Date: November 14th, 2008
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Sans Digital
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Hard drive trays are also constructed of aluminum like the rest of the unit. Screws are included to attach the tray to the drive so it can then be inserted into the bay. I will be installing three 500GB Western Digital SATA drives in the NAS. Once drives are installed and all necessary cables plugged in, the system can be powered up.
Inserting the utility CD brings up a splash screen with several options. A detailed manual in PDF format is on the disc and I would recommend looking it over to become familiar with the product before setting it up. To begin configuration, click on the NAS Finder button.
The NAS Finder will open up a DOS window and scan the network. When I ran it, it instantly found the NAS and reported back with its IP address. You can assign a static IP from this window if you wish, or reboot or turn off the system.
The login page is accessed by typing the IP of the NAS into a browser window (both IE and Firefox are supported). At the bottom is the login box. The default ID and password are provided in the quick start manual and can be changed to increase security.
After logging in, the main administration page breaks down all functions into three major groups. We'll go over each one individually, but first, here are the descriptions of each category taken straight from the manual:
Manage – Manage network setting, volume setting, user account setup and configurations, and MN4L+ server status monitoring.
Backup Mirror and Restore – Manage Snapshot & NAS-to-NAS Failover/Mirroring Settings.
Update – Update MN4L+ unit with the latest patch. Also for Reboot or input New License Key.
The “Manage” category is where all configurations take place, including networking. A static or DHCP address can be assigned (default is DHCP) and for larger networks, Microsoft Active Directory authentication is supported. Sans Digital didn't forget about Unix and Apple users either - if your network has workstations running either of those operating systems, simply enable the NFS or AFP services, respectively.