|Linksys Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives NSLU2
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Linksys NSLU2 Network Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives addresses a key problem that occurs in most office LAN environments. As workgroup needs evolve for increased datastorage demands along with emergent technologies, increasing the storage capacity of your network becomes vital. With the availability of many accessory hard drives, it is possible to increase storage without overhauling your entire network and the NSLU2 makes it possible with greater ease than you might have imagined. Now you can quickly and easily add gigabytes of storage space onto your network with the Network Storage Link from Linksys. This tiny network appliance connects USB 2.0 hard drives directly to your Ethernet network. You can connect up to two stand-alone USB disk drives of any size, and access them from anywhere on your network. You can even plug a USB flash disk into the Network Storage Link, for a convenient way of accessing your portable data files. The Network Storage Link can also be set up so that your storage devices are accessible from the Internet -- files can be easily downloaded via your web browser. Your files can be available publicly, or create password-protected accounts for authorized users. Installation of the Network Storage Link is simple -- just plug it directly into your 10/100 Ethernet network, and attach your USB 2.0 hard drives or flash disk. It can self-configure to your network via DHCP or you can use the built-in utility to manually configure it. With the speedy USB 2.0 interface, you'll get quick response times with even your largest files.
- Connects USB 1.1 or 2.0 hard drives and flash drives directly to your network
- Share music, video, or data files with managed access by user name or group
- Integrated file server--access your files from the Internet
- Built-in disk utilities--format, backup, and scandisk
- Connects directly to a 10/100 Ethernet network for throughput up to 200 Mbps
- Long live the SLUG!
After beta testing Windows Home Server and being underwhelmed by the need for a client and a full blown computer I really wanted a home network storage device that didn't require either. I also use non-Windows operating systems and am pretty comfortable with Linux so the ability to replace the Linux-based Linksys operating system with one more akin to a full blown Linux server was something I was pretty excited about doing. I didn't end up upgrading the software because the standard software did what I wanted, specifically being able to use RAID 1 between the two attached disks.
The only complaint I have is that the device doesn't detect an external drive enclosure I bought separately for a hard drive that I had laying around. The enclosure was pretty cheap though so I can't blame the slug.
Overall I'm very pleased. The device does everything I thought it would at an outstanding price. It's small, dead quiet and upgradeable when I'm ready or if it doesn't do something I need....more info
- The little Linux that could!
I won't bother to review the NSLU2 as a music server or criticise it because it uses the ext3 file system. I don't really care that Linksys customer support sucks - all customer support for technical stuff like this is pretty abysmal. Instead I will concentrate on what it does well and really IS - a low power, Linux computer with good IO support via USB and an active user community. This product allows hands on experience with a compact (by necessity) but fairly modern and full-featured version of Linux (2.4.21). The limited main memory (32 megabytes) and flash for boot (8 megabytes) enforces a discipline of compactness missing in the normal desktop with 1 gigabyte of main memory and a terabyte of disk storage.
The Linksys WRT54GL wireless router is possibly the only other device out there with such an active user group. It, however, has only half the main memory and no USB ports. As a hackable Linux based router it is superb but it is less useful as a general purpose Linux box.
The USB implementation is what makes the NSLU2 so expandable. One may add hubs and hang all sorts of USB periperals such as RS232 converters, etc. There are also easily accessible pinouts internally for I2C that is supported by the kernel. This is a boon for those of us who want to buy cheap transducer chips from Digikey and Mouser and want to hook them up to a reasonably powerful computer for processing and storage.
The UBW (Universal Bit Whacker), available from SparkFun.com for less than $20, provides an inexpensive way to add 20 general purpose IO lines and 10 bit AD conversion. This tiny board contains a PIC micrcontroller that provides a USB connection and has firmware that makes it appear to the NSLU2 as an RS232 port. To use it one simply opens a standard COM232 port and writes ascii character strings. The PIC firmware is open source and completely modifiable using free tools provided by Microchip (the mfg. of the PIC).
There is also a ProLogix USB to GPIB controller available for $150 that uses a FTDI USB to RS232 chip internally. This allows an NSLU2 in a remote location to control all sorts of legacy GPIB equipment with full telnet or ssh access. The NSLU2 idles at about 4 watts not including a hard drive. By using flash memory sticks it is possible to have a remote monitoring setup running from solar panels with the NSLU2 firing up telemetry equipment as needed to make measurements and then powering them back down. The low power draw of the NSLU2 allows it to run continuously
One can solder on a small IC made by Microchip to boot the NSLU2 when power is applied. This is a real benefit since most of the commercial embedded Linux devices I have encountered require someone to manually restart the unit after power is lost and restored. If you intend to have one of these at a remote location for telemetry you certainly don't want to drive fifty miles over fire roads just because power failed for ten minutes!
