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Linksys Network Storage System with 2 Bays (NAS200)
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Product Description

Now you can quickly and easily add storage space onto your network with the Linksys Network Storage System. This standalone network appliance features two available SATA hard drive bays so you can attach as much storage as you need now, and add later as your storage needs grow. For even more expandability, there are two USB ports that let you connect readily available USB 2.0 hard drives for even more storage space - or plug in a USB flash disk for a convenient way of accessing your portable data files.Connecting the Storage System to your network is simple - just plug it directly into an available 10/100 Ethernet port on your router or switch, and the storage is instantly accessible by your whole network.The Network Storage System features built-in one-touch backup - just push the button to start a backup of your important files. There are other built-in disk utilities, accessible through your web browser. You can run a self-test or scan the disk(s) for errors. If you've installed a second disk drive, you can back up one drive to the other, either manually or on a schedule.For even more flexibility and utility, the Network Storage System can be set up to be accessible directly from the Internet via a web browser or FTP. Files can be available publicly, or create password-protected accounts for your authorized users.The Linksys Network Storage System is the expandable and accessible storage solution for your network.

Features:
  • Ethernet connected network storage with two available SATA hard drive bays adds shared storage directly to your network
  • Add even more storage with two USB 2.0 ports for hard drive or flash USB storage devices
  • Securely share files locally or through the Internet (FTP, HTTP) with no dedicated PC needed
  • Advanced backup software included
  • Built-in media server for streaming to PC or UPnP AV digital media adapter

Customer Reviews:

  • Really a great Device
    I just got riped-off from CoolMax,poor service/equipment. I really needed a good network storage drive. I found it with Linksys NAS200. Just slide a drive in its bay and a wizard to get your hard drive formated. It has a USB port for your thumb drives too. It may seem a bit expensive but after my Coolmax experance, it was worth it!!!!...more info
  • net storage ,but slow
    the nas200 at first seemed like a really good idea ,it's set up was easy ,and methodical. but my first sense of its slow speed should have prompted me to return it. it cannot play video without glitching. for a 1.5 TB array ,it took 4 days to fill the drive from my pc ! i recomend this device for audio or pictures only. it's too slow for video. it's net speed is listed as 10/100 ,but i doubt it. ...more info
  • Slow doesn't even begin to describe it
    Installation and usage was up to the standard that I would expect from Linksys. Easy and fast installation and intuitive painless usage. I could easily recommend this for archiving documents, pictures, or anything that you don't need frequently. It can also serve as a USB print server for most brands IF THEY ARE NOT MULTI-FUNCTION.

    If you want a media storage drive... then this will only lead to frustration. It has major drawbacks.. This drive is SLOW. My old USB 1.0 network drive is faster! I was planning on using it for network storage for audio and video files. It took 15 hours to transfer 350GB on a Gigabit network. Average transfer speed was 2.7mbs. The NAS200 also only supports one connection at a time. Two users will crash thier own computers if they try to connect to it at the same time. Also note that it does NOT support NTFS, FAT32 or even FAT. I could not just remove the drive and pop it back into my computer. I had to spend another 15 hours transfering it back before I could remove the drive and re-partition/format it for PC usage.

    It could be the perfect solution for a very limited amount of problems but, I cannot warn you enough, it does NOT work for most modern scenarios....more info
  • Network Backup
    Performs as advertised. The 1st backup took a long time but, after that, if you set it to not save copys from then on it's not so bad.

    It's also very quiet. The only complaint really is that if you add Two more drives via the usb ports you have to turn them on and off manually.
    You also have to turn the device on and off via the power button on the back. It would be nice it the computer could turn it on or off as needed.
    Other than that it performs quite well.

