AKiTiO Thunder Dock


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Thunderbolt
USB 3.0 with UASP
Bus-powered FireWire port
Independent eSATA controllers
Thunderbolt cable included
Not compatible with Boot Camp


 

Overview

AKiTiO Thunder Dock

The Thunderbolt™ dock links past, present and future technology to your computer with just one Thunderbolt™ cable. The Thunder Dock allows you to access your data on both legacy and future storage drives by providing multiple host ports for USB 3.0, eSATA and FireWire 800. It also has two Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining additional Thunderbolt devices and storage.

Features

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  • Two Thunderbolt™ ports for lightning fast speeds up to 10Gb/s
  • Daisy chain up to 6 Thunderbolt™ devices
  • Two eSATA host ports (up to 6Gb/s)
  • One 7 watt bus-powered FireWire 800 host port
  • Two bus-powered USB 3.0 host ports (supports UASP)
  • Durable and rugged aluminum casing

Linking past, present and future technology

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USB 3.0 supporting UASP

The two USB 3.0 ports both support UASP (USB attached SCSI protocol) for increased performance over USB 3.0 but the same ports can of course also be used to connect the older USB 2.0 storage drives. Note: The maximum transfer rate for each USB port is about 370MB/s.

FireWire with bus-power (7W)

Long a favorite of Mac users but now replaced by Thunderbolt™ and USB 3.0, the FireWire interface can still be used through the AKiTiO Thunder Dock. Simply hook up your legacy FireWire drives (bus-powered and self-powered) to the dock and you can access all your existing data without having to buy new hard drive enclosures.

eSATA storage (6Gbps)

Not as common as the other interfaces but PC users will be happy to know that there are also two eSATA ports available to hook up external eSATA drives.

High-Speed I/O Performance

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Thunderbolt™ I/O

Thunderbolt™ is a revolutionary connection technology that simultaneously supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices through a single, compact port. Thunderbolt™ I/O technology gives you two channels on the same connector with 10 Gbps of throughput in both directions. That makes Thunderbolt™ extremely fast and flexible. In comparison, it is up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800.

Thunder Dock

One Thunderbolt™ cable to connect them all. Simply connect the dock to your computer with just one cable and get instant access to all the additional storage drives that are hooked up to the dock. The lighting fast Thunderbolt™ interface guarantees that you can achieve the best possible data transfer rates.

Thunderbolt™ Daisy Chain

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Storage & Display

The second Thunderbolt™ port allows you to connect up to 5 additional Thunderbolt™ devices (storage or display) in a daisy chain.

eSATA

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Independent eSATA controllers

Two independent eSATA controllers guarantee that the performance doesn't drop, when a second eSATA storage device is connected at the same time. Note: The maximum transfer rate for each eSATA port is about 370MB/s.

USB charger (2.1A)

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Recharge mobile phones & tablets

The USB ports can be used to recharge your electronic devices (e.g. iPad or iPhone) over USB on Mac OS X 10.9.2 or above. Providing up to 2.1A, the AKiTiO Thunder Dock can even recharge your larger devices such as the iPad. It also provides power for the Apple Keyboard and the Apple SuperDrive for computers that do not have a built-in SuperDrive.

