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NAS200 V3.4R75 has been released!

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by skorell, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. skorell

    skorell Network Guru Member

    You can download from www.linksys.com. It appears the source code is also now available (91.3MB).

    Release notes:
    1. Fix the long indexing time issue when media server scans certain video file format
    2. Fix the slow write performance by enabling non-jounaled file system -- drive reformatting is required.
    3. Updated Media Server with QoS tagging support.
    4. Detect and display the invalid characters entered by user in WebUI.
    5. Hard Disk Configuration can be changed without reformatting the drives.
    URL: http://<NAS200_IP-Address>/Administration/mode.cgi
    6. Force to perform DDNS update when user click "Update Now" button.
    7. Fix the issue that WebUI cannot be accessed until system boot up scan disk completes.
    8. Fix that the configuration file cannot be restored if the file name includes space.
    9. WebUI, "Cancel" button will be disabled while performing "Reset to Default".
    10. WebUI, Add a test button for e-mail alert testing.
    11. Fix the issue that the drive size can not be recognized correctly when hard drive size over 500GB under JBOD/LVM configuration.
    12. Enhanced to prevent strange share folder name.
    13. Fix WebUI problem for share permission assignment when there are more than 7 users.
    14. Fix the IP address validation rule so that "xxx.xxx.xxx.0" will not be accepted.

    V3.4R62 (First Release)


  2. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    Thank you for the heads up.

    This new firmware seems a LOT faster on the interface side of things. The network performance is about the same.

    One thing I have noticed about this new version is that the drives do not spool down while they did on the original and the beta versions of the firmware.
  3. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Unfortunately that source tarball is NOT the full source code for this release, just the source code for the Crosstool that they apparently used to compile it. It has been online for a while. I expect them to put the full source code online soon, in accordance with the GPL (like they did for R62). I will ask them to do so, and I encourage everyone to do the same.

    The full sources should end up being about 230MB.

  4. mpdrie

    mpdrie Addicted to LI Member


    Jac if you would like to compile your firmware based on the .75 GPL(when it's released) would be nice.
    I just want to see the nas200 besides a secure fileserver to act as a printserver (one of the usb ports) and the ability to torrent...Jac what do think is this wishfull thinking ;-)
  5. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    There's also a new 320MB labelled R62, suspiciously like 230+90!
  6. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Correct: they built a new archive that contains the old R62 source tarball plus the 90MB crosstool tarball plus a couple of XLS spreadsheets that are apparently some internal memos confirming what the licenses are on each packages and whether each package can be publicized. Too bad the closed-source software by Linksys isn't mentioned in the spreadsheets.

  7. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    That will definitely happen, although I will approach it slightly differently this time. For example, the startup scripts will probably go into the config partition of the harddisk so that they will work with RAID configurations as well.

    Torrent is one of the most frequently requested features so that will definitely happen, but you'll have to be patient.

    aMule is probably easier because it doesn't seem to depend on as many other libraries.

    Instead of a print server, I'm thinking of something more generic, like USB redirector. That way it would be possible to connect pretty much any device to your NAS, including disks, printers, webcams, whatever... Too bad USB redirector is not free: I believe the server part (which would be running on the NAS) is open-source but the client is closed-source and shareware. But if it works, it's probably worth the money.

    Anyway... As soon as I have some time, I want to write a tutorial on how to cross-compile programs for the NAS200 so that users can build common open-source applications.

  8. mpdrie

    mpdrie Addicted to LI Member

    Jedi-Jac-Master...the power is with you!
  9. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I had a long chat session with Tech support this morning. Basically I wanted to tell them the website links to a tarball that only has the compiler, and ask them if they are aware of that and if so, when it's going to be fixed. It took me a long time to get them to understand what I wanted and basically the answer was "we don't know". Not surprising because tech support is provided by custhelp.com so they probably only have copy-and-paste answers to common problems. I was hoping they could put me in contact with second-line support or someone at Linksys but they pretty much ignored that. Hopefully someone is working on it (after all, several new files have showed up on the FTP site recently and it looks like the engineers know what they're doing and what's required by the GPL), and I hope that if enough people ask, they will get the message :)


    Here's a transcript (the names have been changed to protect the innocent :)):

  10. mpdrie

    mpdrie Addicted to LI Member

    So everybody lets put some friendly pressure on the linksys dudes.
  11. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    Jac, I have to ask a question here.

