Linksys NSLU2 Network Storage Link
Manufacturer: Cisco Part number: NSLU2
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CNET editors' review
price range: $129.97
- Reviewed by: Brian Nadel and Brian Nadel
- Edited by: Allen Fear
- Reviewed on: 08/13/2004
The good: Supports two USB storage devices.
The bad: Low throughput; product must reformat new drives; lacks support for printers, optical drives, and some hard drives.
The bottom line: Linksys's NSLU2 is an inexpensive way to add a hard drive or two to a network, but its slow response makes it a poor all-around solution.
Works good with my *final* configuration
Pros: Currently hooked up directly to Linksys router with 120GB Lacie drive. I get much better performance than CNET and other users have reported - using a computer directly connected to same router, get anywhere from 25-35Mbs (CNET said 10-12). No client con
Cons: I mentioned my *final* configuration. When I first got the unit, tried to hook a 80GB old Seagate with USB enclosure... didn't work. Bought the Lacie USB drive and it was formatted correctly, but was getting weird errors, trouble updating firmware, and
Works if you know what you are doing
Pros: Small form factor, good aesthetics, useful feature set
Cons: The worst tech support (in India) that you can find. If you are in trouble, look on the Net and learn.
File server with good security
Pros: This product does exactly what it was made for, to be a Network accessible file storage with good security options. Instead of using a PC for storage, this unit has no moving parts so its reliable network storage. Just add hard drive
Cons: Could be a little faster on the Reads. Would be nice if they had a Gigabit version of this!
Excellent product if you replace factory firmware with firmware built by users.
Pros: One of the best things about this product is the fact that it runs Linux and the community has managed to completely replace the Linksys provided firmware. The alternative firmware unlocks the great potential of this very cost effective hardware platform
Cons: The standard factory firmware leaves a lot of potential hidden from users.
Pros: Great for network storage. I have a 120GB drive on it and it works great!
Cons: Have to re-format the drive with their format.
Perfect Solution for Backup
Pros: Easy to set up. I don't understand the complaints. I had no problems. Have 2 160GB drives. Drive 1 is target for 5 computers Norton Ghost 9.0 backups. Drive 2 is copy of Drive 1 using NSLU2 functionality.
Cons: Speed is limited by 100MB Ethernet. Web UI needs some improvement
I LOVE my NSLU2...
Pros: Very configurable! If you're willing to play with the device, go visit http://www.nslu2-linux.org With a modified firmware, you can have NFS, you can set it up to read VFAT drives, you can hotplug USB2 drives... Of course the modified firmware voids yo
Cons: I too had problems getting my first ext hd formatted. Once the firmware was upgraded (in this case to the latest Linksys firmware) the hd formatted fine.
No problem NAS - This is the way...
Pros: Love it easty to use
Cons: bummer that it reformats the drive so that it can no longer be plugged into a pc directly...but, hey that's Linux for you...
Pros: Network storage (yay!). Basic setup very easy. I thought it was slow until I realized my PC was running at half duplex (3com card dated 1995, go figure!). Once I fixed that, it got MUCH faster.
Cons: Group/User setup not immediatly easy. The reformatting was a bummer, but if I setup my own file server it would have been linux, and the drives reformatted ext3 anyways.
Definatley worth the $$$
Pros: People don't read what the product is used for before they buy it. They should have known it is reformated to a NAS disk, and it does run off a Lunix Platform. If you didnt know, the one touch button doesn't work on the maxtor one-touch's. Stupid people b
Cons: Easy to use, I am a large scale network administratror and it is amazing.
- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Part number: NSLU2
- Description: 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. The Network Storage Link features built-in disk utilities, accessible through your web browser. You can format new disk drives, and scan drives for errors. The built-in backup program lets you schedule full, incremental, or synchronization backups of your network drives to the Network Storage Link, or vice versa. It will even send you an email message when a hard drive gets nearly full, completely full, or has an error. The Network Storage Link is a fast, simple, flexible and economical way to add storage to your network.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Host Connectivity Ethernet 10/100
- Width 0.8 in
- Depth 3.6 in
- Height 5.1 in
- Weight 0.4 lbs
- Built-in Devices LED panel
- Bus Type Fast Ethernet
- Interface Type Hi-Speed USB
- Supported Devices Hard drive
- Max Storage Devices Qty 2
- Type None
Optical Storage (2nd)
- Type None
- Video Output None
- Type Network adapter - Integrated
- Data Link Protocol Ethernet ,
- Network / Transport Protocol TCP/IP
- Remote Management Protocol HTTP
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.3,
- Cables Included 1 x Network cable - 6 ft
- Compliant Standards EN55022,
ICES-003 Class B,
FCC Part 15 B,
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities
- OS Required Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0,
Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/XP
- Service & Support 2 years warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 2 years
- Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 10 - 80%