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Setup

3.5" disks are mounted in toolless trays using the same plastic mounting brackets that were first introduced in the NSA325 V2. 2.5" disks still require screwing them to the tray.

The quickest way to configure the NAS540 is enter http://NAS540 into any web browser and log in using the default credentials admin / 1234. Alternatively, the Quick Start Guide gives you "Choice B", which involves finding and downloading the NAS Starter Utility from the ZyXEL website.

The image below shows the NAS Starter utility. If you click on "NAS Seeker", the utility will scan your network for a ZyXEL NAS. For a new NAS, the status will show as unconfigured.

ZyXEL NAS starter utility with NAS seeker results (inset)

ZyXEL NAS starter utility with NAS seeker results (inset)

The inset in the lower right corner shows the NAS540 discovered on my network at 192.168.1.48.The four icons across the bottom of the screen do the following:

  • Desktop - Click on desktop and after entering login credentials, you will be taken to the Web Configurator home page. Upon first landing at this page, you will be guided through setting up your NAS including configuration of your disks.
  • Network Drive - Maps a drive letter to a share on the NAS
  • Shared Folder - Shows all of the shared folders on the NAS.
  • myZyXELcloud - Takes you to the myZyXELcloud login page.

The first time you go to the myZyXELcloud page, you will be prompted to use your Facebook or Google+ account, or create a myZyXELcloud account. This process also steps you through pairing your NAS540 with your ZyXEL account and setting up DDNS so that your NAS can be easily found on the Internet. The gallery below shows the configuration of myZyXELcloud.

Features

The table below, taken from ZyXEL's website, summarizes the features of the NAS540. You can find additional information on the NAS540 product page.

ZyXEL NAS540 features

ZyXEL NAS540 features

When you log into the NAS540, you land at the page shown below. The page is fairly spartan with only a few icons. Annoyingly, the screen doesn't resize very well. If you try to decrease the window size, scroll bars immediately appear. The four large icons function as follows:

  • myZyXELcloud - clicking on this icon takes you to the same web location as the corresponding icon in the NAS starter utility above.
  • Clicking on Storage takes you to the disk configuration page. This shortcut is duplicated by the disk icon in the task bar at the top of the screen.

ZyXEL NAS540 Web Configurator landing page

ZyXEL NAS540 Web Configurator landing page
  • Status takes you to a status page, shown below, which only shows slightly more information than the status bar at the bottom of the screen.
  • Help launches the help system, which is stored locally on your NAS.

Zyxel NAS540 status page

Zyxel NAS540 status page

At the top of the screen, the "people / gear" icon (second from left) launches the Settings menu. The next icon to the right launches the Playzone. Playzone, shown below, provides browser-based access to a file browser, photo viewer, music player and video player. Multimedia player features are basic, and, of course, you have to have appropriate playback plug ins installed in your browser for music and videos.

Also found in the Play Zone is the Application Zone. This shows you the installed apps on your NAS540 and lets you enable, disable, pause, resume or refresh each application. It also provides links to the management page for each app.

ZyXEL NAS540 Playzone landing page

ZyXEL NAS540 Playzone landing page

Most of the changes you'll make to the NAS540 are in the Administrator / Setup portion of the UI. As noted above, you access settings from the small gear icon in the top bar of the landing page. When you access Settings, you land at a Status page. Along the left vertical column, you'll find collapsible categories of settings. To the right, you'll find more detailed System information, volume status for external volume(s) and active sessions. In the screenshot below, there is currently one web-based admin session and three drive mappings.

ZyXEL NAS540 Settings landing page

ZyXEL NAS540 Settings landing page
Many of the entries are self explanatory, and haven't changed since we reviewed the NSA320. In the next section, I'll focus on some of the features worthy of additional mention.

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