Linksys by Cisco NSLU2 Network Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives
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- Connects USB 1.1 or 2.0 disk drives and flash disks directly to your network
- Built-in disk utilities
- Share music, video, or data files with managed access by user name or group
- Access your files from the Internet
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Installation of the Network Storage Link is simple - just plug it directly into your 10/100 Ethernet network, and attach your USB 2.0 hard drives or flash disk. It can self-configure to your network via DHCP or you can use the built-in utility to manually configure it. With the speedy USB 2.0 interface, you'll get quick response times with even your largest files. The Network Storage Link features built-in disk utilities, accessible through your web browser. You can format new disk drives, and scan drives f
Network Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives Easily Add Storage Space to Your Network
Now you can quickly and easily add gigabytes of storage space onto your network with the Network Storage Link from Linksys. This tiny network appliance connects USB 2.0 hard drives directly to your Ethernet network.
You can connect up to two stand-alone USB disk drives of any size, and access them from anywhere on your network. You can even plug a USB flash disk into the Network Storage Link, for a convenient way of accessing your portable data files. The Network Storage Link can also be set up so that your storage devices are accessible from the Internet -- files can be easily downloaded via your web browser. Your files can be available publicly, or create password-protected accounts for authorized users.
Installation of the Network Storage Link is simple -- just plug it directly into your 10/100 Ethernet network, and attach your USB 2.0 hard drives or flash disk. It can self-configure to your network via DHCP or you can use the built-in utility to manually configure it. With the speedy USB 2.0 interface, you'll get quick response times with even your largest files.
The Network Storage Link features built-in disk utilities, accessible through your web browser. You can format new disk drives, and scan drives for errors. The built-in backup program lets you schedule full, incremental, or synchronization backups of your network drives to the Network Storage Link, or vice versa. It will even send you an email message when a hard drive gets nearly full, completely full, or has an error.
The Network Storage Link is a fast, simple, flexible and economical way to add storage to your network
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The NSLU2, or Slug as is is often referred to, enables you to cheaply turn an external USB drive into a NAS. BUT ... it is intended to be of use to those who have a spare drive which is surplus to requirement, probably because you've just bought a bigger drive to backup your stuff. If you only have 1 external drive which you are currently using for backups this device probably isn't for you - buy a NAS with a built-in HD. It is now possible to connect an external NTFS or FAT32 drive so you can move it between the Slug and your PC, but that's generally not the reason most people want a NAS. NAS devices are best when they are setup and left to run as stand-alone devices on your network.
If you are ready to accept the fact your external HD will become your NAS and won't be used for anything else, then you are now in business and what you can do with the Slug is quite impressive for such a cheap device. With a little bit of 'tinkering' and not much in the way of Linux knowledge you can easily expand beyond the standard NAS file sharing functionality, and add things like a print server, media server and so on.
I have mine running twonkyvision media server to stream my itunes collection (mp3) to a wireless music player, sharing out my printer so I can print from my laptop without having my PC switched on (handy if you travel with your job and need to print a map for where you need to be the next day), and sharing files. I could use it as a web server, a mail server and countless other types of server if I wanted, but it configured the way I want it and it was a doddle to do.Read more ›
Since the Tom's Networking article ([...]) a highly active community has formed which have taken it upon itself to customise this item with additional functionality such as iTune servers, mail servers, CVS servers etc, SSH, print servers, Fat32 support, etc.
See [...] for the latest and greatest information on custmising the NSLU2.
A very neat little box with great potential and solid community support!
On opening the box, the first impression I had was how truly tiny and cute this thing is - it's completely dwarfed by my router and cable modem!
It was a complete doddle to set up and get working (although at that stage the only external device I had plugged in was a memory stick), I just connected the unit to my router and ran the wizard on my PC to find and configure it. The contents of my USB pen drive were then accessible both via Windows Explorer and for extra cool factor, viewable via my browser too. Neat!
Out of the box it doesn't support NTFS (why do Linksys ship with their out-of-date firmware? This is losing them sales...), which was how my drive was already formatted and as that was stuffed with my backup data, I wasn't keen to reformat it! So I already knew I needed to upgrade to the latest official Linksys firmware (exploration of the unofficial projects, "Unslung" and "OpenSlug", I'm leaving for another day).
Well the upgrade process wasn't as smooth as it should have been - following the instructions just didn't work and I had to search online to find out that there was a little utility called EraseAll required. This turned out to have been supplied on the CD, but not documented. However that did run without a hitch and the NTFS drive works just fine (Note: I'm sure the release notes in the firmware mix up usb ports 1 and 2 when taking about NTFS support, so try connecting to the other port if it doesn't work).Read more ›
If you are reasonably computer literate, and are happy to upgrade the Firmware for this device then it makes a great job of using an external harddrive as a "server". Don't buy this if you do not consider yourself capable of upgrading the device before using it.
I now have my two laptops and a desktop sharing files from an external 500Gb USB harddrive connected to this little device over my wireless network.
However, this was only possible after an hour or two of faffing about, checking out other peoples problems on the net and then referring back to the Linksys website (which ended up being very helpful). If you want to connect a "standard" USB harddrive which is formatted to either NFTS or FAT32 (most of them are), then YOU HAVE TO UPGRADE THE FIRMWARE. This isn't as bad as it might sound, but does involve visiting the Linksys website (the US site, NOT the European site as this doesn't seem to have the latest Firmware version !), downloading the latest Firmware (at the time of writting in October 2006, this is V2.3 R63) and also downloading another programme to allow you to upload the firmware into the NSLU2 !
In the end everything works fine - but with some effort and certainly not straight out of the box.
If you read some of the other reviews below, at least one of them also mentions the device appearing to confuse USB ports 1 and 2 - I have the same problem.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun to hack, turn into a micro server.
Although more elegant off the shelf solutions now exist.
Wanted to give a good review but... Product did not work when it arrived and the seller did not answer the email I sent via Amazon. Avoid.Published on 9 Oct. 2009 by Keary D. Birch
If you've got a laptop or more than one PC and want to keep files in a central location then, as supplied, this is a great device. Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2009 by Derek Dongray
Setting up the Slug was easy, and I was able to access my old USB2 external disk drive from either Windows or Ubuntu without the need for any fancy setup. Read morePublished on 27 July 2009 by Mr. A. Freebody
Bought this item thinking that I could use one of my extra HDD storage for storing items and accessing the files on the network without having to turn on my other networked... Read morePublished on 2 July 2009 by ajinooo
A excellent piece of kit!
After IP address was adjusted to suit network unit was online in minutes. Read more
I bought this item after reading how easy and powerful can be to extend its functionalities, and i'm extremely satisfied with the result. Read morePublished on 20 May 2009 by Amazon Customer
The product worked and is working fine once I ignored the recommendation to use a static IP address. Read morePublished on 19 April 2009 by Amazon Customer
This device has been around a while and was originally designed to support Ethernet-connected external storage. Read morePublished on 16 April 2009 by Darren