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LG N4B1N Diskless System 4 Bay Super Multi NAS with Built-in Blu-ray Rewriter

  • 4-Bay
  • Diskless System
  • Marvell 88F5281 500MHz Processor
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
  • 3 x USB2.0
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The N4B1 Network Attached Storage (NAS) from LG is the world’s first NAS with integrated Blu-ray Disc rewriter. It crams a host of storage and backup functions into a single unit to facilitate ease of management in small networks such as office and home networks. With its unique Blu-ray Disc rewriter, get the benefits of the huge disc storage of up to 25GB. The unit has four SATA drive bays supporting up to 4TB storage capacity to meet your growing network storage needs. Replace or change hard drives easily with the hot-swappable hard drive bay design.

The NAS comes with a Marvell 88F5281 500MHz processor for maximum performance. It supports multiple RAID 0, 1, 5, 1+0 and JBOD volumes, and an on-board LCD screen on the top gives you timely status information of the NAS. A memory card reader on the front panel supports SD, MMC, MS and xD cards for ultra-versatility.

Once storage is set up, you can expand it by attaching extra drives to the three USB 2.0 ports. Or, you could plug in a printer and share it across the network. An on-board eSATA interface provides data transfer speed of up to 3Gb/s for lightening-fast file transfer with the dedicated PC. With all of these versatile features packed in, this substantial offer is really worth a try.

  • newegg Built-in Blu-ray Disc Rewriter The LG N4B1 features a built-in Blu-ray Disc rewriter. Use the huge disc storage of up to 25GB to archive your data anytime and from any point in the network.
  • newegg Gigabit Network Connection The LG N4B1 features a Gigabit Ethernet port for up to 10X the speed of most 100M network connections and excellent usability for office and home networks.
  • newegg SATA HDD Support The LG N4B1 features four hot-swappable SATA drive bays for easy installation and replacement of internal hard drives.
  • newegg RAID Support The LG N4B1 supports multi-level RAID configuration including RAID 0, 1, 5, 1+0 and JBOD for better performance, enhanced data security and flexible capacity upgrades.
  • newegg eSATA and USB 2.0 Support The LG N4B1 features an eSATA port and three USB 2.0 ports supporting external storage devices for convenient storage expansions. With the built-in print server, easily share a USB printer over the network!

Learn more about the LG Electronics N4B1N

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Russian W.
  • 2/28/2010 7:38:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for the Price

Pros: It work well. With the included software it had very easy to set up and use. Sometimes you have to check the LED screen to see that its still on and working because its quieter than most devices.

I've installed 4x 1.5 SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 1.5TB and got 4.02 TB in Raid 5. I could have used faster/larger drives but based on the reviews they seem to be a crapshoot for reliablity at the moment.

Given the current cost of blue-ray burners, having blu-ray plus a decent NAS makes this an excellent choice at $299.

About the reboot loop just after the firmware update, check the LED screen its probably mentioning something about Quotas even if you're not using them it checks them after every reboot just walk away for a bit it will sort itself out 20-30 mins or so.

Cons: You need patience with this NAS. If the message on the LED screen reads anything other than "Enjoy LG-NAs...." walk away..its going to be a while.

Reboots take 40+ seconds and raid 5 config with 4TB took 25+ hours.

Its definitely no speed demon. Speed depends on the drives installed. With my setup I have write speeds of around 12.5MB/sec. It doesn't matter if I have it directly patched to my computer or running through my network the speeds are consistent

Other Thoughts: The first thing you should do is get the newest firmware from the german site v.4241. It provides a bit of added functionality over the the firmware included on the disk.

Shove one drive in and let it configure that (no raid). Then update the firmware. After several reboots, when you have control again, delete the volume it created, shove in the rest of your disks and create the raid you want.

Remember to enable Jumbo Frames on your PC network card it gives you a 50% boost over the default windows settings. If you're getting write speeds below 10MB/sec go to your device manager (windows systems) and make sure jumbo frames are set to 9k on your NIC. As long as your router can handle the frames you should see an immediate 50% boost in speed. I get network bursts of up to 124Mbs.

