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Linksys NSLU2 NAS unit (2 USB ports, add your own external HDs) £15.00 @ Tesco *instore*
Linksys NSLU2 NAS unit (2 USB ports, add your own external HDs) £15.00 @ Tesco *instore*

Linksys NSLU2 NAS unit (2 USB ports, add your own external HDs) £15.00 @ Tesco *instore*

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Just got back from my local Tesco Extra store. I found several of these units on the shelf with a standard SEL sticker so it's not a store-specific offer or clearance line.

I've read a couple of reviews of it which sound mixed; apparently the device insists on reformatting the external HDs to its own format so you can't simply switch an HD back and forth between your PC and this unit. That puts me off, but this device might still be useful to some people especially for just £15.

Reviews here - fwd4.me/MGP

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if this nationwide then it will get seriously hoooot.

oh might have alook in the morning out of interest which store?>

There's quite a big modding scene for these...nslu2-linux.org/

Certainly worth £15 if you can find one! I'd get one simply to play about with, always handy to have a NAS device knocking around...

I'd love a cheap NAS to try out music streaming. Shame it's instore only though, what's the chances of finding one in Glasgow?

inicholson;8504786

I'd love a cheap NAS to try out music streaming. Shame it's instore only … I'd love a cheap NAS to try out music streaming. Shame it's instore only though, what's the chances of finding one in Glasgow?



if you find them buy 2 and ill do the same deal? lol ill check port glasgow and greenock tomorrow lol

Which tesco was this from? I have been looking for this for ages in Tesco never have em in stock

Original Poster

I've just been back and bought one, here's the proof.

There were about 10 of them on the shelf at Wath-on-Dearne Tesco Extra, near Rotherham.

CS said I could return it within 28 days if it's no good even though it's shrink-wrapped.

My intention is to use it to host about 1TB of files which I seed via bittorrent long-term, hence I won't need to have my main laptop (which I use for torrents) tethered to the disk drives. Not sure whether this NAS would give me sufficient throughput, and I'm not keen on having to copy all the files over to a freshly formatted HD and then set up all the torrents in uTorrent again. :-(

Googling suggests that there are custom firmwares available for this unit.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a373/bigajm/IMG_9373.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a373/bigajm/IMG_9374.jpg

wow - Ive gone back in time about 1 year! This deal was posted back then - sold out nationwide. Be great if there is new stock - though surprising...

Original Poster

I suppose if I play with the custom firmwares and brick it, it won't matter as long as it's within 28 days.......? :-)

Babbler;8505076

wow - Ive gone back in time about 1 year! This deal was posted back then … wow - Ive gone back in time about 1 year! This deal was posted back then - sold out nationwide. Be great if there is new stock - though surprising...



I remember it back then too, I called loads of extra stores to try and find one and nada...

Hope this one is better

terriclarkfan;8505098

I suppose if I play with the custom firmwares and brick it, it won't … I suppose if I play with the custom firmwares and brick it, it won't matter as long as it's within 28 days.......? :-)



Can you go back and get me 2? I will pay £20 for each one plus your postage. Can Paypal the money to you if needed...

Original Poster

I've been reading about Unslug etc custom firmwares; do any of these firmwares have a decent bittorrent client included?

clnmckec;8504814

if you find them buy 2 and ill do the same deal? lol ill check port … if you find them buy 2 and ill do the same deal? lol ill check port glasgow and greenock tomorrow lol



Let me know how you get on. Save me a drive down there

nowt in dundee (checked kinsgway and south road)

I have one sitting in my drawer doing nothing. I modded it with the unslung firmware and it's quite a capable device, but network access was too slow for my needs so I bought more USB drives, plus a Western Digital 2Tb NAS drive.

Ideally (maybe compulsorily, I can't remember) you use a small (1GB?) USB stick one of the USB ports for the unslung firmware. I'd thought I might eBay it as a modded unit (complete with USB stick), but I'd want a lot more than £15 for it - this is a bargain!

None in Bangor North Wales.

None in Cardiff Extra store.

Original Poster

All gone from my Tesco Extra store too - barcode is 074 588 356 0561 if you want to phone Tesco's CS to track one down.

Is there any way of finding out which stores are actually selling these?

I went into an extra store today and they had never heard of them, the guy I spoke to told me the only way to find out if other stores had them was to phone, I rang 3 extra stores but none of them answered.

Original Poster

Don't worry too much; trying to set mine up at the moment, but the installation utility can't even see mine on my network. It'll be going back tomorrow at this rate.

Don't take it back, you'll get more than £15 for it on egay

non left in the whole of england, rang up tesco head office all been sold

Great deal for a slug. Just wish I'd seen it 3 months ago !
Edited by: "OleSkinFlint" 13th Aug 2010
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