    So to sum it up, I've been using it for almost 3 months now and it works....more info
  • Too Slow
    What a shame! This is a great product idea that lacks the needed speed to actually be useful. After a lot of time setting up and transferring files, I am returning this unit. I had the unit set up for RAID-1 (mirror) with two of the recommended 500 Gig Segates. The transfer rates are so slow that it is literally unusable. Also, although the external temperature was not obviously hot, the inside disks were smokin'. I expect more from linksys/cisco....more info
  • Do not buy if you treasure your data
    I have had my data for many, many, many years. I had things on two harddrives and got a 2GB Buffalo Terastation a while ago, which is set to RAID 1. It has been working for almost two years but it is full. So I bought the NAS200 with the intention of moving some of my data and later getting a second NAS200 to backup to. Thus I made the stupid choice of configuring for RAID 0 (the thing is still slow but data is unrecoverable if something happens...the price of greed). I just finished copying all the data over (I made a backup to an old harddrive halfway through) when today I can no longer browse to the unit. 'Power', 'Reset', nothing works. I unplug the thing and 'Power' and 'Full' blink. That is odd, it was less than 1/4 full before. I unplug it again and see the same thing (this was probably another stupid move on my part). I call LinkSys. Some Indian dude tells me to turn the unit off for 20 minutes. 20 minutes? Why?! He gives me the NIKE slogan so I just do it. Now I am surfing the web for information and it seems the NAS200 loves to do this. Apparently, a small disturbance (for example power outage) will totally confuse it. It may (I hope none of the drives failed but how would I know, the unit gives no useful feedback) work after 24 hours; it seems the cryptic light message I get means it is scanning corrupted drives. If it does not fix itself, I will loose tons of documents, home film projects and family pictures. This will be the biggest data loss I have ever suffered.

    Lessons: Stay away from the NAS200. If you do buy it, NEVER call the tech support. Their tech support is stupid bordering on dangerous from what I have seen and read so far. Keep it on a UPS. Do use RAID 1. Maybe I should have left the doors in the back open. The drives were too hot to touch. How should it be any different, I do not think there is space for cooling fans in the unit.

    I have also had a superstitious fear of Seagate drives for the last couple of years. Maybe it's a bad omen that just after my wife's HP Touchsmart suffers a disc crash (it had a Seagate drive), this thing does its final bow. The 1TB Seagate drives were so cheap I...I should have known better! ...more info
  • Muy Buena
    Muy buen equipo para almacenaje. Facil de configurar y poner a funcionar. Muy buena administraci¨®n de los archivos....more info
  • It get's the job done, but.....
    The Nas200 is a reliable product. Although, the down load speeds are slowwww, the drive mapping utility is easy to use, the back up software provides a good way to take advantage of the two drive bays for back up storage without having to configure your hard drives in the "RAID" format. The USB ports provide additional storage capacity; however, I am disappointed that a printer can not be hooked up the USD ports to support network printing. Media sever functions work great. Streaming audio or video using my Playstation 3 is done flawlessly. DNLA support is one of the reasons why I selected this product (Linksys) brand for the support of DLNA which is also supported by PS3. I do think that PS3 should support more media formats than it currently does. I found some AVI file being streamed by the Nas200 play great on PS3 and other AVI files are stated as being "not supported". Remote access of files on the Nas200 works well, however the yearly domain name subscription which allows you to access the Nas200 is a let down, for other attached storage systems I've used in the past, have free access to your files from remote locations. Overall the Nas200 "gets the job done" for the price, it's hard to beat the functionality of this unit....more info
  • Works, but slow
    The others have said it as well as I can. I agree with almost everything written (except the brief 2 line review that says it stinks). But here is my pro/con/comment report:

