|Linksys Network Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives|
|Summary||Open Source-based SAMBA server converts any external USB drive to shared network storage.|
|Update||7/9/2004 - Corrected Flash and RAM sizes
7/7/2004 - Backup bugfix released. Info on hidden syslog page added. Admin login info added
|Pros||• Gives you the flexibility to adjust NAS capacity to your budget
• Built-in disk-to-disk and client-to-disk backup utility
• Supports file read via HTTP
• Good value for the money
|Cons||• Unbalanced read / write performance
• Not secure for access via Internet
One of the challenges that computer manufacturers face is managing their hard drive inventory - a problem that is shared by makers of networked storage devices. Although drive prices are insanely low on a cost-per-gigabyte basis, they still can be the major factor in a NAS product's retail price. And who wants to be left holding inventory when the next drive capacity bump-up hits?
Some networking product companies have approached this problem by making routers with built-in NAS features that require BYO storage. - USR's 8200 [reviewed here] and NETGEAR's WGT634U to name two. It was only a matter of time before someone broke the BYODisk NAS function out into its own box.
That time has now come with Linksys' NSLU2 Network Storage Link. I'm happy to report that it works well and even addresses my number one request to NAS device makers - backup!