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External Devices

The StorCenter px6-300d has three USB ports. The front-panel one is version 3.0 while the other two are 2.0. You can connect the following types of peripherals to them: external disks, digital cameras, printers, UPSes, Bluetooth controllers. USB hubs can be used to connect more peripherals concurrently.

Multiple partitions can be accessed on external disks. They can be formatted as FAT, EXT2/3/4, NTFS or HFS+. Each partition becomes automatically accessible as a shared folder. You can change its name and access rights (this information is retained even after the disk has been re-plugged). FTP-based connection only works with the original name of the external disk. You can turn off external disks safely from the web-interface (make sure there are no open documents).

The Picture Transfer Protocol is supported for copying images from digital cameras automatically into a predefined folder. The NAS creates subfolders with names corresponding to dates from EXIF. Copied files can be removed from the camera or left intact.

USB-printers connected to the NAS can be accessed from Windows, Mac OS and other OSes if they support SMB or IPP. As usual, it is impossible to check out the level of ink or toner.

The manufacturer’s website doesn’t offer compatibility lists of printers and UPSes. According to the documentation, when you connect a UPS, the NAS will be able to monitor power supply and shut down safely if necessary. This feature has no LAN-based options.

By connecting a Bluetooth adapter you can enable the NAS to receive any files wirelessly. You can specify a device name, PIN code, and a folder for storing files.

System Settings

The system status page offers you information about firmware version, system memory amount, network address, disk status (including the size of shared folders) and hardware (voltage, fan speed, temperature). It also provides links to rebooting or shutting the NAS down. It is on this page that you can check out the status of RAIDs as they are being rebuilt (you can use the dot-matrix display for that purpose, too).

The event log is quite detailed. Besides downloading the whole document in CSV format, you can make the NAS send email notifications. You can use the NAS’s built-in SMTP server for that and only specify a recipient’s address. The email language can be changed in the settings. The NAS supports SNMP for corporate applications.

The power management options are limited to turning HDDs off after a period of inactivity (from 5 minutes to 1 hour). A firmware update option is available. You can check out for new versions right from the web-interface if you’ve got Internet connection. Saving and restoring the current NAS configuration is not possible. Resetting it to the factory defaults can be accompanied with a quick or full removal of user data.

The integrated clock can be set up manually or automatically.

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