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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.
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.
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.
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.
Customer Reviews of ZyXEL NSA221 2-bay Network Attached Storage and Media Server
it's working ok5/17/2012
The inlcuded setup software is easy to use, and will do everything for you including mapping the drives in windows.
Die after 3 month9/23/2011
Die after 3 month, need to power cycle to get 1 min of usage, then no more access
I have returned this unit back twice and it this maxes out the CPU at 100% with no network cable attached.Now they won't even return emails.DO NOT BUY!!!!
Bought Two - Neither Worked7/8/2011
I bought two of these - both were defective right out of the box. One wouldn't recognize the 2nd drive; the other couldn't be seen by their software. Also, the front cover of one unit was malformed, and would not snap on. I am very disappointed in these, and am returning both units - the *only* positive in the whole experience is that Buy.com did the right thing and provided free return shipping. It's only my opinion (I do have >25 years in PC networking, and have 2 other brand NAS's that work just fine), but I would not feel confident trusting my data to units that are 2 for 2 DOA out of the box - it does not reflect well on their QA policies.
Good Unit for reasonable price1/18/2011
I installed the network server with one 2TB drive. The unit works fine. There were glitches during the software configuration but after reboot they went away. Still having issue with ftp but will research later.
A good buy1/17/2011
This is a quite and good NAS enclosure, worth the money. The speed is just OK, print server is a plus.
Based on the other glowing reviews here, I must have gotten a lemon. I have 2 2TB drives configured for RAID 1. Although the status screen shows the drives as sync'd, there is continuous drive activity, even when no one is accessing the drive. This results in terrible performance. It's so slow, I can't even get the firmware upgrade to complete. Haven't installed any additional modules, so that's not the issue. Not recommended.
Great value for the price12/17/2010
Very easy to use and configure. Fast 1GBps ethernet interface. as well as 3-USB ports. Has a built-in print server (icing on the cake!) I am now able to use my old USB-only printers on it. Installed two 2-TB drives inside of it and set it up as RAID 1. Works really nice! Overall, I highly recommend it
Nice piece of hardware12/4/2010
Worked as expected, I've configured RAID 1 with two 500GB SATA 2 Hard Drives, working perfectly. Software upgraded, No issues so far.
Good product...but had some bumps in the road12/3/2010
Setup on my network was easy with no issues. No issues with network speed either. Did have a hardware problem with one drive; hours after the installation. However, could not rebuild/re-sync the volume after the drive was replaced. The re-sync software would report hardware problems with one or both of the drives. Had to delete the volume and re-create it. (No drive problems have occurred since. Contacted support...they are looking into the issue. Re-sync issue could be an issue with my hardware?) Since the re-sync issued happened, I decided to add and external drive for data backup. Automatic power-off stopped working when the external backup drive was added. Support was contacted again. I back-up my data to the external drive - full weekly backups with daily incremental backups. The backups have had no issues however; I have not tried to do a full/partial restore. Overall, I feel it is a good product for the price and would recommend it to friends with the caveats noted above. My recommendation also would include to use the backup option to an external drive for added insurance.
cheap NAS is more than adequate12/1/2010
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.
Great product for important local network data12/1/2010
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.