Product Review (September 2013)
Akitio - MyCloud Mini
Personal Cloud Server and NAS

By Kevin Nakano


Akitio - MyCloud Mini Personal Cloud ServerThe Akitio MyCloud Mini is a convenient personal cloud server that provides safe and secure network storage plus the ability to easily share your digital content with friends and family. The MyCloud Mini also includes a UPnP-AV media server to stream media files on the local network. The web based file browser and media player allow users to manage and playback media files, while the web portal gives users remote access at home and on the road. The UPnP-AV and DLNA compatible devices include Xbox 360 (JPG, MP3, WMV, XviD), PlayStation 3 (JPG, MP3, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, XviD), iTunes (MP3), DLNA certified UPnP clients, and Windows 7 (Windows Media Player). Another great feature is data can be uploaded to the Gigabit network drive and shared from multiple workstations via SMB or FTP connection, similar to a traditional NAS system.

Akitio - MyCloud Mini Personal Cloud ServerThe MyCloud Mini has a compact chassis and measures just under 5" x 5" x 1.5" with a small gap just below the top surface to allow heat to escape from the internal electronics and hard drive. This also give the MyCloud Mini a high-tech look. We found that the unit ran relatively cool and does not generate any significant heat even with our 5400 rpm drive. The unit itself (without a drive) only dissipates about 8 Watts. The front of the unit has a blue LED indicator that lets you know that power is on. The indicator flashes when booting and goes solid when it is ready. When shutting down (by holding the power button down for several seconds), the indicator will flash between blue and magenta before going off.


Akitio - MyCloud Mini Personal Cloud ServerRear Panel
The back of the MyCloud Mini has the input power jack, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, and the gigabit ethernet jack. A small reset button allows for a hard reset, which is also used during firmware updates. The input power jack mates to the universal AC power adapter (100-240VAC, 50/60 Hz) that provides 5V at 2 amps. The power button is also located on the back giving the front of the MyCloud Mini a clean look. Users can expand their HDD storage using the eSATA port with support for RAID 0 or RAID 1.


Akitio - MyCloud Mini Personal Cloud ServerDrive Installation
The MyCloud Mini has four screws on the bottom of the unit that hold the cover. Inside, there is just enough space for a 2.5-inch SATA drive to slide into the mating connector. For testing purposes, we installed a 640GB Western Digital Scorpio drive. All mounting hardware is provided, which allows for a quick and easy installation. Internally, the unit is clean, with high quality surface mount electronics and cabling. Rubber feet keep the unit from sliding around on a smooth surface. The installation process is fast and can be done in minutes. The design allows multiple units to be stacked.


Akitio - MyCloud Mini Personal Cloud ServerSharing Files
The MyCloud Mini allows your peeps to access your content quickly and easily using the phone/tablet apps or by remotely connecting directly to your device over the internet using the Akitio portal website. On our local network, we simply typed in the IP address of the unit to connect. Setup is simple and only requires the user to enter the MyCloud Mini MAC address found on the bottom of the unit, username and password. Once connected, photos, videos, music and documents can all be uploaded manually or automatically when using the MyCloud app on your iPhone or Android phone. It is a great way to connect and all of your information safely resides on the MyCloud Mini.


Akitio - MyCloud App Akitio - MyCloud App

Phone Apps
I tested the capabilities using both iOS devices (iPhone 4 and iPad) as well as Android-based (Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone and Nexus 7 tablet). All devices worked well and were able to access the shared drive content. The user interface for each of the devices were slightly different, but functionally similar enough to make it easy to navigate through the menu system. Users can simply launch the MyCloud application and click on the Camera or Video Recorder button to have photos/videos that they take transfer directly to the MyCloud Mini server. Existing photos/videos can be moved using the Photo Upload and Video Upload options. The Upload Manager can be used to move other files such as documents to the server. The software is intuitive and easy to use.


Conclusion
The MyCloud Mini is a cool product that allows you to create your personal cloud and start sharing files with your friends and family. This product is easy to configure and lets you instantly upload when picture and videos as they are being taken when you use the app. The MyCloud Mini is a great deal (under $100) for those looking to remotely share files with others.

