Why does anybody design a case for a Nanopi M4?

I had for long time a single bay synology but since the drive died a few years ago I didn´t use it anymore for storing files on long term as everything was in the nirvana at that time.

I looked into a 3-bay or more NAS with redundancy and realized that it starts at a high price point and entry level NAS are restricted to a manufacturer and their support in terms of firmwares or OS builds. On the other hand you can get nowadays good and convenient solutions but these are mostly based on x86 which consume a lot of energy.

So this year the nanopi M4 with the sata hat came out and I wanted to give it a try. I only realized one pain point and this is the missing case hosting the nanopi + extention board and the drives. I also looked for a low consumption NAS so I decided to go with this setup and OMV4. I want to support this setup and especially the OMV + nanopi M4 by adding herewith the design for a simple and easy to build case. There´s no challenge for installation…the OMV image is available for the nanopi M4 as well as the aditional modules and drives and now finally I´ll provide a compact case to host everything safely.

NAS Shopping list


High efficency power supply Mean Well GST40A12-P1J – 40Watt are plenty enough for this setup. The supply will not get warm even if the NAS is under heavy load.

https://www.elektrokon.de/mean-well-gst40a12-p1j-tisch-netzteil-12vdc-3-34a-40watt-ip41_90037_8136


NanoPi M4 – 4GB, SATA HAT for NanoPi M4, NanoPi M4 Heat Sink

https://www.antratek.de/


sata Y-splitter cable

https://www.amazon.de/InLine-SATA-Strom-Y-Kabel-Buchse-Stecker/dp/B0015RZ6B0


32GB Sandisk micro SD or bigger – choose your favourite manufacturer


Fan 50x50x15mm (mine is a NONOIse G5015S12D with only 0.08A which is not disturbing. Important, it should be a two wire fan! You can choose your favourite manufacturer as most of the fans have the same formfactor and will fit to the fan mount.

My brand new opensource NAS

As I changed my PC setup to a small Intel I7 NUC I was in need of a bigger storage than the SSD in the guts of the NUC. My old synology NAS only provides one bay and is a closed system from Synology. Therefore I was checking around and now found a super nice solution based on a open source system. The overal consumption in standby/idle is around 6,5W. Under heavy load it increases up to 20W. So a low cost, energy saving NAS with raid and a lot of power ressources is possible in 2019. Stay tuned I will provide the next time some benchmarks…

Super 135 – take three

today I followed a friends advice not to dismantle the prototype but getting new internals to make a second version. As I didn´t had a ready device the last few months I couldn´t fly also. So the prototype 2 will have to proof itself in the coming days.

So the electronics will be below 200€ (excluding battery) if you order in my favourite chinese online shop Bangood.

I know this is not cheap but this tiny beast is comparable to a 5″ racer frame from the flight characteristics and the durability.