While in my personal quest to create a home theater media center (mainly an HTPC), I’ve come across and covered many set-up and options on The PractitioNERD over the past (almost) two years. I’ve just recently come across a company called Zotac, who has over the years released a series of small (to even smaller) media-friendly machines that are built to be used as living room media centers and home/office media servers. Two of Zotac’s latest products, the StreamBox and RAIDbox, aren’t standalone computers, but accessories that can be used in conjunction with the home theater capabilities of their ZBOX series of home media PCs.
The StreamBox takes content from your computer or Android phone/tablet via DNLA, and pushes it to your TV. The device features a 10/100 Ethernet jack, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n radios,and a USB port for connecting external storage drives. One of the drives that could be used and connected to that USB port cold be the USB 3.0-powered RAIDbox. While the box itself doesn’t come with any hard drives inside, you can easily install a pair of mSATA SSDs, and you won’t even need an external power supply to have it working!
Currently, details such as price and availability dates have not been announced, but check out the full press release below.
ZOTAC Embarks on New Era of Digital Media Sharing
New ZOTAC StreamBox and RAIDbox ease sharing of digital audio, video and image files
HONG KONG – Mar. 4, 2013 – ZOTAC International, a global innovator and leading manufacturer of graphics cards, mainboards and mini-PCs, today embarks on a new era of digital media sharing with the StreamBox and RAIDbox accessories that eases sharing digital audio, video and image files.
The ZOTAC StreamBox bridges the gap between mobile devices and television sets to enable easy broadcasting of audio, video and image files from Android smartphones, tablets and notebooks via the industry standard DLNA protocol. Display mirroring capabilities are available for select Android mobile devices via Miracast compatibility.
“We focused on making the ZOTAC StreamBox easy to use for users of all skill levels. All a user needs to do is connect to the ZOTAC StreamBox via WiFi and launch a DLNA-compatible application such as the free Realtek AirFun app and begin sharing your music, movies and images,” said Carsten Berger, senior director, ZOTAC International. “Advanced users can take advantage of screen mirroring features found on select devices too.”
Users that desire lightning-fast external storage in a pocket able form factor can opt for the ZOTAC RAIDbox customizable USB 3.0 storage enclosure. The ZOTAC RAIDbox accommodates up to two mSATA SSD drives and lets users select the best storage mode to suit their needs whether its maximum performance with RAID 0, enhanced data security with RAID 1, independent drives with JBOD or a simply span data in the BIG mode.
“The ZOTAC RAIDbox makes creating your own external storage device easy. A user simply needs to install their own mSATA SSD modules inside the ZOTAC RAIDbox and plug it into a USB 3.0 port,” Mr. Berger added. “The tool-less design makes customizing the ZOTAC RAIDbox easy as well.”
The ZOTAC StreamBox and RAIDbox enable users to easily share digital media whether it is to a group of people in front of a television set or to other users. No matter what your digital sharing needs are the ZOTAC StreamBox and RAIDbox are perfect for users of all savviness.
It’s time to play with the ZOTAC StreamBox and RAIDbox!
New ZOTAC StreamBox and RAIDbox
ZOTAC StreamBox DM01
- File streaming (DLNA / AirFun)
- USB file playback capable
- 10/100 Ethernet
- 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz)
ZOTAC RAIDbox UD10
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
Supports 2 mSATA SSD modules
RAID 0, 1, JBOD and BIG (spanning)
Windows, Mac OS X (Mountain Lion) & Ubuntu 12.04 compatible
Share your digital files via TV or PC