Low-cost hard drive enclosures have extended the useful life of many a spare hard drive by turning them into USB or Firewire-attached external drives. And now similar products are arriving to perform the conversion to Networked Attached Storage (NAS). Jim Buzbee takes a look at two low-cost offerings and finds sometimes you get what you pay for.
Does a product that combines 120GB of networked storage with a PPTP/IPsec VPN endpoint router for about $350 sound like a good deal? We thought it might, but Tritton's All-in-one Server Appliance (ASAP) and ioGEAR's Broadband Office Storage Server(BOSS) share what we think is a fatal flaw that should make you think at least twice before you buy.