"TOO SLOOOOOOW!!"on by benhodson
Pros Quik and easy setup. Gets USB HDs shared.
Cons Very Very Slow throughput.
Summary I am generally a Linksys fan but this product will be going back to the store. The NSLU2 was quick and easy to setup and got me going pretty fast. I was a little disappointed by the fact that I had to reformat my HDDs but figured it would be a small price to pay for the ability to access the content from any machine in the house. Once I formatted and setup security I attempted to copy the approx 25 GB of data back to the drive which was removed prior to formatting. Three hours later I cancelled the copy operation with only about 7 GB copied so far. UGH!!!
Sorry but this one is a flop.
Pros There is nothing good
Cons It doesn't work
Summary This did not work at all. It would only see the drives for a few minutes before losing the connection. When accessing files on the drive my system would lock up or crash.
"If you already have data on your drives and NEED file access security DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!"on by ikeyb
Pros Access your files across the network (wireless, in my case)
Cons Linksys never mentioned the need to format harddrives to ext3 file system!
Summary Ok, I recently purchased this network storage link. First impressions were that it was cheap feeling, the circuit board rattles inside of the plastic case when I shake it.
Secondly, I read the stuff, and powered it up. I could not do anything with the drives. The only option was to format! My drives (both 80GB, FAT32)are full of music and information, there was NO WAY! I was going to do that. I put it back in the box.
When I calmed back down (2 days later) I tried again. A usb flash drive worked in the disk 2 slot just fine. But that was it. I turned to the linksys forums and found some information and a link to a firmware upgrade (Version V23R63). After upgrading, it now allows me to see and browse the files. The access is rather slow, being limited by the 10/100Mbps network speed (nowhere near usb2.0 of 480Mbps) but I can live with that.
NOTE: All that talk about user and group security is useless if you don't format the drives attached to the ext3 file system
"Terrible Product"on by arajani
Pros None, this product is falsely advertised
Cons False Advertising, slow performance, must format your drives
Summary I wrote an extended review of the NSLU2, which can be found here:
Pros Unbelievable richness of usage (complete linux box)
Cons Does not support all usb cameras
Summary This little, innocently looking box is addicting. Firstly it has a Linux OS, which can be upgraded and since it connects to a (or two -with some soldering up to 5) harddrives or thumbdrives it can be set to access those drives also to boot from and store linux applications on it which it can execute.
Then there is an ethernet port that can be used to far more than serving files!
You like Asterisk as a PBS with endless posibilities (including VOIP, voicemail and virtual attendant for 4 in/outgoing lines) ? Load and run it on the 'slug' as it is lovingly called by the large family of slug addicts. You want to provide streaming music through the whole house or a web server in a DMZ (like an apache or other server)? Use the slug or a few of them (you can get them on eBay for 25-50$ if you are lucky. You want to send videos from some USB cameras out to the rest of the world? Guess what!
You unsolder one resistor and the NSLU2 doubles its cpu speed without getting warmer (since it is factory underclocked).
Finally, you don't believe me since I am probably a linksys employee who wants to sell those devices? You are wrong! I don't even like Linksys since it was bought by Cisco.
There is only one (free) way to see what the slug is used for: http://www.nslu2-linux.org/ (a very active open community of sluggers) and to read what hundreds of others all over the world have done with this precious box: http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/Info/WhatPeopleAreReallyUsingTheirSlugsFor
You will see such a richness of applications only at device which cost at least 5-20 times as much.