Patriot Javelin S4 DLNA Digital Media Server 4-Bay Network Attached Storage NAS RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 PCNASJV35S4 - White
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- 4 x 3.5-inch bays
- DLNA Certified
- iTunes, Logitech Squeezebox, Print server capable
- TimeMachine and UPnP compatible
- Integrated BitTorrent client and Facebook Upload capabilities
- Web based in-browser playback (access from any PC or Mac) and Mobile media playback (Android/iOS app)
- RAID 1, 0, 10, 5, JBOD
- One Touch Backup and Full feature back up utility software (Acronis)
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Consolidate your digital media into a single storage location with the Patriot Memory Javelin S4 Media Server. The Javelin S4 is the perfect media server to safely store and distribute all of your digital audio, video and images media via your home network or across the Internet to friends and family. Form and function is what makes the Javelin S4 the perfect digital media hub. With room to accommodate four 3.5-inch hard drives and additional external expansion via USB 2.0 and eSATA ports, the Javelin S4 can pack up to 12TB of storage capacity into a small form factor chassis. A customized operating system delivers superior serving capabilities to the Javelin S4. Integrated DLNA-compatible streaming, Apple iTunes server, Squeezebox Server and UPnP capabilities enable the Javelin S4 to seamless connect to PC, Mac and home electronics devices such as the Patriot Box Office and network-connected televisions and Blu-ray players.
Top customer reviews
- reliable - I bought this on Oct 2011, never had to power off
- easy to install and configure
- mac and pc friendly
- 1gbps interface
- even having 1gbps interface, it's slow because of the cache it has
- alert for mac users: it is very limited, no timemachine compatibility
- firmware update to be release takes forever. At the time I bought it was the lion version and support told me the next firmware would be compatible with time machine. Now we are with the new firmware but also now mac os also is new (mountain lion) and still not time machine compatible :-(
Why I'm giving 3 stars:
- We use for backups, so no big deal, it works
- On June 2012 we needed another array so we bought the Synology DS411J. This array stopped to work after 5 months, still waiting for support (by the way I wait over half hour to have a tech support talk with me for synology). So compared to Synology, at least javelin didn't disappointed me that much, at least I still have access to my data in the javelin.
Based on both experience (synology and patriot javelin) I need to continue to look more in the market for something that is reliable and at the same time faster and updated (compatible with mac os time machine).
GL if you get this, and hope you never need support.
I contacted Patriot Memory Tech support on their web site, and promptly received a reply with a ticket number an login to the support site. That was a month ago! So far I've seen nothing from Tech support.
In short, if you buy this, you are on your own.
Called Patriot Tech Support and spent about 20 minutes trying things, nothing worked. Tech said it is "Dead" and to send it back.
Now I am looking for a NAS Drive all over again.
I thought I could live with the slow backups, as the incremental backups would only update the changes - which would not be that much each week. Nope, it resends ALL the data.
For comparison I just backed up our database server to an external disk on another computer using Windows Server Backup. Data is transmitted from Server A -> via Gb switch -> Server B -> eSata attached single drive (same 2TB Hitachi drive used in the S4). The bottle necks are the write speed of the single disk and Gb network switch. It took less than 1.5 hours to backup 128 Gig of data (23MB/sec). When I copy the onsite backup drive to the offsite backup drive (both using the same 2 TB hitachi drives I'm using in the S4, both connected via eSata ports into the same PCI-Express card), I can copy 195 Gigs of data in 35 minutes (92MB/sec).
I won't even go into how many times I've locked up the Javelin. I've learned that it can only do one write operation at a time. And that the manual gives you instructions for dealing with lockups is not a good sign.
My S4 is configured as such:
Configured with 4 x 2TB Hitachi HDs in a Raid-5 array. Jumbo frames turned off as it adds to lockups with my laptop Thinkpad W520 (didn't improve throughput to server when tested with 9K jumbo frames). Updated the firmware on the S4. Running Gb network tested with 3 different Gb switches. Turned off all unnecessary services and protocols on the S4. Firewalls and Antivirus off.
Spend the money and get a better NAS. A hardware RAID-5 NAS should not perform worse than a single drive attached through USB 2.0 port - especially for over $300 - before you have to drop an additional $300 in drives into it. All the other features are worthless if you can't efficiently get the data on there in the first place and it locks up all the time.
Most recent customer reviews
1. Easy to setup very intuitive for IT person using included software. Needed the book only for default password.
2. Small foot print