Specifications

Model No. AKiTiO Thunder Dock
Part No.
  • NEUH-THSB3IAS-AKT1U
Certifications
  • CE
  • FCC
  • Thunderbolt
Case material
  • High quality aluminum
Interface/Ports
  • 2x Thunderbolt ports
  • 2x eSATA host ports (supports port multiplier)
  • 2x USB 3.0 SuperSpeed host ports (supports UASP)
  • 1x FireWire 800 host port (supports bus-power)
Data transfer
  • Thunderbolt up to 10Gbps
  • eSATA up to 6Gbps
  • USB 3.0 up to 5Gbps
  • FireWire 800 (1394b) up to 800Mbps
System requirements (PC) Not supported
System requirements (Mac)
  • Mac OS X v10.9 or later
  • Computer with Thunderbolt™ connector
System environment
  • Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C
  • Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C
  • Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)
Power supply
  • External power supply (UL, cUL, CE, TUV approved)
  • Input: AC 100-240V
  • Output: DC +12V/5A
Dimensions (LxWxH)
  • 6.25 inches x 3.83 inches x 0.71 inches
  • 15.88cm x 9.75cm x 1.8cm
Package contents
  • AKiTiO Thunder Dock
  • Thunderbolt cable
  • Power adapter
  • Setup guide
Carton/Packing
  • Retail Box Size: 9.17 x 7.2 x 3.54 in. (23.3 x 18.3 x 9 cm)
  • Carton Size (10pcs per carton): 18.9 x 15.4 x 10.04 in. (48 x 39.1 x 25.5 cm)
Remarks
  • This docking station does not have any internal storage. All data is stored on external drives that are connected to the dock.
  • In order to recharge an iOS device over USB (e.g. iPhone, iPad or iPad mini), the Thunderbolt cable has to be connected to the computer and the system has to be running (S0 or S3). The OS has to be updated to Mac OS 10.9.2 or above and a driver has to be installed.
  • The maximum transfer rate for each eSATA and USB port is about 370MB/s.
  • This Thunderbolt product is not compatible with Apple's Boot Camp.

Reviews

macintouch

The Akitio Thunder Dock is ideal for people who have existing eSATA storage devices to connect with a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac (MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, iMac, and especially the new Mac Pro). If your Mac also lacks USB 3 (e.g. 2011-era MacBook Pro and Mac Mini), or lacks FireWire 800 (new Mac Pro, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, iMac), then it's even more valuable. Read More...

Ric Ford - MacInTouch (June 2, 2014)
ZDNet

If you are migrating from a last-gen Mac Pro and have eSATA and FireWire drives — as I am — the AKiTiO Thunder Dock is a great choice. The ports are fast and the setup couldn't be simpler. For me, the Akitio Thunder Dock gets the nod because it does more of what I need. I have heavy storage requirements and the ease and performance of my legacy storage turns a little MacBook Air into an I/O monster. Read More...

Robin Harris - ZDNet (May 7, 2014)
macnn

We've seen many MacBook-focused accessories that generally mimic the notebooks' industrial design, and the AKiTiO Thunder is one of the most fitting examples. Its aluminum construction, matte bead-blasted finish and gentle contours appear to perfectly match the design aesthetic of most MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs. This may not matter to some buyers, but it certainly looks natural sitting on a desk next to any Apple devices. Read More...

Justin King - MacNN (March 5, 2014)
technology tell logo

The Thunder Dock brings together all of the products and organizes the I/O into one compact little box, allowing me to connect all of it to my Macbook Air with one Thunderbolt cable. There isn’t too much to do with the dock other than power all of your technologies in one centralized location, though it is very useful and is set at a very good price for all of the technology that you can run through it. Read More...

Kaled Ali - Technology Tell (February 24, 2014)
tweaktown

The AKiTiO Thunder Dock offers a tremendous amount of value in the age of slim computing. Allowing users to utilize eSATA and legacy Firewire devices makes this a must have for any professional. Read More...

Tyler Bernath - TweakTown (February 22, 2014)

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Compatibility

  • apple-boot-camp-not-supported-80This product is not supported on Boot Camp
  • This product is not supported on Windows but works with limited functionality (e.g. no hot plug)
  • This product does not support FirmTek's SeriTek/5PM eSATA hard drive enclosure
  • External drives that are connected to the docking station do NOT spin down unless the power to the drive(s) is turned off

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Quote by Robin Harris

“If you are migrating from a last-generation Mac Pro and have eSATA and FireWire drives - as I am - the Akitio Thunder Dock is a great choice.„
Robin Harris - ZDNET.com

Quote by Raymond Singer

“Here’s the kicker: two independent SATA ports to play your legacy RAIDs with nary a grumble or dropped frame! No, wait a minute, the real kicker is that this little guy ACTUALLY WORKS THE WAY YOU EXPECT IT TO! And keeps on working.„
Raymond Singer - cuttothestory.com

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