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ZyXEL NSA320 Diskless System 2-Bay Power Media Server
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5 out of 5 eggs Great Value 04/29/2013

This review is from: ZyXEL NSA320 Diskless System 2-Bay Power Media Server

Pros: Overall, a good value, setup was easy with one gotcha (see below), speed is fine, worth the money.

Cons: Cheap looking and cheap feeling, documentation could be better.

Other Thoughts: I originally bought a Synology DS112j that I was VERY happy with. I returned it because it's very expensive and only had one drive bay. I bought this one instead for $75 less, and this one has two bays so I can RAID my disks. The Synology has a much cleaner, more intuitive admin console and just looks and feels like better quality. However, the ZyXEL, though it looks cheaper and has a more cluttered, less user friendly admin console, works perfectly well and I just don't think the Synology is worth more than twice as much. It's not THAT much better.

Here's one gotcha I ran into setting up the ZyXEL NSA320. I took the disk that I had in my Synology and put it into slot 1, and a second clean disk (same exact model) into slot 2. The ZyXEL started up, but never finished initializing, so the setup program was never able to recognize the NAS. Since I have spare disks, I took out the used disk from slot 1 and replaced it with a clean disk. I rebooted the NAS and it then worked as expected. The documentation doesn't mention this at all, but I could see this tripping many people up. I suspected it would be a problem so I knew what to try right away. But I am an IT professional - I do this stuff for a living - many others don't and this will cause them problems.

However, once you get past that, this box works as advertised. I only have it for a few hours but my first impression is very good.

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