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NEWLink 4 port USB to LAN adaptor

by NEWLink
11 customer reviews

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  • Supports live device status monitoring via web browser & device software
  • Supports USB1.1/2.0 (Hi-Speed) specification
  • Supports 802.3/3u transceiver
  • Supports MDI/MDIX auto crossover function
  • LED indicators for Ethernet connection
  • Supports up to 3 SPI interfaced devices simultaneously
  • Supports Ethernet protocols TCP/IP, WSD, UPnp,Bonjour
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandNEWLink
Item Weight259 g
Product Dimensions26 x 15.2 x 8.5 cm
Item model numberN13420
  
Additional Information
ASINB001GXR20G
Best Sellers Rank 150,924 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight259 g
Date First Available29 Sept. 2008
  
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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

This NewLink NAS Dongle allows you to turn up to four USB storage devices into NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices instantly. Simply connect your USB hard drive enclosures into the NAS dongle and then plug the dongle into your router/hub/computer to enjoy powerful NAS functions. The dongle supports Ethernet speeds up to 100 Mbps.

Box Contains

  • 1x USB Network server
  • 1x RJ45 Ethernet Cable
  • 1x External Power Adapter
  • 1x Driver CD (User Manual)

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Ash McConnell on 7 Feb. 2009
    I was hoping for something that would allow me to share my USB hard disk over the lan to multiple machines. Unfortunately you need to install and use proprietary windows software to access the disk. You need to mount it every time and the worst bit is that only ONE computer can access it at the same time. I was hoping that I could share music and videos to my Xbox Media centre, unfortunately it isn't possible.
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Watkin on 17 Oct. 2009
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    I wish I had read Ash McConnell's review before buying. I was hoping for a device that will let me access USB drives across my network so I can easily copy data between machines, and automate a backup to them. Unfortunately, because you need to "connect" using the proprietary software, you can't just map this as a network drive and start copying, and you can't access from several machines at a time.

    The device works by mimicking you physically plugging the device in (which you might as well do), but they totally missed the boat from this as well, rather than just transmitting the data going between your PC and the device across the network (effectively allowing *any* USB device), you have to install either the Printer and/or Mass Storage drivers (which are seperate from each other)
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 22 Jun. 2009
    Product installed fine could see the printer, but tried to use it, it produced some strang fault message no web site no help.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Morgan on 22 April 2010
    Beware before you buy this is not a way to turn an external hard drive into true NAS, it would be useful in your home if you have a whole bunch of usb devices that you want to never have to plug in to your Wifi enabled laptop again. I bought this product hoping to attach a printer and hard drive to a network allowing all users access at all times but only one user can use the devices at any one time, which for the printer is only a small pain, but for the hard drive it is almost impossible. The other problem is that any computer wanting to make use of this device must install the proprietary software.
    this is not a bad device but it has some big limits, it is well made and doesn't feel cheap like some small plastic box type devices can, and would suit a one computer setup.
    I ended up returning mine, but the returns service was very good
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. O. Odesanya-Muhammad on 21 Jun. 2010
    Purchased this product in the hope that I would be able to plug in several USB products, then hook it up to my router and then access all the peripherals; scanner, external hard drives, etc. Now the problem with this product is this. You plug in your usb stuff and then plug it into the router. First problem it only works with windows... no chance for my mac. (2) your windows pc must always be on otherwise you never see it on the network, (3) when the windows pc is on, for some ghoolish reason once you load the software (you've got to do this every time you put the machine on) after about 30 minutes the application automatically closes....you then have to reload the software application (not reinstall) and hopefully any work you were working on via your external hard drives has not been lost in the ether and save it again.

    I have to-date not purchased any products that I am dissastisfied with... but this is the first. I don't even use it any more as its a waste of time and does not serve my needs. The company needs to make some of the above information clear in the product specification as to what it can and cannot do.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By daveyt on 5 Jan. 2011
    This device works quickly, and rather nicely. Its just not explained very well. What we have here kids is a fully functional USB to IP server. You do not need to install any software to use this - so that means you lovely Mac owners get to join the party.

    The trick is to throw away the software, you dont need it. My example usage is for Windows, I dont know how to do this on a Mac, but you'll see why its possible to connect via MacOS. My example covers adding a printer.

    Plug the box in, mains and ethernet, wait a bit. Now, you need to find out what IP address it has - (google 'angry IP scanner' and use that to scan your network, or check your DHCP servers logs for the address assigned). Connect to that IP in your browser and you get to the RALLY web server. You can now set a static IP address in the Network configuration screen.

    Connect a USB printer to port1. In windows, add a new printer. Configure it as a TCP/IP printer, use the static IP you got in the previous section. You'll need a queue name - ip1 for USB1, ip2 for USB2, ip3 for USB3 and I'll let you figure out the last one on your own. Windows may complain that it cant find it, but there is a custom settings button - where you can add the queue name. Add the driver after Windows prompts you and bingo. Got 3 printers working this way in 10 minutes and no conflicts.

    MacOS - sorry I dont know the steps. But I know you can add TCP printing so hopefully someone can add to this.

    4 stars because the manufacturer makes the product look poor, when in actual fact its works perfectly.
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