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Create your personal cloud at home or office!


Designed for homes and small offices, Merlin’s Storm NAS is a compact 2-bay NAS server that helps make your digital life fun and productive. Merlin’s Storm NAS may be small in size, but offers big data protection with RAID configuration options, making it more than just a novelty NAS. Available in 4TB and 6TB capacities, Storm NAS comes preconfigured and is designed to be used right out of the box. Get the ability to share, stream, and synchronize files with whoever you want, wherever you want!

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Features

  • Syncbox for accessing files over the Internet
  • Free client apps for Windows, Android, and iOS devices
  • DLNA/iTunes servers to sync your Android/Apple (iOS) devices
  • Integrated BitTorrent client for seamless downloading
  • Supports multimode operation—RAID 0/1 and JBOD
  • Supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Linux, and MAC OS 8.6 or above



Ideal for work and home

Storm NAS lets you stream media to compatible DLNA-/UPnP-capable devices as well as upload and access data on the go via PC, Mac, and compatible smartphones and tablets. It provides ample storage space for music, movies, and other files, so you can easily centralize and organize your family's media in one secure location. Moreover, it’s enhanced data protection and RAID configuration features make it ideal for archiving critical data at work.



Compact yet powerful private cloud server

Sleek and lightweight, Storm NAS is a specially designed 2-bay network attached storage (NAS) with precision engineered parts and a high-quality metal casing. It provides beginners as well as advanced users with affordable network storage as well as the capability to host, share, and protect data. The free Syncbox app allows you to connect to your private cloud server over the Internet from anywhere in the world through desktops, smartphones, or tablets.



Media server for streaming multimedia content

With a built-in DLNA Digital Media Server (DMS) and iTunes Server, Storm NAS serves as your primary media server and is capable of hosting digital multimedia content for local or remote playback. Once connected to a router, Storm NAS streams music, photos, and videos to DLNA-compliant devices such as DLNA TVs, smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles as well as iTunes clients on the network without any pre-configuration.



Access your files anywhere from your private cloud

Storm NAS is the perfect destination for backing up your data—whether you’re a Windows or Mac user. Its comprehensive cloud service allows you to sync files among multiple devices, including Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android as well as Windows mobile devices. The built-in FTP server lets you securely access your data over the Internet, and your data remains protected as it’s not on any public cloud server.


Integrated BitTorrent client

What makes Storm NAS even more useful is its integrated BitTorrent client, which lets you upload multiple torrent files through a graphical interface and downloads the files without the need of a separate PC.



Easy to set up

The inbuilt Ethernet port enables simple connection to your existing network, making it easy to access stored files from multiple devices. The USB 2.0 host port lets you connect USB hard drives for increased storage as well as printers for sharing on your private network.

Additional Information

In Depth - Easy installation–plug and play
- 2 x 3.5” SATA HDD (max capacity of up to 3TB each)
- Supports JBOD, RAID0, RAID1, and normal configurations
- Enhanced data protection and high performance storage
- Automatic disk rebuild (under SAFE Mode)
- Gigabit LAN interface and USB 2.0 host port for sharing a printer or another hard disk on the network
- Supports Windows XP/Vista/7, Linux, and MAC OS 8.6 or above
Dimensions 23 x 16 x 13 mm
Option No
Weight 1850

Storm NAS FAQ

What RAID modes do we support?
Storm NAS Supports RAID 0 and RAID 1
 
What type of Hard Drives do we support?
STORM NAS devices do not come with any hard drives and there is no specific NAS hard drive. Almost every device supports both 2.5” and 3.5" SATA and SSD drives. The largest hard drive capacity supported is 3 TB, so that can have 6 TB of storage.
 
What kind of file systems is supported by the NAS?
The NAS natively supports NTFS, EXT3 and EXT4.
By default it’s on NTFS.
 
What are the USB ports used for?
We support both USB 3.0 and USB2.0 on the back of the unit.
 
How much noise does the Storm NAS make?
The noise level depends on each unit, but generally all of our units are quite during standby mode.
 
If we run out of storage capacity for the NAS what are our options?
There is a RAID capacity expansion feature that allows you to remove your HDD one   by one and replace the smaller capacity to a larger capacity
 
Can you directly connect the NAS to a computer via USB?
No, the Storm NAS is a Network Attached Storage (NAS). It is not a Direct Attached Storage (DAS) and the only way to access the Storm NAS would be through the network ports.
 
Can I stream movies and music through the Storm NAS or my home media setup? Can I also share photos through the Storm NAS software?
Yes, the STORM NAS can be easily used as a full fledge media server to stream music or videos. An iTunes server can also be created so all music in the NAS will show up on all computers on your network with iTunes.
 
How many users can access the NAS at once?
More than 20 user can access the NAS same time. 20 recommended.
 
Is the Storm NAS DLNA certified?
Yes, our Storm NAS is DLNA certified.


