Excito B3 Home Server

Small fileserver with a WiFi connection

Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 17.02.2011
Manufacturer: Excito
Product Group: Storage
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Earlier this year we reviewed a NAS-drive from Western Digital and found it very useful for media streaming and file storage when there are more than just one PC in the house. The real point of that drive was the RAID-feature that keeps the data safe on two individual hard drives. This time, however, we have a new network drive from a Swedish manufacturer called Excito. The B3 takes a very different kind of approach at network storage and home server needs. Now lets dive in and see what this device is all about.


Package & Specs


Excito B3 Home Server - Small fileserver with a WiFi connection

The B3 comes in a very stylish black box, with the drive carefully packed inside to prevent any shipping damage. The simplified looks mean there aren't many product pictures or details to be seen, but there are still the most important specs printed in the bottom. The B3 comes in different varieties, ranging from a 40 GB SSD to a terabyte hard drive and with some models coming with the optional WLAN-kit. Our sample is a WLAN-version fitted with a 500 GB hard drive.

  • Internal hard drive:> up to 2 TB SATA-II 3Gbps Internal memory: 512 MB DDR2
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz ARM
  • Network Connectivity: Two Gigabit Ethernet NICs
  • USB 2.0: 2 x 480 Mbit/s
  • eSATA: Yes, x1
  • Power consumption: 5-13W (from 5W with SSD, from 8W with HDD)
  • Size: 11.5 x 4.5 x 18.5 cm (4.5 x 1.8 x 7 inches)
  • Kensington lock slot: Yes
  • Fan: No
  • Downloader (HTTP, FTP, TORRENT)
  • iTunes music streaming (Firefly/DAAP/Soundbridge)
  • UPnP media streaming (Mediatomb)
  • Squeezebox support (Squeezebox Server)
  • File server (HTTP, Samba, FTP, SCP, AFP)
  • Web server (Apache 2, PHP5, MySql)
  • Webmail client
  • Email Server (Dovecot, Postfix)
  • Fetchmail Server (Fetchmail)
  • Printer Server (Cups)
  • Integrated backup solution
  • Upgraded, cleaner and easier to use web photo album
  • Easyfind service
  • SSH connection to internal Linux
  • Linux 2.6 + Debian (Squeeze)
  • Firewall (Iptables)

  • RAID 1 support with external eSATA disk(s)

  • Wireless access point (802.11 abgn, 2 x MIMO, dual band, fully open source)
  • DNS server
  • DHCP server

Looking at the specifications it's clear why the B3 is called a personal server - it does most of the stuff you can do with a fully-fledged home server. It can do all the things ranging from email to media serving and despite being a single drive device, can also do RAID if you separately buy an e-sata expansion drive.




Excito B3 Home Server - Small fileserver with a WiFi connection

Inside the box are the device itself, a power brick, an installation guide, four rubber feet, a LAN-cable and in case it's the WLAN-version, also two antennas. Everything is black which gives a lovely uniform style to the product. The manual is a pretty short one, but comes with pictures that make setting the unit up a breeze.

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