While it is possible to upgrade to Linux 2.6 and a Debian distro, I haven't found it necessary yet. Instead I immediately "unslung" to version 6.10 beta so I can have room to store new programs. "Unslinging" moves most of the operating system files from ram to a USB storage device. I'm using a 256 megabyte flash memory stick and still have 90% free. After that simple upgrade I was able to use the ipkg program to download and install all sorts of precompiled packages directly over the web. My first step was to get full featured versions of bash and busybox so that the user interface would be a bit more full featured. There are thousands of programs available. An embarrassment of riches.
My next step is to install the toolchain on a desktop Linux box so I can write and compile programs for the NSLU2.
The NSLU2 is a beautiful piece of equipment in the much the same way that my Marlin Glenfield Model 60 is a beautiful rifle. The lines are clean and the design is minimalist. True, it's just a mass produced 22 caliber plinker, but it's cheap to buy, cheap to use, nice to handle and for most of my shooting it's fine. If you're not out for bear but just want to harass the occasional rat and gopher or maybe shoot a few wine bottles to get them ready for recycling, it's just the ticket.
What makes the NSLU2 head and shoulders above just about everything else out there is the active support from the people at www.nslu2-linux.org as well as an active yahoo bulletin board. The collective efforts of these folks have transformed a little plastic box not much bigger than a pack of cigarettes from a mediocre and rather buggy little file server into "the little engine that could!" My thanks to everyone out there who has shown that the "tragedy of the commons" is not a universal rule. If you've been thinking about learning Linux the "real" way - from the command line - and you don't want to have to wade through billions of bytes of fluff and cruft, here's the baby for you. Under the hood Linux remains a powerful and fairly simple operating system capable of doing useful work in a small memory footprint on a slow, by today's standards, processor.
- Dont waste your time
Where do I begin? First off this is a Linux device so it presents several problems when used on a network with Windows machines.
File names on NTFS drives may not be compatible.
Drives formatted as NTFS or FAT32 can not be set for private access
The NSLU2 will format the drives as EXT3 but you loose the ability to plug the drives into your PC if it is Windows.
Probably the main reason I returned the NSLU2 is because it is too slow. You would think that you would get near 100mbps speed, which is the speed of your network. Not true. The fastest through-put I could get was 32mbs. And an average speed of about 25mbs. This is just too slow for a network drive.
I set up a file server using XP and get easy 90-98mbps transfer on the drives.
- BEWARE of "features"
I was looking (and still am) for a simple way to connect an external USB hard drive to my network at home.
I wanted to:
1) be able to connect it to a NAS controller-like device and be able to backup files from any wireless device on the home network.
Also (and this is the reason for my dissapointment)
2) I wanted to be able to take my external hard drive with me whenever necessary.
Well... the Linksys NSLU2 does 1, but will not allow 2 because it has to format the external drive to a format that is incompatible with Windows. Here is the quote from the online setup user guide: "Note: Hard Disk Drives used on the Network Storage Link are NOT compatible with any version of Windows. You cannot swap USB HDDs between Windows and the Network Storage Link."
Would have been nice if this "feature" was better explained upfront, rather than me spending the $50 on the NSLU2 and "chaining" my external/potrable drive to it.
Dissapointed. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. ...more info
- Handy Unit Works As Advertised
Was slightly tricky to set up if you are not using a Linksys router. My network is on a different subnet number than the default IP address of this Linksys unit. Oddly, it was not set for DHCP by default; so I had to call Linksys tech support, hook the unit directly up to a computer, change network settings & IP addresses manually, in order to configure the unit for my network router's IP numbering.
