Summary: I was disappointed that NTFS is only supported on one port. Why do this to me? This device might work great for Linux users. But right now I have 2 NTFS drives with data that I am trying to get on my network and this device is not really doing the trick. I sweat every time I rename a directory.
Pros: Small. Cheap. Looks great.
Cons: This thing ate an entire subdirectory, and I can reproduce this problem. I'm using NTFS. When I rename a directory from the tree view in windows vista explorer it changed the directory into a file! For crying out loud! What are you doing!? I'm able to perform my own data recovery, so I got my dat...
Summary: l am a Linux user and very experienced so l was able to recover the lost folders. Other=s may not be so lucky.
Pros: The concept is great. Use what ever storage drives you have in a USB eternal case.
Cons: In reality it does not work so well. Copies are extremely slow. It keeps losing drives (a reboot solves this), and losing folders. The copy performance is very slow due to the slow CPU and the 10/100 netweork connection.
Summary: Bought it to replace a home file server that handled individual computer backups w/Norton Ghost. If a computer was wired, backups would "usually" work, but wireless computers almost always had delayed write errors.
Pros: Easy setup, no problems. Fast enough to stream audio and video. Small and quiet.
Cons: Way too slow for backups of a wireless laptop, many delayed write failures. Linux format not "backup" friendly.
Summary: This is for a home network and the first NAS product I've ever set up. The jury is still out about whether this is too slow to be useful. I had some problems getting Windows 2000 SP4 and Windows XP SP2 to recognize it.
Pros: Cheap. Does what it's supposed to...sort of. The device itself was fairly easy to set up. Did I mention that it was cheap?
Cons: By my calculations, it does backups from Disk1 to Disk2 at about 4% of the native data transfer rate of the two freshly-formatted EXT3 USB 2.0 hard drives connected to it. Since I'm backing up about 270GB of photos (43,844 files in 1344 folders), that's a long, long, long time.
Cons: I have a switch and I could not get it to work with it. I called tech support and they say it was broken so they sent me another one and the on button was broken when it arrived so I sent it back
Summary: Seems like it was rushed to market; it's a nice concept in a nice package, but it seems to need a little more polish to really be useful. Was hoping to replace a power-hungry system with one of these, but they're just too flaky to really use.
Pros: Cool concept. Nice physical size.
Cons: Devices frequently can't be recognized by the installer software. They appear to just randomly fall off the network. All in all, not reliable enough for my needs. Tested with XP, Vista (various MSDN builds), linux and Mac clients.
Cons: I have had to reboot on occasion, usually when I need to access for something special. The incremental backup takes 6 hours and their tech support has never answered my questions in almost 4 months. And it's always someone new but they can never help much... Oy.
Summary: Each time, the drive was zero'd and I allowed the NSLU2 to format it and map it as it's automatic defaults allow. If you have no experience with networking and fear to go beyond the wading pool, blow the $. Otherwise, invest in a REAL NAS.
Pros: Easy to configure, newcomers to networking and NAS should have no problems with this device. Really nothing else to recommend unless you care to play with the sorce code. Even then you sacrifice time and speed for the satisfaction of covering old ground.
Cons: Those who follow the saying "slow and steady wins the race..." simply haven't met the aptly named *Linksys Slug*. TWO HOURS to transfer 1.8Gb of data through a Ghz switch?!?! 125minutes is the BEST time in 3 seperate runs, using a maxtor 1touch, a Kingwin USB-IDE enclosure and a Coolmax USB-IDE e...
Summary: I am going to replace this unit with the following: Old 334MHZ Celeron box from my "obsolete computer" collection; add a USB 2.0 card and a Gigabit NIC. Result: A NAS that is orders of magnatiude faster then the NSLU2.
Pros: Small. No moving parts. That's pretty much it.
Cons: Absurdly slow. Lucky to see 10mb/s xfer rates over a 100mb/s LAN.
Summary: I think I'd go with an external harddrive case with a build in netowrk port for a cleaner solution.
Pros: Cheap for a NAS.
Cons: I purchaced this to hack it and run linux on it. I tried to mess around with it in stock feature mode, and could never get it running correctly. I never saw it on the network. I also didn't like the idea of having a power cable both for the NSLU and an external HD case. It just turns into a wirey...