    Pros: Very easy to setup. Very easy to install SATA drives (no cables, just slide in like a hot-swappable scsi drive). NO CLIENT SOFTWARE needed to map drives (just connect to \\nas200\sharename). Web based configuration so no software needed to manage. Option to power down hard drives after 10/20 minutes of inactivity, then another option to power down internal fan 10/20 minutes AFTER hard drives power down (to allow case to cool, I guess. This option makes the unit completely silent when not in use (this wasn't mentioned in other reviews). Inserting a USB hard drive (even one previously formatted as NTFS) results in instant detection, AND instant default share created (\\nas200\disk_1_1 for USB1). (to remove the usb external drive while the NAS is running press the small eject button next to the appropriate USB port. If you pull the cable or shut down the external drive, the NAS needs to be reset to see ALL shares). RAID1 option for protecting that precious data (it recommends configuring as individual drives, but no way would I do that. Why wouldn't you select RAID1 if available? Protect those precious family pictures, guys!). Small footprint, stacks with other linksys gear (routers, switches, APs, etc). Option to automatically shutdown every day or a given day of week at a set time. As nice as that is, the fact that the drives and then fan shutdown after inactivity makes it quiet and power saving anyway. Smaller and quieter and easier than using a separate computer (if you were considering making a Linux file "server" out of that spare tower case you had lying around). You don't need client software to map drives, however, the included client software, if you choose to install it, is very helpful and makes mapping drives very easy (adds a system tray icon to quickly map/unmap drives). Also, the software lets you attach the external USB drives from the NAS as if they were local USB drives (which I thought was very cool).

    Cons: somewhat slow. I did 6GB in 30 minutes, so figure over an hour for 10-12GB of data over the 100Mb network. I think people are expecting too much from FastEthernet. Especially if you are using wireless! Here are the numbers: 100Megabits per second = 12.5megabytes per second = 750megabytes/minute = 45,000megabytes/minute = 44(real)Gigabytes/minute (assume 40 because FastEthernet really only gets around 90Mb/s in real world). So this unit is running around 25Mb instead of 100. But I wouldn't throw it out because of that. Also, if you are on wireless, well then your network is only really going around 12Mb/s at its best (over 802.11g) real world numbers. To display the list of files in an explorer window sometimes takes 10-20 seconds (but sometimes the files pop right up in a few seconds). When you have gigabit file sharing at work, the NAS is excruciatingly slow. No support for usb printer (the SLUG unit that linksys sells, basically this device with only 2 external USB drive support, has an active community writing Linux firmware that adds all kinds of features, including print server and firewall. I wonder if anyone is working on open source firmware for the nas200?). I digress. More cons: no provision to backup internal drives to external drives (another item on my Linux wishlist). For some reason, I thought that was mentioned on the spec sheet. If you pull an external drive, all shares disappear and you have to power cycle the unit. Takes almost 2 minutes to boot up. No option to power down external USB drives after inactivity, so even when the nas200 fan and internal drives shutdown, the external drives are still humming along. Not as feature rich as making a Linux file server out of that spare computer case you have lying around ;-).

    Conclusion: I like the unit. I think it's really 3.5 stars. Its a little slow, but quiet and small, and it holds as much as you put in (I got two 320GB SATA drives, $80 each). If the USB ports could be print servers, that would be one less device in my linksys "stack". If the box could automatically backup internal drives to the external USB, that would be a little more peace of mind. I use it as my picture, document, and MP3 primary storage. The raid1 protects my data, and I use external USB drives to backup (but it's combersome because I simply map drive letters to both the internal drives and the external drives, then copy from one to the other. It would be nice if that feature was built-in). Its nice to have a unified file storage system at home, where I have 4 laptops and a desktop (for gaming :-), and to do it for about $300. Considering the small outlay, its worth getting to fool around with. If in the end, the speed is too slow for your home/SOHO network...you are only out $140 (and you can put the SATA drives in your beefy gaming rig)....more info
  • Works well, hard to setup
    Now that it is working I love it, but getting it running was not fun. Be prepared to baby it thru the setup and use only IE to do the setup....more info
  • Very disappointed
    I was ready for it to be slow, I just wanted a big disk that was easy to setup, but this thing is way too random. Sometimes you cannot connect, sometimes the admin password does not work, and it is incredibly slow. I am normally a fan of linksys, but stay away from this product in my opinion. ...more info
  • Needs More Speed
    Although Linksys makes good products, this one falls short of expectations. It's really slow and causes ones network to slow down. Even when connecting an external USB HD, transferring files is soooooo slow, it's quicker to copying them via floppy...yes, the old floppy method.

    Linksys has the right idea, but the processor on this device is sub-par....more info
  • I just wish it held more drives.
    I got my NAS200 four days ago. It absolutely lives up to all of my expectations, and does everything advertised.