After that, all went well! Works with a FAT 32 formatted drive (couldn't get it to work with a NTFS drive [although it is supposed to], but no matter, FAT 32 is just fine)! Did not have to format the drive, so it can still be hooked up directly to a PC again....more info
- Does what it should
The NSLU2 worked right out of the box. Set it up using XP Pro and stuck into a D-Link switch. Using it with an brand new OEM Western Digital Caviar SE 320 GB ATA 100 Hard Drive and a Galaxy Metal Gear Gear Box II USB 2.0 External Enclosure. Hard drive won't format until I removed jumper. After that no problem formating drive using Linksys utility. Documentation and instuctions are not the best, but not a real problem. I would buy another....more info
- Amazing little thing
I got this to hack the Linux image to run a low powered 24/7 weather station. It took a lot of time and effort, but the one thing that always worked was the NSLU2. There is lots of info out there on how to make this do all sorts of things it was never designed to do and do it well. A hacker's dream!...more info
- Great Little Device
I got one of these units nearly a year ago, and it has been running beautifully ever since. I plugged two Seagate 500Gb USB external drives into the NSLU2, and everything came right up and ran, and it's still doing well, with no service, adjustment, or downtime. I am able to connect to the drives from all of the computers on my LAN, computers that use Win95, WinMe, Win2K, and Ubuntu Linux....more info
- Create users at your own risk
I managed to set it up without difficulty and backed up my data but I realized that that data was accessible to everyone connected to the network so I made a mental note that I would need to explore its access control mechanisms sometime. I got back to this a few days later and I created a user using their web interface. Once I did this I could no longer map any directory on the hard-drive connected to this device onto my PC. Everytime I tried to access the device I was asked to provide login credentials and they never worked!
Unfortunately there was some gap between the time I created a user on the Linksys router and the time I got around to using it so the connection between user creation and the problems that created were not at all apparent to me and I wasted one Saturday before I figured out that I was better off not trying to create users on this device.
The issue may well be a problem with Vista since I was able to connect to the Linksys using another laptop while the user still existed. I should ideally try and experiment some more but I am too stressed out to try that again - maybe someone else could try that. However this post should serve as a warning to Linksys NSLU2 owners attempting to use some of the "advanced" features of this device.
- it works!
The setup is simple. I use a Western Digital My Book with the NSLU2 and it works fine. All the PCs on network mapped it correctly as a network drive - just make sure that NSLU2 and all the PCs share the same workgroup name. I didn't reformat the drive into EXT 3 format so wasn't able to set any kind of Read-Write permission or even change the default password - it will only let me change the default port. As a result, I will definitely not run the network drive 24/7 and hence the 3 star rating. ...more info
- Unlock it's potential
This is my second Slug used for remote mirroring. On both Slugs I have installed the Unslung firmware to allow other utilities such as ssh, nfsd, and rsync to be installed. I use rsync over ssh to securely mirror my backups to another location and mirror the remote backups to my location.
The Slug isn't the fastest device out there, but it does what it is asked to do and does it fairly well. I have occasional issues that the CIFS shares become unavailable and the Slug needs to be rebooted. As a result I have my backup software send me an email whenever there is a problem....more info
- Great Product
No match to its utility, price and convenience to setup. There was little problem of setting up automatic backup but then the as usual wonderful Tech support of Linksys made it easy. I was done initial setup in mins and then back up took me another 10 mins on phone with technical support people.
Recommended for all home users.
- Good product for your own customization
I've used it as a NFS server for my home network. Here are the reasons why I recommend for potential buyers:
1. Thanks to all contributors that make it easy to customize this product. Please try to search "NSLU2 linux" for further information. If you would like to make a cheap file server with existing USB external harddrives, this is a good choice. I chose Debian/NSLU2 because I'm more familiar with Debian system.
2. Once customized, you can connect USB hubs to it, which expands the limits of the total number of USB harddrivs you can connect. Good for future expansion.
3. Once Debian works, NSLU2 serves as a stand-alone linux "PC". Though it has little RAM, I use it to download large files by "wget". You don't need fancy machines to do such simple jobs for you. Just this NSLU2 serves your well.
4. There would be no supporting problem for file system once you install Debian/NSLU2. It recognizes EXT3, NTFS, FAT32. Every other PC can mount its filesystem with either NFS or samba support.
5. The only drawback is its network connection speed: only 100Mbps Ethernet. The download speed I could have in my home networking is about 10~15Mbps roughly. It is still faster than my DSL, so audio/video streaming shouldn't be a problem for the purpose of home media server.
Again, my experience is a good one because I intended to customize it. ...more info
- get one before they're gone
1. Service from the provider was good. Product arrived in a few days with no issues.
2. Product itself is still a great deal, due to all the third party work done by developers. You can use it as a print server, web server, ftp server, etc., albeit a bit slow. Product has been discontinued though, so might get hard to find one soon.
Was a great buy for me....more info
- Good Economical Network Storage
Easy to set up. The main drawback I have found is that when power goes off, even briefly, the NSLU2 must be manually powered up after power is restored.