INSTALLATION AND CONFIGURATION
Use the utility software in the CD disk “SearchMCS.exe”. Click “Search”. Double click the high-lighted device name will launch the browser and the device control panel log-in page will pop up. (Please refer the previous page) If you click “Setup” Enter the default password “admin” or the password designated by previous setup to enter the utility. Enter to user interface, since you need at least one formatted disk volume to save all the settings, please click “Yes”.

Disk mode selection
Single Disk Volume: Each drive will be formatted individually. (1 drive only)
Linear Mode: The 2 drives capacities are added to form a large single volume (need at least 2 drives)
RAID0 Mode: Striping mode, the data are spread evenly across two drives. This mode yields the best system performance. The usable capacity will be the capacity of “the smaller drive of the two” times 2. To avoid wasting storage space, two identical drives are recommended. (need 2 or 4 drives)
RAID1 Mode: Mirror mode, data are duplicated in each drive. This mode provides data protection in case one drive failed, no data are lost. The usable capacity is the capacity of smaller drive of the two. To avoid wasting storage space, two identical drives are recommended. (need at least 2 drives)

The control panel gives you a familiar interface to work with. By clicking the “Home” icon will let you to logout, Power-off or Reboot the system. “Single click” on the icon can execute the designate function. Offer quick setup so user can get the system up and running in just a matter of minutes. For users with DHCP server turned on in the router (which is most of the cases), the DHCP box can be checked and select “Obtain DNS server address automatically”. In this case, each time when the system boots, an IP address is assigned to the system depending on the IP availability. For some users who prefer fixed IP address, just type in the IP address for this machine (make sure the IP address does not conflict with other devices in the same network system). The DNS server can be set “Automatically” or usually type in the router IP address. If there is additional drive needs to be formatted, please click on “Disk & Volume” tab.

System Administration
This page shows the System Administration status, the Server Name can be changed for easy access in the future. By typing \\MCS4 you will be able to access the data. The user interface Server Port setting is default to 80 which is the default port for browsers. If MCS4 needs to be accessed from the internet and the 80 port is occupied by another http web server. This port can be changed to any other port number. 8080 is recommended if you need to so.
Network: Please refer “Quick Start” section
Firmware Upgrade: To upgrade, you may have to download the upgrade image from the support website first then browse to the upgrade image file and click on “Upgrade”. After it is done, system will reboot itself.
Note: Please practice caution with this operation. Power failure during upgrading may cause permanent damage to the system. Disk & RAID

Management
Access Rights Management
Users Management
This page allows administrator to add/delete/manage users. “User Home” is a private folder for each individual user; the folder name is the same as the user name. If no “User Home” is created, that specific user can only access system public folder or shared folders.

Group Management
Group is a class of users with the same access right. The purpose of creating group is to simplify users’ management. First to create group “dragon” for example. Then add/delete user(s) into the group.

Shared Folder Management
Create folders so multiple can access it to share data. This page allows user to specify the share name and shared path. Assign users/groups to the shared folder and specify the access rights to that folder. Just click “Save” to make it effective.

Network Services
Samba – for Windows/Mac OS access
FTP Service – ftp server enable/disable and port address
SSH Service – for secured remote access, enable/disable and port address
NFS Server – for Linux/Unix access, enable/disable
BT (BitTorrent) - Peer-to-peer download service, specify the download file location, enable/disable and port address Click on “Go To Transmission Web Interface”, user can add seeds to the server via this web interface.
 
Ajaxplorer
This is a package which turns the server’s samba access into http based access so users can access the device with any browser system over the internet. Click “Go to Ajaxplorer” takes you to the web interface. The users and data are synchronized with samba, so users can have the same experience using Windows Explorer to move data around. Only this is http based.

Syncbox
Syncbox is an advanced private cloud server software, it gives users the same functionality of “Dropbox”, “iCloud” and “Google Drive” to synchronize and share data among different devices and friends. The software may come with the system on a CD disk or downloaded from the support site. Just browse to the file and click execute. The installation only takes less than 3 minutes. Click on “Go to Syncbox” to start the fun experience. If you plan to access the software from the cloud, make sure the 8888, 8886 and 8884 ports are forwarded to this device’s IP address.

DLNA Media Server
This function allows your home media player (like PS3 or even Windows system) to stream media files from this server. The MINIDLNA_DIR is the location of the media files is located. The NOTIFY_INTERVAL is the time in seconds to scan the media folder to acquire the play list. Too short of period may cause system to check too often and reduce the system performance. The protocol used for this service is uPnP AV.

iTune Server
This server is also capable of streaming media files to Apple’s iTune software on a Windows or Mac OS system. Just select Enable and the designated folder and put media files in the folder, iTune will find it automatically.

External Device
This page shows USB devices attached to the system. Only mass-storage and printer class devices are shown here. Currently, multi-functional scanner/fax/copier/printer are not supported. The tcp port is 9100 in case you would like to access the printer from the cloud.


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