Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition NAS Server

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The Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition has a number of other tricks up its sleeves. You can supply an e-mail address that the device will send an e-mail to if it detects any errors. You can assign a new network name to the device, assign a Windows workgroup name, and set its IP address manually or to DHCP. You can also set the device to go into "Sleep" mode after 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, or 2 hours of inactivity. The Maxtor Central Axis Admin Web Page will let you set a Sleep interval for devices attached via its USB ports as well; however, we received an error when we tried to set a Sleep interval for the external hard drive we used during testing.

   

You can attach up to two external USB hard drives or a hard drive and a printer to the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition's two USB 2.0 ports. External hard drives can provide additional network storage. If you have previously formatted an external hard drive to be used as a folder backup for the device, then the external drive will already be formatted with the EXT3 file system. You can use an EXT3-formatted external drive for both backups and as additional storage. Otherwise, the Central Axis Admin Web Page will advise you to format the external drive using the FAT32 file system. We also experimented with connecting an NTFS-formatted external drive to the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition--we could read files from the drive, but we could not write it to.

As the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition supports UPnP, it can be used as a media server as well. You can even designate a shared folder on the device as an iTunes server. We copied our entire 6,000-song iTunes collection to the server, and all our locally-networked systems were able to access the complete collection in iTunes without a problem. Note that an iTunes server will appear in a locally-networked user's iTunes even if the folder is private and that user doesn't have access to the folder; also note that it is not possible to password-protect the iTunes server, so anyone with access to you local network will see the iTunes sever and its music contents.

     

The Maxtor Central Axis Admin Web Page is also where you can change the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition's default 1TB RAID 1 (mirror) array to a 2TB RAID 0 (linear) array. Changing from one array type to another will obviously wipe all of the data from the device's drives.


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