This unit provides for very inexpensive network storage. If you are a careful shopper, you can buy 2 500GB USB dives for <$300 and have a Terra Byte of storage for <$400. Note that drives used with the NSLU2 do not use Windows formatting. They must be specially formatted for the NSLU2, destroying any data already on them.Linksys Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives NSLU2...more info
- A great little "roll your own" NAS solution!
If you're looking at adding more storage to your computer network, there exist many solutions that let you do so. The Linksys NSLU2 is just another method of doing so, but it has an interesting twist. Unlike many solutions that bundle their own drives, the NSLU2 features two USB ports to which you can attach external USB hard drives of almost any size or type. This means you can pick the types of hard drives that best fit your needs. You can also pick the brand of drive that you like the best.
Linksys suggests using Maxtor drives with the NSLU2. I wouldn't give a Maxtor drive to my worst enemy. I selected a LaCie "Porsche" designed enclosure with a 250GB Samsung drive inside to start with. Later on, I added a Western Digital "My Book" 250GB hard drive. Both work well, but to head off any potential problems, I hooked both drives up to a computer and deleted the manufacturer supplied partitions, so the NSLU2 would be starting with a "clean slate". While configuring the unit, I set it to use a static IP address (a good idea, so the unit doesn't "move around" on your network).
After getting the drives formatted, I was able to quickly start storing things on them. Connecting to the drives from a Windows or Macintosh computer is easy to do. Once connected, I started moving files across to the device. It never hiccuped once, and I transferred everything from huge (32+ GB) NTBackup files down to smaller files, like Word documents. I transferred a little over 140GB worth of backup files and another 2GB or so of smaller files in a few hours time.
Being as it is built around a miniature Linux operating system, alternative firmware solutions have been written to extend the functionality of the NSLU2 beyond what Linksys provides. Even though the Linksys firmware isn't lacking in options for file access, you may wish to do things that aren't provided, such as sharing music over your network.
So far I am very impressed with the NSLU2. It seems to be very stable, reasonably fast and it took well to being used by several computers at once. The only slowdown I noticed with several computers transferring data to it at once was with the web interface. The pages took a few seconds to fully appear. I have not yet had to reboot or reset it. Later on I may connect it to a small UPS to keep it running during power outages.
I have only a few complaints--the Linksys web interface suffers in places from poor localization and doesn't always render properly. Some of the settings are strangely placed and you are prompted for the administration password more than once in some cases. I also would have liked to see two more USB ports provided, so as to allow for attachment or more drives.
All things considered, I think the NSLU2 is a great little solution and certainly deserves your consideration if you're looking at adding storage to your network. It may not be geared for the less experienced computer user, but this product will most likely delight people who want to customize their network attached storage solution and don't mind tinkering with it a little to do so....more info
This product is full a capabilities to do more with 3rd party firmware.
The only caveat is that although this is a great product to use for external drives, it is not intended for NTFS formatted drives, so you must FIRST format to Ext3 (let the device do this).
Otherwise, it works great ...more info
- What a disappointment!!
I had high hopes to replace my old computer being used as a "file server" with this device. It is unreliable, clunky to set up and keep up. It needs to be hard booted almost daily to get it to work.
When the Linksys Storage Link is working- the speed is great, transferring MP3s, Videos and large files with better speeds then the computer.
Overall - the Linksys Storage Link is not wroth buying. Maybe- just maybe they will have a firmware update in the future that will make the re-boots un-needed and the whole device useful. Until then - I am keeping my files on the computer, and this device on the shelf.
- Amazing find
It has been awhile since I had a dedicated PC for my files and always just seemed too wasteful to keep it running just for that purpose, so when I found this, it seemed too good to be true. I'm sure, in time, they will have a faster model with gigabit speeds, but my Maxtor USB drive plugged in works pretty well as is. It is a bit slower loading video, but once playing, it doesn't skip like I thought it might. As for other data such as music, its no problem at all. Documents load a bit slower as well, but who cares if its four seconds verses two?
The point is, this thing is very inexpensive for what it does, and it just works. ...more info
- Check out the features
Do not purchase this access point if the following apply:
1) You have external drives full of data you want to make available on your network. You must first reformat the drives to ext3 (a Linux format) which means you loose the data.
2) You have PC's running Vista on your network. The only reliable means of uploading data in Vista is as an ftp client and that is achingly slow.
3) You want to place frequently accessed files on the attached drives. Slooooow!