    Setup was extremely simple. The first thing I did was throw away the manual and install CD. The hard drives simply slid and locked into place without any carriers, cables, or screws. I connected it to my network and powered it up, and then checked my router's UI to see what IP address it grabbed. Browsing to that IP presented me with the option to log in a user or administrator. Obviously, I wanted to log in as the administrator, so I downloaded the manual to find out the password. Here's my only problem with the setup - the manual was wrong about the username.

    Once I was logged in, it was a snap to set up. The UI is clean and easy to use. Within 10 minutes I had users setup with their own private folders, as well as shares with user-level access.

    Transferring 60 GB of data from my PC took several hours, but the NAS200 was creating a RAID at the same time, so this took significant CPU time.

    Pros: Inexpensive NAS solution, use your own drives, small, low power usage, easy to use.

    Cons: Only holds two drives.
    ...more info
  • Great little unit
    This is a great little unit for the price. I was concerned about the review on speed. I agree it is on the slow side when copying data 15 min for 5gb but it will do. I have been able to stream large media files to two separate computers over wireless with no problem.

    I was hoping to install 2 1teraabyte hard drives and use JBOD/LVM (two disks one large drive). It seems as if the nas200 cannot accommodate JBOD/LVM over 500 gb. Putting 2 1tb drvies showed up as 1 tb. However if turning on raid 0 (striping), it seems to work just fine. I now have a 2 tb nas drive.




    ...more info
  • Easy setup, very stable, horrible large file transfer speeds
    Linksys could not make it any easier to set up this device. The install utility work with Windows Vista, sets up the drives, and automatically maps a network drive. Unfortunately, the transfer speeds are absolutely terrible. Moving 5 files for a total of 5.30GB, from the pc to the NAS200 took just under 40 minutes with an average transfer speed of less than 3.60MB/sec. Since it has a 10/100 interface I knew the theoretical maximum transfer speed was 12.5MB/sec and I was hoping to get somewhere around 8-10MB/sec on writes and reads. But, to get less than 3.60MB/sec is pathetic. Once the files are transferred, the access time before the files will be display is even worse. My 5 files took almost 12 seconds for before they were ready to be accessed.

    However, the bright side is if you set up the device using RAID1 and move all your files to the NAS200 in the event something goes wrong and you lose a drive, just take out the busted one and replace it with a new one. I have no idea what the rebuild process is like, but as long as it works I will be satisfied. Also, for the price Amazon is charging it balances out the pro and cons.

    I have not tested out the FTP and media server functions. I also have Linksys' WRT350N Wireless-N router that has a USB storage link and media server. It works perfectly for FTP across the internet and media serving to a DLink DSM-510 in my home, so I also expect the NAS200 to work perfectly.

    Overall, I have to give it four stars. I would like to give it 3, but I feel the price point is right on the money. Anything more than what is being charge is a pure rip-off. If I were sending and receiving large files on a regular basis, I'd go with something else. Something with a strong CPU and gigabit ethernet connections. Other than for forementioned shortcomings, this is satifactory for collecting small files that accumulation over time.
    ...more info
  • Better than I expected
    I am very pleased with my NAS200. My brother-in-law has two of these and likes them. I was nervous about getting it because of some of the negative reviews I had read.

    I went with one 500GB HDD which is plenty for my home network. My needs are relatively simple, I just needed a way to back up my data. But this system also allows for creating user accounts with their own private folder. We also now have a shared folder the family can use without the main PC having to be on.

    I found the set up to be very simple and straight forward. I had no problems at all.

    I would recommend this system for anyone looking for an inexpensive and easy to use networking storage device....more info
  • Slow! Not a bad mgt interface
    I'd suggest going with the D-Link. I returned the device due to terrible performance. It is NOT because my network connection is slow. I purchased the D-Link and it isn't fast, but around what you'd expect for an inexpensive NAS server....more info
  • Slow doesn't even start to describe it.
    Installation and usage was up to the standard that I would expect from Linksys. Easy and fast installation and intuitive painless usage. I could easily recommend this for archiving documents, pictures, or anything that you don't need frequently. It can also serve as a USB print server for most brands IF THEY ARE NOT MULTI-FUNCTION.

