ZyXEL NSA221 2-bay Network Attached Storage and Media Server - NSA221

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Overall Satisfaction
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Value
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Ease of Use
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Performance

The unit setup was fast and effortless. The ZyXEL default RAID1 configuration provides redundant data that provides excellent protection for important data, photos, videos, etc that you want available on your home/small office network. Access speed is great on my home GB network.

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Worked out of the box - I did not expect outstanding performance and did not get it. Performance is adequate, especially understanding the low low cost. This is fine for any home network and viable even for small business.

-Bill quote

Great product for important local network data

by A customer on 12/1/2010

The unit setup was fast and effortless. The ZyXEL default RAID1 configuration provides redundant data that provides excellent protection for important data, photos, videos, etc that you want available on your home/small office network. Access speed is great on my home GB network.

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cheap NAS is more than adequate

by Bill on 12/1/2010

Worked out of the box - I did not expect outstanding performance and did not get it. Performance is adequate, especially understanding the low low cost. This is fine for any home network and viable even for small business.

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Product Overview

Click and Play Intuitively, Make Your Media Alive

Centralized media server for multimedia streaming
The ZyXEL NSA221, DLNA 1.5-certified 2-Bay Media Server, supports multiple server technologies for multimedia sharing. Acting as an iTunes server, SqueezeCenter, personal blog and photo album server for PCs, laptops and SqueezeBoxes, the NSA221 can make it easy to stream and share music and photos.

Through an enhanced online "Package" management, advanced users can easily choose their preferred applications online. The selected application software will be automatically downloaded from the ZyXEL website and install. It can save your storage capacity for applications you require and offer you the real-time application software support per your needs.

Intuitive user interface integrated with media player
With the user-friendly installation wizard, it's easy and simple to manage and backup media files. Through an intuitive user interface integrated with the media player, you can play music and photo slide shows directly from NSA221. The NSA221 also allows you to create a music playlist and play it on the background for photo slide shows.

A newly designed alphabetical search bar provides you a more convenient way to search files within thousands of songs, photos and videos stored in the NSA221.

zPilot™ for media auto-classification with easy drag-and-drop
The zPilot™ file auto-classification function of NSA221 enables you to easily store and manage media files through simple drag-and-drop operations. With the zPilot™ software installed through the NAS Starter Utility, you can drag one or more files/folders to the zPilot™ icon on the desktop, and the files/folders will be identified and delivered automatically to music, photo, video or other designated folders on NSA221; users can also easily check the upload status of data transmission.

Online auto-upgrade firmware service for quick feature enhancements
Through the online auto-upgrade firmware service, you can immediately download the latest firmware from the ZyXEL Web site to your NSA221 for on-the-fly feature enhancements.

To save even more power, the NSA221's platform allows you to continuously download/upload files without powering on your PC.
  • BitTorrent/eMule/HTTP/FTP
    With the link capture support, the files can be downloaded even when the PC is off. This is particularly useful for large and lengthy downloads that draw enormous PC power and drain system resources.

    The NSA221 enables you to establish your FTP server and manage the access authorization for it. The auto-upload function can automatically upload files stored on the NSA to FTP servers; it's a very efficient way to update multiple FTP servers simultaneously and share files with friends and family.

  • RSS
    After you subscribe to RSS feeds and add the links to NSA221, the built-in RSS client enables the NSA221 to automatically download the latest digital contents, such as TV programs and Podcasts. With RSS server support, NSA221 makes it easy for you to share the files with your friends by subscribing to the RSS feeds you set.

  • Flickr/YouTube
    The NSA221 supports auto-upload to photo/video sharing websites as flickr and YouTube. With simple setup steps, newly updated photos and videos stored in the NSA221 can be automatically uploaded to flickr and YouTube.

    All-in-one backup solution to protect valuable user data
    The NSA221 provides a complete set of backup solutions for home and SOHO users. With the intelligent "Copy/Sync" button, the NSA221 makes it even easier to copy to or from external USB storage devices, card readers and digital cameras. In addition, the "Backup Planner" provides you with instant and scheduled backup services from the NSA221 to other ZyXEL or external USB mass storages. Using the simple setup steps, you can easily plan backup schedule according to personal needs. Furthermore, the advanced functions such as data compression and synchronization also optimize the bandwidth and time for data backup processes with better performance.

    Green media server for energy saving
    To save on electric bills and provide better environmental protection, the NSA221 consumes less power without compromising performance. Compared to traditional PC storage which normally consumes 200 Watts, the NSA221 consumes 80% less power.

    With the advanced internal hard disk hibernation support, the hard disks in the NSA221 can automatically spin down when there is no data transmission after a period of time. Equipped with smart fan technology, the NSA221's fan can run at slower speed when the system temperature is low, which can save power consumption.

