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Like the D-Link DNS-323, the TRENDnet TS-I300 has a built-in FTP server. In fact, the controls on the FTP servers (Figure 10) are virtually identical on the two products. You can set rights globally for all users, or assign rights for individual users, including anonymous.

The FTP server configuration allows you to change the port from the default port 21, set flow control, set session timeout, and limit the maximum number of users (up to 10).

Like the D-Link DNS-323, the TS-I300 lacks an FTP log, so you have no idea who is downloading or uploading on your server.

FTP server settings

Figure 10: FTP server settings

Note how I created read/write access for user "cellison" at the root of the drive, and read-only access for anonymous users at the /FTP subdirectory level. Also note some miscellaneous artifacts (i@) scattered around the screen.

Next in the Advanced sub-menus is Email Alerts. The TS-I300 lets you set up email notifications to an individual email address. You can set the time between notifications of space status or be alerted when the disk is full, a critical error has occurred, the administrator's password has been changed, when the firmware has been upgraded, or when the disk temperature exceeds a defined threshold. (Note that not all disks support temperature reporting.) The email engine allows for anonymous or authenticated SMTP.

Figure 11 shows the specific conditions that you can have selected so that email alerts can be sent if the conditions are met.

Email Alerts

Figure 11: Email Alerts

The Disk Utility sub-menu lets you format, scan, or repair a disk. For the internal drive, you are limited to the EXT2 format. For external drives attached via USB, you can choose EXT2, EXT3, FAT, or FAT32.

The TS-I300 has a built-in UPnP AV server that's very similar to the one found in the D-Link DNS-323. It doesn't support a UPnP password found on the D-Link, but otherwise it's the same. You define the path to your media files and click Refresh.

There is no automatic refresh interval, so if you add new media content, you'll have to log into the TS-I300 and manually refresh the content to make it available to your UPnP media player. Unfortunately, without a media player, I was unable to test this function.

The final sub-menu, Status, was disappointing. It shows only very rudimentary information about the TS-I300 such as network settings, disk status (size, bytes used, bytes remaining), basic Samba status (Name, workgroup, and description) along with drive temperature if the drive supports it. It did not show, for example, users currently logged in or FTP status.

The main admin section is Maintenance, which has two sub menus. One lets you upgrade the firmware, and the other resets the I300 to factory default.

Unfortunately, the Upgrade Firmware page does not have a link to a Trendnet upgrade page on the web. Your only choice is to browse for firmware that you've previously downloaded and saved.

If you log out of the TS-I300, you can access the I300's scheduled HTTP / FTP download feature. This feature could be handy as a primitive backup as long as you don't mind copying entire folders and included subfolders without the ability to exclude files.

The TS-I300 has two USB 2.0 expansion ports: one on the front panel and one on the rear panel. These ports allow you to connect either external USB drives or flash drives to expand storage capacity. The external drives can be formatted with FAT, FAT32, EXT2, or EXT3 file systems.

I rummaged through my drawer and pulled out a handful of flash drives, as well as a 4 GB portable Seagate drive. All of the drives mounted without incident. When you first plug in the drive, the I300's front panel USB light flashes green. A few seconds later, if the drive successfully mounted, the light remains on solid. Once mounted, the connected USB drives show up as additional shares on the TS-I300.

Figure 12 shows the TS-I300 with the hard drive and its subdirectories, as well as a Seagate USB hard drive and a flash drive plugged into the 2 USB ports.

TS-I300 with hard drive, subdirectories, and 
      Seagate USB hard drive

Figure 12: TS-I300 with hard drive, subdirectories, and Seagate USB hard drive

It's important to note that if you have devices attached to both USB ports, and press the Unmount button on the front panel, both devices will be dismounted.

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