    Is it possible to make the firmware more modular? We are dealing with a limited flash size here and there seems to be a desire for this little box to do more. As I understand your firmware, you already run the media server off the hard drive and are looking at adding a other items as well.

    Is it possible to have the firmware load in a default mode that provides the basic I/O functions for the NAS. I mean NO media server, FTP, remote access, SSH, etc, just the basic JOBD, RAID0/1, LVM functions and basic usage for being a network enabled storage device.

    Things like the media server, FTP, etc are then user wanted/selected and load from the hard drive.

    The reason I am asking these things is that it *could* make the NAS faster if the CPU does not have to have all these tasks loaded up and running. If I have followed your discussions correctly, the CPU load is one of the main limiting factors on NAS network speed right now. It would also offer more choices. For instance, I for one have no need for a media server but would LOVE to have a SSH and print spooler. Why load up things I have no use for.

    Thank you
  12. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    (Off-topic for this thread but I'll answer it anyway)

    My intention is that the flash image should only provide basic functionality like SSH shell access and rebooting from the harddisk. It should be the OS that you can fall back on when something goes wrong with the harddisk. All optional software such as media server and torrent shouldn't run from flash.

  13. srainess

    srainess LI Guru Member

    Carefull... Installed it today, and it corrupted the unit. I have file access via mapping, but lost all web access. Did the reset, chatted with support for over an hour. They are sending me a replacement....

  14. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    Thank you for the answer. That was pretty much what I was thinking you were saying.
  15. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  16. cioris

    cioris LI Guru Member


    Hi Jac,

    Any luck w/ R75? I tried it, it compled fine, but didn't work. Unfortunately I don't have a serial port and I cannot see what's happening during boot time. The unit beeps as expected and seems to be alive, but the it is not visible in the network (no IP address requested from DHCP server). I tried even the default, but no luck. I even sniffed the network for packages having the unit MAC address.... nothing...:(.

    Did you find something broken in the package posted on linksys web site?

    Thanks and congrats for the great work!!
  17. mdsilva

    mdsilva Addicted to LI Member

    Hi, perhaps this will help "NAS200 developers read this" this might be the problem:
  18. cioris

    cioris LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the info mdsilva. I did the changes and everything is ok now.
  19. infernal

    infernal Network Guru Member

  20. rkoopman

    rkoopman Addicted to LI Member

    In the list of changes I see:
    "5. Hard Disk Configuration can be changed without reformatting the drives.
    URL: http://<NAS200_IP-Address>/Administration/mode.cgi"
    I am still running V34R65 and have a single drive with quite some data on it. I now bought a second drive of equal size, and wanted to switch to RAID1 when the web interface warned me all data on the discs would be lost when configuring RAID1.

    Has anyone been able to confirm (5) above with V34R75? Does this release allow to configure RAID1 without erasing data on the first disc?
  21. rkoopman

    rkoopman Addicted to LI Member

    Actually I can now answer my own question above.
    I asked that same question to Linksys who didn't know the answer, but suggested to try the new firmware after backing up the disc.
    The firmware installed very smoothly. Also the reconfiguration to RAID1 was nominal but all the data were lost. Fortunately I had also performed the backup, which I am now restoring.

    Conclusion: ignore item (5) in the V34R75 release notes; your disc will be erased when reconfiguring to RAID1
  22. FredBassette

    FredBassette Guest

    I have a NAS200 with the original R62 firmware. It took days to put about 200Gb on the 1Tb drive that's in it. The R75 firmware says reformatting is required. What sort of data writing speed improvement can I expect? Unless it's significant, I'm thinking the time to reload the data is not worth the effort. The NAS is connected to a Linksys WRT45G router.

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