Marvell has little competition in the entry and mid-level NAS platforms. The LG N2A2 NAS also uses a Marvell solution with the 88F6281 processor running at 1 GHz. On board is 1 Gbit (128 MB) of the Hynix HY5PS1G1631C DDR2 DRAM

The Marvell 88F6281 is a cut down version of the 88F6282 that we already saw in the Synology DS-211+ earlier this year. There is no LCD controller and one of the PCI-E interfaces is taken out. However, despite the presence of 2 GbE interfaces, only one is utilized by the LG NAS N2A2.

There are two USB 2.0 host interfaces which are used by the LG N2A2 NAS. However, the PCI-E interface seems to have been left unused.

On the whole, the LG N2A2 falls short of the Synology DS-211+, the 2 bay NAS we reviewed earlier. However, given the lower cost (the LG N2A2 is approximately half the cost of the DS-211+) and the targeting of the home consumers, we believe it is a decent tradeoff.

 

LG N2A2 Unboxing and Setup Impressions Benchmarking the LG N2A2
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  • Visual - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - link

    Stop wasting time with crap like this.
    If you mean to review NAS boxes, find some that are actually worth it, with space for 5 or 6 3.5" drives in RAID 5, preferably with hot-swap support, or just don't bother.
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  • ganeshts - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - link

    Point noted. But, we also need to target home consumer solutions.

    The 5 / 6 drive RAID5 solutions you mention are targeted towards SMBs, and we do cover those too. By the way, we have two boxes which came in after this currently in the review queue (QNAP and Netgear), and I am just starting out with the benchmarking for those.
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  • dhiiir - Friday, July 22, 2011 - link

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  • freez3 - Saturday, February 11, 2012 - link

    Hi @ll,

    first many thanks to AnandTech for the great testings on this NAS.
    It was very nice to see that you have also a deep lock at last single detail,
    data recovery when the main board breaks down.
    You have done a great job!

    Did some body has experience with the NFS shares on this LG NAS?

    I was a little bit surprised as I have seen this feature in the Web Interface,
    because of it was not tested here and it was also not in the feature list of LG and shop I've bought it

    After a quick test, the disillusion I've realized that NFS on N2A2DF2 is very slow only 2 MB/S writing,
    with a mirrored 2TB HDD drives.

    Perhaps one of my settings are wrong.

    Thanks for your help!

    Regards
    Freez3
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