Synology DS-106e: One very full-featured NAS
June 28, 2006 11:00
Jim Buzbee found that Synology's latest disk station does just about everything that you'd want a single-drive NAS to do.
Two Drives Are Better Than One: Thecus YES Box N2100
June 6, 2006 10:06
RAID Level 1 isn't as robust as RAID5, but requires only two drives and can cost significantly less. Jim Buzbee took Thecus' two-SATA drive N2100 for a spin and found a lot to like.
Intel's RAID 5 NAS Makes the Grade
May 18, 2006 19:53
Intel has decided it wants to play in the SOHO/SMB NAS market and produces a first product that should get it into the game.
Strange Brew: D-Link DSM-G600 NAS
April 4, 2006 09:18
Manufacturers continue to play with NAS configurations in their fight for marketshare. Jim Buzbee takes a look at a D-Link NAS that aims to please with a combination of media serving, gigabit Ethernet, wireless and BYOD features.
Review: Infrant ReadyNAS NV
March 3, 2006 11:58
Take the features of both the Infrant ReadyNAS 600 and X6, squeeze them into an attractive small enclosure and what do you have? The Infrant ReadyNAS NV.
Review: Iomega StorCenter Network Storage Drive
February 20, 2006 11:08
Iomega's StorCenter Network Storage Drive sports a nice feature set, including a built-in UPnP AV server. But Jim Buzbee found that its file system performance while good, doesn't quite live up to the promise implied by its gigabit Ethernet port.
How To: Convert your Xbox to a NAS - Part 3
January 6, 2006 09:45
In the final part of Kevin Herring's series, he shows how to tame BitTorrent bandwidth use and checks out file serving performance.
How To: Convert your Xbox to a NAS - Part 2
December 28, 2005 12:00
In Part 2 of our series, Kevin Herring provides the how-to for installing and configuring the software you'll need for file sharing and downloading Torrents.
How To: Convert your Xbox to a NAS - Part 1
December 13, 2005 06:50
With the arrival of the Xbox360, there will soon be a buyer's market for its older sibling. Kevin Herring shows how to give an Xbox a new lease on life as a full-featured NAS.
Review: TRENDnet USB 2.0 Network Storage Server
December 8, 2005 14:26
There are many choices for buyers in the market for an inexpensive NAS. Jim Buzbee takes a look at a new entry from TRENDnet that has some attractive features, but unfortunately doesn't make the grade in the speed department.
Review: Anthology Solutions Yellow Machine TeraByte Storage Appliance
November 15, 2005 11:26
Multi-function products can be attractive, if the right combination of functions and features are combined. But Jim Buzbee found that Anthology Solutions' Yellow Machine fails to hit the mark as either a RAID-capable NAS or small office router/firewall.
Review: NETGEAR SC101 Storage Central
October 11, 2005 17:26
Up until now, NETGEAR has steered clear of the Networked Storage market. But Tim Higgins found that its long-awaited entry, the Storage Central, has some interesting features that might, or might not, make it the networked storage solution for you.
Thecus N4100 Brings Storage Space To Your LAN
September 19, 2005 13:00
Thecus's current NAS box houses up to four hard drives and offers a Gigabit Ethernet LAN connection. It works well, but our real-world test also revealed some weaknesses.
Review: LaCie Ethernet Disk mini
September 13, 2005 12:17
Sometimes you need more speed than most consumer Networked Storage products can deliver. Jim Buzbee takes a look at LaCie's dual-mode NAS that can also function as an external USB 2.0 drive.
HeadToHead: Infrant ReadyNAS 600 vs. X6
August 9, 2005 09:00
A lot of NASes pass through the TomsNetworking test labs, with most varying only slightly from the ho-hum norm. But this ReadyNAS pair has even our normally-jaded Tim Higgins so excited that he thinks you should be too!
Review: Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 200d/320GB with REV built-in
August 8, 2005 09:19
Iomega's 200d series NAS products are aimed more at the small business than SOHO buyer. Jim Buzbee takes a look at a relatively new member of the 200d family and finds that its premium pricing and Windows Server 2003 core don't necessarily mean a superior user experience.
