Zotac Tackles Digital Media Sharing with StreamBox and RAIDbox Devices

Paul Lilly

Don't confuse Zotac's StreamBox with Valve's SteamBox, two very different products.

Zotac , a major player in the mini PC category, is "embark[ing] on a new era of digital media sharing" by announcing its new StreamBox and RAIDbox accessories. Starting with the StreamBox, this NUC-sized device is supposed to make it easy to broadcast audio, video, and image files from Android smartphones, tablets, and notebooks via DLNA. It supports display mirroring on select Android mobile devices via Miracast compatibility, Zotac says.

"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 Wi-Fi 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."

The StreamBox features a 10/100 Ethernet port and built-in dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. In addition to DLNA, AirFun, and Miracast, it also supports USB file playback.

Moving on to the RAIDbox UD10 , it sports a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface and is USB powered. It can run two mSATA solid state drives in RAID 0/1, JBOD, and BIG (spanning).

Zotac didn't mention how much either device will cost or when they'll be available to purchase.

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