Other than these caveats the unit works well. If you run XP or older OS you will probably love it. If you run Vista you'll probably loathe it. I cannot speak to Mac or Linux as I have not tried these systems.
By the way customer support is excellent but this unit is not supported in Vista so you are on your own....more info
- does what it's supposed to and more
This is my 2nd NLSU2. I got the first one to share files at home using a USB drive I had. It wasn't till after it arrived that I found out that the firmware can be hacked and upgraded. I got the 2nd one to hack and play with. Void's the warranty.
Basic setup took about 5 minutes.
Yes, for full secured shared folders you need to reformat the drive to an EXT3 linux format but you can leave the drive as FAT32 and it's visible on the network, but no security....more info
- Need more stars! Um...read update
(UPDATE 10-20-08) Yep, it's a great little box. However - and these are big howevers - there are a couple of issues. 1) Mine will not keep the date once rebooted. That's a problem when backup software compares dates. It keeps resetting to 1969! It will hold the date if not rebooted - but that brings us to 2) If I don't reboot at least every other day, it drops off the network. For whatever reason, the little box just won't stay up. Could be my router, who knows. and 3) CAN'T HANDLE LARGE FILES. Keep in mind this is a linux box and unless you update firmware to the latest version, both drives must be EXT3 formatted. That means no files larger than 4gb. Which means I can't copy full disk backups to the drives. What a pain.
All in all worth the money (less than fifty bucks) I paid, but it's not a great solution. I'm tempted to use one of my old machines and Windows Home Server and see how that works. (END UPDATE)
What a great little box. NAS on the cheap. Hooked it up, connected two USB drives to it and fired up the CD. OK, since my subnet was set up different than the default on the NSLU2, I had to direct-connect my laptop first, but so what. After that, it was full speed ahead.
Within twenty minutes, the first drive was formatted and the second one, a 500gb WD, was on its way. Some time after that and I was backing up everything I had onto those drives.
What I like is to have one central repostitory for the entire family's store of music, photos and videos. This thing streams all with no issues. So, so easy to setup and maintain. True 'nuff, I had some initial issues with backup, but they were all attributed my dang router. Once solved, this thing is amazing. Plus, there's tons o' mods available all over the internet. One powerful little box.
Once I'm done here, I'll have two 500gb drives on it - one backing up to the other. I'll have one for the families stuff, and one for backup, just in case. Just imagine never having to explain to mom why her precious photos are now gone cause her laptop died. Or to Jr why all his 'legally obtained' music is lost due to him deleting the folder from his machine. So worth the money....more info
- Great Idea; Needs more reliability, better user-interface
My goal was to use the NSLU2 to access my "Drobo" USB drive via my home network. One down-side is that in order to use any of the NSLU2's security features, you have to reformat your drive with EXT2 and manage users/groups on the device (no AD/LDAP support). While the utilities are included and the process is fairly straight-forward, bare in mind that you'll forfeit the drive's contents in the process. That being said, my largest complaint is that the NSLU2 would work for a few hours and mysteriously lose its network connection. I would be in the middle of a file copy operation and it would just cease to function: couldn't ping it, couldn't access it via the web interface, couldn't map a drive. Other times, the web interface would work, but the drive mapping service (Samba) would fail to start. I tried upgrading the firmware, improving airflow circulation, swapping out network cables/routers, all to no avail. In the end, I returned the product and went with a DroboShare. More expensive, but it seems to be much more reliable....more info
- Linksys NAS Storage Link
Linksys Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives NSLU2
As an amateur astronomer, I needed a way to store data from my astronomical cameras in another space, rather than my limited laptop hard drive.
The NSLU2 was rather easy to set up (although, to use Linksys' hard drive utilities, USB media drive needs to formatted for Linksys.
The unit has been in use for over a month now, and has proven extremely reliable (it hasn't needed to be reset at all!)... Try THAT one, Bill Gates!...more info
- Works as advertised
It setup quickly and works as advertised. I had one issue transferring a very large data file. But, most likely, you will not be working with data sets that large!
- Linksys Storage Review
Product works as advertised. The hardest part is addressing its default IP which isn't necessarily on your router's subnet and isn't documented very well. Once that is overcome, everything works great....more info
- Works great, but setup is a little screwy.
I have this device serve two external USB drives (250 and 500 Gigs) over my wireless network and it works very well. It strangely lost one of the drives for no reason on one occasion, but found it again on it's own. Otherwise there have been no problems with this device.
