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Questions on NSLU2 features

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by kouye, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. kouye

    kouye LI Guru Member

    Hi all,
    I am considering setting up a NAS on a Mac/Windows LAN using the NSLU2 and have read quite a lot about the unit online. I just need to confirm the following before I make a decision. My apologies if these issues have already been discussed seperately on the forum :
    - Does the NSLU2 now support NTFS on both USB ports ?
    - Can I set up the unit as an FTP server accessible from the Internet ?
    - Is there a feature that allows mirroring of the two drives ?
    - If I connect only one drive to the NSLU2, can I connect an inkjet printer to the other USB port and set up the NSLU2 as a print server ?
    - For all of the above questions, if the Linksys firmware does not support these features, is there an alternative firmware that does so reliably ?
    Many thanks for your help.
  2. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    1. ? The NTFS implementation isn't as reliable as it should be.

    2. Yes, as long as your router will port forward the ports properly and the FTP client uses the correct login method. Certain routers and client software have proved problematic when trying to do this, but the problem wasn't due to the NSLU2. You must use R63 or higher firmware too.

    3. You can make Drive 1 copy to Drive 2 as a backup job. This dedicates Drive 2 to backup jobs from that point on. I guess this would be considered mirroring, but it isn't a continuous process and is done on a job basis. Both drives must be in EXT3 format for this to work.

    4. No! If you wish to do this, then buy a USB server instead.

    5. ?
  3. kouye

    kouye LI Guru Member

    Cool, thanks. I'll go shopping online for one tonight. :)
  4. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Something I forgot to mention about the Disk 1 to Disk 2 backup jobs, they can be set to be run automatically on a schedule or be started at that instant on your command. When one of those disk to disk, back up jobs is run, all pre-existing data on Disk2 is overwritten/destroyed.
  5. kouye

    kouye LI Guru Member

    Thanks d__l, I noticed the scheduled backup jobs in a tomsnetworking.com review. Glad you confirm the feature.
    BTW, I know I may be asking for much, but do you have a clue if the device can be loaded with a web server that supports php and mysql ? I guess this isn't supported out of the box, but I undestand third party firmware provide additional features.
    Thnx anyway.
  6. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

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