Jac2b questions

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by badmem, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. badmem

    badmem Guest

    I have a NAS200 with V3.4R75 firmware, running two 1Tb disks in journalled RAID1 configuration. I have two problems with the NAS200. Speed - I know that the CPU is pretty low spec, so this probably can't be fixed. Media streaming - I have a Mediagate MG-350HD media player connected to the NAS. With the Media Server enabled on the NAS200, the Mediagate sees my files, but everything is listed in alphabetical order - not track number. All of my media files are properly tagged and organised into folders.

    My questions are:

    1. Can I install the Jac2b firmware on my RAID1 journalled disks or will I have to re-format to non-journalled?

    2. If I install a newer version of Twonky on the NAS200, will my media files be listed and play in the correct order?

    3. With the NAS Media server and journalled disk system running, will there be any improvement in speed of the NAS200 with the Jac2b firmware over the V3.4R75 version.

    I'm trying to decide if it's worth spending hours backing-up my data from the NAS200 to install the Jac2b firmware, just to maybe get my music listed in the correct order :unsure:

    On the other hand it could be a good learning experience and I may actually end up with something better:biggrin:

    I'm living in Saudi Arabia, so there isn't much choice in hardware, I didn't choose the NAS200, it was the only real NAS available here:biggrin:
  2. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    You don't need to reformat your drives to upgrade to Jac2b. Your configuration will not be changed by the upgrade. I won't take responsibility for loss of data if something goes wrong and you don't have a backup, but it shouldn't be necessary (it's always a good idea to make backups anyway).

    I don't know your media player so I have to refer you to the Twonky forums. I don't know your media player and I don't know how the latest Twonky will work with it. If you want to be sure, you could simply install the latest Twonky on a PC and reconfigure your player to use your PC as server. The Linux twonky server works exactly the same as the Windows version so if your problem is fixed by the Windows Twonky server, you can be sure that it will be worth updating the Twonky on your NAS200.

    No. If you want to improve the speed of your NAS, you can reformat your disks using the non-journaled file system (ext2 is about 50% faster than XFS on the NAS200) but that means you have to backup and restore all your data of course.

    The speed of the device is mostly determined by the hardware. I didn't attempt to make any software improvements that might affect speed, nor am I planning on doing that. I just don't have the time, sorry.

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