LG N2A2 NAS review

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I just posted the article LG N2A2 NAS review.

The market for Network Attached Storage devices (NAS) is continuously growing over the last years. There are more and more companies entering the market with their NAS products. This time we are taking a closer look at a home consumer NAS from LG Electronics, the LG N2A2 NAS with a capacity of 2TB, torrent, DLNA and much more.

Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/review/lg-n2a2-nas-review-61738/](http://www.myce.com/review/lg-n2a2-nas-review-61738/)

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#2

Nice review H3rB3i :flower: - looks pretty user-friendly, like most LG stuff I’ve come across with menus.

As the LG stuff I own has been pretty robust and well-made, it’d be interesting to see how well this NAS works a year or so from now. Price looks good as well :iagree:


#3

Hello H3rB3i,

nice review! I own the N2A2 for almost half a year now and I can say it works quite ok for its cost, but is not targeted at power users.

The configuration interface sometimes works slow and sometimes it doesn’t work at all, also there are some Chrome-related bugs.
Furthermore I find it strange that LG locked down the rsync functionality to their own devices because it was meant to be an open protocol.

I’m wondering whether you can post some more detailed photos of the mainboard? I’m wondering whether there is a JTAG port on it above the upper hard drive power cable (see http://www.myce.com/wp-content/images_reviews/reviews/LG_N2A2_NAS/image011.jpg)


#4

[QUOTE=wind-rider;2635337]Hello H3rB3i,

nice review! I own the N2A2 for almost half a year now and I can say it works quite ok for its cost, but is not targeted at power users.

The configuration interface sometimes works slow and sometimes it doesn’t work at all, also there are some Chrome-related bugs.
Furthermore I find it strange that LG locked down the rsync functionality to their own devices because it was meant to be an open protocol.

I’m wondering whether you can post some more detailed photos of the mainboard? I’m wondering whether there is a JTAG port on it above the upper hard drive power cable (see http://www.myce.com/wp-content/images_reviews/reviews/LG_N2A2_NAS/image011.jpg)[/QUOTE]

Hi wind-rider

thanks for your comments, I agree, it’s a very good NAS for the price.

I’m using the device about 6 month now and I didn’t find the problems you mentoin but I must admit that I don’t use the web ui most of the time. However, when using the web ui all ran smooth (also chrome).

Here you can find the requested picture in full resolution, it’s not really good, so if you want a better one just let me know :wink:


#5

Thanks for posting that image!

It’s a pity they didn’t write next to the connections what they are for… How do you think they flash the initial firmware on the board?


#6

Nice. Judging from the screenshots it uses Transmission as a torrent client, which is a very good thing. It has nice features including a bandwith throttler for defined times. You should test if Transmission Remote works on it.


#7

[QUOTE=wind-rider;2635381]Thanks for posting that image!

It’s a pity they didn’t write next to the connections what they are for[/quote]

indeed but only LG must know what they are for :wink:

… How do you think they flash the initial firmware on the board?

Not really an idea, but I found an additional unused connector for a flat cable on the underside of the board, if you look closer onto it you’ll see the connection from the assumed JTAG connector to that one.

however, I guess the flash the initial firmware via this connector. It not used and it’s on the underside of the board, so you can easily access it just by removing the case of the NAS.

another pic from the underside


#8

[QUOTE=Mr. Belvedere;2635415]Nice. Judging from the screenshots it uses Transmission as a torrent client, which is a very good thing. It has nice features including a bandwith throttler for defined times. You should test if Transmission Remote works on it.[/QUOTE]

thanks for the tip Mr.B. I’ll probably give it a try ;).


#9

[QUOTE=H3rB3i;2635433]thanks for the tip Mr.B. I’ll probably give it a try ;).[/QUOTE] Even XBMC has a transmission plugin, so you could watch stuff from your NAS on XBMC and in the same time check out if your NAS is torrenting ok.


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[QUOTE=H3rB3i;2635431]indeed but only LG must know what they are for :wink:

Not really an idea, but I found an additional unused connector for a flat cable on the underside of the board, if you look closer onto it you’ll see the connection from the assumed JTAG connector to that one.

however, I guess the flash the initial firmware via this connector. It not used and it’s on the underside of the board, so you can easily access it just by removing the case of the NAS.

another pic from the underside[/QUOTE]

Thanks to your hint, I found four connections with interesting names close to the flatcable connector:

[ul]
[li]3.3V[/li][li]GND[/li][li]TXD[/li][li]RXD[/li][/ul]

Can you see if the rightmost connection (in the separate “white inked box”) of the group on http://upload.cdfreaks.com/H3rB3i/N2A2_MB.jpg is connected to 3.3V somehow?
From your shared photos I could see that the other three connections are linked to GND, TXD and RXD.

Edit: according to http://archlinuxarm.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=1323, probably the 3.3V connection is not even needed.


#11

Nice review H3rB3i and that’s certainly an affordable/interesting unit.

[B]Wombler[/B]


#12

I have an android tablet. I forwarded 49815. But my tablet does not find the Nas.
Are there more or other settings I should do?
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