Friday, November 9th 2018

QNAP Unveils the QNA Series Thunderbolt 3 to 10GbE Adapter

QNAP Systems, Inc. today launched the QNA series Thunderbolt 3 to 10GbE adapter, providing users with Thunderbolt 3 Type-C computers with an affordable method to connect to 10GbE networks. With the QNA series adapter, users can benefit from Thunderbolt 3 and 10GbE dual connectivity, making file transfer faster while also improving work efficiency.

"With the handy QNA series adapter, a 10GbE network can be created between your Thunderbolt 3 computer and another 10GbE-capable device without needing a complicate setup. 10GbE networks can facilitate high-speed data transfer and greatly benefit applications that are bandwidth or file-size intensive," said Dan Lin, Product Manager of QNAP.
The QNA series features two models. The QNA-T310G1T has a Thunderbolt 3 to 10GbE Multi-Gigabit (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M) port, and the QNA-T310G1S has one 10GbE SFP+ port. The palm-sized QNA series adapter can fit perfectly in any working environment, and the shallow grooves on its top provide effective cooling during prolonged usage.

Note:
  • Windows devices: The driver for the Aquantia AQC107 is required to use the QNA-T310G1T. The driver for the Aquantia AQC100 is required to use the QNA-T310G1S. Click here to download drivers
  • Mac devices: Requires macOS 10.13.3 (or later).
Key specifications of new models
QNA-T310G1T:
  • PHY IC: AQC107S; I/O: 1 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x 10GbE/NBASE-T connector; 0.5M Thunderbolt 3 cable
  • QNA-T310G1S:
  • PHY IC: AQC100S; I/O: 1 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x 10GbE SFP+ connector; 0.5M Thunderbolt 3 cable
Availability
The QNA series Thunderbolt 3 to 10GbE adapter is now available.
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6 Comments on QNAP Unveils the QNA Series Thunderbolt 3 to 10GbE Adapter

#3
Valantar
"TheLostSwede said:
Around $185 in Taiwan - https://24h.pchome.com.tw/prod/DRAG6J-A9009JBKF
$165 for the SFP+ version - https://24h.pchome.com.tw/prod/DRAG6J-A9009JBKG
This includes 5% VAT.

It's a decent price for what it is, considering Akitio wants over $315 for a similar device.
Yeah, that's not bad actually. Also, the Akitio one is gigantic; this looks slightly more sensibly sized. Still, I'd rather take one of Aquantia's announced (but still vaporware) USB-C G2 adapters. Might not do a full 10GBe, but close enough, and far smaller and (hopefully) cheaper.
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#4
TheLostSwede
"Valantar said:
Yeah, that's not bad actually. Also, the Akitio one is gigantic; this looks slightly more sensibly sized. Still, I'd rather take one of Aquantia's announced (but still vaporware) USB-C G2 adapters. Might not do a full 10GBe, but close enough, and far smaller and (hopefully) cheaper.
Different use cases. Realtek should have an even cheaper 2.5Gbps USB 3.x option coming as well, but so far no-one seems to have launched any retail hardware based on the chip in question.
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#5
Valantar
"TheLostSwede said:
Different use cases. Realtek should have an even cheaper 2.5Gbps USB 3.x option coming as well, but so far no-one seems to have launched any retail hardware based on the chip in question.
Oh, absolutely. (Not only, but underscored by) this being made by Qnap makes it pretty obvious that a key demographic here is "people with high-end ultrabooks needing to hook them up to their expensive 10GBe NASes". That's generally not a budget-oriented group. Personally, I'm still waiting for anything resembling a reasonably priced 5-10GBe switch with 4-5 ports before making the (rather major) investment to get everything up to this level. Current solutions are simply not satisfactory, and far too expensive to boot.
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#6
ZeDestructor
"Valantar said:
Yeah, that's not bad actually. Also, the Akitio one is gigantic; this looks slightly more sensibly sized. Still, I'd rather take one of Aquantia's announced (but still vaporware) USB-C G2 adapters. Might not do a full 10GBe, but close enough, and far smaller and (hopefully) cheaper.
If only they had one that supported the 10G link, even if it could only do 5G of speed, cause I have an older switch that can only do 100/M/1G/10G and nothing in-between. Early adopter nonsense, etc.
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