Storaxa is a 3-in-1 5-bay NAS, WiFi 6 router, and 4K media center (Crowdfunding)

The Storaxa is a multi-purpose device powered by an Intel Celeron N6005 Jasper Lake processor which works as a 5-bay SATA NAS, which also happens to take up to four NVMe SSDs, a 4K media center with HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces, and a WiFi 6 router equipped with four 2.5GbE ports.

The solution is fitted with 16GB RAM, comes with four 10 Gbps USB 3.2 ports and two USB 2.0 ports, and runs Proxmox VE to handle both TrueNAS SCALE and OpenWrt for the NAS and router functions respectively.

5-Bay NAS WiFi 6 router 4K media center

Storaxa specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N6005 quad-core Jasper Lake processor @ 2.0GHz / 3.3GHz (Turbo) with 32EU Intel UHD graphics @ 450 / 900 MHz (Turbo); 10W TDP
  • System Memory – 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR4-3200 SO-DIMM memory
  • Storage
    • 128 GB SATA SSD for OS
    • 5x 3.5-inch SATA bays
    • 4x M.2 2280 sockets for NVMe SSDs (connected via ASMedia ASM2812X PCIe switch)
    • MicroSD card slot, SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort up to 4Kp60 each
  • Networking
    • 4x 2.5GbE RJ45 ports
    • Dual-band WiFi 6
  • USB – 3x USB Type-A ports (10 Gbps), 1x USB Type-C port (10 Gbps), 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Power Supply – 100V-240V AC input
  • Power Consumption – Idle: 18W; writing: 80W
  • Dimensions – 28 x 20 x 20 cm

Storaxa rear panel

Storaxa ports layout

There are several to configure the system for your needs, but the company suggests four 22TB SATA hard drives configured with RAID 5, plus a 16TB SATA HDD to backup the data from four 4TB SSDs configured with RAID 0 that would provide 82TB total usable capacity with disk failure protection.

Storaxa storage configuration

It’s unclear to me what are the advantages of having SSD drives in the Storaxa, as one of the advantages of SSD-based NAS like the QNAP TBS-464 and upcoming TBS-574X is their thin design, but it’s obviously not the case here. QNAP says the TBS-574X will also be suitable for real-time 4K video production and business IT applications, so maybe the SSDs may help here too although the Intel Celeron N6005 used in the Storaxa will not be quite as powerful as the Intel Core i3-1220P 10-core Alder Lake-P processor found in the QNAP NAS.

A Kickstarter campaign is now running for the Storaxa, and it has been fairly popular so far with over $800,000 raised from close to 2,600 backers. Two rewards are offered for the Storaxa: $239 for the Chinese New Year promotion, and $279 once CNY is over or all 240 first units are gone. Shipping adds $25 to $35 and deliveries are scheduled to start in June 2023 if everything goes according to plan.

Thanks to Mihai for the tip.

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