Hello! Some advice regarding NSLU2

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by sNNooPY, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. sNNooPY

    sNNooPY LI Guru Member

    Hi everyone!

    My computer died a month ago and took my 160GB SATA drive with it. yep...LOOOTS of files=GONE. :(

    In order not to go through the same torture again, I am considering NSLU2. I've read some reviews and basically it's "good value for money".
    I have some no-name (made in Taiwan) USB2.0/FIREWIRE 5.25" enclosure and I was thinking of setting up a NAS. Since I have WRT54GL & WPC54G I'm considering NSLU2.
    What's the current price on the device and do you recommend it for a home file server? Also, if there's some better device other than Linksys, please say so.
    Owners, share your expirence.
  2. PhoenixNR

    PhoenixNR LI Guru Member

    I have two slugs overclocked and unslung. My only complaint would be speed mind you I am wireless so YMMV. I would recommend highly.
  3. eric_stewart

    eric_stewart Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I have one of these devices and am well pleased with it. I have 2 160 GB harddrives connected to it, one a Western Digital, the other a Maxtor OneTouch.

    2 observations:

    Don't buy a cheap drive or drive enclosure. With the incredibly low price of drives today, any savings to be had by buying a less expensive unit are incremental at best.

    The NSLU2 can be setup to backup from one hard drive to the other. You can also schedule backup jobs *from* any other file sharing device in your Network Neighborhood to the NSLU2. Mine is set up to back up the "My Documents" folder on my kitchen computer at 2am every day.

    You also asked about price. I have seen them for as little as $50 on eBay for new ones. The current retail here in Canada is approx. $130 (about $US110).

  4. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Do not expect the blazing speed of a SATA attached hard drive with the NSLU2. There are two translations involved: from the HD to the USB connector and then from the USB to ethernet. I think it is in the SAMBA server portion that the real slowdown occurs. The NSLU2 isn't as fast as an external USB HD.

    Also the NSLU2 has been quite finicky with no-name USB enclosures. I don't know what brand of USB to IDE or SATA chipsets they use, but they just don't work. If you get an NSLU2 don't be disappointed that you have to buy a better brand USB enclosure because the one you have won't work with the Linksys NAS.

    The NSLU2 would be a good back up device for you to prevent loss of all your files in the future. Expect to take hours to back up gigabytes of files theough.
  5. sNNooPY

    sNNooPY LI Guru Member

    I'm aware of that. :)

    huh...this could be a problem. :( I don't have a big budget.
    I have this case:
  6. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    All I can say is look through all the old NSLU2 threads here to see how many have been about incompatible USB drives or USB drive enclosures. I think there were more problems with the USB drives than the drive enclosures though. If I recall correctly, it seems that there were a bunch of posts about those problems in Jan or Feb of this year.

    There is a Yahoo NSLU2 group that has compiled a list of compatible USB-IDE bridge chips and drives. This link will get you to that Yahoo group: http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/Info/ListsOfDriveEnclosuresChipsetsAndDriveCombinationsThatWork. I've never joined that group to check their list, but hopefully you can find your chipset or enclosure listed there as compatible. :)
  7. sNNooPY

    sNNooPY LI Guru Member

    thnx, will try.
  8. sNNooPY

    sNNooPY LI Guru Member

    I just got a mail from an official retailer of Linksys in Croatia.
    the price for NSLU2 is $152!!!! is that some gold plated version or what?
    it's $80 on newegg, on froogle I've found some discounts at $60.
    unfortunately I can't order this device from the net 'cause the tax would be huge.
    This stinks... :(
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