Head to Head: Tritton Simple NAS vs. Hawking Net-Storage Center
August 7, 2005 09:00
Low-cost hard drive enclosures have extended the useful life of many a spare hard drive by turning them into USB or Firewire-attached external drives. And now similar products are arriving to perform the conversion to Networked Attached Storage (NAS). Jim Buzbee takes a look at two low-cost offerings and finds sometimes you get what you pay for.
Review: Buffalo Technology Gigabit LinkStation
June 27, 2005 17:50
Sometimes all you need is an incremental tweak to a product to give it new appeal. Buffalo Technology has done just that with a gigabit Ethernet version of its popular LinkStation NAS line. Tim Higgins puts the Giga through its paces and finds some performance surprises.
Review: ADS NAS Drive kit
June 27, 2005 14:35
ADS Tech recently added a NAS kit to its line of IDE drive enclosures. Jim Buzbee was intrigued by its built-in BitTorrent capability, but found it to be more like a BitTrickle
Review: Maxtor Shared Storage Drive
June 2, 2005 09:35
Consumer Networked Storage is hot and a logical product line extension for a hard drive maker. Or at least Maxtor thinks so with its Shared Storage Drive line. Jim Buzbee puts the MSS through its paces.
Review: Buffalo Technology TeraStation
May 25, 2005 09:15
You can never be too rich, too thin, or have enough storage - especially if you're a digital media packrat. Buffalo Technology feels your pain and its TeraStation NAS can help ease it, but be prepared to be a little less rich if you go for it.
Hacking the Linksys NSLU2 Part VI - Installing a Media Server
May 20, 2005 10:50
Jim Buzbee is back with his latest adventures in hacking Linksys' NSLU2. This time, he turns it into a UPnP-based media server - just the ticket if you'd like to free your PC from streaming media duties.
Review: SimpleTech SimpleShare Office Storage Server
April 15, 2005 00:30
If you've got about $300, there are plenty of options for adding a few hundred gigs of storage to your LAN. But Jim Buzbee found that SimpleShare's Office Storage Server has some unique features that could land it in your shopping basket.
Review: Synology DS-101 Disk Station
February 25, 2005 10:50
The DS-101 Disk Station is a SOHO NAS that gives buyers the option of supplying their own 3.5 inch drive. Jim Buzbee put it through its paces and was pretty impressed, except for one key feature.
ASUS 802.11g 54 Mbps WLAN Hard Drive Box Review
December 10, 2004 18:15
Compact 2.5 inch drive enclosure that provides Ethernet and 802.11g wireless NAS features. Functions as AP or wireless client. Includes DHCP and FTP servers
Review: Revolution by Buffalo Kuro Box
October 26, 2004 15:25
An increasing number of consumer networking products are based on open source software. But manufacturer support of open source development efforts is usually limited to (sometimes) posting source code but more often just turning a blind eye as dedicated hackers add missing capability and improved features. Buffalo Technology's new Revolution division is taking a different approach of embracing open source developers and producing products made to be hacked. Jim Buzbee takes a look at the first fruits of the Revolution, the Kuro Box.
How To: Hacking the Linksys NSLU2 - Part 5- Moving to Unslung
October 7, 2004 09:15
In Part 5 of his Hacking the Linksys NSLU2 series, Jim Buzbee introduces us to the Unslung firmware that is the next step in the evolution of this little box into a general-purpose Open Source application platform.
How To: Hacking the Linksys NSLU2 - Part 4- Customizing the Flash
September 9, 2004 09:20
Part 4 of Jim Buzbee's series shows how to modify the NSLU2's flash so that you can automate the startup of the other hacks and open the door to even more customizations.
How To:Hacking the Linksys NSLU2 - Part 3 - Adding an iTunes server
August 24, 2004 09:31
Our third installment of Jim Buzbee's series walks you step-by-step through adding iTunes serving to the tricks that Linksys' little wonder can perform.
How To: Hacking the Linksys NSLU2 - Part 2 - Adding NFS
August 10, 2004 11:30
In the second installment of Jim Buzbee's explorations of Linksys' little NAS-enabling marvel, he explains how to get set up to do your own hacking and walks us through adding NFS support.