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 NAS from LG Electronics, who kindly provided the LG N2A2DD2 NAS system for review. The N2A2 is aimed for the home consumer market, has an affordable price and should help the home user to easily share its photos, video, music and other content in the home network. Besides this, the device offers some more really nice features, such as an integrated iTunes server, print server, torrent downloader, access over the internet or home monitoring via a USB webcam.
The LG NAS series also includes devices with integrated DVD or Blu-ray burners. However, in this review we will have a closer look on a plain NAS device without any optical drive included.
LG Electronics company information
LG is a well-known brand in the consumer electronics market and most of you know their product range, but all of you who want more information of the company can find it on their website.
The LG N2A2DD2 NAS System
Now it’s time to take a look at the device itself and what it came shipped with.
N2A2 NAS hardware.
Let’s take a closer look at the hardware.
The device comes with a quick installation guide, a power supply, a software CD and a LAN cable.
The N2A2 NAS device and additional equipment
The device itself is a non-spectacular, but stylish looking compact unit. It looks user-friendly, but offers some powerful features, on which we will have a closer look later in this review.
N2A2 front view
The front of the device has a plastic moulding that resembles brushed Aluminium. The USB 2.0 port can be used to connect an external drive and by pushing the backup button above, you can easily backup your data on-the-fly. We also find 4 white LEDs for the indication of power, network activity and for the activity of the internal HDDs.
N2A2 side view
Back view with USB port, LAN connector, power button and connector
On the underside we can see some vent openings for better air circulation and the type label.
N2A2 type label
A closer look at the type label shows us that the NAS was produced in December 2010 in China.
When looking closer at the device, we see that there is no way to easily replace the 2 hard-drives of the LG N2A2 NAS device, not that they are not changeable, but it’s rather difficult since you would have to open the device to achieve this aim.
Let’s head to the next page where we take a look at the features of the LG N2A2 NAS.