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09/01/2006 The YES Box N2100 is the friendly NAS device that packs excellent data management features in its diminutive casing. The folks from Australian PC Authority Magazine recently had the opportunity to test the YES Box, and after putting it through its paces, editors were impressed with its design, ease-of-use, and overall flexibility.

Flexibility and ease-of-installation are some of the great features of the YES Box N2100: "The plastic housing offers two internal 3.5in bays for SATA/SATA2 hard disks. We tested with two 500GB Seagate drives worth $870. JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks) is supported, or you can opt for a RAID 0 (striped) or RAID 1 (mirrored) array for speed or data security, respectively. That provides enough flexibility for even hardcore video-editing requirements. Installing the disks is a simple matter of removing two screws from the rear of the unit and then accessing the internal cage, which lifts in and out with ease."

Setting up the N2100 is a breeze: "A setup wizard guides you through the discover and configuration process, after which the YES Box can be administered from the internal Web server, which also provides comprehensive status information, including temperatures and fan speeds, as well as emailing alerts. Navigating to its IP address brings you to an interface where public and private folders can be viewed or created. Files accessed in this way can only be browsed, downloaded, or uploaded, with private folders requiring a logon. The interface also includes a picture gallery, creating thumbnail pages for subfolders containing images, and a similar option for browsing MP4, AAC, or WAV files. User access privileges can be set via SMB/CIFS user and group protocols. Access through Internet Explorer doesn't require any client software."

The conclusion: "With more products appearing at the lower end of the market, the YES Box manages to fill a useful niche between these and higher-end offerings. The level of user access control is impressive and the removable nature of the disks, as well as the ease with which it can be expanded through USB, provides fantastic flexibility. It's certainly not the cheapest way to get NAS, but if you're after the scalability it's a good option."

For the full review, check out the September 2006 issue of Australian PC Authority Magazine.
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