Linksys NAS-200 SATA Network Storage Enclosure - £91.17 (free del.) - HotUKDeals
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Seems like a resonable deal? Would be interested to hear from anyone who has one and what it is like (performance / reliability / noise / power consumption) and if they would recommend... :)

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Product Description Linksys Network Storage System NAS200 - NAS server
Device Type NAS server
Host Connectivity Ethernet 10/100
Dimensions (WxDxH) 17 cm x 19.3 cm x 11.4 cm
Weight 0.84 kg
Localisation Europe
Storage Controller RAID - Serial ATA-150 - RAID 0, 1, JBOD
Hard Drive Standard Serial ATA-150
Networking Network adapter - integrated - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
Power AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
System Requirements Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP
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This puts me off:
from - http://www.computeractive.co.uk/computeractive/hardware/2207888/review-linksys-nas200
[COLOR=Black]"it also made it tricky to watch video files directly from the device, with our test movies stuttering during playback."

That's what I want NAS storage FOR! :-(
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Another review here:
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30127/75/

Looked at several reviews now and they all mention speed. I have a QNAP TS209 and I started off with 500Gb disks in it, then went to 750Gbs and now have 1Tb disks, which is the biggest it will take, and the unit has slowed right down to the point where I'm thinking of going back a disk size.

Consider the disk size you'll want to put in it & whether the access times will want to make you launch it across the room in 6 months.
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thkans for the links chaps
#4
thnx from me 2 :) will rep all u guys

I'm in the market too but can't find a decent device - at a hot price ;)
#5
bargainaholic
Another review here:
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30127/75/

Looked at several reviews now and they all mention speed. I have a QNAP TS209 and I started off with 500Gb disks in it, then went to 750Gbs and now have 1Tb disks, which is the biggest it will take, and the unit has slowed right down to the point where I'm thinking of going back a disk size.

Consider the disk size you'll want to put in it & whether the access times will want to make you launch it across the room in 6 months.

That QNAP looks good! wish i could stretch to that much...! is the speed problem just due to poor disk access times or is the box causing / exacerbating the problem?
#6
dt_matthews
That QNAP looks good! wish i could stretch to that much...! is the speed problem just due to poor disk access times or is the box causing / exacerbating the problem?


The disks seem pretty quick when used in the PC, and if I'm moving large amounts of data I use a crossover cable rather than go through the router, so I can only conclude it's the box.

The lag has definately increased with disk size though. I started off with 2 Samsung 500s running RAID 1 & was really pleased with it, but now I'm running 2 x Samsung 1Tbs on RAID 0 and it's sloooow. There was a drop in speed when I put my 2 x Seagate 750s in there, but now running as 2Tbs the access speeds are terrible and I am tempted to put the Seagates back in & see what difference it makes.

I don't know whether it's down to the box, but I've had 1 Seagate and 1 Samsung 1Tb disk develop bad sectors within weeks of being of in there. A real nuisance with it being striped as I've had to back up all my data externally twice in about 4 months which took a couple of days each time.

I got my NAS about a year ago, and it had all the best reviews at the time, but my frustration now is leading me to start looking at what else is out there. Personally, I'd avoid the D-link, because I think that the speed will be an issue.
#7
bargainaholic
The disks seem pretty quick when used in the PC, and if I'm moving large amounts of data I use a crossover cable rather than go through the router, so I can only conclude it's the box.

The lag has definately increased with disk size though. I started off with 2 Samsung 500s running RAID 1 & was really pleased with it, but now I'm running 2 x Samsung 1Tbs on RAID 0 and it's sloooow. There was a drop in speed when I put my 2 x Seagate 750s in there, but now running as 2Tbs the access speeds are terrible and I am tempted to put the Seagates back in & see what difference it makes.

I don't know whether it's down to the box, but I've had 1 Seagate and 1 Samsung 1Tb disk develop bad sectors within weeks of being of in there. A real nuisance with it being striped as I've had to back up all my data externally twice in about 4 months which took a couple of days each time.

I got my NAS about a year ago, and it had all the best reviews at the time, but my frustration now is leading me to start looking at what else is out there. Personally, I'd avoid the D-link, because I think that the speed will be an issue.


cheers, really interesting info. mind you, shoudnt we be asleep ;-)

promising myself to reallly try and get as much info as possible vefore buying my nas unit so i hopefully get one that does the job well and not just the one that is a bargain or ultra-cool looking!!!
#8
Oooh, I've just discovered that IcyBox have bought out a RAID NAS that's DLNA compliant & it seems to have good reviews. An in depth one here:

http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1281&pageID=4876

At £101.38 delivered from Scan, I think it would be a much better buy.

Time for an earlier night....
#9
bargainaholic;2797293
Oooh, I've just discovered that IcyBox have bought out a RAID NAS that's DLNA compliant & it seems to have good reviews. An in depth one here:

http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1281&pageID=4876

At £101.38 delivered from Scan, I think it would be a much better buy.


Apart from this:

"UPnP-AV (Twonky Media Server, 30 days test version)"

So to get uPnP (ie the DLNA part) working, it is going to be €29,95 on top :-(
#10
bargainaholic
Oooh, I've just discovered that IcyBox have bought out a RAID NAS that's DLNA compliant & it seems to have good reviews. An in depth one here:

http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1281&pageID=4876

At £101.38 delivered from Scan, I think it would be a much better buy.

Time for an earlier night....


damn, i want one!
#11
nihcaj
Apart from this:

"UPnP-AV (Twonky Media Server, 30 days test version)"

So to get uPnP (ie the DLNA part) working, it is going to be €29,95 on top :-(


It is a bit of a blow, but it will still have Samba sharing which I think is ample for media sharing over XBMC. I'm fairly certain my PS3 (which has never streamed as well as my classic XBOX) would not stream from the NAS without Twonky.

I suppose at least with a trial version you get to try all your kit out & see if you need to buy Twonky. With QNAP it's pre-installed, but the start price is almost double

What are you hoping to use a NAS for? What other kit do you have?
#12
bargainaholic;2805379
It is a bit of a blow, but it will still have Samba sharing which I think is ample for media sharing over XBMC. I'm fairly certain my PS3 (which has never streamed as well as my classic XBOX) would not stream from the NAS without Twonky.

I suppose at least with a trial version you get to try all your kit out & see if you need to buy Twonky. With QNAP it's pre-installed, but the start price is almost double

What are you hoping to use a NAS for? What other kit do you have?


I currently use an old Huappauge MVP, which is quirky as they come (just went on the blink with GBPVR, yesterday! It suddenly decided it won't decode AVI & Xvid, when it was working fine the other day, and is working as usual, but not as well, with the Huappauge software!) but music and video gets streamed onto 2 other PCs too, and uPnP is better for that, as well as with one other piece of software that works with the Hauppage - BUT, I do want to move on a bit, hence wanting a uPnP HD so that it can be used with machines when the "server" is not switched on; and I want a better media renderer which I am still umming andahhing over, hence I backed off buying the Buffalo one the other day, which Play have! I have just bought the Slingbox on the offfer on here yesterday, as that will also stream (Freeview and Sky) over the network too - again that works best on uPnP kit. Have a Thomson Speedtouch Router, and uPnP is nice & reliable with that, unlike with some routers.
I use an85Mbs powerline Ethernet bridge, and non-HD media works VERY well on that, although wifi gets used some of the time on the Laptop, and that is less stable, but OK.

I use the uPnP server on Nero 8 on one machine, but it is NOT without drawbacks, as the search (Nero Scout) is best turned off due to a well known processor hogging problem!

I keep THINKING about setting up a full media pc in the bedroom, as the TV in there needs replacing anyway, so would replace it with a 22" wide screen monitor, with attached PC, so that would fit in with the plans, then I go off the idea, and start looking at LCD TVs instead!

I can't think I would use a NAS hard disk for Bittorrent, as I much prefer the encryption and IP blocking of a PC client, it feels, "safer", but would get used for backups too.
#13
use Tversity with the PS3 or google media server good for music and photo but buggy for films)

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