|Interfaces for connection||2x Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000|
|Expansion Ports||2x eSATA; 2x USB 2.0 (type A)|
|Burst Transfer Rate (ethernet)
||OS with 64KB I/O – Read up to 60MB/s; Write up to 35MB/s, OS with 1MB I/O – Read up to 70MB/s; Write up to 40MB/s|
||Raid 0, Raid 1 /10/5/5+Spare/6 (hot-swappable)|
|Network Protocols||SMB, AFP, FTP, HTTP, HTTPS, DHCP, Apipa, Bonjour, BitTorrent, NTP, 802.3ad, iSCSI|
||FTP or HTTP. Dynamic DNS Optional|
||Direct Access to NAS using LaCie Network Assistant; Customizable “wiget-based” interface|
||PC to NAS: Encrypted, compressed, scheduled, remote (FTP)NAS to DAS: Incremental using rsync|
||iSCSI Target; 2x LAN with balancing and failover; Hard Disk quota management; Time machine compatible; Print Server; Torrent Client; NTFS Write Support|
||Users, groups, and shares management. Private and Public Access.Active Directory support|
||UPnP A/V and DLNA certified; Remote Photo Thumbnails; MP3 File Streaming; iTunes (DAAP) Server|
||LaCie Network Assistant for Windows, Mac, and Linux; Genie Backup Manager Pro software for Windows; Intego Backup Manager Pro software for Mac|
|Environment and Power
||Automatic Standby mode; Scheduled On/Off; WOL (Wake on Lan); UPS Support|
||Ultra-quiet Cooling system with self-stabilizing oil-pressure bearing technology|
||173 x 196 x 220|
||LaCie 5big Network 2; 1x 3m CAT5e Ethernet Cable; 1x External Power Supply; Utilities CD and Documentation; Drive Key; 3 Year Warranty Documentation|
UPDATE (as of 3/20/2012):
From the posting of this review LaCie has now released this update:
Like the 2Big Network 2 the 5Big Network 2 runs LaCies’ NAS 2.0 OS so we expect similar functionality along the software side. We do see some upgrades in hardware compared to the 2Big Network 2 including iSCSI target support, dual Ethernet ports, and 2x the SATA and USB Connections.
Just like we saw with the 2Big Network 2, LaCie does an awesome job with packaging. Everything is firmly packed and the NAS itself sits about 1/2 and inch from the bottom of the box. I have no doubt this packaging could withstand any shipping pains it is put through.
Getting our first looks at the unit itself shows how sleek LaCie has designed it. 1Bbutton on the front which doubles as an activity light (I found this light to be obnoxiously bright, Good thing the software has an option to disable it). The housing has Zero seams and Zero fail points.
Moving around to the back we find our I/O ports, HD Bays, and fan-output. A nice feature here is all of the ports are below the HD bays making swapping HD’s in and out simple without fighting cables and wires.