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Trig0r

Has anyone here got a NAS that has USB on it?

 

If you plug your PC into the USB does it appear to the PC as a drive or are they just for adding external drives/printers etc to the NAS??

 

 

Looking for something that might not exist, but would be nice if we could plug a NAS into a device for that device to stream to it over USB, and then people on the network to be able to see the files on the NAS as normal.

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cskenney

A NAS is typically a master device where USB drives are slaves.  I don’t recall ever seeing a NAS that can also be a USB slave. Interestingly, cell phones do this (the port can switch between master and slave).

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Trig0r

Yeah I've not seen it before tbh, figured I'd ask the guys here..

We might have found a different solution to the problem we were trying to solve in any case..

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oj88

Use the a different search term such as USB 3.0 multi-bay enclosure, not NAS. A NAS is a standalone device and connects via Ethernet. A USB drive enclosure on the other hand requires a host device, such as a PC, to be able to use it.

 

I use a 2-bay Orico SATA docking station like the one below. You can have two drives inserted at the same time and both drives, individually, show up in Windows.

 

https://www.orico.cc/usmobile/product/detail/id/3551

 

They also have a 4-bay model: http://my.orico.cc/goods.php?id=6377

 

 

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Al_Borges

QNAP has a couple of expansion units that can be used either as a direct attached storage or as an expansion to a qnap nas

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Trig0r

Needs to be a NAS so that other users on the network can see the files.

 

Its for an audio recorder, they have a small amount of onboard storage and then usually write out to a USB stick, I was trying to find something that would let us connect a NAS as essentially direct storage via USB and then the users on the network could see the same files.

 

However, we've found another recorder than can output to FTP once a file is complete, it will record a channel while that channel is in use, then dump that "session" out to a local file, which once done will get uploaded to FTP..

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Dave

The last time I researched this, QNAP was the only option. They had a NAS that would also work direct attached.  I don't know which one it was though.  

Could you get a cheap DAS and share it?  QNAP has had this box, and I've always wanted it!

 

https://www.amazon.com/QNAP-TR-002-Enclosure-Attached-Hardware/dp/B07Q1KB12X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=qnap+direct&qid=1609804475&sr=8-1

 

 

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Trig0r

Shared DAS wouldn't work trackside, I'll check the options and go from there, seems the recorder we are looking at the 2 channel has VOX and the 64 doesn't which sucks balls but we'll see what we can do...

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