|Now you can quickly and easily add gigabytes of storage space onto your network with the Network Storage Link from Linksys. This tiny network appliance connects USB 2.0 hard drives directly to your Ethernet network. You can connect up to two stand-alone USB disk drives of any size, and access them from anywhere on your network. You can even plug a USB flash disk into the Network Storage Link, for a convenient way of accessing your portable data files. The Network Storage Link can also be set up so that your storage devices are accessible from the Internet -- files can be easily downloaded via your web browser. Your files can be available publicly, or create password-protected accounts for authorized users.
Installation of the Network Storage Link is simple -- just plug it directly into your 10/100 Ethernet network, and attach your USB 2.0 hard drives or flash disk. It can self-configure to your network via DHCP or you can use the built-in utility to manually configure it. With the speedy USB 2.0 interface, you'll get quick response times with even your largest files.
The Network Storage Link features built-in disk utilities, accessible through your web browser. You can format new disk drives, and scan drives for errors. The built-in backup program lets you schedule full, incremental, or synchronization backups of your network drives to the Network Storage Link, or vice versa. It will even send you an email message when a hard drive gets nearly full, completely full, or has an error.
The Network Storage Link is a fast, simple, flexible and economical way to add storage to your network.
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Great unit. Works like a charm
Install took me a while, but then perfect!12/3/2007
Installing the NSLU2 was a little bit tricky. There were some IP conflict issues that I couldn't figure out with the limited help available in the manual and on the Linksys web page. However, after I found a message board addressing the same problem and subsequent solution, I was up and running within 5 minutes. I have not yet attached a hard drive but I did attach a USB flash drive that first night and was able to start using it immediately. Lots of reviews mentioned having to reformat and losing existing data on the hard drive. At least with the flash drive, that wasn't true. With the currently available firmware off the Linksys web page, the NSLU2 can access both NTFS and FAT32 flash drives with no reformat necessary. I'm expecting the same will apply once I plug my 500GB Western Digital USB2 hard drive in. One thing the ad didn't mention... The NSLU2 does have 2 USB2.0 ports but you can only attach 1 hard drive! The second port can only access a USB flash drive. At least, that's what the manual says. I'll try plugging in 2 hard drives and see if it has any trouble. Transfer speed is limited to the speed of your network which may be a real issue, especially if you're using wireless. Don't expect to plug the drive in and be able to transfer gigs of mp3's or movies at the same speed you used to when it was plugged directly into your system.
Works great once set up. Remember, though, this is "Refurbished" which means there might be parts of old configuration info. In my case, the workgroup was still configured rather than the default, so none of my PCs could find it. A quick session with a browser determined the problem and fixed it. Now that it's set up, any PC can attach the drives. Users are set up to automatically include the new drive with their own share account. Haven't tried FTP yet (haven't needed to) but there's no reason it shouldn't work as well. I'd love to test this unit with Linux, but it will be several months before I have that opportunity. When I need to attach additional disks (it's just a matter of time) I'll most likely get another NSLU2 if they're still available!
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