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Helios4 is our way to give back to the open source community. You can also contribute by sharing on Facebook & Social medias to make this project a reality. (click image above to become a Contributor & WIN Rewards)
Helios4 is our way to give back to the open source community. You can also contribute by sharing on Facebook & Social medias to make this project a reality. (click image above to become a Contributor & WIN Rewards)

 

 /!\ ALL PRICES (shipping incl.) are in SINGAPORE DOLLARS /!\

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Helios your Own Private Cloud

Helios4 is a Network Attached Storage or NAS - a smart box with up to 4 hard drives designed to store Family Photos, Music playlists, and Movie collections by connecting to your Home network.

Program movie download & Get Fast access to Videos, Pictures & Music from any device.

Share your photos & files and let friends and family access them anywhere, anytime...

Protect your data from loss & corruption with RAID redundancy never lose memories again.

  

  

Features & Benefits

Helios4 is the cornerstone of a perfect Home network storage

Up to 50% less than the NAS market standards and you save on Energy

Turnkey solution & Access to thousand of Free Open Apps

Half the Volume Size of 4 Bay NAS competitors 

Custom Color DIY NAS assembled in less than 10 minutes

By using your network Helios4 performs way better in delivering your data at home and makes your content accessible anywhere over the internet.

Helios4 is the single access to your data memories acting as a live back-up for all your family devices.

  

  

A Powerful Home Storage Solution

Helios4 is the perfect recipe of high speed interfaces to build a real NAS :

The Marvell ARMADA® 388 is a robust energy-efficient System on Chip (SoC) with very powerful processing abilities especially suited for headless data processing, networking and storage. This Dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU clocked at 1.8 Ghz integrates a Cryptographic and XOR DMA engines to provides the best level of performance for NAS functionality. 

Helios4 Interfaces
Helios4 Interfaces

  

The only ARM based board on the market that offers 4x SATA 3.0 ports. This is the key feature that makes this platform the first single board computer specially designed for Network Attached Storage. Enjoy up to 40TB of storage (4x Disk of 10TB) while insuring enough throughput to share your data across your entire home or small office network.

 

Helios4 Network File Access Performance
Helios4 Network File Access Performance

  

    

Application eco-system

If you want an out of the box solution, we got you covered as we have partnered with key open source projects in order to provide a complete ready to run NAS operating systems on day one.  

 

You will have just to download an image file and load it on an SDcard that you will insert in Helios4. That's all.

 

Our Open Source partners :

 Armbian   (Operating System) - Linux for ARM Development boards.

Lightweight Debian and Ubuntu based distribution specialized for ARM developing boards. Armbian provides a powerful build and software development tools which is supported by a vibrant community.

 OpenMediaVault    (Application) - The Open NAS Solution.

The next generation of NAS turn key solution based on Debian Linux. It is a simple and easy out-of-the-box solution that will allow everyone to install and administrate a NAS without extensive knowledge.

Syncloud   (Application) - Your Personal App Server.

Have your own online File storage, Social network or Email server. Great Apps like ownCloud & Diaspora are available on Syncloud which adapts all these applications for the best user experience on ARM platform.

   

  

Technical Overview

 For more info: DETAILED TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Choose the right amount of DDR3L memory for your applications, from a perfect 1GB to a generous 2GB. 

Connect external storages and enjoy lighting speed to transfer data from or to your hard drives. Or connect a WiFi dongle to make Helios4 wireless. 

Reach the full potential of your storage over your network thanks to a full duplex Gigabit Ethernet that will always perform at maximum speed. 

Enjoy the simplicity of running your operating system directly from an SD card. Support SDHC or SDXC cards with a bus speed of up 104 MByte/s.

High performance and high density systems require adequate active cooling. Connect up to 2x PWM fans with automatic speed control and monitoring

- Add new features with I2C and GPIO headers (LCD screen & Control buttons).

- Access serial console directly via dedicated mini USB port. 

 

 

Full Casing Kit

 

Because this project would be incomplete without a nice casing and all the accessories to make it a perfect appliance, Helios4 will come as a full kit that anyone can assemble in less than 10 minutes, so you can claim to have built your own personal cloud.

Full Kit content :

  • 1x Helios4 Board (1GB or 2GB RAM)
  • 1x Color Casing (available in Black or Blue)
  • 2x 70mm PWM ball bearing FAN
  • 4x SATA Data Cable
  • 2x Molex to dual SATA Power Cable
  • 1x AC Adapter (12V/8A)
  • 1x Assembly kit

Basic Kit content :

  • 1x Helios4 Board (1GB or 2GB RAM)
  • 4x SATA Data Cable
  • 2x Molex to dual SATA Power Cable
  • 1x AC Adapter (12V/8A)

  

Assembled in less than 10 minutes !

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We believe in Open Source

 

Open source software

Because simply this project wouldn't even exist without all the amazing projects out there, any of our software contribution will of course be published on our Github.

Open source hardware

We hope people will adopt our platform and make it their own therefore all hardware details along with schematics will be available on our Wiki page.

 

Support Helios4 = Support the Community

 

For each ordered Helios4 kit, US$ 2 will be distributed to the 3 following open source projects :

  • Armbian
  • OpenMediaVault
  • SynCloud

 

We need your help to raise awareness on this Project... so we launch a Special Helios4 Lucky Draw: Read our Announcement

  

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About the team

We are a group of passionate people based in Singapore who love to build and design our own smart home solutions. Our background ranges from aerospace industry to data science, gathering a wide spectrum of engineering skills and experiences. We strongly believe in open source and always held the vision to create an open platform to let people express their creativity and hack around. Helios4 project is our way to contribute back to the OSS community.

Team members :

For Media information: Check Helios4 Press Release

Risks and challenges

Helios4 challenges are divided into 2 categories :

For the hardware, we partnered with Solid Run, a global leading developer and manufacturer of powerful energy efficient System on Modules, in order to insure that we deliver what we promise to people. The board is ready for production, but as any hardware, some minor revisions could arise if necessary.

Regarding the software, we will provide through the Armbian build framework, Linux Debian and Ubuntu images that fully support Helios4 hardware features . These baseline OS images will greatly simplify the integration work of the OpenMediaVault and Syncloud team. However we will need to insure that sufficient documentation and support is provided to aim the delivery schedule.

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