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LaCie Network Space Max 2TB review

Alan Lu
2 Apr 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
195
inc VAT

A good NAS that could have been a great one if it wasn't for the inconsistent quality of its extra features.

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Specifications

2 disk bays, 2x 1TB storage supplied, 1x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet ports

The LaCie Network Space Max is an attractive NAS thanks to its glossy black, minimalist appearance. It's blissfully simple to replace or upgrade one of the two 1TB hard disks in the event of a disk failure or if you just need more storage. Simply insert a flat head screwdriver into the notch at the front of the Max and lift upwards. This opens the case to reveal the two hard disks screwed into cages – simply unscrew and pull them out. However, if you inadvertently damage something while doing this yourself, then you won't be covered by LaCie's two-year return-to-base warranty.

LaCie Network Space Max 2TB

Configuration is straightforward thanks to the friendly web administration interface. The home page has several floating boxes containing status information such as the amount of storage used. These boxes can be dragged and dropped around the screen, or simply closed if you don't want a particular box on the homepage.

You can't organise users into groups for simpler administration, but the interface for creating user accounts does let you set each user a usage quota and email them their account details all from the same dialog box. Each user automatically gets access to their own password-protected private folder as well as access to the shared OpenShare folder.

Unfortunately, we experienced problems getting some of the extra features to work. We couldn’t get the Max to act as a USB print server or as an iTunes music server. It did work as an UPnP media server, but streaming high definition video sometimes resulted in dropped frames. This problem even affected standard definition clips too.

LaCie Network Space Max 2TB back

The Max can share the contents of a USB disk with other network users, but this also worked temperamentally. We had no problems using this feature from a Windows XP desktop PC, but the contents of the USB disks were occasionally and inexplicably inaccessible from a Windows 7 laptop. We were able to connect a USB memory card reader and back up photos from a SD card without incident, but the Max didn't recognise a connected Fuji camera equipped with the same SD card.

It's possible to download files to the Max using BitTorrent independently of a computer, although the interface for managing downloads is integrated into the main admin interface. If you want to give other users access to it, you also give them access to the admin controls, which isn't ideal.

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