ZyXEL has made its name as a manufacturer of networking and DSL devices. With a hold in the networking arena, ZyXEL has made an inexpensive quality 2 bay NAS enclosure in its ZyXEL NSA320 2-bay Network Attached Storage Enclosure. Here is a full review:
Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars
Dimensions: 8.1 x 4.2 x 5.8 inches ; 2.3 pounds
Intuitive user interface integrated with media player
Advanced green NAS features
Supports Raid 1
ZyXEL NSA320 2-bay Network Attached Storage Enclosure Product Description
This 2-bay chassis is a great choice for the do-it-yourselfers. The ZyXEL NSA320 2-bay NAS Enclosure has the necessary features you need and then some. For energy conservation, the ZyXEL NSA320 has Wake-on-LAN, power scheduling and hard disk hibernation. For file transfer, you can even download without waking your PC using eMule/Bit Torrent/ FTP/HTTP downloads independent of PC. To quickly classify your media files, features zPilot for media auto-classification by easy drag-and-drop. And internal CPU for faster speeds.
For management, easy to manage, back up, and play all of your songs and clips and media. With only a few clicks, you can upload photos, organize them into presentations, and even set your presentations to music. Compatibility to stream your digital media to game consoles, PCs, phones, digital media players, PDAs, or any other DNLA-capable device using your home network.
ZyXEL NSA320 2-bay NAS Enclosure PROS AND CONS
- A lot of “Green” features that work really well, like the auto power on-off.
- Can share USB printer wirelessly
- Easily copy data from USB drives by plugging them in
- For the tinkerers, can download options for NFS sharing and even PHP/MySQL
- Updating the firmware was jus a simple click on the link provided in the management software
- Mostly favorable reviews on ease of use of management software
- Easy setup
- Feels a bit cheap (plastic chassis)
- As of June 2012, does not support Mac discovery (though you could download and use NFS or use the HTTP/FTP)
- Mixed reviews on speed and performance
So far it seems the main issue would be how easy it is to use out of the box with Mac. Other than that and the mixed reviews on speed, the ZyXEL NSA320 2-bay NAS Enclosure ease of use and cheap price point makes it a very good looking option for a 2 bay NAS enclosure. It is fully featured whether you use them or not – makes them great for both newbies and tinkerers. Great choice at a cheap price.
What Buyers Are Saying
“After 3 failed Iomega Home network storage drives (1st one failed, next two were replaced under warranty and when 3rd finally failed, no more warranty) I was starting to look at the drobo unit. But all I really needed was a cheap NAS with a DLNA server. It didn’t appear that the Drobo device (500-600 dollars for the Ethernet version) had that. A quick amazon search led me to the ZyXEL. I had the 1TB drive out of the failed Iomega and a spare .5TB drive left over from a woot-off. Threw them in this unit, configured them as a single drive (don’t need RAID for most of my media although the ZYXEL makes Raid very easy) and within minutes I was streaming media to my Boxee/XBOX 360.Big fan of these now. Easy config, nice web page interface…(READ MORE)”
“This was a piece of cake to set up. Popped in some drives, it auto-configed them and contrary to the opinion of others, it is not slow. Stores everything including my backups quickly and I can access them easily. FTP, HTTP access is quick and gets through without a hitch. Would certainly recommend to others… (READ MORE)”
“Surprisingly full featured, works great. This NAS box will act as a media server, or SMB file share (what I’m using it for). It’s got two SATA bays, and you can configure them in a RAID 1 or RAID 2. You can also plug in 2 USB harddrives, and it can share them over the network as well. What’s most impressive about it, in my opinion, is the depth of features available. It’s got a web-server in it – you can set it to serve a share as a website. With an optional package, you can even use MySQL/PHP (!). There’s a USB port in the front; you can set it to automatically copy files off anything plugged in there onto a share (for example, easily unloading files from someone’s memory stick). Oh, and it can act as a print server too for USB printers. The manual actually goes on for well over a hundred pages, describing how to use these features (with both simple and advanced interface, where applicable)… (READ MORE)”
OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 stars.
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Source of Buyer Reviews and Description: Amazon.com
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