MicroNet MaxNAS 2.5TB Server ReviewNemo - November 27, 2009
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Once you have the hard drives installed and the unit connected to the network, you're ready to begin the setup process. After powering on the unit, the boot process takes less than a couple of minutes and the front LCD panel should report the unit is ready. As is typical of most NAS units, MicroNet provides a setup CD containing a discovery application that will locate the unit on the network. You will need to insert the CD in your optical drive and navigate to the setup application if you don't have autorun enabled on your PC. The setup program is located in the \Micronet Wizard folder and contains separate applications for Windows and Mac computers. Running the setup application will install the program on your computer – you can't run the wizard directly from the CD.
Running the setup program takes you through the typical process where you confirm the location and the fact you actually want to install the program. Once the installation is complete, you will see the Device Discovery window that will automatically try to locate the MaxNAS on your network – just make sure your PC and the unit are part of the same subnet and the program will report back with the name of the unit and the IP address. Since the unit is initially set up to get an IP address from your router or other DHCP sever, it should look like the first screenshot below. Once the discovery process finishes, you can click on the entry for the MaxNas in the window and click the Next button. Here it will ask you to log in to the system using the default user name and password, which is admin/admin. Again, you need to click the Next button to proceed to the next step where you can choose to allow the unit to automatically pull an IP address using DHCP or assign it a fixed IP address. I want to assign a static IP address so I clicked the Fixed IP radio button in the IP Type section and filled in the IP setting information. You can also assign a unique host name to the unit, which defaults to "MaxNAS." Clicking the Next button takes you to the Change Password screen where you can change the default password for the administrator account. It's always a good idea to change the default password and use a strong password of at least ten characters. Leaving it set to the default of 'admin' makes it ridiculously simple for anyone to gain access to the management UI. That completes the discovery and initial setup and clicking the Next button brings up a dialog showing the results and once you click OK, you reach the final screen that allows you to set up another device, launch the browser to go into the management UI or exit the application.
The MaxNAS unit comes from the factory preconfigured with a RAID 5 volume across all five drives and a /Public folder created ready for storing data. This is a really nice feature that can save several hours of setup work and the box can be essentially ready for use as soon as the drives are installed.
The next thing we want to look at are the configuration options and features available.