SilverStone DC01: An Entry Into The Linux NAS Market
Written by Michael Larabel in Peripherals on 23 August 2011. Page 2 of 3. 12 Comments

SilverStone uses an embedded Linux distribution on the NAND flash memory to power the device. This embedded Linux support provides support for FTP/FTPS, Samba, NFS, Bonjour, iTunes, WebDAV, DLNA, CUPS printing, USB mass storage, and a VPN client. This device and its software stack is also IPv6 ready. When installing an internal hard drive, EXT3/EXT4 are the file-system options while the Linux stack for any external USB/eSATA drives can be EXT2, EXT3, XFS, NTFS. FAT16, FAT32, and HFS.

Integrated into the system is also a Bit Torrent client, FTP/HTTP download manager, and even an address book. There is also a file manager, media player, and social network integration with Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr. The Linux media player supports a majority of the proprietary media codecs, including MP3, SWF, AVI, MP4, and H264.

Accessing the SilverStone DC01 can be done using any modern web browser. The web-based user-interface for the device is quite nice and is quite different from the web interfaces we are used to seeing on most network storage devices. The DC01 interface is certainly inspired by Mac OS X with a similar default theme and comes complete with a similar launcher at the bottom of the browser window.

From the web interface the disk manager can be accessed, all of the photos / videos / music, the download manager, and other features of this low-power Linux server. The DC01 can also handle serving as a printer server for a LAN. The disk manager supports setting up disk partitions, RAID, and accessing the S.M.A.R.T. information for devices. The firmware for the device can also be easily updated from the web interface.


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