German LG site (the NAS menus are still in english): http://www.lge.com/de/support/product/support-product-profile.jsp?customerModelCode=N4B1N&initialTab=drivers

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  • Mariano d.
  • 2/22/2010 11:48:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood bang for the buck

Pros: Support for large drives, I have installed 4x2TB (5.37TB in RAID 5), the unit detected and used the drives without problems. I was concerned since the manual shows 1TB as the largest drive size.

Can read UPS status for a controlled shut down in case of power loss.

Blue-ray burner, for the price of the unit this is another freebie along with the 1TB HD of the combo.

Shared folders can have their own "recycle bin".

Highly customizable (after modifying the firmware), having root access to the back end allows to do anything that the hardware can handle.

Cons: Drive synchronization takes forever, almost two days. So if a drive goes bad plan to have the unit working in the rebuild for this long. (Smaller RAID will take less time)

Only 128MB of memory, this will limit what could be loaded in the unit.

Network speed could be better.

User's rights can't be assigned to sub-folders.

Dynamic DNS implementation should allow more providers, such as No-IP.

Other Thoughts: The Blue-ray drive is nice but not a must have, backing-up to an external drive is probably faster and cheaper.

A Twonky server instead of an iTunes server would be nice. Also a BitTorrent client.

The good firmware is hard to find, LG should synchronize the US and the German sites.

Just a warning note: If the firmware is modified incorrectly (sudoers) none of the scripts will run and no other firmware could be uploaded leading to a full and new reinstall that will re-initialize the drives.

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  • Lester L.
  • 2/21/2010 1:42:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJust too many problems.

Pros: Attractive looking NAS.

Cons: It just didn't work. I tried building volumes using various firmware versions. Out of 2x Samsung HD103SI and 2x WD 10EAD, my unit would only build volumes with one of each brand disk (but never both Samsungs or both WDs). So it played well with one of each disk, but not all 4. The disks themselves tested fine in other machines, no SMART errors, and the age of the disks wasn't an issue... for the Samsungs, the older disk was the "good" one; for the WDs, the newer disk was the "good" one. The NAS wouldn't build volumes from the web admin. It would only build volumes by using the default setup with disc (which allows no control over RAID type). After I successfully built a RAID5 volume with the default setup, I updated to the latest firmware and the NAS gets stuck in reboot loop.

Other Thoughts: I really wanted to like this machine, but there are just too many issues. It's unreliable, and that just isn't good for data.

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  • Ed L.
  • 2/15/2010 11:48:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs5 Stars now that Telnet is accessible

Pros: Now that I have Telnet root access this Product gets 5 stars. It's Clean, It's Quiet, and is easy to install. I have it connected to a 1 GIG Backbone Full Duplex. the BueRay Image Disk allows you to Burn Images too the Drives and Also from Drives to the Disk. the ESATA does not work well from the WebFront End. but easier to control if you have root access from the Command Line. The Pricing is Perfect.

Cons: HORRIBLE... HORRIBLE... Support from US. German Site is where you get Latest firmware. Have to search on Google easier to find "n4b1 firmware". The Support team doesn't have a clue about the Product.

Other Thoughts: I think that now that I have access to the Command line via Telnet the Sky is the limit with Possibilities. Just make sure you go into /etc/init.d/rcS and take away the REM statement for the Telnet Daemon. Also make sure in /etc/sudoers file you give full root access to admin. NOW BE AWARE That you do not want this facing the Internet since it is a gaping whole. But well worth it to modify. Then Lock down once the Customization is done. Also be aware that you have to have Linux experience if you are going to meddle with the backend. Don't worry about Voiding Tech Support. Those guys at LG are no Help at all.

But 5 stars for such a Cheaply Priced product and quiet piece of equipment.