- Kevin Nakano




OPPO BDP-103 Blu-ray Player




Review System

Laptop: HP Pavilion dv7 (Model: DV-1245DX)
Phone #1: iPhone 4
Phone #2: Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Android)
Tablet #1: iPad
Tablet #2: Asus Nexus 7 (Android)


Review at a Glance


Akitio -
MyCloud Mini


Features:

  • UPnP-AV media server to stream media files on the local network
  • Web based file browser and media player to manage and playback media files
  • Web portal for remote access at home and on the road
  • Low power consumption (~8W during operation without HDD)
  • HDD storage expansion via eSATA (RAID 0 or RAID 1)
  • Takes less than 45 seconds to set up (excluding HDD installation and formatting process)
  • Gigabit Ethernet connection
  • Compact design

Specifications:
Model No. MyCloud Mini
Part No. MCS-LN2SPA-AKT (black)
MCS-LN2SPS-AKT (silver)
Certifications
  • CE
  • FCC
CPU
  • Dual-core 750MHz (SOC)
Memory
  • 256MB DDR2 SDRAM
  • 256MB NAND flash
Case material
  • High quality aluminum housing
Internal hard drive(s)
  • 2.5" SATA-I or SATA-II hard drive (1.5Gb/s or 3.0Gb/s)
  • Capacity 20GB - 1.5TB
  • HDD height 9.5mm-14.8mm
  • Supports large volumes over 2TB
  • XFS file system
Front I/O
  • 1 x Dual color status LED
Rear I/O
  • 1 x Power receptacle
  • 1 x RJ45 connector (10/100/1000) with two LEDs for link and activity
  • 2 x USB 2.0 host connectors
  • 1 x eSATA host connector
  • 1 x Reset button
  • 1 x Power button
LAN interface
  • 1000BASE-T IEEE 802.3ab
  • 100BASE-TX IEEE 802.3u
  • 10BASE-T IEEE 802.3
  • Auto MDIX
  • Automatic speed negotiation and downshift
  • Low power consumption; advanced power management
USB interface
  • 2 x USB 2.0 host for USB flash drives, hard drives and printers
RAID
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • To create a RAID array, an internal and an external eSATA hard drive are required.
Web based GUI
  • HTML based GUI with built-in file browser and media player
Network services
  • Samba server
  • NFS server
  • FTP server
  • DHCP server
  • UPnP-AV media server
  • iTunes music server
  • BitTorrent client
  • HTTP/FTP downloader
  • MyAkitio web portal (remote login)
  • Social network connection (e.g. Facebook, Flickr, YouTube)
Printer server
  • Yes (on local area network)
System management
  • Firmware update
  • Network configuration
  • Disk management utility
  • Power management
  • System logs
  • Mail notification
  • Windows & Mac setup utility
  • Device registration
  • User account management with address book
Remote access
  • Akitio web portal at www.myakitio.com
Mobile App requirements
  • iOS 4.0 or above
  • Android 2.2 to 3.x
System requirements (PC)
  • LAN: Windows XP or above
  • Internet browser for setup and file access
  • Your hardware device must have the correct corresponding port (e.g. Gigabit Ethernet or PCI card)
System requirements (Mac)
  • LAN: Mac OS 10.2 or above
  • Internet browser for setup and file access
  • Your hardware device must have the correct corresponding port (e.g. Gigabit Ethernet or PCI card)
System environment
  • Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C
  • Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 70°C
  • Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)
Power supply
  • External power supply (UL, cUL, CE, TUV approved)
  • Input: AC 100-240V, 1.3A, 50-60Hz
  • Output: DC +5V/2A
Fan noise level N/A
Dimensions (LxWxH)
  • 4.8 inches x 4.8 inches x 1.3 inches
  • 12.3cm x 12.3cm x 3.8cm
Package contents
  • NAS enclosure (hard drive not included)
  • Ethernet cable
  • Power adapter
  • Quick installation guide
Carton/Packaging
  • Retail Box Size: 9.1 x 7.1 x 3.4 in. (23 x 18 x 8.7 cm)
  • Carton Size (10pcs per carton): 18.3 x 15.2 x 10 in. (46.5 x 38.5 x 25.5 cm)
Remarks
  • With an internal hard drive and an external eSATA hard drive it's possible to create a RAID 0 or RAID 1 array.
  • Free application for iPhone and iPad available on App Store.
  • If the MyCloud is purchased with HDD's installed, setup will normally take less than 45 seconds. However, set up times may be longer if HDD installation and formatting are required.


Company Information

Akitio
13965 Stage Rd., Suite D
Santa Fe Springs, CA. 90670
Phone: 562-802-3288
Fax:
562-508-4278

Product: MyCloud Mini
Part Number: MCS-LN2SPA-AKT
Street Price: $100
Source: Manufacture supplied

URL: www.akitio.com
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