LevelOne NAS GNS-1001 has a fast PLX NAS 7820 ARM11-based dual core processor running at 750MHz. Unfortunately, like most low-end NAS, it’s not expandable. Unless you hack into the kernel, you cannot install any applications nor plug-ins which limits its capability to what it was designed for.
I am a little surprised that it may provide faster read speed via Samba than QNAP TS-112 which has a Marvell 88F6281 ARMv5TE-compliant single core processor running at 1.2GHz. Again, it’s difficult to compare NAS on datasheet.
Connection Test with Different Software and Linux Command
Did you setup the Samba client for each computer? If not, be careful when you use LevelOne GNS-1001 as a Samba server. Because with different connection type and parameters, people might encounter different read / write problems.
Let’s take a look at my test result. I use OpenSuSE 13.1 with GNOME as Samba client.
- If you want to share your upload files or download from shared folders, always use mount with noperm.
- If you use Nautilus connect to Samba server, you won’t be able to open files without download first. You will also see error messages while copying from Samba sever to local disk.
Based on my test, I suggest to use mount as guest with noperm with LevelOne GNS-1001 all the time.
As I have mentioned in Using Microsoft Networking via Samba with QNAP TS-112 and LevelOne GNS-1001, it is much faster to use mount than Nautilus.
It has a metal box which feel cool. The small fan helps removing heat, too.
The admin web interface is simple to use but needs more fine tune. For example, you won’t be able to manage user access rights on folders until you allow login. No shutdown command. Very few information about the bandwidth, memory, and CPU utilization.