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  • Christopher K.
  • 2/12/2010 12:11:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNow with NFS and DLNA

Pros: I purchased 4 2TB drives to pair w/ the enclosure to act as a quiet media server. Powered it up and it works as expected. Ultimately, I wanted NFS support, and after finding the German support site (search for 'n4b1 firmware' and look for lge.com/de/support in the url), I see that the 4241 update provides that!

Also, I'm impressed that the firmware is a tar.bz2. It allows you to edit the /etc/init.d/rcS and uncomment out the line for the telnet server before uploading it to the box.

Cons: After finding the German firmware that provides DLNA and NFS, none!

Other Thoughts: Hopefully, they will share the firmware updates on the US site soon.

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  • Luen H.
  • 2/4/2010 8:39:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat with DDNS

Pros: Great item, bought two of them just because it was on sale. was 299 with 1 TB HDD. Unit works great now have it on 4TB Jbod. Haven't tested the BD-Burner yet. DDNS works great, make sure you have turn on all the Ports on your router you can control this unit over anywhere else. I am currently accessing it from my work place as a FTP net folder. Sharing photos and files are much easier now without upload to a 3rd party location. What a unit for only $299. I am planing to set the 2nd unit to 8TB Jbod and with out DDNS function.

Cons: The manual is almost no use. If you wouldl like to find out more, Google it and you will see a lot of people post trick on how to set up DDNS and other stuff.

Other Thoughts: I wish I can get that German site URL posted. I haven't found the correct URL to update my Firmware, any post will be great.

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  • Christopher H.
  • 2/1/2010 4:06:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat system!

Pros: Blu-ray Burner, Interface is fine, Easy to use, Once you finsh setting up its pretty fast.

I actually bought this on sale for $300 with a free 1TB drive. The deal was too good to pass up.

You can't use the Blu-ray burner for anything but storage while its in the NAS. I wasn't using it for storage so I took it out and put it in my pc. Now it plays/burns BD-RE's and the NAS system still functions just the same without it.

I recommend upgrading to the latest firmware (you need to go to the german site for it).

Cons: Could be faster. I have mine on a Gigabit switch so my raid 0 array (only 2 1TB drives at the moment) Reads at about 40-50MB/s and write about 20-30MB/s. I'm happy with the read speed but it would be nice if the write speed was faster. Also its even slower if you try to transfer a bunch of stuff from one HD to another on the system. I transferred about 800GBs and the write was at about 10-20MB\s.

Also this is not a US based unit so don't expect support on the US lg site, you can get english support on the German site.

Other Thoughts: Definitly worth buying while on sale, but too expensive when full price. Theres better systems out there at $500, but at $300 it can't be beat!

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  • Randy S.
  • 1/30/2010 3:24:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBeware of item

Pros: the item sounded good and that was about it

Cons: the item powered on and gave a kernel error service code 1a_00 the blu-ray drive wouldn't open and according to lg tech support not many drives compatible with this unit. I have tried two of these units same results. Hats off to newegg for their eggelent customer service

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  • Boris C.
  • 1/29/2010 6:52:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood NAS with lots of features

Pros: Works great as a NAS. Well built and good looking. Firmware updates add functionality. Can use as a Time Machine backup, rsync client/server, NFS...etc. Can share USB and eSATA on the network. Backing up important files to BluRay is a plus. Read speed is good.

Cons: Writes are kinda slow ~ 10-12MB/s on a gigabit network.

Other Thoughts: Pretty happy with my purchase.

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  • John C.
  • 1/26/2010 4:53:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA good NAS for a Great Price

Pros: This device is very simple to setup. Just plug in the drives and pop in the dvd into the blu-ray drive and away you go. It takes a while to set up. For me it was about 15 hours includng the firmware update which is a must and the setup for 3 1tb drives in raid 5.

Cons: The device does not have the bells and whistles of the new NAS from LG including the dlna server and I believe the bit torret download capabilities. These are available on other similiar devices so I hope that the firmwire based on linux will be upgraded to include the options.

Other Thoughts: The speed is not bad in RAID 5. It is as fast as my old Iomege 500mb NAS as certainly more reliable with the configuration I chose.

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