Model: LG N2R1DD2 2TB Super Multi NAS with DVD Rewriter
Manufacturer: LG Electronics
Provided By: LG Electronics USA

LG Electronics has been a leader in the industry for nearly 50 years. Since the introduction of their first radio in 1959, the company has grown to become one of the world's top electronics manufacturers, offering everything from large home appliances to tiny mobile phones. LG is no stranger to the storage industry either. Working closely with companies like Hitachi, they've lead the way in this area, developing and manufacturing a wide range of optical storage products, including the industry's first "Super-Multi" drives.

Earlier this year, LG introduced its first networked attached storage device, the N4B1. Along with support for multiple RAID configurations, this four-bay NAS offered features like built in FTP, print and iTunes music servers as well as the ability to automatically download data from memory cards and USB storage devices. What really made the N4B1 stand out though was its built-in Blu-ray rewriter. This drive not only served as a secondary storage medium, it made it possible to share a BD, DVD or CD among many users by creating a virtual disc library.

This fall, LG unveiled a pair of two-bay NAS devices, the N2R1 and N2B1. These consumer-oriented storage systems offer many of the same features found on the N4B1 including support for various RAID levels, one touch USB/memory card backup and the ability to burn your data to DVD or, in the case of the N2B1, Blu-ray Disc. The N2R1 and N2B1 also include a number of new features like support for Apple's Time Machine, folder-based mirroring, DLNA media streaming, torrent file sharing and the ability to burn discs and play movies over the network using iSCSI.

For this review, LG sent us the N2R1DD2. While lacking the Blu-ray rewriter found on the N2B1, it came equipped with a pair of 1TB hard drives.

   LG N2R1DD2 2TB Super Multi NAS with DVD Rewriter
General Specifications
Number of HDD Bays 2
Interface SATA II
Date Transfer Rate 3Gb/s
Recommended HDD Capacity 250GB, 500GB, 750GB, 1.0TB, 1.5TB
Supported RAID Levels 0, 1, JBOD, 1 + JBOD, Individual
CPU Marvell 88F6192 800MHz
SDRAM 1024Mbits
Memory Bus 16bit / DDR2 (400MHz)
Flash Memory 1024Mbits
Operating System Embedded Linux (Kernel 2.6)
Client OS Support Windows, Mac OS X and Linux

Super-Multi DVD Re-Writer
Supported Media DVD / CD
Writing Speed DVD (16x Max.) / CD (40x Max.)
Reading Speed DVD (16x Max.) / CD (48x Max.)
Interface SATA

LAN Interface
Number of Ports 1
Connector Type RJ-45
Data Transfer Rates 10 / 100 / 1000 Mbps

USB Interface
Number of Ports 1 Top, 2 Rear
Connector Type USB Type A
Standard Compliance USB 2.0
Data Transfer Rates 480Mbps (High Speed Mode)
12Mbps (Full Speed Mode)

e-SATA Interface
Number of Ports 1
Data Transfer Rate 3Gb/s

Other Interface
Memory Card Reader 4 in 1 (SD, MMC, MS, xD)

Network File Services
Transport Protocol TCP/IP
Management HTTP/HTTPS
Time Syncronization NTP
Network Options DHCP or Static IP

Misc Features
Built-In Backup Server
Built-In FTP Server
Network Print Server
Active Directory Support (Windows 2000 or higher)
iTunes Music Server
Dynamic DNS Support
Torrent P2P File Sharing
WebDAV Webserver File Management
DLNA Digital Media Center
One Touch ODD Backup
One Touch USB/Memory Copy and Synchronized Backup
USB Auto Sync Backup
Apple Time Machine Support
Folder-Based HDD Mirroring
Journaled File System

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what LG's Super-Multi NAS has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take an in-depth look at the N2R1DD2's features and then put it through its paces to see how it performs. Does LG's new NAS have what it takes? Keep reading as we find out.

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