Cavalry Storage CAND3001T0 1TB Network Drive ReviewNemo - February 4, 2009
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The CAND3001T0 comes with two 500GB drives already installed. That makes the installation process straightforward, as there's no need to open the enclosure. The first step is to connect one end of the included Ethernet cable to the unit with the other end going to your network device, such as a switch or router. The CAND3001T0 can connect to a network at 10/100/1000 Mbps. Connecting at gigabit (1000 Mbps) speeds requires a Category 5e or Category 6 cable, so it's nice to see the included cable is rated at Cat-5e. The next step is to connect the power cord to the external power supply and then plug the cord from the power supply to the back of the network drive. The power switch is a bit different as it is a momentary-contact rocker switch, meaning that after you press it to turn the power on, it returns to its original position. This is similar to how the power switch on a PC operates.
The next step is to run the setup utility off the included CD by inserting the CD in your PC's optical drive and choosing the "Run Setup Utility" option. This will bring up the NAS Setup Wizard screen. Once you click the Setup button the wizard will begin the discovery process that searches for any CAND network drives on your network. The default setting for the CAND3001T0 is to acquire an IP address using DHCP, so if your network has a DHCP server, such as a router, then it should come up with a default server name of GigaNAS, along with the network address information acquired from your DHCP server. If it can't pull an IP address from a DHCP server on the network, the software defaults the IP address to 192.168.1.1. Hitting the OK button takes you to Step 2 in the setup process, but first you'll have to enter the default password of "admin".
The next thing to define are the "IP Settings". On this page you can change the server name, which defaults to "giganas", to a name of your choosing. You can also accept the default IP address based on the DHCP settings or assign a static IP address by configuring it manually. For testing purposes, I will be using a direct connection to the test machine and choosing a static IP address of 192.168.1.32.
Clicking the Next button takes us to the third step in the setup process. On the "Date and Time" dialog you can set the time zone and the date and time for the unit. Once you have keyed in the correct settings it's time to move on to the final stage where all the new settings are saved to the unit.
Once you click the Next button, the setup wizard presents you with the "Settings Confirmation" page where you can review the old and new settings for accuracy before they are saved to the CAND3001T0. If you need to make any changes you can use the Back button to go to the previous pages to make corrections. Once you are comfortable with the changes, pressing the Save button brings up a final dialog where you confirm that you want to make the changes. Once you press the OK button, the settings are saved and you exit the setup process.
The CAND3001T0 comes with two 500GB drive pre-configured in a RAID-1 setup, so all you need to do to begin using the device is to point your computer to the location of the CAND3001T0 on the network. For example, in Windows, you can map a network drive using the server name you specified in the setup process (the default name is "Giganas") and use "\public" as the default share name.
Let's take a moment to examine the rest of the features offered by the unit via its web-based user interface.