Bytecc Landisk - DIY NAS

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Bytecc Landisk - DIY NAS
Configuration and Setup
Usage, Testing and Conclusion

Product: Bytecc Landisk ME-850 Enclosure
Price: ~ $90 CDN Online

Introduction:

Along with big city living, comes small living spaces for those just starting out. When I first moved to “the big city” I traded my 1400 sq ft duplex for a 510 sq ft apartment. Long story short, the “server closet” had to go. If you’re looking to replace your server machine or machines with something a little quieter, less intrusive, and with a much smaller footprint, you need look no further than a Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliance.

With plenty of NAS appliances on the market today ranging in price from a few hundred to many thousands of dollars, it can be hard to find a modest device that suites your needs. Today we will take a look at a low cost, efficient way to do away with your server closet, and set up a NAS appliance with existing drives from your servers.

The Landisk by BYTECC is a great solution for replacing an old server that had one drive. With a footprint of 2.4 inches by 6.9 inches ( 6cm x 17.5cm ) it is approximately the same size as a hardcover novel, and uses any IDE drive up to 500 GB this is an appealing solution. Even nicer, it comes in under $100.

First Look:

Network connection method

Available network environment
100BASE-TX/10BASE-T
Connection type: RJ-45
 

Supporting Protocol

TCP/IP, NBNS (Net BIOS Name Server), Microsoft Networks (CIFS/SMB), HTTP 1.0 and HTML 2.0, DHCP Server/Client (Auto detection), SNTP Client and Telnet Server

IP Acquisition Method

Automatic/Manual

System Time

Supporting NTP (Network Time Protocol Server)

Supporting Hard Disk Transmission Specification

Ultra ATA / 133
*To ensure data transmission efficiency, LANDISK must use hard disk that supports Ultra DMA.

Partition Configuration

FAT32
*Up to 4GB Single File System Support!

Product Dimension

60(W) x 175(D) x 195(H) mm

Weight

950g (Exclude hard disk)

Safety Specification

FCC, CE, BSMI

Hardware:

The setup for the unit was extremely easy. Included in the box was the device itself, a power cable, a 6 ft network cable, and a 12V 2A power supply. The drive enclosure is held closed by 2 screws, making getting into the drive compartment quick and easy. Inside the enclosure is extremely strait forward, 1 Molex connector, 1 IDE connector, and 4 HDD screws later and you are re attaching the back plate and plugging the unit into your network.

Landisk Front & Back
 Landisk Front & Back

Inside
 Inside

Software:

This is probably the nicest part of this device. Unlike other single drive, low price NAS solutions, there is no software to install, the entire admin and configuration interface is web based (Firefox 1.0+ or IE 5.0+ Required). From your favorite web browser simply type “landisk” in as a URL and press enter, and assuming your router is set with default DNS settings, you will get the admin login. From the admin panel, you can control the two different ways to connect to the appliance, FTP and Windows share (via Samba). You can create new directories on the drive, assign different privileges to different FTP users you have set up, or password protect Windows shares.

On the next page we'll configure the device and get going.