Today we have an interesting product in the Lab to check out, a Filegear One Plus personal cloud device. Filegear started as a Kickstarter created by Doug Walter and made its first showing at CES 2018. Filegear’s hook is ditching your online personal cloud services that have a monthly fee, expose your files to terms of service that can change at any time. This can be a particular saver for SMB installations with limited WAN connectivity. Enter Filegear which gives you full control of your data, pictures, music, movies, and creates backups by file duplication across drives you have attached to the unit.
Many of our readers here at STH have created personal and SMB clouds with systems they have running in their home labs, and some use NAS units like Synology or QNAP for this task. Filegear is a simple, elegant solution that does all that compared to much higher priced NAS boxes.
Filegear One Plus Overview
Packaging for the Filegear One Plus unit is simple, with no real markings on the retail box aside from the Filegear Logo.
Opening the box we see the One Plus unit protected by foam around the edges and wrapped in a protective cover.
With the One Plus on our table we see it’s size is 5” x 5” x 2” with the drive bay attached to the bottom of the unit. There is a gap that goes around the entire unit for ventilation. This area also has a blue LED effect that softly lights up this ring when in operation.
On the right side of the One Plus, we see 2x USB 3.0 and a single USB 2.0 port. Next are a Micro SD Card port and a power button.
At the top we see an additional USB 2.0 port, a Type-C port, HDMI (not currently active), LAN, and a headphone jack round out the remainder of IO ports.
Here we see the bottom of the Filegear box, two locking access tabs allow the removal of the storage bay and the access cover for installing your drive of choice.
Accessories include a LAN cable, HDMI cable and a small power brick.
Included with the retail kit is a VESA Wall Mount hardware that allows you to attach the Filegear One Plus to a wall or back of your monitor.
Let us move on to the hardware internals and then getting our Filegear One Plus ready for use.