Addonics Brings Any USB Accessory Online Via NAU Adapter - HotHardware
Addonics Brings Any USB Accessory Online Via NAU Adapter

Addonics Brings Any USB Accessory Online Via NAU Adapter

How often have you wished that just about every PC peripheral you have could be placed on a network in order to be accessed from anywhere? Even if you've never considered it until now, doesn't it sounds like a particularly great idea? Addonics, a company known for pushing out unusual adapters that make lives all the better, has just issued a device that does just that: the NAU.

Short for Network Attached USB Adapter, this device looks (and works) a bit like the PogoPlug. But the main draw here is its ability to add "any USB device onto a network." Any being the key word. Once the USB device is on the network, any computer on the network can access the device as if it is a locally attached to the computer. The NAU essentially enables the installation of any USB device over a long distance via the existing network cable and allow any user on the network to access the USB device.



The NAU supports webcams, USB speakers, fax, cell phones, USB cameras, USB storage, printers, scanners, card readers, optical drives, mp3 players, and flash drive, enabling all of those to be seen across a network when plugged in. Using the NAU adapter, common USB devices can be deployed in a wide variety of applications. For example, webcams can be installed at different locations for security surveillance or remote monitoring without running expensive cabling. USB speakers can be added in various locations via the network without running speaker cable.

The NAU adapter comes with a high speed Gigabit network connection, and it supports data transfer rates up to 30MB/sec when accessing USB storage devices over a LAN. The whole thing weighs just 2oz. and can easily fit in your pocket. Pricing is set at $49.95, which isn't that bad given just how versatile this thing really is.
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It's a good price, but it's Windows-only. I think I'd prefer the Pogoplug solution because it's actually a computer unto itself and can be configured to do things like stream the video from a connected webcam directly to the Internet (or be a webserver itself) with no other computer needed.

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I like the price and idea of this thing. I don't really have a use for this. But it would be nice if your sgaring files from a flash drive or storage device. I don't see a point in connecting a mp3 expect if your lazy to unplug and replug in to another computer :D

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Ah but the real question is: Does it support hubs.

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No, Never really thought about it.

Yes it seems like a good idea.I wonder how long it will be before they turn this into an internal type device? Or maybe even a built in unit on the motherboard. I guess the real question is, isn't this something that is best solved by a software issue. Basically if you have all systems networked and have the remote on. Then it would be a OS issue to be able to control all devices from any of the network computers. Plus you would have to have remote running so you can use the proprietary software on each separate unit.

If this is just a Plug n play device then it is pretty neat. The only other question would be security when you leave your computer open for use at remote locations.

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Computers already do this with Printers, scanners, and often hard drives.

The issue is that you must have a computer on, not in sleep mode, for other computers to access it. This is nice in that you don't have to have that.

On the other hand, each computer has to install drivers for anything that gets plugged in, and 30 MB/s isn't really enough for a USB-tv tuner. Still very cool technology.

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Yep, I think it's a good idea and will probably buy a few of them too.

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