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This is low cost NAS (Network Attached Storage) device with some neat features:
1. 160GB hard drive
2. USB Print server (probably won't work with All-In-One machines).
3. USB ports for additional external HDDs (FAT32). Not sure if it works with USB hub.

The price is very good for networkable disk. OK, the performance isn't top notch, as it shown by Tom's Hardware test but for the price it is hard to complain.
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#1
Looks like a great deal to me! Brilliant! Thanks
#2
I saw similar ones at Staples for £59.91 this week.
I think they were Maxtor
#3
Are you sure Maxtor ones were networkable?
#4
Yes, not wireless but ethernet port built in

I'm sure as I spent a good 20 mins deciding whether to buy it or not. It's part of their clearance together with the wifi routers (all their prices ending with £xx.91)
#5
Hmm.. (makes a note) Might be a good idea to go to Staples tomorrow...
Thank you!
#6
Already have one (320Gb) and I'm pleased with it - It can be slow sometimes as it "power saves" and shuts down the disk if you haven't used it for a little while. It can take a few seconds to spin up.

Love the printer sharing too - recommend
#7
Very good price for a networkable drive especially with the printer server. If you don't need a networkable drive, Amazon are selling a WD 250GB drive for the same price.
#8
anyone know if it is simple to swap the HDD in there for a bigger one? i.e a 500GB?
#9
Why swap? You can buy USB enclosure quite cheap and put there disk of your choice. The Netcenter support USB drives.
#10
Thanks Kommunist, voted hot :)
#11
Does anyone know of any other NAS devices that have a couple of usb ports on them to add additional external drives?
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#12
Buffalo Linkstation. Linksys NSLU2, Synology, etc
#13
Thank you Kommunist
[mod]#14
Nice one Kommunist :thumbsup:
1 Like #15
The NSLU2 has a massive community on the internet (as Kommunist is more than likely aware). Amazon.co.uk are selling these for £58.57 and they can be used for a whole multitude of things such as a web-server, TwonkyMedia server, iTunes server and so on in addition to being a NAS server once the firmware has been Unslung (probably voids the warranty though).

http://www.nslu2-linux.org/
http://www.tomsnetworking.com/2004/08/03/how_to_nslu2_hack_pt1/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSLU2
http://howtotwonky.pbwiki.com/
http://gentoo-wiki.com/HARDWARE_Linksys_NSLU2


HTH.
#16
Totoriko
I saw similar ones at Staples for £59.91 this week.
I think they were Maxtor

Went to Staples today but no luck :(
#17
MacNewbieInTraining
The NSLU2 has a massive community on the internet (as Kommunist is more than likely aware). Amazon.co.uk are selling these for £58.57 and they can be used for a whole multitude of things such as a web-server, TwonkyMedia server, iTunes server and so on in addition to being a NAS server once the firmware has been Unslung (probably voids the warranty though).

http://www.nslu2-linux.org/
http://www.tomsnetworking.com/2004/08/03/how_to_nslu2_hack_pt1/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSLU2
http://howtotwonky.pbwiki.com/


HTH.

Yes, this is excellent device. I've got Twonky installed on mine (unslung 5.5), but I am tempted to de-underclock it and to install wizd. Thanks for information, MacNewbieInTraining!
#18
Kommunist
Yes, this is excellent device. I've got Twonky installed on mine (unslung 5.5), but I am tempted to de-underclock it and to install wizd. Thanks for information, MacNewbieInTraining!


Hi Kommunist, Thank you for your reply. Please accept my apologies in advance for going slightly off subject as this is a WD Netcenter 160Gb HDD (NAS) thread. I'd really like to configure an NSLU2 to run Apache or similar web-server and possibly and/or a Twonky Media/iTunes server but only got so far as Unslinging my NSLU2. I've spent the last hour or so doing a Google search on the NSLU2 and there seem to be a lot more web-sites that are supporting this NAS device from Linksys. I'd found a lot of what i'd read previously quite over-whelming particularly as i've not got a lot of Linux knowledge. Do you think that it's feasable to run a small 'hobbyist-level' web-site on an NSLU2?.

Forgot to mention earlier that whilst an NSLU2 can be Unslung to do all sorts of things the basic functionality as a NAS server is not lost (providing the device isn't bricked (think that's the right terminology for a failed flash upgrade?)).

Can you offer suggestions as to where complete newbies should make a start?. Not heard of Wizd that's another package right?.

Best Regards.
#19
To be honest, I am not that experienced with Slug. I just unsling it with 5.5 (time to upgrade to 6.8!) by using article from NSLU2-linux. To install Twonky, I used guide from Toms networking.
As to Linux, I am not that experienced with it either...

Do you think that it's feasable to run a small 'hobbyist-level' web-site on an NSLU2?.

This might be a good idea. I did ran such a website about video editing (it was called VCDRookie) and it was quite successful. Basically, what most people need is step-by-step guidance, preferrably with screenshots.
Normal forum, instead of newsgroup would be also helpful.