While this device does offer security features by username and password, those features are only available with an EXT2 formatted drive attached. Since my drives are FAT and NTFS, I cannot set up separate accounts.
I did have an inital problem connecting my NTFS drive to the NSLU2 which required me to call customer service. My Indian representative repeatedly told me that the NSLU2 does not support NTFS even though the outside of the box proudly proclaims that it does. We eventually got it to work through a series of reboots of both the drives and the NSLU2....more info
- Plug and Play NAS storage
I would give it five stars, but having to reformat your storage to get it to work really is a pain. I had to scramble to move the data around a few computers to get it to work, then the time it took to move it all back.
I will say once set up that I am extremely happy with the product, I have a 750GB drive and use multiple USB drives to move things around as well.
I use this with Apple products, Windows XP, as well as linux, so it's definitely something you should consider. The user administration is a little clunky, but you will catch on quickly.
User's can have their private storage areas as well as public storage. The NSLU2 is also extensively customizable from the linux community. I haven't had a lot of time to play with that feature. ...more info
- it just wouldn't work
i bought this to use in my house with my maxtor drive and linksys router and i couldn't get it to work. i also have a mac which i figured would be problematic in setting up, but there was enough user documentation that i figured i could get it going. i consider myself pretty tech savvy but was unable to make this work and ended up returning it. i ended up buying an airport extreme and have been able to use it to set up a NAS and have been happy with it. ...more info
- Cisco's Slug
I bought this as a low power server to run my weather station - and it's great. It comes at the right price, and once you install a more generic operating system you can use it for pretty much anything. I'm using it as a disk-server, web site, and weather station monitor. Now my only problem is thinking of reasons to buy more!
The only downside - it doesn't automatically power back on after an outage....more info
As delivered, the NSLU2 worked right out of the box. I plugged in a 500GB USB 2.0 drive. delivered with the NSLU2, ran the setup utility, and all was OK.
Then I tried to modify a few things, such as the default password (a typical security step). It does not allow modification of user settings unless the attached hard drive is formatted as EXT3 rather than NTFS. However, other modifications such as assigning a new device name or a fixed IP address worked OK. Since I don't plan to make the disk storage visible on the Internet, security not a major issue.
Then I tried to attach a second NTFS-formatted drive. The NLSU2 reported it as "not formatted". When I unplugged the first drive, the NLSU2 reported the second drive as NTFS-formatted. Documentation and on-line help from Linksys were not helpful. I have yet to figure out what to do to attach a second drive, although one 500GB drive is enough for the forseeable future.
So, the current verdict is that the NSLU2 is usable for what I intended: network backup storage for multiple home PCs. But I'm not impressed with it....more info
- Great Network Addition
This network storage link allows you to plug in two additional storage drives or one drive and one usb memory stick. Since it is attached to your network it is easily accessed from outside your network. Using the ftp rathar then http address of your router allows access from anywhere. I have all my documents backed up on a 200gig drive that is plugged into the Storage Link. I simply type in my routers address and I have all that data available to me while I am on the road. Although the speed is not superfast, it is very typical of the speed seen in other programs that you have to pay a monthlly fee for to access your computer from outside your network. Setup is simple using the included Linksys software. A definite must have for the business traveler....more info
- Seems like a good deal, but it needs improvement
Finding it on your network is not a problem, as long as you make sure it is on the same subnet. It took awhile, but I figured this out as my router is of a different brand and used different defaults than this linksys device. The user interface is poor, not very intuitive, making it difficult to locate necessary settings. Everything is in it that you'll need, just hard to find. But the one thing I liked the least is you needed to format the USB hard drive specifically for this device, and without the device, Windows would not be able to read the data. The device absolutely would not work with the version of Norton Save & Restore I have. If for some reason you want a way of putting a USB thumb drive on the network - it does work well for this. 2 slots on the device, only one works with thumb drives - which it does not reformat, a good thing. ...more info
- Don`t buy it
As simple as that. If you want speed... and a smile in your face, this is not what you need....more info
- very useful, compact
this product has been very useful to me. It has a small footprint, is very very expandable, linux-based, very low-power and quiet. I use it for all of my movies, music. It's for anyone with a small home network, needing to share media....more info
- Not simple as promised
It is not compatible with windows at all. You will not be able to use the disk you are using with nsl pluged directly in a windows PC. Also, it is not compatible with windows vista....more info
- SKIP'S REVIEW
The devise was very easy to set up and configure on all computers in the network. Mapping the drives after configuration was simple also....more info