I’ve long been looking for a NAS (Network Attached Storage) solution at home for some time now, but they were either too robust and expensive (when using a professional NAS system/server) or not extendable enough (when using a network attachable hard disk).
Lately however, the prices of small NAS systems have come down, so it was time to buy one and it has become the Linksys NAS200.
At the moment only filled with 1 500GB SATA disk.
- Supports RAID 0 and RAID 1
- Music and video streaming
- 2 external USB ports for hard disks or flash drives (FAT, FAT32 and NTFS support)
- 1-button backup
- Build-in HTTP, FTP, DDNS and UPnP AV media servers
- Small form size, especially of you compare it with a normal PC or even a barebone.
- Easily extendable with it’s 2 SATA bays and 2 USB connections.
- Easy to use. It supports HTTP, FTP, SMB (for windows shares)
- It detects inactivity of the disk and powers it down (with the fan a few minutes later), so very low power consumption.
- Should support media centers (haven’t tested that yet).
- Build-in downloader, handy for nightly (cheap, since bandwidth counts only 50%) downloads.
- Can get quite warm.
- Because of the fan, the noise can be an unpleasant factor. It’s not a system that you’d like to install in your living room.
- Passwords have a limited length of only 14 characters.
- SMB connection isn’t really fast.
- Proprietary filesystem, so if the unit crashed, the data is inaccessible.
- Inability to limit the administration section to access from LAN only (unsecure).
- When a USB drive has a NTFS format, you can only read from the disk, not write to it.
One thing I especially like to mention. The NAS 200 has a 1 button backup. When pressing it, all PCs with installed software will be backed up to the NAS. For some people this can be handy, to ease the taking of backups, but it’s useless to me. The NAS200 is too slow to take a 60GB backup and who wants to press a button on a NAS? The whole point is that it’s attached to the network so you don’t need physical contact with it. So I really question the point of this button/feature.
The NAS200 a nice handy addition to your home storage for movies, music and personal files. It’s a little too slow for heavy backing up (I only tried SMB shares at the time of this post, not FTP). And I would suggest to only allow FTP access from the internet, since the HTTP server allows also the administration, which is a possible security leak.