By Oliver Kaven  |  Posted 2006-08-16 Print this article Print

A low-cost NAS (Network Attached Storage) solution can provide adequate physical storage space for many small businesses. Supporting a NAS can be more of a challenge than some businesses expect, however. Large enterprises may be able to afford individually tailored and expensive managed-service offerings, but such luxuries are generally out of reach for small businesses. WideBand aims to change that with its fs[ix] Gold Server.

WideBand Corp., a small manufacturer of networking and storage equipment in Gallatin, Missouri, is trying to fill the small-business service void by pairing its hardware products with select personalized service offerings. For this review, I looked at the WideBand fs[ix] Gold Server ($2,495 direct), a unique 250GB NAS server with a support twist.

I could immediately tell there was something different about this piece of hardware when the Gold Server arrived at PC Magazine Labs. It just doesnt look like the typical boring black business NAS server. The Gold Server is wrapped in anodized blue aluminum with custom buttons.

Getting Set Up

The Gold Server consists of two identical devices, known as the server and the mirror modules. The mirror is plugged into the server via a 6-inch Ethernet cable. Once its attached, you can plug a monitor and keyboard into the server module and fire up the units. Next, you follow simple screen instructions for assigning an administrative password and IP addresses to the Gold Server—an easy procedure.

Read the full story on PCmag.com: WideBands fs[ix] Gold Server NAS


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