Zotac intros wireless streaming, external RAID boxes


— 6:00 AM on March 8, 2013

We're used to seeing Zotac churn out small-form-factor PCs—not to mention graphics cards and tiny motherboards—on a regular basis, but it's rare when the company strays from the beaten path. Zotac has done just that this week with new StreamBox and RAIDbox UD10 devices that offer wireless media streaming and external RAID storage capabilities, respectively.

The StreamBox is just what it sounds like: a device to facilitate the streaming of audio and video content to a TV. The device uses the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) protocol and can pipe in media from PCs and mobile devices running Android, iOS, or Windows Phone. It supports both 100Mbps Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi (either 2.4GHz or 5GHz) networking, connects to your TV via HDMI, and can play back files through USB (presumably on mass-storage devices). Oh, and Zotac says Miracast wireless display mirroring is supported with "select Android mobile devices."

The RAIDbox UD10 is a little more unusual. Tucked away inside its slick enclosure are emplacements for two mSATA solid-state drives, which the user can install himself. The drives can be configured in various modes: RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD, or "BIG," a "spanning" mode that assigns a single volume to both drives. Unlike the StreamBox, the RAIDbox UD10 doesn't have network connectivity; its only means of communication with the outside is a USB 3.0 Micro-B connector. Zotac says the RAIDbox UD10 works with Windows, OS X, or Ubuntu systems, and it touts performance higher than that of typical notebook hard drives. Given the performance potential of an SSD RAID over USB 3.0, I'm not surprised.

   
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