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External Devices

The 2big NAS allows connecting devices via its USB 2.0 and eSATA ports. It supports external hard disks with the following file systems: FAT32, NTFS, EXT2, EXT3, EXT4 and HFS+. It can work with multiple partitions, each of which will be represented as an individual network resource. Unfortunately, you can’t change their access rights: every user can read and write files. As the only available setup option, you can choose network protocols. The external device can be turned off safely by clicking a button in the NAS’s web-interface.

You can increase the number of USB ports by means of a USB hub. A print-server can be established by connecting a USB printer, but the NAS doesn’t work with all-in-ones and cannot get feedback from the printer.

A UPS can be connected to the USB port, too, so that the NAS is safely shut down when the UPS’s battery charge is low. The compatibility list can be found on the manufacturer’s website.

System Settings

As we’ve mentioned above, the NAS can automatically check for firmware updates. It doesn’t offer standard configuration management settings, though. You cannot save, restore or reset its configuration. There is no option to turn it off, either. Thus, the system settings include system clock, reboot, system log, email notifications and the downloading of detailed log files for tech support. The standard system log isn’t very detailed. If you want to reset the NAS to its factory settings, you have to use the front-panel button following the procedure described in the user manual.

The 2big NAS can switch into deep sleep mode in which the hard disks and processor are turned off to minimize power consumption. This mode is enabled by pressing a button while waking up can be accomplished via WoL technology. You can specify the time period for each day of the week during which the NAS must be in deep sleep.

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