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LinkSys Cisco Media Hub 405

LinkSys Cisco Media Hub 405

The Unit

First impressions clearly depict that great build quality has been a prime consideration during the development phase. Cisco components tend to always be built to last and this is no exception, on the front of this sleek unit you will find a neon blue illuminated power button and below is the front USB and 6in1 card reader with support for CF/MD/MS/SD/XD/MMC memory cards (400 series only).

Above the power button are the cursors to control options for the 1.8” 176×200 64k colour LCD display (400 series only). As standard all of the hubs are supplied with a 10/100/1000 network port allowing that extra throughput for streaming larger HD files and keeping transfer times to the and from the device at a minimum. The hubs Dimensions are 7.80" x 4.37" x 6.61" (198 x 111 x 168 mm).

On the top of the unit is a small button that releases a hatch where the Hard disks are stored, whichever model you choose at present only one drive is supplied – either a 500Gb or 1TB Western Digital SATA Green-power however you can add an addition drive internally in the spare second slot. This can be configured as either a RAID 1 (mirrored) redundant solution or simply as JBOD to increase storage capacity. Another feature for expanding storage is to utilise the rear USB port to add an additional external USB drive of any size giving you plenty of room for the future.

Installation is simple, once out of the box connect the power supply, attach the Ethernet cable and you are ready to install the software. A great number of people discard the installation CD for network appliances as it is generally more software to bloat your system, but in this case it’s a good idea to install the small amount of software as it makes configuration simple and straightforward.

Additionally if you want to take advantage of the simple backup solution (which we will detail later in the review) the software is necessary. With the CD inserted it is simply a case of following the on screen instructions, set your password for the unit, name it, then select which media items you wish to sync with the Media Hub. A really simple procedure, even for novices.

There are a few ways to access the data stored on the media server, firstly on installation of the software it automatically sets a virtual/network drive of your choice that is mapped to the media hub as to treat it as a standard NAS solution. The second option is to connect via FTP which is a great way to securely access the unit externally. This requires however that port 21 has been correctly forwarded through any firewall.

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