July 23, 2012, 2:10 PM — If you think that LaCies latest network attached storage product, the 2Big NAS, looks like something youve seen before, youre right. But beneath the familiar appearance (the basic design of the 2Big has been around since 2007), there are a number of differences under the hood.
The 2Big NAS has a 2GHz ARM processor that, LaCie claims, helps boost read speeds from 60 MBps to 100 MBps. Its running LaCies latest version of NAS OS software which was updated last year to offer more features and make easier to set up and use. The 2Big NAS is also more environmentally friendly, using 90% less power in deep sleep mode.
Available without any drives ($299) or with 6TB ($699) of storage, the 2Big NAS has two hot swappable drive bays. Our tests unit was the 6GB version, which shipped as a mirrored RAID with 3GB of available storage capacity. If you prefer, you can set up the 2Big NAS as a striped RAID 0 array, which will give you access to 6TB of storage, but without the safety of redundant drives. It has eSATA and USB 2.0 ports for adding capacity.
The 2Big NAS comes with Intego Backup Manager Pro for Mac and supports OS Xs Time Machine, as well as Windows Backup. The 2Big NAS also offers print server capability for allowing access to supported USB printers to all computers on the network.
The initial setup was pretty easy. Simply plug the 2Big NAS into your network router and install the included LaCie Network Assistant software on your Mac. It was simple to load the preconfigured Public share or to create one of your own.
Creating the MyNas share for remote access wasnt quite as simple. Naming the share is quite easy; just pick a name for the server and its available as mynas.lacie.com/yourname. But the automatic setup didnt work for me and an error message suggested that I needed to open a port on my router without giving much in the way of instruction. I was able to get MyNAS to work after adjusting the settings, and once configured, I could use the MyNAS iOS app to connect to the 2Big NAS remotely and play songs and view photos on the 2Big NAS on my iPhone 4.
The iOS app is not terribly elegant, showing lots of normally hidden folders, such as .AppleDB, .AppleDesktop,(and .DS Store, and they clutter up the view of your files. You can upload photos from your iOS devices Camera Roll to the 2Big NAS or use the app to take and upload photos directly using your device.