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 ...
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.)
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.
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.
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...
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...