When you think of NAS drives, you probably think of big, rectangular
boxes that aren't much to look at. There's probably 2 or 4 bays in there
for hard drives, a power port and an Ethernet jack. They're all pretty
simple, and they're all pretty much the same. But this NAS drive is
different. Majorly different. Verbatim's newest NAS drive isn't a
drive at all. It doesn't even have room for internal
storage, and it definitely doesn't ship with any.
So what are you to do with a 0GB NAS drive? Add your own Flash memory!
The MediaShare Mini was meant to be a consumer-level NAS drive that's
mostly used for sharing multi-media around the house. The unit has 4 USB
ports, where USB keys can be attached and then that content can be
placed on a local network for viewing elsewhere.
The good news is that you can also plug in a USB hard drive, so you
aren't limited to thumb drives. In this way, the box acts a little bit
like the Pogoplug boxes that have emerged over the years. Once those USB
storage devices are inserted, they become visible on the network, and
you can even setup remote access for viewing from afar. There's DLNA
support for streaming media through the PS3 or Xbox 360, and even remote
access via phone. At just $90, it looks to be a nice bargain if you
already own your external storage and just want to get that online ASAP.