NAS Tower 3R5

The NAS Tower is a family of storage appliance from Addonics that combines the benefits of RAID storage, Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Direct Attached Storage (DAS) all in box. By directly attaching to system via high speed eSATA connection, large volume of data can be transferred quickly onto the NAS Tower. The same data can be shared over LAN by connecting to the network port on the NAS Tower. Every NAS Tower is equipped with a USB port that allows for attaching as many as fifteen (15) USB drives onto the LAN. The NAS Tower is a great solution for data archiving, video storage or applications that require plenty of storage space or attaching large amount of storage onto network,

The NAS Tower has also added new powerful features beginning 6/16/2014 via a new firmware release. There are now full disk sharing and existing folder sharing from drives created by other systems. Shares can be applied to both FTP and SMB for different users and with different READ/WRITE privileges. These new features allows quick set up of sharing information on existing drives through LAN and WAN, making it an ideal tool for setting up a private Cloud storage. It is also a great tool for sharing information on existing drive on a private network such as at home or a temporary LAN without any elaborate administrative set up. 

 

About this model

This NAS Tower 3R5, model NT15SNES1G, accommodates up to fifteen 3.5" SATA hard drives. The drives are grouped into three set and each five drives set is configured in a single RAID volume for high performance and reliability. By using RAID 5 configuration, the total combined storage capacity up to 48 TB can be created by using fifteen 4TB hard drives. The three RAID volumes can be directly attached to any system via eSATA or shared over the LAN via any 10/100/1000 network.

Additional USB drives can be shared over the network by attaching to the USB port on the back of the unit. As many as sixteen (16) total drive volume can be shared over the network.

 

Illustraion of connecting the NAS Tower to LAN or to system

 

NAS Tower R5 fron and back detail view

Summary

  • Install up to fifteen (15) 3.5" SATA hard drives
  • Drives are connected to three Port Multipliers to form three drive volumes:
    • Two SATA drive volumes- Each volume can be configured as RAID 0 (Striping), RAID 5 (Parity), RAID10 (Mirrored Striped), Clone Mode (N-Way Mirror)
    • One USB drive volume*- can be configured as RAID 0 (Striping), RAID 5 (Parity), RAID10 (Mirrored Striped), Clone Mode (N-Way Mirror) or as five individual drives
  • Built-in RAID accelerator for each RAID volume to ensure maximum performance
  • Each RAID volume can be attached to
    • Fast Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps network to use as a Network Attached Storage
    • Or any system via eSATA port to use as a Direct Attached Storage ( can attach to USB 3.0 port using optional USB 3.0 - eSATA adapter)
  • Drive can be added and removed like VHS cassette with no special tool
  • USB port to support attaching additional USB drives to the network with maximum 15 drive volumes when combined with USB hub

* The USB drive volume maximum throughput is limited to 35 MB/sec over the network


Network Attached Storage

  • Built-In SMB / Samba server for file sharing over LAN
  • Built-in FTP server for file access over the internet
  • Great for setting up a private Cloud storage or quick drive sharing (these new feature requires the latest firmware V98a.5 released on 6/16/2014)¹
    • Support full disk sharing of drive with existing data in SMB and FTP
    • Support selecting existing folders² that are already on the drive for sharing in SMB and FTP
    • Full Disk or Folder sharing can be assigned to authorized users with different READ/WRITE privileges
  • Built-in file formatting utility for XFS and EXT3
  • Support 10/100/1000 Mbps network
  • Maximum data transfer over Gigabit LAN:

      RAID storage USB storage
    read write read write
    XFS up to 85 MB/sec up to 45 MB/sec up to 30 MB/sec up to 30 MB/sec
    EXT3 or EXT4 up to 50 MB/sec up to 35 MB/sec up to 30 MB/sec Up to 30 MB/sec
    NTFS up to 16 MB/sec up to 5 MB/sec up to 16 MB/sec up to 5 MB/sec
    FAT32 up to 18 MB/sec up to 8 MB/sec up to 18 MB/sec up to 8 MB/sec


  • Support XFS, EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, NTFS or FAT32 file system
  • Maximum partition size or drive volume capacity:
    • XFS - 16 TB
    • EXT3 - 16 TB
    • EXT4 - 16 TB
    • NTFS - 9 TB
    • FAT32 - 2TB
  • USB port to support adding USB drives to the network up to total 15 drive volumes when combined with USB hub
  • Support Up to 15 partitions per RAID or drive volume - giving a maximum 240 drive volumes on the network
  • Storage device with existing data can be attached via USB port (the folder name must be in large CAP to be sharable). See Q&A section on folder and file security setting
  • Maximum user accounts:
    • Samba server - 64,0000*
  • Maximum # of concurrent connections:
    • Samba and FTP server combined - 32,000*
  • Built-in MLDonkey client for direct download to the attached storage device
  • Web GUI administration
  • User management to allow read only or read/write access to folders
  • USB port can be used to power most 2.5" USB hard drives or any low power USB storage device
  • Simple to install

* These are the theoretical limits in the kernel. As # of concurrent connections increase, performance starts to decline depending on the drive access activity from the concurrent connections.

