nas200 is it worth buying????

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by humpda, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. humpda

    humpda LI Guru Member

    I know that this is a loaded question as many people on this forum have this device already. Anyways....I can pick up a nas200 for approx $150 australian dollars. I am looking for a nas that will allow me to share media with my xbox 360 as well as provide a backup of pictures etc from my my questions are:

    A) WIll the NAS do this in its native state (the xbox 360 part)?
    B) Will speed issues stop it from streaming divx movies (not high def stuff) to the xbox?
    C) Is it a generally reliable unit?
    D) Not a linksys question, however a can also get a dlink 313 for the same price - are any linksys users also using or have used the dlink?

    I posted a similar type of question over at the Linksys forums and I was directed to some custom firmware here so thought I would ask the question.

    Thanks for your time.:)
  2. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    First of all, it was I who made the Jac2a firmware so color me biased :grin:

    To answer your first question: I heard that the Twonky media server on the Linksys firmware has some problems with the XBox 360 and the PS/3. I have neither of those devices so I don't know what the trouble is, but I can assure you that my Jac2a firmware allows you to install the latest Twonky server (which supposedly fixes some bugs that cause the problems with the XBox and PS/3) but the original Linksys firmware does not allow you to do this upgrade.

    DivX movies and DVD images (MPEG-2) stream perfectly fine; even the low 4MB/sec throughput of the XFS journaled filesystem is more than adequate for that. Of course once you start streaming to multiple players in hi-def you're asking for trouble...

    The only problem I'm aware of is that the built-in fan is inadequate for some hard disks that run hot. Your mileage may vary but I recommend doing some research to find a hard disk that doesn't run hot, or using a Dremel to replace the fan by a larger one (this will void the warranty of course).

    I've seen some impressive reviews of the DLink NAS units and I have to admit if I had seen the reviews before I bought my NAS200, I might have bought one of those. Nevertheless, I don't regret buying my NAS200; it's been reliable, it's a pretty box, it does what it needs to do and it's easy to hack because the hardware is basically a 486 PC without monitor or keyboard...

    I have no hands-on experience with the D-Link so I can't help you any further...


  3. humpda

    humpda LI Guru Member

    Cheers mate....appreciate your honesty. Will have to do some more thinking ;)

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