NAS200 issues

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by jolcese, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. jolcese

    jolcese Addicted to LI Member

    I've a NAS200 running R71 beta firmware and I'm experiencing several issues.
    Currently I've only one 500 Gb HDD formated as ext2 (non-journaled)
    The box is attached to an Asus WL500gP router running DD-WRT

    If I enable the media server, I can see filenames of served files from both a Windows Vista client (wired) and a DLINK DSM510 media player (wireless)
    Selecting any file to play, I get a file not found message in both Vista and DSM510
    Second problem is that after some minutes, I can't see the NAS200 media server any longer from both devices. If I restart the media server in the NAS200 I can see the filenames again.

    File transfers
    Can not copy a large file (>4Gb) from the vista client to the NAS. I think this is a known bug.
    Copying from NAS to a Windows XP notebook wirelessly fails in big files (> hundreds of Kbs). I have several movies uploaded to the NAS and I can copy to the wireless machine the subtitles files but not the avis....

    I'm really disappointed about the performance...

    Thanks in advance
    Jose Olcese
  2. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Because you're using Beta firmware, you should be aware that there may be unexpected problems that you will have to deal with.

    Too bad you already formatted your disks with ext2, otherwise I would simply advise you to downgrade to my Jac0 firmware and run the latest Twonkyserver.

    As for copying large files over wireless networks: that's probably asking for trouble even with the stable firmware. You really should use a wired network for maximum reliability especially with large files.

    The performance problems are well-known and will probably not go away, ever. The hardware in the NAS200 is meant to be cheap, not fast.

    All these answers are probably not what you want to hear, sorry...

  3. jolcese

    jolcese Addicted to LI Member


    thanks a lot for your response.
    Are the ext2/ext3 filesystems used by the NAS regular filesystems? I ask this because I've seen some posts of HDD formatted in ext3 outside of the NAS and then not recognized when in the NAS.
    I can switch back from ext2 to ext3 using tune2fs -j /dev/xxx

    Regarding UPNP, has anyone seen this issue with R71?

  4. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    No, the R71 beta firmware is the only firmware that knows ext2 and it only uses it for the data partitions. It uses XFS for the configuration partitions, FAT and FAT32 for USB disks and Squashfs for the ROM filesystem. I don't know if R71 supports ext3 but it doesn't use it.

    The current stable firmware (R62) doesn't support ext2 (or ext3 for that matter), it's simply not compiled into the kernel. I added it to my firmware so that I could manually mount my second harddisk which was formatted under R71.

  5. jolcese

    jolcese Addicted to LI Member


    What's the problem on downgrading to your firmware if you already added ext2 to the kernel?

    Thanks again
  6. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    If you already formatted drive 1 in ext2, the old firmware (and my firmware too) won't be able to find your data so it won't mount it. And because of this, it's also impossible to add an rc.d directory that my firmware tries to detect to run startup scripts from (e.g. to mount other filesystems or to start a Twonky from the harddisk).

    See this message that I just posted in my firmware thread for a possible fix.

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