ZyXEL NSA320 High Performance 2-bay Network Attached Storage and Media Server
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- Superior performance for simultaneous file transfers and multiple HD streams
- Faster data backup with NTFS support
- Intuitive user interface integrated with media player
- zPilot for media auto-classification by easy drag-and-drop
- Just click and select to easily enhance features for your network application needs
- Runs eMule/Bit Torrent/ FTP/HTTP downloads independent of PC
- Advanced green NAS with Wake-on-LAN, power scheduling and hard disk hibernation for energy savings
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The NSA320 is a high performance home storage device and media server capable of handling simultaneous 1080p high-definition streams to different UPnP and DLNA-certified devices such as Microsoft XBOX360, Sony PS3 and DLNA TV in every room at home. The NSA320 features rich server technologies for multimedia sharing. Acting as an iTunes server, Squeeze Center, personal blog and photo album server, the NSA320 simplifies streaming and sharing multimedia on PCs, laptops and SqueezeBoxes. With the user-friendly installation wizard, it's easy to manage and backup media files on the NSA320. You can also play music and slide shows directly from the NSA320 through the intuitive user interface integrated with a media player. The NSA320 allows you to create a music playlist to play on the background of your slide shows. A newly designed alphabetical search bar provides you with a more convenient way to search within thousands of songs, photos and videos stored on the NSA320. The NSA320 allows users to continuously download large files using eMule, Bit Torrent, FTP or HTTP services without powering on their PC. The auto-upload function enables NSA320 to automatically upload files stored in the NSA to FTP servers or other media sharing Web sites like Flickr and YouTube – a very efficient way to share files with friends and family. "Wake-on-LAN" enables users to turn on the NSA320 and access media files remotely anytime and anywhere, even when the device at home is powered off. In addition, with support for hibernation mode the internal hard disks in the NSA320 can automatically spin down when there is no data transmission after a period of time. With the power scheduling function, the NSA320 can be turned on or off automatically based on your usage patterns and needs to conserve power and expense.
From the Manufacturer
The NSA320 is more than a hard drive enclosure – it’s an entertainment hub for the modern age. Just plug in up to 2 3TB drives (sold separately), and you’ll be ready to store, share, and stream your digital media in crystal clear HD to any game consoles, PCs, phones,digital media players, PDAs, or any other DNLA-capable device using your home network. Automated backup makes protectingyour _les a hassle-free experience, and programmable PC-independent downloads guarantee you’llnever have to waste any time making sure the newest podcasts, videos, and software updates are right at your fingertips – no matter what device you’re using.
Step into the modern age with the NSA320, and set your media free.
Powerful HD multimedia streaming at your fingertips!
- Superior performance for simultaneous file transfers and multiple HD streams, Up to 3x faster than our NSA221
- Runs eMule/BitTorrent/ FTP/HTTP downloads independent of PC
- zPilotTM allows easy drag-and-drop file classification
- Intuitive user interface integrated with media player
Multiple simultaneous HD streams
With a powerful CPU and a read/write rate up to 4x faster than most network storage appliances, the ZyXEL NSA320 2-Bay Power Media Server can quickly transfer, backup and stream large multimedia files throughout your home network. It’s the perfect media hub for any household, able to handle multiple simultaneous 1080p high-definition streams to different UPnP and DLNA-certified devices such as Microsoft XBOX360, Sony PS3 and DLNA-enabled TVs throughout the house.
Your media – Your way
The NSA320 makes it easy to manage, back up, and play all of your media - freeing you to display it however you want, wherever you want. With only a few clicks, you can upload photos, organize them into presentations, and even set your presentations to music - or stream _les to devices throughout your house.
Boasting the versatility to act as an iTunes Server, SqueezeCenter, or personal blog and photo album server, your media will be free to share and stream to PCs, laptops, MP3 Players, and SqueezeBoxes anywhere on your home network.
