NAS200 support for Unicode filename?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by wechan, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. wechan

    wechan LI Guru Member

    Does anyone know if the off-the-shelf version of the NAS200 firmware supports unicode filenames? I have tried to save a lot of files into the device, with asian character filenames. However, when I retrieve the files from the PC, all those characters were changed to some weird symbols. The best example would be the .mp3 files, having all the tag info messed up.

    If the native firmware doesn't support unicode, is there any alternative firm which does?
  2. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I think the native firmware supports internationalization of file names through a code page (not sure which one), but not through Unicode. That means that if you copy a file with Asian characters in the file name to the NAS and copy it back, the file name will probably get mangled.

    If you want to prevent this from happening, I recommend using a program that wraps your file names into another file name, for example you could put your file into a ZIP file and store it on the NAS. Of course that isn't going to help you when you want to play the file again because you have to unpack it from the ZIP file again.

    A more transparent solution would be to use something like TrueCrypt: The main purpose of TrueCrypt is to encrypt and decrypt files, but as a side effect it can store those encrypted files into another file, which you can store on the NAS. TrueCrypt then presents the encrypted files as a drive letter so you can access all your files as if they were right there on your hard disk or on the network.

    As far as I know, there is no alternate firmware that fixes the problem.

    Either way, I'm surprised that the MP3 tags are messed up: the NAS and its limited file system capabilities don't have anything to do with that; the tags are stored INSIDE the MP3 file and the NAS doesn't change the contents of your files. It may just change the names if the characters aren't supported.

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