adding gigabytes of storage to my network using NSLU2

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by zhulien, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. zhulien

    zhulien Network Guru Member

    Does anyone have any suggestion of ways of adding gigabytes of storage to my network using NSLU2 as advertised on the box?

    Do I need some special raid box which has multiple physical harddrives but logically seen as a single drive with a USB connection? I only know of 500gb drives available and even 2 of these doesn't give 'gigabytes' of storage.
  2. MoinMan

    MoinMan Network Guru Member

  3. Lennox

    Lennox Network Guru Member

    LaCIE ( has Terabytes disks in their Bigger Disk range.
    Actually internally they contain more than 1 HD, but externally they present themselves as being One Big Disk.
    I don't have any experience with these products.
  4. zhulien

    zhulien Network Guru Member

    sorry about my original post, must have been drunk ;)

    I did in fact mean terrabytes. thanks for that link though.

    Does the NSLU2 have any harddrive capacity limitations (like Windoze does)?
  5. gregh

    gregh Network Guru Member

    As far as I know, in linux kernels 2.4.x there is a blocksize limitation on ext3 filesystems of 2 TB, and a filesystem limitation of 16TB. I presume that samba can handle the maximum limitations of ext3.

    You ***should*** not have any difficulty adding terrabytes of storage with the nlsu2.

    Please correct me if I am wrong

  6. zhulien

    zhulien Network Guru Member

    the lacie things seem very good, strangely though to buy them here in Australia they are about double the price of in the USA after the exchange rate
  7. gelan

    gelan Network Guru Member

    If you want to add that much storage to your network, you would probably be better off by using a Network Attached Storage Device. I don't know of any stores in Aus. but here's a link to NAS devices here in canada.|c:207|&Sort=1
    (remember that the prices are all Canadian Dollars about 0.85 USD)

    If you need to add more storage, I really can't help you.
  8. Chicken

    Chicken Network Guru Member

    you can put a powered USB2.0 hub on it... and per port it should support 127 HD's...

    that means the NSLU2 has 2 USB2.0 ports, you can install 2x127=254 HD's

    As I know, the biggest single disk is 500GB at this moment. So 500GBx254=127 Terabytes :)
  9. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    That's not correct. The use of multiple drives through a hub is an undocumented and unsupported feature of the NSLU2.

    Testing has shown that a hub will only work on the USB Port 1 and then there is a question of just how many drives the NSLU2 can actually handle when connected that way.

    Any assumption that it can automatically handle as many drives as a standard USB device is allowed (127) is unwarranted. Something like this would have to be tested before you could be assured that it works.
  10. cchur

    cchur Network Guru Member

    New user here and from what I can find out that the "out of box" NSLU2 will support 2X250gig drives. I have two NSLU2s one with two drives (formatted with EXT3) and one with a 300gig drive that has 250 gig formatted. I'd like to know more about using a hub on the drive 1 USB slot. By the way is there any windows 3p software? (I'm not into Linux).
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