Automated download/upload independent of your PC
The NSA320 allows users to automatically upload and download _les without ever turning on a PC. RSS feeds allow you to set up automatic downloads of Internet content such as Audio & Video podcasts ensuring that all your favorite media will be ready and waiting for you as soon as it hits the internet. ZyXEL’s browser plug-in for Internet Explorer and Firefox allow you to automatically send eMule, BitTorrent, FTP, or HTTP downloads directly to the NSA320. This allows you to turn off your computer after starting a large download, with the NSA320 completing the download for you independent of your PC.
In addition, the NSA320 makes managing user-generated media a snap. With a few clicks, the NSA can be set to automatically upload photos, video, music, and other content to sites like Flickr, Youtube, or even your own FTP server. There's no input required, and no need to deal with multiple sites or services. Just put your media on the NSA, and it'll handle the rest.
Automatic file classification with zPilotTM
zPilot automatic file classification makes it easy to store and manage media files. Just drag files onto the zPilot icon on your computer's desktop and they'll automatically be identified, organized, and delivered to your the music, photo, video, or other designated folders on the NSA320 - Organizing your media collection has never been simpler. The NSA320 is more than a hard drive enclosure – it’s an entertainment hub for the modern age. Just plug in up to 2 3TB drives (sold separately), and you’ll be ready to store, share, and stream your digital media in crystal clear HD to any game consoles, PCs, phones, digital media players, PDAs, or any other DNLA-capable device using your home network. Automated backup makes protecting your files a hassle-free experience, and programmable PC-independent downloads guarantee you’ll never have to waste any time making sure the newest podcasts, videos, and software updates are right at your fingertips – no matter what device you’re using. Step into the modern age with the NSA320, and set your media free.
Protect Your Data
The NSA320 is the ideal way to store even your most sensitive files without worrying about unauthorized access. A sophisticated IP filter table management algorithm protects your data from malicious attack.
When backing up from the NSA320 to a device of ZyXEL's NSA family, the encrypted Remote Replication feature optimizes protection of your valuable information. The SATA interface in the NSA320 allows you to group both hard disks to create a RAID1 mirroring environment for enhanced data protection. As a final safeguard against accidentally deleted data, the NSA boasts a networked recycle bin, allowing accidentally deleted data to be quickly restored.
Green media server
ZyXEL’s green Wake-On-LAN feature lets you access files stored on the NSA320 anytime and anywhere, even if the device is powered off at home. To further save energy, if there’s no hard drive activity for a set period of time, the drives will automatically go into hibernation mode. Finally, power scheduling provides a convenient way to manage your power consumption by allowing the user to set the device to turn off or on based on your unique usage patterns.
Top customer reviews
Unboxing: When the package with this little unit and my two drives came in the mail I was very excited. The Amazon package was relatively large and bulky, but when I opened it up and began pulling everything out - first the packing pillows, then the two hard drives, and finally the appliance, itself - and began unwrapping it, I was amazed at how small this little unit is. For what all it can do, I was actually expecting something twice its actual size. This thing's tiny! It's positively adorable! But, although it's clad in plastic, it doesn't feel insubstantial or fragile like a toy. It has some weight to it, especially once you install the drives. You could actually club someone with it and do a fair amount of damage, though you'd probably break the housing in the attempt. With the little rubber feet it sits sturdily on just about any surface.
Setup: I ordered two Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drives (ST3000DM001) to go with the unit and they work great. Jump on these while they're still relatively cheap and you'll be a happy camper. I mounted the rails on with no problems, slid the drives into place in the housing and turned on the unit. I gave it time to boot - yes, the one reviewer is correct, it does take a bit of time for it to do so, about 2 minutes or so - and then installed the included NSU software. Once installed it promptly found the unit on my network and took me through the steps of formatting and arranging the drives into RAID1. This tells me that the newer models don't have the issue with not being able to use 3TB drives before updating the firmware of the unit, first. Once everything was formatted and mounted, the NSU software gave me the IP address of the unit and I promptly pointed my browser to it. After updating to the newest firmware from the administration page, I began wandering my way around the menus and tweaking settings to my liking, installing packages and generally getting ready for the big data migration.
