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Zyxel NSA-220
5.5 out of 10

Zyxel NSA-220

ZyXEL NSA-220 Plus is a 2-bay Network Storage Appliance for home Read more

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Overall 8
8.0

Decent Little NAS Box

Raymond J., Newegg
6 July 2009
  • Summary: I'm a fan of Zyxel in general. This product has been OK but I'm considering a more powerful device like the QNAP.
  • Pros: Simple user interface, lots of features for the price. Free software upgrades and tech support. Nicely built.
  • Cons: I've had a mirrored set degrade and was unable to get it remirrored without recreating the set. This required finding another place to put 700G of data and a day to copy it around. Contrary to other reviewer's experience, I was able to read the drives using a LINUX box. There is a proprietary par...
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Overall 6
6.0

Good but not fast enough

james p., Newegg
27 June 2009
  • Summary: You need to update firmware one version at a time. Ver. 2.20 to ver. 2.30 then to ver. 3.12.. Now you can use web based firmware uploader to get to 2.30, but it will not work to get to 3.12. You will need to put 3.12 firmware files into a thumb drive then reboot the system.
  • Pros: Nice clean web interface. Dont have to install anything to use it. Access using run \\nsa220, or shows up in network like any share. Ultra quiet unlike readynas. Torrent program works good. You must update firmware to get all the benefits of this NAS. Don't bother going directly to ZyXel to get f...
  • Cons: Way to slow. New firmware allowes up to 3TB but takes you 2 days to load it up with 1080p movies. USB is just as slow. You cannot pull the drive out and plug it into a PC via SATA to upload files or backup files. Unknown file system as other reviewer said, not NTFS or FAT32. You just have to WAIT...
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Overall 8
8.0

Update to previous review

Matthew M., Newegg
19 June 2009
  • Summary: I am writing this as an update to my previous review to note that despite what ZyXEL said earlier they have released a new firmware for the unit that adds most of the functionality of the NSA-220 Plus, including ext3 and larger volume size support now I can use my two 1.5 TB drives in a raid 0...
  • Pros: Same as before. Small Footprint Easy to use Reliable thus far + New firmware allows 3TB volume size
  • Cons: Same as before. Slow data transfer rates even w/ gigabyte network. 3TB max volume size gets smaller every day.
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Overall 8
8.0

No issues

Anonymous, Newegg
5 March 2009
  • Summary: It gets the job done.
  • Pros: It works with 1.5TB seagate drives. FTP and CIFS.
  • Cons: Interface is a little slow, it could be a little bit better organized. FTP is not secure.
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Overall 4
4.0

Be Aware..

Anonymous, Newegg
28 February 2009
  • Summary: It uses a somewhat uncommon file system created by a now-defunct company, called Reiser4 (it's not NTFS or EXT2/EXT3), which makes recovering your data a bit harder if you're not in the know (windows users, try Virtual Volumes.)
  • Pros: I relied on this for it's raid backup, with two "green power" WD 750 hard drives in parallel. Also took advantage of the print server feature. Oh, and it's quite good-looking..
  • Cons: Print server would often require me to connect to the drive and enter my username/password before the printer would respond (that was "normal," and I got used to it.) However, about a year later, it started to drop off the network for periods of time. After tech support / troubleshooting, Zyxel i...
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Overall 10
10

Works as advertised

Matthew M., Newegg
25 February 2009
  • Summary: I bought two 1.5TB hard drives thinking they might work in Raid0. Granted it doesn't say anywhere that it will but it was worth a shot. No, the volume size was reported incorrectly. Same problem when trying JBOD.
  • Pros: Low price for a lot of storage. Small footprint. Relatively lightweight.
  • Cons: 2TB Max capacity.
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Overall 10
10

Good little NAS

Wingyan K., Newegg
8 February 2009
  • Pros: - Small form factor - Able to support in 2 x 1.5TB drive to make RAID 1 partition. - FTP file speed over 100Mbit network was like 5-8 MByte/sec. - used about 27 watt when active and 8 watt when idle.
  • Cons: None so far.
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Overall 6
6.0

An average computer peripheral

Jim K., Newegg
20 January 2009
  • Summary: I'm 50/50 on the quality of Zyxel support. On one hand, their people are thorough and ask good questions to get to the root of the problem. On the other hand it took a really long time to get my RMA replacement.
  • Pros: Really quiet, simple setup, nice small form factor, and good build quality. Sort-of fast. Built-in bittorrent and FTP.
  • Cons: Sort-of slow; on my gigabit network in RAID0 it can perform at over 100Mb/sec, but that's 1/4th of what I can do with Vista and/or Linux. Fast enough to stream, but annoyingly slow for loading large files. Trying to update my firmware from v2.20 to version 2.30 turned my first box in to a brick. ...
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Overall 6
6.0

Just OK, but there's not much better out there yet

JM, Amazon
10 October 2008
  • Summary: UPDATE: My NSA-220 required service. The experience was very frustrating. This first interaction with ZyXEL support has left me with a VERY unfavorable impression. Troubleshooting took over a month of back-and-forth emails with long delays between ZyXEL's responses, and the RMA process requires the...
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Overall 8
8.0

Great NAS & Print Server For Home Use

Martyo, Amazon
10 October 2008
  • Summary: Pros: Works as advertised, great price, ease of installation, quiet and sleeps when inactive and wakes up without any timeouts on the computer. Great copy function from cards or disks plugged into the USB port.
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