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All of the BlackArmors use the new Marvell "Kirkwood" 88F6281 NAS processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and have 256 MB of soldered-on-board RAM. Dual Marvell 88E1116Rs provide two Gigabit Ethernet ports that can be used separately or arranged in failover mode. Note that jumbo frames are not supported.

Power consumption is 45 W with four Seagate 7200.11 Barracuda 1TB drives used in the NAS 440 4 TB model that Seagate sent for review. Fan and drive noise are low, meaning the NAS is barely audible in a quiet room. A recent firmware change has added a HDD standby mode, but there are no configuration options to set drive spin down times. Figure 3 shows a view of the main board.

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Figure 3: Main board


There’s really not a lot of work involved with setting up the BlackArmor. It comes with a CD containing a discovery utility that can be installed either on a Windows or Mac OS system. The CD also contains the BlackArmor Backup Software (more on that later).

You don’t really need to use the discovery tool, however. It’s probably easier to just check the LCD screen for the IP address of the device and log into the web-based console using the default administrator’s credentials. (admin/admin).

The BA arrives pre-configured as a RAID5 device with all of the space allocated to a single volume. Default shares include Download and Public with the public share having subdirectories used by the DLNA and iTunes server. Both shares are public for read/write and quotas are disabled.

When you first log into the administrator’s console, you are intercepted by a setup wizard (Figure 4) that prompts you for the device name, a new admin password and LAN settings. With just a few clicks, you’re ready to start using the BlackArmor.

Setup wizard summary

Figure 4: Setup wizard summary

Figure 5 shows the system status page which is the default login landing page.

Status page

Figure 5: Status page

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