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Patriot Javelin S4 Media Server Review

Started by: hansschulze | Date 02/21/12 01:54:09 AM
Comments: 140 | Last Comment:  09/01/16 05:45:09 PM


I have had the Javelin since late 2011, and find that some features work ok, some don't work well enough to be included in a software release. Perf is very decent, jumbo packets works for me too on GigE.

1) You cannot change the type of raid of a drive, ie to clone the main drive which is malfunctioning, you have to remove it, install the new one, resetup many things (first drive stores some info), then copy the stuff from the old drive to the new one. You can't simply turn on mirroring.

2) The unit cannot tolerate drives that spin down/up too slowly because it's timeout is constant instead of adaptive. This means your drives will spin up, down, up, down if they are older drives.

3) Icons on the user interface have inconsistent hot spots, so clicking on a word or icon doesn't always activate that function

4) The folder infrastructure makes it difficult to have more than one drive, and easily keep track of what's on it by drive. You need to mess with the directory structure using the GUI to make volumes which show up in the share list. DLINK's VOLUME_X structure is much easier to administer, and easier to move things around when one folder needs to be moved from one drive to another.

5) Client access requires typing in a password every time that system boots. DLINK DNS323 uses a password, but doesn't ask it every time - WinXP caches that ok.

6) No software updates yet. Still version 1.00

7) If the system has any problem with one drive, everything slows down to a crawl. Unacceptable for the recovery process, as well as normal operation.

8) You need to root the unit and navigate Linux via telnet to be able to fix problems like interrupted SMB file copies (a Netgear router I have cancels DHCP leases clobering everything in progress).

9) Simple GUI stuff like changing the admin screen timeout aren't available. A modern router has fancier GUI software. I could probably suggest 10 improvements here.

10) The server backup/restore options need a serious high-level explanation of how they work. Sounds nice on a checklist, and the (I) button on the front, which is supposed to start something (not a power switch for the NAS!) doesn't seem to do anything.

11) The unit complains when a drive is over 90% every time it wakes up or boots, and sends you an email about each drive if you have email notification turned on. Cannot configure the percentage or whether or not to notify on this.

12) Rooting the unit doesn't let you to keep a password on the root account. It resets after each boot. So you have to disable rootkit to allow external secure access.

13) The one most knowledgable person on the forums hasn't posted any new technical posts in 6 months. That's bad.
0 0 [Posted by: hansschulze  | Date: 02/21/12 01:54:09 AM]

This NAS is the worst NAS I ever use. I bought one and four 1TB drives. Got everything setup pretty easily. After two days, the drives kept spinning but I would not access the NAS at all. I can't even use IE to access the management console. After a few powercycles, I was able to get into management console but it did not give any error other than powerup. I ended up lost some of my data. I took it back to where I bought it and exchange for another one. This time, I bought additional 3TB drive. After everything seem to be working fine. I moved most of my data over to the new NAS with new 3TB drive. The damn thing having the same issue again. I lost most of my data. Other thing I experience with this NAS is after it rebooted, the configuration (permission and sharing protocol) are back to default, read-write all. I called Patriot and left a voicemail for support and no response what so ever.
0 0 [Posted by: nthmonkey  | Date: 08/03/12 12:47:32 PM]


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