Joined on 02/15/05
A Month+ Later...
Pros: I've had my N2100 over a month now. It continues chugging along and happily storing backup data and serving up iTunes. I use SecondCopy that copies changed (datetime) files at low priority to the unit mounted as a share. Lately I noticed SC copying more files than it should have...
Cons: The unit lost all track of time and went back to the year 2000 (wouldn't we all like to). It continued saving files but was storing datetime info that Windows didn't care for, so *some* files/folders would show a blank where the mod date & time should have been. The unit was sluggish on the web admin interface (but not the SMB share interface), and would not reboot. It would also not power down until I yanked the plug. When it re-booted, date and time was exactly correct again. Kernel issue (not firmware) - I reported it to them.
Overall Review: I cut 4 - 2" pieces of dense foam pipe insulation for feet and this works great. No more vibration noise transmitted from the disks.
Quirky then died
Pros: Quite easy to set up and configure, latest DOCSIS spec. Has immediate disconnect button if the modem is nearby.
Cons: No password protection, Vonage router does not work directly behind it (DHCP issue), and has a bizarre notion of how DHCP should work. When link is not up the modem does not respond to the HTTP admin interface. Had to power-cycle reboot about once a week.
Overall Review: After 4 months, mine finally died. There's a fair amount of good reviews here, but after having used Linksys then Surfboard, I'm going back to Linksys. NoMo Moto!
Pros: Good mechanical design. Installation would have been brainless if I had realized that the SATA drives mated directly to the carrier; NO CABLES ARE REQUIRED. Knowing that, mechanical install is a 2-minute task. An earlier review said there was no read-only provision in the ACL, but there is now (they must be watching this thread). Get the firmware from Thecus.com - flash upgrade was a snap. See below for thoughts on disk setup. Overall, excellent product and, yes, they WOULD fly off the shelves like Birkenstocks at $xxx a pop.
Cons: Need soft rubber feet to dampen the spindle vibration. Should disallow setting up of folders, or services that create folders (FTPd, iTunes) while RAID is building. I think this messed me up on the first go-around.
Overall Review: I used two WD 250Gb drives. The RAID-1 build took about 90 mins and I set up folders and ACLs while that was happening. Nothing worked, so had to remove RAID, disable all services, re-build RAID-1, and be patient. When it was done I set up directories and services and everything worked perfect.
Sweet & Clean
Comments: This mobo has the maturity and track record to give you good confidence and the youth to kick good booty. Documentation is thin because it can be. Haven't built systems in 3 years and built 4 all at once last month (only one was this board). Found everything to be straightforward. Glad I found NewEgg and the great people that offer serious comments on this stuff. I'd buy this one again in a minute.