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: This is a good product. It's small, silent and cheaper than a Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution if you have USB hard disks lying around. Setup is a breeze and the latest firmware allows it to be used with FAT32 and NTFS disks. You just won't get user and group security with those filesystems. The web UI is horrid and not very intuitive for inexperienced users. You'll have to do some experimenting to get it set up properly.
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: I connected my ntfs drives to the usb ports, and while streaming mpeg2 videos, the connection would break in under a minute. I reflashed the firmware from Linksys (even thought the device already has the latest), and the connection problem went away. Reading from ntfs drives is decent. I was able to stream two 10 mbit/sec videos to two different computers without any skips or hickups. Writing to ntfs drives, however, is VERY problematic.
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: This unit does exactly what it says it does. Be careful however-You MUST reformat your hard drive before you can use it with this unit. But Wait there's more: The real neat thing about this little unit is that it is running an embedded Linux kernel! That means you can turn it into a little web server or a media server--with no PC attached. There are lots of open source projects on the web for this little box. I turned mine into a Twonky server.