Note

1. These new features are available on the latest firmware V98a.5. Products that are shipped after 6/15/2014 are loaded with the latest firmware. You may upgrade to the new firmware on your unit by going to the Support tab on this page and follow the firmware upgrade procedure.

2. Only folder name containing no space can be shared


Direct Attached Storage

  • The fifteen (15) drives are different into three RAID volume.
  • Each RAID volume consists of five drives connecting to a Port Multiplier. The five drives can be configured as RAID0 (Striping), RAID1 (Mirroring), RAID 5 (Parity), RAID 5+S, Large Drive (Concatenation), Clone Mode (N-Way Mirror) or individual drive*
  • Each RAID volume can be connected to system via eSATA port (connecting cable included)
  • Optional Addonics USB 3.0 - eSATA adapter for connecting to USB 3.0 / 2.0 port
  • RAID setting via software utility under Windows or via dip switches on the back
  • OS independent, can be used on any system
  • RAID diagnostic via LED light

*Individual drive setting is supported when the NAS Tower is directly attached to a system. When connecting to the network, only the drive connecting to port 0 on the Port Multiplier is available to share over the LAN for the two SATA drive volume.

  • On the back of unit
    • One RJ45 connector for 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet connection
    • Three eSATA ports
    • USB 2.0 / 1.1 type B female connector (can supply power up to 1.5A at 5V)
    • AC power socket
    • LED for LAN activity and NAS status
    • three set of RAID setting dip switches
  • On the front of the unit
    • Fifteen (15) Snap-In drive bays
    • LED for power, drive activity, drive error, RAID rebuilt, LAN activity
    • Power On/Off switch
  • Two low noise, high CFM 80 x 80 cooling fan
  • 110/240 AC 500 Watts power supply
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): ~ 7.5 x 17.25 x 17.2 in. (190 x 438 x 437 mm.)
  • Weight: ~17.05lb ( 7.73 kg)
  • Operation Temperature: 0 °C ~ 60 °C
  • Operation Humidity: 10 ~ 90 %RH
  • Storage Temperature: -20 °C ~ 70 °C
  • Storage Humidity: 5~ 95 %RH

PRODUCTS

NT15SNES1G - (NAS Tower 3R5)
Content: NAS Tower 3R5, one 3-foot eSATA cable (AAESATA100C), utility CD, power cord, user guide
Price: 799.00

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AAESATA200C (eSATA cable, 200 cm (6 ft.))
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Datasheets
NAS Tower 3R5
Applies to: NT15SNES1G
Drivers
NAS 4.0, Internal GigaNAS, NAS Tower and Secure NAS Firmware v98a.5
Applies to: NAS40ESU, SN535E1G, SN1035E1G, NT15SNES1G, NT5SNES1G, NAS4RM

New firmware v98a.5 for NAS 4 Family products.

NEW FEATURES: Share an entire drive or an existing folder.

BE SURE TO READ THE REASE NOTE below and FOLLOW the firmware update instructions

DO NOT download the firmware to your computer to do the update. You have to paste the link as instructed in the firmware update page. The NAS adapter must be attached to a LAN that has internet connection to do this update.

Disclaimer: As in any update, problem may appears during the update process that are beyond anyone's control. This may result in your equipment becoming inoperable. Addonics is not liable for any time lose, recovery of data or repairing of the NAS adapter that is out of warranty. 

NAS 4.0 Family Firmware Release Notes v98a.5
Applies to: NAS40ESU, NT5SNES1G, NT15SNES1G, SN535E1G, SN1035E1G, NAS4RM

Release Notes for NAS 4.0 family products.

NAS 4.0, NAS Tower and Secure NAS Firmware v88a
Applies to: NAS40ESU, , SN535E1G, SN1035E1G, NT15SNES1G, NT5SNES1G

New firmware v88a for NAS 4 Family products.

Correct file security issue between SMB and FTP. New files created in the SMB shared folder are now accessible from FTP  or vice versa

BE SURE TO READ THE RELEASE NOTES FOR CHANGES AND INSTRUCTIONS.

NAS 4.0 Family Firmware Release Notes v88a
Applies to: NAS40ESU, NT5SNES1G, NT15SNES1G, SN535E1G, SN1035E1G

Release Notes for NAS 4.0 family products.

NAS 4.0 Search utility
Applies to: NAS40ESU, SN535E1G, SN10355E1G, NT5SNES1G, NT15SNES1G

A Windows utility to search for the IP address of the NAS 4.0 adapter, Addonics NAS Tower and Addonics Secure NAS on LAN.