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Tagan IcyBox IB-NAS4220-B review

Tagan IcyBox IB-NAS4220-B review

Tagan is a producer of power supplies, cases, and storage chassis for single and dual drives.  Icrontic was offered the opportunity to test the IcyBox IB-NAS4220-B, a network attached storage (NAS) chassis that supports two SATA drives and offers a long list of features.

Tagan IcyBox IB-NAS4220-B features:

  • Black aluminum housing
  • Rubber feet to reduce vibration
  • Unlimited users and groups
  • Simple configuration via web GUI
  • Supports two 3.5″ SATA HDDs of any size
  • Gigabit Ethernet-ready
  • 2x USB 2.0 ports for printers, external HDDs, and USB sticks
  • One-touch Backup
  • RAID 0, 1, Span (NRAID), JBOD
  • