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Linksys Network Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives - £47.27 delivered

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I've never seen this one (or anything like it) sold under £50 before, I thought it might be of interest to some of you who, like me, would like to access your external drives from any computer on the … Read More
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I've never seen this one (or anything like it) sold under £50 before, I thought it might be of interest to some of you who, like me, would like to access your external drives from any computer on the network and from anywhere, even from remote locations. I thought about buying a new NAS drive but instead this guy will allow me to keep my existing drives (even USB sticks!).

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Short description

- Connects USB 1.1 or 2.0 disk drives and flash disks directly to your network

- Share music, video, or data files with managed access by user name or group

- Integrated file server -- access your files from the Internet

- Built-in disk utilities -- format, backup, and scandisk

Detailed description

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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#1
Decent deal - Staples had it cheaper for a while when they had a clearance, but they have all gone now.
#2
Shame I missed it then...
#3
seems a bit pricey to me considering it doesn't even come with a drive.

the slug is nicely hackable, but i'd only go for it if it were half the price.

i'd prefer a sata enclosure with gigabit.
#4
If this one really works as a print server and a media streaming station, and can control more than 2 drives once hacked, then you're getting amazing value for money.
It makes me wonder why the higher-end devices are so pricey though...
#5
Very very tempted....
#6
Ordered mine today, so I'll come back with some feedback about Burn-Media and the hacking part as soon as I can. Prices shouldn't go up before then, so you don't have to rush! ;)
#7
Excellent piece of kit. First thing I did with mine is replace the firmware so I could install the ARM version of Debian Linux. It now runs Samba sharing all my media (streams 720p fine via wire) and also has the cli version of amule (p2p client) running 24x7. Show me a NAS that can do that :-D

Once you've got hacked firmware on there you can do pretty much anything with it, it must be one of the most versatile little boxes ever created. Check out THIS LINK to see the sort of things you can do with this little gem.
#8
Wow, I ordered my NSLU2 yesterday after lunch, and I received it this morning!

With eBuyer I'd still be waiting, when they say 5 days it's always been a minimum for me so far...

I'll definitely use Burn-Media again, thanks a lot!
So this weekend I have something to play with... Thanks for all the info and the link Orbital!
#9
No worries Kiddson :thumbsup: and welcome to the wonderful world of Slug :-D
#10
hi all. Could anyone that understands this machine please confirm if you a nfts formatted usb drive, say 500gb, does this box have to change the format of the drive and would this mean that you wouldnt be able to read its contents from say a Win XP laptop WMP11? Sorry if this is a stupid question, im very interested in purchasing this.

thanks
#11
Hi, sorry for not replying any sooner... Got too busy to really get to play with my NSLU2.:-(

You are right though, the slug needs to format your HDDs, I don't really know what format it uses yet (I suspect it's a format compatible with Linux, hence the hacks to run Linux on it), but one thing for sure, it's very clear in the setup guide that the new format WILL NOT work with Windows.
I just wonder how it works with USB memory sticks though... It would quite defeat the purpose if you had to format your stick too and make it impossible to use with a PC...

More about it when I get some spare time at home...
#12
Hi. no worries. thanks for replying! ive since heard that the latest firmware allows one of the usb connected drives to be fat32 or ntfs formatted.

Kiddson
Hi, sorry for not replying any sooner... Got too busy to really get to play with my NSLU2.:-(

You are right though, the slug needs to format your HDDs, I don't really know what format it uses yet (I suspect it's a format compatible with Linux, hence the hacks to run Linux on it), but one thing for sure, it's very clear in the setup guide that the new format WILL NOT work with Windows.
I just wonder how it works with USB memory sticks though... It would quite defeat the purpose if you had to format your stick too and make it impossible to use with a PC...

More about it when I get some spare time at home...

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