Unslung It!

I have been pretty fortunate to be playing around with some cool hardware these days (thanks to my boss who keeps sending them to me). One of those lovely devices to come my way was the Linksys NSLU 2.

Its a great device if you want to add additional storage to your network. It can be easily managed via a browser interface. From the official  site “The Network Storage Link features built-in disk utilities, accessible through your web browser. You can format new disk drives, and scan drives for errors. The built-in backup program lets you schedule full, incremental, or synchronization backups of your network drives to the Network Storage Link, or vice versa. It will even send you an email message when a hard drive gets nearly full, completely full, or has an error.” The best part though about it is that there are 4 alternate open source firmwares available.

Each of these firmwares although different from each other and provide different functionalities have one thing in common, they are much better than the stock Linksys firmware. After a lot of trials I realized that the firmware best suited for my purpose was the Unslung firmware.

NSLU 2 with a Seagate Freeagent external drive

NSLU 2 with a Seagate Freeagent external drive

Web Interface for those that don't ssh.

Web Interface for those that don't ssh.