tony a wrote:
thanks graham and mike - i wondered about the memory - could not see it being onboard - clever to add another slot but cannot see the point
has some sort of a processor - or looks to have - or is that all part of the original nas - am a little confused as to how to add the unlock code - i thought that changed as you changed hardware - especially a network card - so setting the drive up in a remote pc and then moving it to that would surely change the unlock code - or am i missing something
looks useful without Naslite as a network drive -but i doubt it would work with vista which is where naslite would come into its own
Hi Tony. Yep, that's a processor. It's actually a Cyrix 200MHz. Affectively the whole thing is a very small stripped-down PC but with no video, keyboard, mouse etc connections. Natively, as sold by Netgear, it had a Linux operating system that installed on a small partition and ran with a timny memory foot print, and used the rest of the hard disk for data sharing. Sounds familiar, right? Of course, because that's exactly what NASLite does, albeit in a more up-to-date OS. Fortunately NASLite is so small and efficient that it's able to run with minimal hardware, hence old kit like the Netgear remains relevant (though with a relatively slow 100Mbps network interface).
If you were to remove the original hard disk with Netgear's OS on it and simply put another hard disk in, nothing would happen at all. Just like your PC, it needs the OS (apologies if you already know all this!)
Basically what we have done is install NASLite on a similar spec PC so that the appropriate drivers etc load up when we put the disk in the Netgear.
I can see no problem with using Vista on your network as NASLite shares it files by Samba (among others) which Vista will be able to "see" (to put it crudely) in exactly the same way as sharing data from Vista with other on your network.
Once you install NASLite, the Telnet and HTTP services run, so you can access the Netgear to put your unlock codes etc in which in turn unlocks Samba/NFS/CIFS etc, so there isn't an issue. I think I was rushing when I said I put it in whilst the disk was still in my PC (I'm going from my memory of an install some weeks ago!)
Hope that helps.
As an aside, I've just been comparing the cost of buying a Netgear ND508, naslite HDD and a hard disk. I think it works out quite favourably unless you are after something with more than one disk and/or gigabit ethernet. Mine runs alongside a Icy Box NAS901 and frankly the Netgear beats the pants off the Icy Box, and cost about the same to buy and kit out with disks.
All in all it's been a bit of fun, but nowhere near as flexible as putting NASLite on an old spare PC.