Does anyone have any information on the N2200Plus? I have not been able to find any reviews. All the reviews I can find are for the original N2200 and these are not very good as they all say the N2200 is slow and the software buggy.
The only differences between the two models I can see are:
OXFord 810DSE 367MHZ v Cavium ECONA CNS3420 SOC 600MHz (Dual-Core)
4MB parallel flash memory v 64MB flash memory
GbE x 1 v GbE x 2
USB 2.0 x4 v USB 2.0 x2
External power adapter, 60W v External power adapter, 36W
The faster processor should speed things up a bit. But why the lower spec'd power supply?
I'm interested in the N2200Plus as it is priced right for me but I'd like to see some reviews or feedback.
Ok, I bought one and have been playing with it for a few days now. My first impressions were not good as it did not boot up with a fixed IP address but took one from my DHCP server. The setup utility also failed to work but I think that was down to a configuration change I introduced.
Once I had overcome this problem and manually configured the N2200Plus, it is a very good system. Network throughput is faster than the N2100. A 1GB file took 8 minutes to copy from the NAS to my Mac on a 100 Mb network.
While I am very pleased with the unit, there are a few things which people need to be aware of:
o The temperature and network icons on the management interface don't work. o The management interface is pretty but rather slow. o Some management screens are confusing and could be improved. o There are no firmware updates available yet. o There are no user modules available yet. o The memory is fixed at 256 MB and not upgradable. o The User Manual is confusing in some places and could do with additional content. o 2TB disks are currently the maximum size supported.
2Tb in a raid array seems like a lot of disk space at the moment but will it be sufficient in a couple of years time?
On the plus side its quick, quiet and does what I need.
Regarding the modules on the official site www.thecus.com/sp_comlist.php I downloaded the N2200plus "Rsync backup module", and it turns out to be exactly the same as the N2200 module.
This suggests the N2200plus can use the same modules as N2200.
If you want to try out the N2200 user modules on thecus.nas-central.org/wiki/Category:N2200, I'd suggest the HELLOWORLD to test the module install/enable/disable/uninstall. It does not install any binaries. Then try ROOTCMD, as it also has no binaries. DROPBEAR is a bit more intrusive, I would check if the directory structures are similar enough first.
Thanks for the info. I have had a look at those modules and there's nothing there that I need or want right now. What I am looking for is something to allow me to monitor the temperatures of the CPU and HD's. The icon on the management page does not work. I'm a home user and we don't have air conditioning. Room temperatures are cool at the moment but they do get hot in the summer.
There was a module for the N2100 which logged temperature, fan RPM, CUP & memory utilisation to a log file. This would be ideal for the N2200Plus but I don't have the skill set to convert it or to create a new one.