I then hooked up my two 1TB MyBook USB external hard drives to the back of the unit and began copying over all of my data. This is where I started to run into problems. After maybe an hour or two of copying my files over, for no apparent reason the NAS would simply lock up and disappear from the network, making it unreachable until the unit was powered off and back on again and starting the copy procedure from scratch, again. This happened several times over the course of about 24 hours. Another reviewer panned this unit for the same behavior. As you will see, it's not really a hardware issue, so much as a user-error problem: trying to do too much all at once at the beginning.
I turned to the net for some sorely needed research and found, after hours of searching on different forums and knowledge bases, that the ZyXEL devs have replaced the old Media Server package with a new(er), stripped down version of Twonky Media Server in the newest firmware update (4.50). Sadly, this version of Twonky has a bad habit of maxing out the CPU while trying to parse all the media files on the share. This fact, coupled with my trying to copy over files while this was going on, and that the RAIDed drives were trying to resync between themselves at the same time, meant that the CPU was not only maxed to its limits, but also that it was running very hot. Once I disabled the media server package, the CPU load went down to oscillating lazily between 14 and 30%, the temps went down to normal and I had no more problems with the NAS disappearing off the network again.
A note to the whiny reviewers on here: Sometimes, ya just gotta do your own homework, folks. RTFM and do some research, for once. For the price that this little unit is being sold at, here on the 'Zon, it's amazing what all it can do. But, you do get what you pay for. As any network admin will tell you, nothing ever works exactly how you want it to straight out of the box. Some folks need to learn to quit being so quick to complain and just get their hands dirty. You can't expect technology to do all of your thinking for you. Sometimes, you have to have a little patience, research a problem, learn the ins-and-outs, tweak some settings and find a work-around. This unit is meant for home use. It's not bullet-proof or industrial-grade. If that's what you're looking for, be prepared to pay four times or more what this cute little box costs for the privilege.
A note to first time buyers. No, this unit isn't perfect, but it's one of the better ones in this price class. Don't let the self-entitled ignorant dissuade you from purchasing this unit. However, it is not, nor will it ever be, a fire-and-forget unit straight out of the box. If you're like me, you have several TB's of data that you'll want to put on this little baby. Know ahead of time that it -may- take days to copy all those files over, resynch the RAID array, index the files with the Media Server and have the unit settle down to a normal running state. These things take time. Have some patience and I think you'll be happy with your purchase.
My only caveats to this glowing review are as follows: I agree with the one reviewer who said that it would have been nice to have a network activity blinky on the front of the unit. The lack of one is not a deal-breaker, of course. it's just a matter of convenience and preference. I think the browser landing page is far too simplistic and gets in the way for my purposes, yet the web administration UI could have been laid out a little more intuitively, also. Trying to figure out the intricacies of the FTP and Web Publishing implementation, for instance, will be a bit of a stretch for most users and the documentation is inadequate. There's also not enough customization options for my taste. At the time of writing, there was only 13 total plugin/add-on "packages" available for download from inside the UI, and many of those that are available are useless to the average joe. It would be nice to see more community-driven, open-source offerings for this unit in the future.
It's been nearly a year now and I thought I'd do a little update to my prior review. In that time I have experienced very few hiccups or new problems. It simply sits on my desk and does its thing. I have every computer in the house accessing it through my network and, using the included FTP server, I can access my documents and files from anywhere in the world so long as I have internet access. I use dyn.com to give my server an actual web address, as apposed to a numerical IP address, so that its easily remembered. The NSA, itself, automatically takes care of updating the IP address to the remote dns server, if/when it changes, so that the web address is always right on the money and my files are always accessible, 24/7. I have even set up separate shares for friends, family and colleagues to access files and backups over the internet, should they need it. It has saved my bacon more than once when I was away from home and forgot to bring that proverbial all-important document or file from home.