    Furthermore, the NSA221's eco-friendly scheduling function can automatically perform power management tasks according to specific date/time or idle period settings for better power efficiency. In other words, the NSA221 can automatically turn on or off based on your usage patterns and needs to conserve power and cost.
  • Specifications

    Manufacturer Zyxel
    Mfg Part# NSA221
    SKU 217126189
    UPC 760559118853
    UPC 14 00760559118853
    Features
    2-Bay media server with capacity of up to 4TB - (hard disk drives are not included)
    DLNA 1.5-certified media server compatible with a wide range of media devices
    Intuitive user interface integrated with media player
    zPilot™ for media auto-classification with easy drag-and-drop
    Online auto-upgrade firmware service
    Runs eMule/BitTorrent/FTP/HTTP downloads independent of PC
    All-in-one backup solution to protect valuable user data
    Green media server provides power scheduling and hard disk hibernation for energy saving
    Tech Specs
    System Specifications Networking
    Network protocol:
    TCP/IP
    CIFS/SMB, NFS (for Linux/Unix)
    FTP, HTTP
    DHCP client
    PPPoE
    NTP (Network Time Protocol)
    Network setting:
    DyDNS support
    Network applications:
    Gigabit jumbo frame support up to 9K bytes
    UPnP AV server
    iTunes server support
    SqueezeCenter support
    Samba/ FTP server support
    Photo album server
    phpMyAdmin/MySQL/PHP
    Support eMule/BitTorrent/FTP/HTTP downloads
    Auto-upload newly-added files to FTP servers, flickr and YouTube
    Media Playback Support
    Support Windows Media Center plug-ins for playing music/videos
    Support photo slide show
    Support File System
    Internal HDD: XFS
    External HDD: EXT2, EXT3, FAT32, ReiserFS, XFS
    Security
    Support HTTPS and FTPES (FTP over explicit TLS/SSL)
    Encrypted NSA to NSA remote replication
    Encrypted NSA to external disk archive backup
    Backup Solutions
    One-touch copy/sync button for external USB-capable devices backup
    Backup planner:
    Instant/scheduled backup
    NSA to NSA synchronization/ archive backup
    NSA to external USB hard disk backup
    PC to NSA backup (Memeo AutoBackup software)
    USB Device Support
    USB hard disk and card reader
    Digital camera (support picture transfer protocol)
    UPS monitoring and auto shutdown
    RAID Features
    RAID0, RAID1, JBOD
    Disk Maintenance
    Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.)
    Automatically detect disk bad block with e-mail notification
    Power and Thermal Management
    Power control:
    Internal disk hibernation support
    Scheduled power on/off/reboot
    System automatically resume after power outage
    Thermal management:
    Smart fan speed control
    High temperature alert/ buzzer
    Auto shutdown while high temperature
    Management
    User & group management
    Package Management for setting up applications
    IP filter table management
    Download service with bandwidth control
    Download status management
    RSS client and server support auto-download and notification
    Recycle bin with auto-cleanup and restoring files function
    System Tools
    System maintenance:
    System resource, session, status monitoring
    Online auto-upgrade firmware
    Alarm:
    E-mail notification for specific severity of log recorded
    High temperature e-mail alert with auto-shutdown option
    Logs:
    Syslog record
    Periodically system event with e-mail notification
    Minimum System Requirements
    OS for Utility: Windows XP/Vista/7 (32 & 64 bit)
    Browser: IE 6.0+, Firefox 2.0+ and Chrome 4.0+
    Hardware Specification
    Two 3.5" SATA I/II hard disk interface supported
    One Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 connector
    Three USB 2.0 ports
    Buttons:
    Power button
    Copy/Sync button
    Reset button
    Smart fan design
    Power consumption:
    Access mode: 32.75 Watt
    Hard disk hibernation mode: 19 Watt
    Power supply:
    Input: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
    Output: 19V DC; 2.1 A
    Physical Specification
    Item weight: 1057g (2.34lb)
    Item dimension: 108(W) x 205(D) x 147(H) mm (4.25(W) x 8.07(D) x 5.79(H) inch)
    Packing weight: 1535g (3.39lb)
    Packing dimension: 280(W) x 173(D) x 210(H) mm(11.02(W) x 6.81(D) x 8.27(H) inch)
    Environmental Specification
    Operating environment:
    Temperature: 0ºC ~ 40ºC (32ºF~104ºF)
    Humidity: 0% ~ 95% (Non-condensing)
    Storage environment:
    Temperature: -30ºC ~ 70ºC (-22ºF~158ºF)
    Humidity: 0% ~ 95% (Non-condensing)
    Certification
    Safety: CE LVD
    EMC: CE, FCC class B, C-Tick, BSMI
    Others: UPnP
    Package Contents
    Network storage device (Hard disks not included)
    Power supply & power cord
    Ethernet cable
    Quick start guide
    Support CD
    Warranty card
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