I recently ran out of network storage in my home office, so decided to purchase another NAS. Having previously used the Iomega iStor range, I thought I’d go for a change – and what with LG being such a brand name, I ended up purchasing an LG N2A2.

On the surface, an very nice bit of kit.

Looks good, is damn near silent, seems to use next to no power (power saving mode actually works on it). The initial setup software is pretty good too – if you remember to switch off your firewall (no mention of that in the help …)

But I’ve got a few things I’m not so keen on:

Firmware upgrades, apparently, wipe the machine – not that I’ve tried yet.

The help guide in the web based admin console is rather … strange. Obviously translated – poorly.

Some mid level functionality missing, which I would expect – such as iSCSI and the ability to clear its internal “trashbox” automatically.

No support for domain joining, or NTFS permissions

The unit is obviously based on Linux / FreeBSD, so these omissions to me are rather nuts – all this has been available in core distributions for years, and now works out of the box on many other NAS devices at this level…