    If you want a media storage drive... then this will only lead to frustration. It has major drawbacks.. This drive is SLOW. My old USB 1.0 network drive is faster! I was planning on using it for network storage for audio and video files. It took 15 hours to transfer 350GB on a Gigabit network. Average transfer speed was 2.7mbs. The NAS200 also only supports one connection at a time. Two users will crash thier own computers if they try to connect to it at the same time. Also note that it does NOT support NTFS, FAT32 or even FAT. I could not just remove the drive and pop it back into my computer. I had to spend another 15 hours transfering it back before I could remove the drive and re-partition/format it for PC usage.

    It could be the perfect solution for a very limited amount of problems but, I cannot warn you enough, it does NOT work for most modern scenarios....more info
  • OK but not that great
    This is an OK product and does what it is supposed to do. Slightly noisy but may be quiet compared to other brand units. I have a problem where I have to remount the drives often which is a linksys wireless issue. If not for the remounting requirement (which they provide software to do this - so must be a common problem) I would have given it a higher rating.

    UPDATE 2009: This turned out to be such a pain that I took out the hard drives and threw it away. Just goes to show first impressions can be misleading. Not recommended. ...more info
  • Cheap, but slow
    Cheap, slow, limited options.

    If you are using this for simple backup, it may be a viable option. It lacks gigabit ethernet, but if you aren't using that, maybe that isn't a concern. The processor in it is slow, and they don't have many options. It won't download torrents, or act as an iTunes server. Basically, this unit is for backing up something else, and nothing else.

    It also won't back itself up automatically to a different NAS.

    So, it will do the job, for not much money, as long as you understand what job it will do....more info
  • NAS-200 Cheaper than another computer
    I am a zealous collector of movies, ebooks and mp3 files. One of my computers has 6 hard discs and 2.6 TB of storage, and the other has 1.25 TB. I'm always running out of storage space. After a power supply failure on my 2.6 TB machine, (which I initially thought was a bad boot drive) I decided it was time to store my most valued files on another machine.

    The NAS-200 with two Seagate 750 GB SATA drives performs this job adequately.

    Installation was very simple. The SATA drives insert directly without cables and both drives were installed in just a minute or two. There is a ribbon, much like a battery holder would use, to enable you to remove the drives if you wish.

    The power supply is an external box similar to a laptop's power supply.

    I set up the drives (as recommended in the manual and software) as two separate drives. You can also just JBOD, RAID 0 or RAID 1. Choosing separate drives doesn't give you the security of RAID mirroring, but if one drive fails you only lose that drive, not both as when you are striping them.

    I had a moment of frustration when I couldn't log on as admin. The book and help files say the username is "blank" and password is admin. This didn't work. Like other Linksys products, the username is "admin" and so is the password.

    The built in web server gets you to linksys login page where you can log in as any user or as admin. If you can write your own HTML page to replace this, I don't know how to do that.

    If you are planning to use this as a stand alone web server, study up a bit first. This is probably not the box to let Grandma log on and get the kid's pictures.

    As mentioned in other reviews the transfer rate is slow, but fast enough that you could stream any media that I have. Moving a 20 GB folder of movies will take more than an hour.

    I wish it were faster, and I wish the web server were customizable, but the low price, easy configuration, and massive storage make it a bargain. The NAS-200 was $130 delivered, and two 750 GB Seagates were $370 delivered. A total of 1.5 TB for $500.

    I'd do it all over again, and maybe I will when 1 TB hard drives drop in price.

    ...more info
  • Super Slow
    You get what you pay for..

    This machine is fine for hosting small files such as pictures and such but if you looking to stream information from it you might want to look for something with a bit more processing power. Even using a gigabyte connection any type of streaming will lag. I brought this primarly to backup my computers it takes entierly to long with the NAS200's integrated processor.

    I think saving abit more money would yield better results in the long run....more info