New features also include a power on/off schedule, online firmware updates and direct image transfer from an attached digital camera to the NAS. Initial setup has also again been considerably simplified. Experienced users will appreciate the Wake-on LAN and integrated FTP server. For the first time two hard disks can operate in single mode, if desired - ideal for subsequent expansion of disk capacity. To reduce light interference in the home environment, the LEDs on the KD21 and KD22 can now be disabled at the press of a button.
A particular feature of the flagship KD22 machine is the integrated wireless LAN function which allows notebooks, smartphones and tablets to have wireless access to the NAS server. Since this creates an additional WLAN network, the network coverage (range) should extend as terminal devices now have access to more than one networks.
Overview of the technical differences between the different members of the product family:
- Shuttle OMNINAS KD20: 75/55 MB/s (R/W), 2x 750 MHz, 256 MB RAM
- Shuttle OMNINAS KD21: 100/70 MB/s (R/W), 1.0 GHz, 512 MB RAM
- Shuttle OMNINAS KD22: 110/75 MB/s (R/W), 1.2 GHz, 512 MB RAM, wireless LAN access point
All OMNINAS models support both 2.5" and 3.5" drive formats. Shuttle is offering almost any HDD or SSD with 3 Gbit/s or 6 Gbit/s SATA interface. The machines also come with Acronis True Image backup software.
Shuttle's recommended retail price is EUR 133.00 (ex VAT) for the KD21 and EUR 156.00 (ex VAT) for the KD22. The KD21 shown here is available now from specialised retailers Europe-wide. The European launch of the KD22 is expected at the beginning of November 2013.