Tuesday, October 18th 2011

Sharkoon Announces Hard Drive Docking Station with Gigabit Ethernet

Sharkoon presents the successor to their local network, insertable hard drive docking station with the SATA QuickPort Pro LAN: The Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Pro LAN Giga replaces the existing Fast Ethernet interface with a significantly faster Gigabit Ethernet interface. Through its LAN Port, associated hard drives and other medians can be integrated into a local home or office network.

In addition to the LAN Port and plug-in for SATA hard drives in 2.5 and 3.5 inch format, the Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Pro LAN Giga provides an integrated dual USB2.0 hub and a card reader for SD, SDHC, MMC and MS cards. The USB hub and card reader are connected via USB to a computer or laptop, with hard drives also being connected alternatively via the eSATA interface.

In order to ensure that all inserted SATA hard drives, memory cards and USB devices within the QuickPort are available to all users of a local network, the docking station must be connected to the network with the corresponding software installed on all computers involved. The individual user can add the device to their computer through the Software menu. If a user accesses the device then it is closed to all remaining network users. If another user needs the device, they can simply send the current user a request for release. If needed, the reset button on the backside allows the USB server to be restarted.

Like the previous QuickPort models, the Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Pro LAN Giga is equipped with a hard drive ejection button and LEDs indicating power supply and disk activity. The adapter measures 133 x 71 x 95 mm (W x H x L), weighs 545 grams and includes an instruction manual with Tool CD, power supply, patch cable, USB cable and eSATA cable.

End customers will find the Sharkoon SATA QuickPort Pro LAN Giga available immediately for the suggested retail price of 59.90 euros in authorized retailers.
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7 Comments on Sharkoon Announces Hard Drive Docking Station with Gigabit Ethernet

#1
Lionheart
Nice, I need one of these to back up my PS3 data ^_^ getting new HDD for PS3 Woo:toast:
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#2
Undead46
So what does the LAN port do?
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#3
btarunr
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by: Undead46
So what does the LAN port do?
Turns the dock into a NAS.
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#4
[H]@RD5TUFF
A $60 NAS is a pretty good deal, wonder if these will support 4TB HD's .
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#5
Completely Bonkers
It's a "NAS" that needs drivers installed on any and all computers wanting to access it. PITA and not compatible with many pieces of hardware. Don't like as a NAS , but great as a quick and easy way for an admin to mount a HDD.
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Mussels
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by: Completely Bonkers
It's a "NAS" that needs drivers installed on any and all computers wanting to access it. PITA and not compatible with many pieces of hardware. Don't like as a NAS , but great as a quick and easy way for an admin to mount a HDD.
ah, i've got a USB to ethernet adaptor like that. share USB device on as many computers as you want!*



*if we bother releasing software for your OS, and only one computer can access it at a time.
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#7
Widjaja
Unfortunate, that this docking station needs hardware to be accessed.
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