low-power storage solution that is easy to setup while still offering most of the features found in other NAS solutions.
The KS10 is fairly small, measuring just 124mm x 60mm x 205mm and weighing in about 550g without a HDD installed. The case is made entirely of plastic, and features several grooves and slots in key locations to provide better ventilation. That’s because the KS10 features a fanless design for super-quiet operation, so Shuttle worked on a design for the KS10 that they say provides optimal airflow at all times. The rubber feet at the bottom of the device also helps to elevate it and keep the air circulating.
At the front of the device you have various LED indicators to indicate the system health and HDD activity. There is also an SD card slot and USB port – anything inserted into either of these slots will be accessible by the KS10 and can be shared across a network.
At the back you’ve got the power button, another USB port, and Gigabit Ethernet. It’s unfortunate that the USB ports are both 2.0 only, which means that transfer times won’t be the best when copying items from external storage onto the KS10.
Before connecting the KS10 to your network you will need to install a HDD in it. The KS10 will comfortably accommodate a 3.5” HDD up to 4TB, and installation is as simple as popping off the front cover and sliding the HDD in. There are no screws or tools required, and the HDD is held firmly in place once inside. While I do like the tool-free installation, this also means that the KS10 cannot accommodate 2.5” drives. Although a 2.5” drive did come with my review unit, a slight shake instantly dislodged the HDD from the connector and left the drive rattling inside. So make sure you’re only using 3.5” drives with the KS10.
Once the drive is installed and powered up, you can then access the KS10’s web portal to continue setup. For reasons unknown, I was unable find the KS10 on my network or ping it, or even connect to its web portal. I then downloaded the NAS Helper software from the website which somehow magically found the KS10 and directed me to the setup. The setup is straightforward – just create your login details, initialize the HDD, and you’re ready to go.
My only qualm with the KS10 is its interface. While other NAS devices seem to have a more streamlined look to them, the KS10 interface is a bit overcrowded, and you’ll have to flip through certain sub-menus to find what you’re looking for. It may be a small complaint, but novice users may take a bit longer to familiarize themselves with it.
For basic network storage needs, the KS10 is a fairly capable device. My only concern is that since it’s a single-drive unit, you’ll need to eventually think about how you want to backup your data. I ran through the NASPT Exerciser tests on the KS10 with the following results:
The KS10 can also stream media to DLNA compatible devices thanks to the embedded TwonkyMedia software. There are also apps for remote access, and FTP, and you can also connect a printer to the KS10 to share it with your network. One of the extra features on the KS10 is the ability to turn it into a Wi-Fi hotspot, which further extends the range of your wireless network. Shuttle are also marketing the KS10 as an energy-saving NAS, consuming 6W of power in standby mode and 12W during normal use.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly basic NAS for your home, then the Omninas KS10 might be a safe contender. Priced at AED 500 it’s quite cheap, but you’ll need to factor in the cost of a HDD as well, but again this depends entirely on the grade and capacity of the drive you want to get. The KS10 is a quiet, no-nonsense NAS that does what it says on the box with little fuss. While the interface can be a bit cluttered, it’s the price you’ll have to pay for an entry-level NAS solution.
+ Tool-less HDD setup
+ Wi-Fi hotspot
+ Quiet operation
- Web interface is a bit overcrowded
- Only supports one HDD
A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys playing videogames during work hours and tinkering with the latest gadgets.
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