This is ok if you like hacking, but not if you "just want something that works"
Brett Hall, Amazon
6 March 2009
Summary: I've had this product for a couple months. In short, it is a pain to use, but it works if you're good at hacking on things. I had the disadvantage of using it with a 750G drive, which it's not supported for, but this wasn't advertised anywhere I saw!! Apparently Linksys support stops at 2 250G drives attached. Some things don't work for me, for example now I cannot format the disk through the web interface. Why would I need to do that? Because...
Summary: I received the Network Storage Link (NLS) today and tried to set it up following Linksys' instructions. Their setup program could not locate the unit. I logged into my router and saw that the unit was connected with its default IP address (192.168.1.77) but I couldn't ping it. I suspected this IP address was the problem and configured the router to always assign an IP address of 192.168.0.xx to the Linksys device.
Summary: 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!
Summary: What a great little product! Not only does it work great right out of the box as a network storage adapter (which is all it's really advertised as), but it's actually a cheap little Linux server! There's a very active user community online that supports this product - just go to [...] By downloading new firmware and following some relatively simple directions, you can add all sorts of additional applications to the NSLU2.
Summary: The "Slug" (the affectionate name for the NSLU2) is a small wonder in the world of Linux "PCs". As a dedicated Win32 guy, I was looking for a small PC to replace the power-hogging IBM M-Pro that I used successfully over the last year as a Firefly media server. When I read about the micro-Linux implementations for the Slug, I got pretty excited... and with good reason.
Summary: I got this unit to run as a backup NAS drive and it is perfectly suitable for this purpose, especially since I keep it running 24x7 (it uses very little power). I have this currently attached to a 320GB WD drive (in a Rosewill RX353-S enclosure) and have been using it for a few days now. The speed is more than sufficient for my use - especially since the backups are run at night.
Summary: 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.
Summary: (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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.