TonidoPlug, A NAS Adapter: How to convert your USB harddisk to NAS
“TonidoPlug is a tiny, low-power, low-cost home server powered by Tonido software that allows you to access your apps, files, music and media from anywhere. “
That is the definition you will see when you goto TonidoPlug.com. What is not explained clearly is that it is actually a tiny linux server running Ubuntu 9.0.4 in it and it can function as a NAS adapter out of the box.
USB Hard drives: USB hard drives are very handy to extend the storage of your desktop, to archive documents, photos and other media files. The problem with an USB hard drive is that it can be connected to only one desktop at a time. If you have multiple desktops then it will be difficult to share the drive among them. NAS adapters can help to fix this issue.
NAS Adapter: When you connect an USB drive to a NAS adapter, it makes the drive available on your local network. So multiple desktops can see the drive on the network and read/write files from/to it.
TonidoPlug as a basic NAS adapter: Like any NAS adapter you can connect your USB drive to TonidoPlug and it immediately makes it available on the local network. It understands all the common disk formats such as: FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, EXT2, EXT3. It supports hard drives of capacity upto 2TB. Price tag $99.
How it works:
- Power on TonidoPlug and connect a network cable to it.
- Now connect your USB hard drive on the USB slot of TonidoPlug.
- Access it from any local network. ie., you can access your USB drive at \\<TonidoPlug IP Address>\MediaDisk\
TonidoPlug as an advanced NAS adapter: If you want to setup multiple user accounts by providing private space for each user on the USB hard drive then it is as easy as changing few parameters in the configuration file. Look here for a quick how-to. Also if you are linux user who is familiar with SAMBA then the possibilities are endless.
If you are in the market for looking for NAS storage or NAS adapter then TonidoPlug might be the right choice for all your needs and much more like their definition claims “A tiny, low-power, low-cost home server powered by Tonido software that allows you to access your apps, files, music and media from anywhere. “