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: 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.
Summary: This is actually a pretty nice unit. My only gripe is that if you have a power outage, someone needs to manually push the on/off button to turn it back on. Not very well though out on the part of Linksys. Otherwise, it provides far more functionality than it claims including acting beautifully as a webserver.
Summary: There is a large hacker community out there coming up with more and more activities you can do with this very flexible device. It was an afternoon's work, but I, a person with moderate Linux skills, set up a Subversion version control system on this box (do a web search for "sprinkleofcocoa NSLU2" for a complete description of how to do this). People have added serial ports, doubled the processing speed, and a good deal more.
Summary: I paired this up with two Cintre USB hard disk enclosures <ASIN:B000ANT9OA>. The Cintre enclosures plus internal hard disks run about the same cost as an off the shelf external USB drive, however I can upgrade in the future for substially less cost by buying just an internal drive. I use the NSLU2 for data backup and shared data access of smaller single files on my home network. Consequently despite it's marginally slow access time it's ideal for my purposes.
Summary: [...] This little linux based device basicly works. It does everything it says. It also has a lot more potencial if you want to hack it. It can be used as web server, ftp server, etc. The setup for it was not easy for me. First I wanted to upgrate the firmware to R63 so it will recongnize NTFS, but the update failed due to "not enough space" error.
Summary: I've had the NSLU2 for about a month. The first thing I did was to upgrade the firmware, which ended up being more painful than I thought... After downloading the latest firmware and starting the upgrade, the NSLU2 got stuck into a state where it said that the upgrade was in progress and I couldn't reboot. Stayed like this overnight. In the morning, I called LinkSys support. I happen not to have any PC's at home, only Macs, and LinkSys phone line doesn't support Macs.
Summary: The install disc does not work on Macs, but you can still configure the NAS using Safari (or any web browser). Point safari to [...] (or whatever the IP assigned to your NAS is) the username/password is admin/admin. Change your password, format the disk then you're ready to go. You can not transfer files whose name contain certain characters that MacOS X allows but linux does not (for example, "/"). This is a big problem.
Great price/performance with flexible functionality.
Mark T. Shillingburg, Amazon
25 January 2005
Summary: I was looking for an inexpensive NAS box to store videos, music and photos on to share between my three computers and eventually a networked media player. The NSLU2 fit the bill. I attached a Seagate 160GB drive in a USB housing to it and fired it up. I was moving files to it in a matter of minutes. I found out quickly that the NSLU2 has some limitations. The file transfer rate accross the network and to/from the USB disk would max out at about 4-5Mbytes/sec.
Summary: I've used the NSLU2 for about six months. If you buy this product, there are a couple of things you need to know. First, when it works, it works well, and it is very useful to have a large drive accessible by all of the computers on your local network. Second, it doesn't work well with every USB Drive. I have personally tested the Seagate 160GB drive, the Maxtor One Touch drive, and the Maxtor One Touch II drive.