NAS or Network Attached Storage is now pretty common to us. They are plugged into our home network, and with the help of the NAS mobile or desktop app, we can share files between our PC, Mobile and store data on the NAS.
Our home network must be active with an internet connection to use NAS. It’s like your own cloud storage without a monthly payment scheme like Google, Dropbox, etc.
Recently a new NAS device has come into the spotlight. This was a Kickstarter project. It’s Cubbit.
So, why Cubbit is different from other NAS storage? It has all the facilities like cloud storage and the available NAS devices in the market. It works the same way, except it has peer-to-peer connectivity with other Cubbit users.
While the definition of NAS devices is they will be your personal cloud storage and usable only through your own home network, Cubbit works like a beehive. The beehive is the total Cubbit users/network system of Cubbit. Each user gets a cell and acts like a bee. They are a part of the larger swarm.
Can I access my data from anywhere as a Cubbit User?
Yes, you can access your data from anywhere online, and you also need to buy a Cubbit cell to attach it to your network and be a member of the hive.
The data is encrypted, so other Cubbit users won’t know what you are storing or sharing. If you ever damage your Cubbit cell, your data won’t get lost because a chunk of everyone’s data is loaded on the whole cubbit network cells.
Doesn’t it feel like a torrent?
Most probably, as far I know, we do torrenting this way. We seed files from each other’s PC. So, a cubbit is like a network of torrent users with encrypted data security.
The more their cells are active worldwide, the better the Cubbit network will be.
What I always feel bad about when using a NAS device is its slow speed. Maybe Cubbit can solve this problem with devices located all over the world.
Does it mean I can log in to my data online even if my Cubbit cell is offline?
It’s a valid question, and you should. As the system says your files are distributed among the other users as an encrypted chunk, you should be able to get your files from anywhere in the world, even if your unit is offline, damaged, or lost.
This is where Cubbit wins over the other NAS devices. If your NAS device is offline for any kind of failure like internet or power, you can no longer access them from a remote location.
But, if you are a Cubbit user, this won’t happen. Your data is always online.
So, in definition, Cubbit is like personal cloud storage + NAS system, which you need to pay for only once in a lifetime.
Paying monthly for cloud storage is expensive if you consider it for a long time. Whereas as a Cubbit user, you can get the same facility at less price.
The only thing I will be damned about is the speed. NAS devices are slow in read-write capability as they use the regular hard disk. I love Google cloud because the speed is great. Cubbit uses swarm cloud technology; its speed is better than the typical NAS at your home.
But are they comparable to Google or the One drive cloud? They win the race in pricing and stability, but what about the speed?
Here are the things I like about Cubbit so far:
- Better than the regular NAS with cloud redundancy.
- One time payment for the initial 512GB storage, now you can increase it to 1TB
- You can attach external storage to increase the total storage amount.
- You access the data from anywhere in the world.
- Even if your unit is destroyed, you can access your data.
- Your data is encrypted, and nobody can access it.
A few things Cubbit is still behind of other cloud storage
- Speed is not comparable to Google or One drive.
- The cell unit is average build.
- Their desktop and the mobile app still needs improvement.
If you are going to get a NAS for your home use, this is preferable, but it is not still preferable to Google cloud in terms of speed.
I may prefer it as a second option. What’s your say?