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LG N4B2N Diskless System Blu-ray Built-in Network Storage

  • 4-Bay
  • Diskless System
  • Intel Atom 1.6GHz dual core Processor Processor
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Keep a lifetime of memories safe and always within reach. The LG N4B2N Diskless Network Storage system brings you the peace of mind with 4 hot-swappable, lockable HDD bays supporting up to 8TB and a built-in Blu-ray re-writer, ideal for home and small business users who manage large amounts of data, such as professional photographers, graphic designers and architects.

To ensure fast data sharing and maximum capacity expansibility, the N4B2N includes a gigabit Ethernet connection, three USB 2.0 and one eSATA ports and a 4-in-1 memory card reader. For maximum flexibility it supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD. Compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac computers, the N4B2N not only helps secure your treasured collection of multimedia entertainment files but delivers access whenever and wherever you want it.

  • newegg Built-in Blu-ray Re-writer The LG N4B2N’s built-in Blu-ray re-writer provides an additional backup option by which you can store up to 50GB on a single dual-layer Blu-ray disc.
  • newegg Data Protection The LG N4B2N supports multiple RAID configurations including RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD to fit your need for performance and/or data security
  • newegg Superior Connectivity The LG N4B2N features Gigabit Ethernet connectivity for lightning-fast file transfers so your digital media can be made available throughout your home or office network quickly and easily. Three high-speed USB 2.0 and one eSATA ports are offered to connect your external storage devices for network storage expansion or data backup.
  • newegg Enhanced Server Functions The LG N4B2N offers robust protocol support to serve as a download server (Bittorrent), iTunes server and Web server.

Learn more about the LG Electronics N4B2N

General

Brand
LG
Model
N4B2N

Configuration

Form Factor
4-Bay
Operating System
Linux
Processor
Intel Atom 1.6GHz dual core Processor

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
Diskless System

Features

Features
USP
- Fastest Read / Write (70 / 50MB/s)
- Storing up to 8TB, BD archiving up to 50GB
- N/W ODD play and SW installation

Ease of Use
- Easy remote access set-up (Step by step Router & N/W Set-up): FW Update
- DDNS support (Easy & free)
- Easy management by User friendly Web Ul (FW Update)
- MAC 10.x/ Linux compatible (Timemachine)
- Public link
- Hot swap
- Thumb nail view

Smart Management/ ECO Friend
- Near silent
- Monitoring & Self diag. for SVC
- Energy star 5
- Disk Quota
- Auto sync

Media Server
- Download Server (Bittorrent)
- iTunes server
- Web server (FW Update)

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 3/27/2012 1:06:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWhat a disappointment...

Pros: Works great in a workgroup
great raid abilities and data backup
blu-ray burner

Cons: No/Poor support from LG
Does not integrate with AD on a Domain, even though LG says it does.
No support for 2008 R2 or 2003 R2

Other Thoughts: If I could do it all over again, I would avoid LG products at all cost but since its been over a year I am stuck with it and its not in the budget to get a new one till next year at least.

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  • Stephen G.
  • 3/6/2012 2:56:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsScary

Pros: Worked good for nearly 2 years.

Cons: Suddenly failed after working well for two years. Gave me an invalid volume error. Tech support said the drives I was using were not recommended (bottom line: No Tech Support). But when I bought it and installed my drives they were not on the "bad" list. I am yet to see a list of non-recommended drives that has mine listed. I read a recent support entry from LG staff that said almost any SATA drive would work and mine worked for quite a while. Actually I think the system failed in some other way and I'm not getting good answers from Tech support with a very critical problem.

Other Thoughts: What is really scary is that I thought I had an almost foolproof backup with Raid 5. And now it looks like all my data is gone. When you have over 5 TB of data it is hard to find another back up for that. I thought that Raid 5 was all the redundancy I needed, but the unit itself is a single point failure.

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  • Nicholas F.
  • 1/25/2012 6:56:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little storage box.

Pros: Fast! About 70Mb/s transfer rate.
Easy Setup
Works with an NT Domain.

Cons: Price was a lil high.

Other Thoughts: Bought this for work. Threw in 4 2TB Drives and set it up. So far so good. We have had it for about 3 months and it is almost full. Copying files to and from are much faster than my old NAS.

Setup was a little confusing because of the Japanese to English translated manual. But other than that, no issues at all.

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  • William F.
  • 1/6/2012 12:20:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBeauty and the Beast

Pros: Beautiful looks. High quality chassis. FAST file transfers (50-60 mbps). Supports jumbo frames. BD drive for offsite backups. Active Directory integration. Provides some useful network services such as DHCP.

Cons: Beastly GUI. Spelling errors in GUI and manual. Badly translated to English. The native file browser does not seem to understand the difference between moving and copying, in other words if you move a file or folder from within the NAS GUI, it copies the entire contents first, then deletes the original, rather than simply editing the file table.) Overall the interface is adequate, but limited in options and not intuitive.

