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Linksys NSLU2
4.1 out of 10

Linksys NSLU2

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Overall 6
6.0

Okay for Linuxers

David W., Newegg
20 April 2008
  • Summary: If you do try to simply use a single NTFS drive with the standard firmware you might get it to kind-of work, but you will be puzzled (as I was). You won't be able to change the admin password, create users or groups, or manage permissions.
  • Pros: I've heard that most folks who use the unmodified unit can get it to work reliably with "modest-sized" (<= 500GB) USB drives. Just be sure to have an empty drive, and format it using the NSLU2. Don't expect to just plug in a single NTFS drive and have it work. You _can_ plug in two drives, and th...
  • Cons: The default firmware is challenged, and hasn't been updated since 2005. I was getting really frustrated with its poor reliability with a large (750 GB) disk, which is when I started using Debian. Not too speedy. Expect about 3MB/second throughput on writes. The factory firmware doesn't appear to ...
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Overall 6
6.0

Ugh

Loren B., Newegg
31 March 2008
  • Pros: None
  • Cons: I would have been better off just using an old computer to host out my external drives. It is not worth the cost if you have an old computer that you can use.
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Overall 6
6.0

How to turn a turtle into a rabbit

Anonymous, Newegg
6 January 2008
  • Summary: Totally will void your warranty if you do this but there is a resister ship you can pluck of the mainboard on the NSLU2 and it will restore the poswer to the processor frrrom 133mhz to 266mhz.
  • Pros: Cheap ! Very easy and fast to set up. Had a new network share in 20 seconds.
  • Cons: Slow. Connected my 250 GB external hard drive and reading directory structure was slow. ( I do have thousands of NTFS folders and sub-directories.)
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Overall 6
6.0

Hard Drive support

Anonymous, Newegg
12 November 2007
  • Summary: This device seems to be sound I should just have done more research before purchase. Other dual drives from what I have read do work with this device. But do research before purchase to see if other people have had luck with the drive you wish to use.
  • Pros: Worked as advertised, setup was quick and easy. I had my 500gig Mybook shared no problem.
  • Cons: However, the WD My Book Pro II dual-drive external DOES NOT work on this device.
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Overall 6
6.0

Heat issues

Daniel H., Newegg
13 October 2007
  • Summary: I put SlogOS on this so I could write my own applications. I used a USB flash drive as main storage so it would use very little power. The initial firmware update worked fine and I was able to use it for a day or two.
  • Pros: -small -low power -2 USB ports I can use for peripherals -CPU has MM so it'll run std linux (no uClinux required)
  • Cons: Appears to have heat issues. I had trouble getting the network connection to work reliably for this reason.
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Overall 6
6.0

SLOW

Anonymous, Newegg
3 October 2007
  • Summary: did i say that it is slow....
  • Pros: looks nice works ok.
  • Cons: slow.. slow.. slow..
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Overall 6
6.0

Turn of Firewall to Map to Drive

Anonymous, Newegg
4 July 2007
  • Summary: If you're having difficulty mapping to the drive, consider turning off your firewall(s).
  • Pros: After turning off my firewall I was able to map to the network drive (i.e., as opposed to only being able to use the web interface). The transfer speeds were fast.
  • Cons: It doesn't seem to be working now.
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Overall 6
6.0

Constant reset

Brian W., Newegg
29 November 2006
  • Pros: Cheap NAS option.
  • Cons: Only one of the ports supports NTFS. If you use two Drives, you will have to use NTFS on one and FAT32 on the other. I have to reset every couple days.I just unplug it till i need it....
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Overall 6
6.0

Ok when it works

Jerris N., Newegg
30 May 2006
  • Summary: I thought it would be a good idea, but I think just using a USB drive directly to the PC is a more reliable option.
  • Pros: Nice idea in concept, small, compact unit.
  • Cons: Problems formatting the drive after originally formatting it. Format fails and the only way to fix it is to remove the drive and attach it to my PC and remove the partitions and then connect it back to the storage unit to format it. Problems with running the scan disk on an automated basis. Event...
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Overall 6
6.0

Made me work!

Mr. W., Newegg
22 March 2006
  • Summary: I've spent a LOT of hours making this work. Time will tell if it was worth it.
  • Pros: Patient technical support--a necessity if you run into the same problems I had. Linksys hung in there and helped me each step of the way.
  • Cons: Not intuitive. Setup program "congratulated" me for a successful setup--wrong! The default 192.168.1.77 didn't work. (Had to change to 192.168.0.77 with my Netgear router.) Also, it refused to work with my 300gb NTFS-formatted Seagate USB drive. Finally worked after partitioning the drive into tw...
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