|At a glance|
|Product||Zyxel NSA325 2-Bay Power Plus Media Server [Website]|
|Summary||Dual-drive Marvell-based NAS with USB 3.0 port, lots of upload/download options and support for add-in modules.|
|Pros||• Lots of features - highly configurable via packages|
• Eco friendly with hibernation, power spin down modes
• Time Machine support
• USB 3.0 port for faster backup
• Low noise smart fan design
|Cons||• No front panel indication of degraded RAID|
• Drive not hot swappable
• No email notification of drive failure
• CPU seems to saturate easily during file copies
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If you’re in the market for a NAS device (Network attached storage) you have a few choices to make: How much storage do you need? How many drives do you want? Do you want the drives pre-installed, or do you want to by a bare chassis and supply your own drives?
For many SmallNetBuilder readers, the BYOD option is often the best bet. Though there are quite a few NASes from manufacturers such as Buffalo Technology, Seagate, Iomega and Western Digital that come with drives pre-installed, often you’ll find that BYOD NAS products offer you a lot more features.
With drive sizes now at 4 TB, a two drive NAS can be a great choice for home user. Unless you're a media junkie, it will take you a long time to fill up 4 TB and the option of RAID 1 mirroring can provide a bit more peace of mind for data security. Of course, you'll also need a separate backup device, preferably off-site, for true data security.
All dual drive NASes offer the option of RAID 1 (mirroring) to provide in-NAS data redundancy. Some, like the ZyXEL NSA325 in this review, even provide you with root access. Linux guys can go crazy without having to hack in.
The NSA 325 is an attractively designed NAS measuring 4.25” X 8.07” X 5.79”. The removable front panel features a molded in design which makes it look a little different than the traditional “black box” NAS. The front panel is attached to the case with three tabs and two small magnets hold the panel in place. The figure below shows both the front and rear panel configuration.
On the front panel, there are status indicator lights for hard drives, the front panel USB 3.0 port, Copy and a System status light. The rear panel includes two additional USB 2.0 ports for additional storage, UPS monitoring or print sharing. Indicator lights on the Gigabit Ethernet port show traffic and link speed.
ZyXEL NSA 325 front and rear panel layout.
The figure below shows you a description for each of the status indicator's colors and states.
ZyXEL NSA325 LED status indicator description
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Average user rating from: 2 user(s)
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|User Rating [Back to Top]||Overall:||2.2||Features :||2.0||Performance :||2.5||Reliability :||2.0|
poor at best
November 22, 2013
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I agree that the ONLY way to use this unit is thru their software.
Drop in 2 disk and say JBOD and what do you get 1 drive. Well its both but considered 1 drive by the software. IS this writing data to both or one until it fills up or what?
I would rather have 2 disk, like one for work and one for movies or whatever I want but not with this unit.
I am assuming they wanted a dumb box and that is what you get, dumb as in the user went to public school lol.
performance is not bad, can't say much on the reliability.
Worst waste of money I have done in a long time.
ZyXel NSA325 after 1 year...complete disappointment.
November 12, 2013
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I want to and wanted to like this. On the surface it has what you want in a small net based storage.
However, the OS and utilities are so bad as to make this nothing more than another set of harddrives attached via a network. Consistently when trying to connect to this via anything other than harddrive shares you get a status of "UNREACHABLE" via their own utilities. One cannot even connect via a browser.
Rebooting does not solve the problem. Complete reset temporarily solves the problem, but realistically, if you reset and reconfigure every day, what value is there.
Hardware gets an "Average" the actual usability and help (via only forums) gets one star (or below).