Other Thoughts: LG seems to be publishing firmware updates regularly on their website and have revamped the GUI for some of their other NAS product lines so maybe there is hope that an update will make the interface a little less rough.

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  • Nicholas F.
  • 11/9/2011 7:23:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat lil NAS

Pros: Got this last week and so far, it is excellent. Loaded (4) 2TB drives in it. Took about 6-8 hours to be fully functional. Once all was loaded we have started moving all of our storage to it. I think its fast at about 80MB/s but our old nas had SATA1 drives attached to it, so anything is faster than that.

Cons: I would say the manual. I read the initial startup procedure incorrectly and got some weird error on startup. You can tell it is pooly translated from japan.

Other Thoughts: Great lil box, have it mounted on a rack in a closet that no one knows about so its good for another backup solution.

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  • Chris S.
  • 10/21/2011 11:26:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsdoesn't detect in Windows 7

Pros: Looks sleek, easy to install drives, good security.

Cons: I have this connected to my network and even with the software installed, it fails to get recognized. The LCD reads "Checking LGNAS". I am using windows 7 so maybe its a windows problem. Will likely return if I cannot get it to work over the weekend.

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  • Laurence W.
  • 8/2/2011 9:57:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMost features done well

Pros: Blu-Ray disc burner

DLNA support works fairly well and supports most major file types.

Transmission Torrent client is lightweight but gets the job done

Initial setup is simple and automatically configures a RAID 5 volume with 4 disks.

Firmware updates are simple

Very quiet and LCD brightness is adjustable.

Cons: Have had zero luck getting the DLNA service to play MKV files. The DLNA configuration has no support for tuning quality of playback. Only 5 specific folders allowed for sharing in DLNA.

No support for AFP in Lion yet due to DHCAST128. You will need to hack a plist in Preferences as a workaround.

Other Thoughts: I had some issues with permissions when I initially set up the volumes. I could not write to certain locations until resetting the permissions within the admin gui. I haven't had any other problems with things working as expected.

I have not done a ton of read/writes to give a review on the comparative speed.

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  • Craig S.
  • 7/12/2011 5:54:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood device at a good price

Pros: Less expensive than most 4 bay NAS. Runs very quiet, fairly easy to set up. Attractive design, well built unit. Set mine up a couple months back, been solid as a rock since.

DLNA support added by recent firmware update. Torrent and backup tools are up to the task.

Cons: Decent transfer speed, but not quite the bump you would expect for a NAS using an atom. Still cheaper than anything else I have found with equivalent performance.

Ajax interface could use some work when accessing the NAS over the internet, havent been able to get the LG NAS android app to connect to browse files from the phone.

USB and eSata ports on NAS cannot be used to backup NAS to an external drive, are only 1 way ports to backup from the external drive to the NAS.

LG tech support is mediocre to poor and documentation is few and far between. NAS security is not top notch

Other Thoughts: Great unit for my purposes, but probably not for everyone.

Web Interface DOES not accept special characters in passwords, also does not alert you that it will not work. The device will let you set a password with special characters, and then you cannot sign in. The only way to reset a password without signing into the web interface is to reinitialize the device. Any password you are using to access a NAS share from windows can have special characters, but the account to sign into the configuration page cannot.

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  • Kenneth K.
  • 12/27/2010 7:08:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate to previous review

Pros: This is an update to a previous review of my own that I forgot to mention.
Super fast networking!
Super quiet fan even when hammering it when encoding home movies. (HD Camcorder is a space hog before and after encoding. Hope my rotten kids appreciate this later in life...probably not)

Cons: Price
FTP is significantly slower then using it's built in AJAXplorer.
No DLNA support, yet.

Other Thoughts: I have this thing mapped to my XP machine as a local drive. The write speed is 77 MB/sec as tested by ATTO drive benchmark. The read speed is around 83 MB/sec. This is not much slower then my PC's 7200RPM RAID0 drives at 97 and 102 respectively. I could actually use this to virtualize a server on my network at this speed.
This transfer speed is literally 10 times faster then a competitors dual drive NAS that I bought for work. I know it doesn't make sense, cheaper for the home (usually). You pay for quality and this thing is about the same price as others without the BluRay drive. Not to mention the drive cages remind me of my work SAN cages. Makes me think I have a $25K SAN in my house.

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  • Anthony B.
  • 11/3/2010 8:34:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Quiet, fast, easy startup

Cons: No DLNA! hope LG releases a firmware upgrade..
Torrent software seems buggy - slow torrent downloads and overloading of the subnet when running.
Documentation sparse and Tech support difficulties..

Manufacturer Response:

The button on the bottom left of the torrent menu will slow down downloads and uploads, this may help.

Additional suppport is available at lgknowledgebase.com

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