Can you offer suggestions as to where complete newbies should make a start?.

My favourite site is NSLU2-Linux. They got lots of useful info there.

Not heard of Wizd that's another package right?.

Wizd Media Server.
#20
nice one, thanks
banned#21
Just one note - the maximum that this unit supports is 500gb - that's the capacity of the internal HD + any add on external HD's.
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for the reference of 500GB capacity limit of built in hard drive and any externally connected USB hard drives, can be found in WD's FAQ
How do I permantly Claim an external USB hard drive connected to NetCenter?

The act of Claiming an external USB hard drive connected to NetCenter installs custom formatting on the external USB hard drive. After formatting (Claiming), the external USB hard drive will only be compatible with NetCenters until the drive is unclaimed or erased.

IMPORTANT: The Western Digital NetCenter device has a set maximum capacity limitation of 500 GB. The total capacity of the NetCenter (built in) hard drive and any externally connected USB hard drives cannot exceed 500 GB. If the total capacity of the NetCenter (built in) hard drive and any externally connected USB hard drive surpass 500 GB, the NetCenter will not work correctly and may hang or crash.

All data on the external USB hard drive will be erased during the Claiming process. If the external USB hard drive is formatted as FAT32 or NTFS, you do not need to Claim the hard drive to gain access. Please see Answer ID 1363 for directions on how to connect an external USB hard drive to the NetCenter.


for FAT32 or NTFS, but...

Answer ID 1363

[COLOR=red]Important:[/COLOR]NTFS partitions will only have Read-Access when connected to NetCenter. You will not be able to write to an NTFS partition when connected to NetCenter.


i know not all printer works over print server. i always have problem connecting Epson ones, as they somehow requires some software to run via the connected PC. so check Which printers are compatible with the WD NetCenter?
#23
Thanks for that, hotdealseeker!
#24
you are welcome Kommunist. thank you for your reputations too.

i have been very keen on such NAS, also have been in close eye on this NetCenter since launch. the price is very good for such thing. but there are a few things bothering me.

reliance on software to connect;
ease of upgrading the build-in harddrive;
ease of installing additional harddrives via USB;
support external USB hub for more attached devices, drives and printers;
compatiblity of print server and printers.

can someone advise?
#25
I don't think you need to use software for Netcenter - they sell it as NAS, not Z-SAN as SC101 from Netgear. But I might be wrong as I never actually owned one.
Have you tried Buffalo Linkstation?
#26
Can this be flashed to run a non crippled Linux?

I have a linkstation 2 which I stuck debian on and it is amazing but I'd rather not have to pay £129.99 for another device
#27
You can get their GPL source code but I never saw unofficial firmware for it.
#28
Kommunist
You can get their GPL source code but I never saw unofficial firmware for it.

That's a shame - I'd want something to install apache, rsync, nfs, open ssh etc
#29
Yes, I understand :) I think there are a couple of devices like that: NSLU2, Synology DS101, IOmega NAS100d, Freecom FSG3, DLink DSM-G600... Not even to mention Kuro box, which you surely heard of.[U][/U]

#30
Kommunist
Yes, I understand :) I think there are a couple of devices like that: NSLU2, Synology DS101, IOmega NAS100d, Freecom FSG3, DLink DSM-G600... Not even to mention Kuro box, which you surely heard of.[U][/U]



I have a buffalo linkstation that is the same hardware as the kurobox and am running Debian on it.

I'd like another device though
#31
Has anyone received this yet? :|

My order is showing delivery 31 Oct 2006 - 8 Nov 2006.
#32
Mine arrived Tuesday 6pm. Very impressed, have it connected to a wireless bridge/switch that it shares with a NSLU2 and an old laptop. Performance seems fine for what I want to use it for. This really is simple to use and is ideal for most people as a NAS.

The NSLU2 is a more flexible (or should that be complicated) gadget. Both the NSLU2 and the NetCentre are limited to around 500GB total storage, any more and they just haven't got the CPU power or memory to cope. If youl like to 'mess about' get a NSLU2, if you want something that just works out of the box get a NetCentre. :)
#33
It says it's not longer in stock/discontinued... :x
#34
This item is not in stock or has been discontinued.
#35
Looks like I was lucky for once.
#36
I received the dreaded email this morning:
"We are sorry to inform you that we have been unable to obtain the
following item:

"Western Digital WDXE1600JBU Network Hard Drive 160GB"

This item has now been cancelled from your order and we can confirm that
you have not been charged for it.

Please accept our apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience
caused."


I've been looking for one of these for months. :cry:
#37
Yep, I got same email this morning saying they could not get it. I'm gutted I really needed a good priced NAS drive.
#38
Yep, me too. I hate amazon.

Need one so bought one from broadband buyer, more expensive but better make.
#39
my order was cancelled, but kudos for the discovery :D:D
#40
Showing back in stock at Amazon. Still £64.99

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