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The Network Space is a single-drive inexpensive no-frills NAS supporting basic file sharing, backup and media serving. It is available in 500 GB and 1 TB capacities. The 500 GB version was tested.

The glossy black plastic case has a footprint slightly larger and about 2X as high as the Samsung Spinpoint HD502IJ 500 GB 3.5" SATA hard drive it encloses.

Power consumption is 11 W with no idle drive spindown or programmable shutdown / startup. Noise level is very low since there is no fan and drive noise is unnoticeable.

CIFS/SMB file access is supported and password-protected FTP can be enabled. There are also UPnP AV media and iTunes servers. Three licenses each of Genie Backup Manager Pro (Windows) & Intego Backup Manager Pro (Mac OS) are bundled for client backup. Manual backup to / from internal and external USB drives can be done and auto-backup of a USB drive can be enabled.

The Network Space barely edges out the original Western Digital My Book World Edition as the second slowest NAS with 6.4 MB/s write and 7.6 MB/s read with a Gigabit LAN connection. Only Linksys routers with built-in USB drive sharing are slower. Performance with a 100 Mbps LAN connection was not much different, measuring 5.7 MB/s write and 7.2 MB/s read. The product consistently failed to complete iozone performance testing using a 1000 Mbps LAN connection and 4k jumbo frames, due to network connection failure.

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