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.
Has potential, Not ready for prime time!
Pros: Inexpensive; runs Linux; uses non-Microsoft file system; Can support any size external USB2 drive.
Cons: I hooked up this unit to a 120GB drive in a $25 USB2.0 external enclosure, it worked fine. I also tried a 250 Maxtor exernal unit and it works as well. Hardware aside, however, this product is still very immature. I had a lot of problems trying to set it
What's the purpose?
Pros: Works as a basic network file storage devise. Makes a pretty good $80 door stop.
Cons: What's the purpose if you can not HOT swap it from your Network Storage Link to a Windows computer. So much for having a "Removable/External" USB hard drive. Linksys should specifically state this on their website. I found out when it was too late. Link
Doesn't support NTFS/FAT and remote access
Pros: It is a very cost-effective solution to store files but not a good idea to make a backup from local drive to NSL.
Cons: There are a lot of features expected to improve NSL. I found a new vendor, Santrum, to integrate iSCSI with NAS, supporting NTFS and FAT, By using a free Windows iSCSI initiator logging on the Santrum's V-Stor, I can apply either NTFS or FAT to the attach
Works well for me, can mount filesystem as ext3fs
Pros: - More flexible than integrated disk/network units - Can mount and mod ext3 filesystems NSLU2 defines on USB disk(s) - Decent performance, replaces an aging 500MHz PIII server at comparable SMB speed - NFS hack now available - Linux internals can be updat
Cons: - not integrated unit, requires yet another wall-wart brick - reported stability problems of early NSLU2 units (only running for 3 days continuously here to date) Would appreciate more reports from users on experiences (stable, unstable, etc).
Works, a little slow, poor support
Pros: Easy setup Low power drain
Cons: Slow data transfer Half the rate of my Ximeta drive Have to use a program like ext2fs to access from Windows PC Poor technical support Internal clock looses almost 1 minute per hour
Great Little Product
Pros: works great with Maxtor 250GB USB Drive. Mounts easily from Windows XP and Linux. Easily moved my "My Documents" folder to NAS drive away from C:(.
Cons: Only supports SMB mounts. Not a NFS server ( so UNIX Symbolic Links not possible). Unable to move my /home accounts to drive as Gnome requires symbolic links.
Not worth the trouble.
Cons: Hard to set up. Have to format drive in a way that can't be read by windows when directly connected to a computer.
Goof Network Attached Storage for Price
Pros: Easily set up a network storage point. Thumbs up to Linksys for NOT using proprietary Microsoft features like the NTFS file system. The EXT2 file system is an excellent choice for this purpose. For those who want to simply plug their drive into Windows
Cons: I have not tested formatting drives over 80 GB yet but will report back if they work when I try. Perhaps Cisco/Linksys should be more technically explicit with respect to standards used in their products like EXT2 and CIFS. If it is mentioned, then it sh
VERY useful backup and SOHO NAS!
Pros: uses standard/cheap USB drives. does backups. easy configure. quiet, secure, cheap.
Cons: USB drives aren't swappable and able to be read by windows machines. no NFS.
Let the user beware!! Not as cool as it looks!
Pros: Affordable, small, easy to set up.
Cons: This device formats the USB drive with a file system that can't be read directly by a windows PC. You can't hook up a USB drive that contains data without loosing the data when you format the drive for the device to use. Also, if your network goes down, y
- 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%