In the interim I have paired this unit with a WD TV Live Streaming Media Player Wi-Fi 1080p, which can access and stream my media files directly from the server and display them on to my home theater system. With the NSA and the WD streamer serving up my local digital media content, and my XBox 360 bringing in Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Video, all of my media needs are covered and we officially "cut the cord," meaning getting rid of basic cable from our local money-gouging cable company, about the same time I bought the unit. All-in-all I am still very happy with my purchase and it continues to meet my needs quite adequately.
I was looking for something that would be faster than my old USB-ethernet device that published a couple USB drives to my LAN, but was pretty slow. This ZyXEL gadget does the trick.
I keep the data files for a couple applications on the network so I can access them from different computers running the same software. And this works much better with the ZyXEL (except when the internal HDD has to "wake up" then there's maybe 5-10 seconds lag while it spins up). You can adjust the HDD sleep time from the std 15 minutes of no activity.
I also wanted to be able to plug in an external drive (USB or eSATA) and have that drive usable on the LAN. Specifically, I have two clients for whom I do some work and want to be able to give each it's own HDD and to be able to add them or delete them from the LAN when appropriate. The NAS310 has an eSATA and a pair of USB 2.0 ports that can be used for just that. But it was not clear to me how this worked.
So I called their tech support before buying and asked, But I was told it couldn't work like that...the disc contents would become part of the larger data container. To me that sounded like the contents of the external drive would be shared out with the internal drive. And that almost unsold me. But some snooping on ZyXEL's user forum revealed how this worked...the tech support guy and I misunderstood each other.
When you boot the thing up with its internal disc for the first time it reformats the drive and reserves a piece of the drive for it's own operating system's use. Then it establishes a standard set of directories: admin, music, video, etc. All of which are visible to Windows Explorer (I presume Finder as well, but cannot address any macintosh connectivity). Adding directories and managing permissions on the standard ones should be done thru the ZyXEL software...which resides on the device and is reached by browser. I had problems accessing the "admin" folder until I changed the permissions, using the ZyXEL software, not Windows.
Now, if you have an external drive, formatted NTFS, or FAT32 (dunno about Apple formats) for instance, you can plug it in to either USB port or the eSATA port. It will show up not as a drive in Exploder, but as a directory in the NAS310 tree.
This directory will be named the same as the model # of the drive. You can change this. The drive will not be reformatted. The ZyXEL won't mess with the external drives format or data (unless you tell the software to merge the external with the internal in some raid configuration, which I did not want to do). All files saved to the external directory will be on that drive when it is disconnected. You can have more than 1 drive so connected at the same time and all will be recognized. When you power down that external drive it will shortly vanish from the directory tree with no fuss no muss.
The external can also be used to back up the internal (software is provided for this).
On the whole I am tickled with my NAS310. As I understand it the larger 320 and 325 work is pretty much the same way.
After a year I can say I really like this thing. Hasn't skipped a beat. I have a couple other drives plugged into it thryu estat and usb and they are accessible.
Mostly though I have a directory on the NAS internal drive mapped as drive X on my two desktops. I keep data files for applications I use on both desktops on the X:drive so they are available to both. When booting or awakening from sleep I usually need to use my file manager (Directory Opus) to access the drive to "wake up" the connection so other applications easily see it. Not a big deal.
My android tablets and phones easily see it.
I do not try to run media servers from it as I'm a book reader not a TV or Movie "media" person.
To optimize performance in some cases I have disabled all of the Services where only file storage is needed. Changing the FTP port does not work out so well; in this case you can translate the Port Forwarding on your firewall from let's say external TCP 4789 to Internal 21. I have also used other features such as Wake on Lan; in this case writing some scripts that power on the device and then the backups initiate.
I have obtained very good speeds, sometimes ranging from 45 MB/s to 60 MB/s. The synch button also works as expected. I have several customers who come in with a USB Drive (must be powered) and press the synch button, then take the backups offsite. The interface is very easy to navigate and helps you initialize and verify the drives. You can also setup specific folders or volumes to synchronize from USB to NAS or from NAS to USB. This is a very comfortable feature which I have used quite a bit.
Overall a great inexpensive NAS that just works! My last recommendation is that you install this with a nice UPS. Power loss is the #1 killer of hard drives.