The Shuttle OmniNAS KD20 comes with an installation CD-ROM. It has a manual, and Windows program for finding the NAS in your network. When you've established a connection with the NAS for the first time, you get a menu which lets you set the disk configuration. It's possible to create a single drive, but you can also opt for RAID 0, 1 and JBOD. Then the system installs itself, and after a reboot you can finally get started.
In the firmware you immediately notice how well-organised Shuttle has made the various features. The firmware is not as comprehensive as that of other brands such as QNAP or Synology. You can use it as file server, a DLNA and iTunes server is built in, and a Bittorrent client is available. You'll find everything you expect from a modern NAS. Shuttle did leave out FTP, but that's a feature we can do without. One limitation in the firmware is that you are not able to run the DLNA media server and Bittorrent client simultaneously.
Shuttle has built in a 'personal cloud’ in the OmniNAS KD20, with a redirect service. It means that you can gain easy access to sub-domains of omninas.net, which you name yourself. You also get simple but effective OmniNAS apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. They provide access to the folders on your NAS, and you can view photos directly.
We measured the following in terms of energy consumption. We one disk idling the OmniNAS registers 12 watts, and active it's 16 watts. With two disks, the usage is 19.9 watts idle, and 24.1 watts when the disks are active. The hardware consists of a dual-core 750 MHz PLX 7821 processor, a chip with two ARM 11 cores that's been specifically developed for affordable NAS devices.