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Feature Configuration, Continued

Other capabilities found in this section allowed me to backup and restore my settings, reboot, reset, and "Rescan the Media Server Content". This last option was the only place in any of the menus where I saw specific mention of the UPnP media serving capabilities of the box. Even the "Help" web page failed to address this option, nor did it have any other mention of media serving.

The Firmware option had menus for updating the firmware, and the "Format" menu allowed the internal drive to be formatted. The top-level "Status" menu had a couple of features. The first screen showed the basic network configuration and the status of the hard drive. The second screen was a "Logging" screen that showed various status messages (see Figure 7).

Figure 6: Logging Messages

Figure 7: Logging Messages

An option menu allowed the specification of what types of messages would be displayed (see Figure 8).

Figure 7: Logging Options

Figure 8: Logging Options

One bug I noticed under the log menu was the "pages" display. Often times, the display indicated that there were two pages of status messages available, when in reality there was only one.

The final top-level menu was "Help", which allowed me to see short assistance messages regarding the various options found on the previous pages.

One thing I did not find anywhere was an option to set the drive spin-down time. The NAS units on my LAN sit idle most of the time, so it's nice to have an option to tell them to turn the drive off when idle; this reduces noise, heat and power consumption. Another feature I noticed missing was any sort of automated backup utility. Many consumer NAS devices include software to automatically do backups from other computers on the network, but the G600 had no such capability. If you need this feature, you'll have to purchase a third-party product. Finally, the G600 does not support file access via FTP or HTTP.

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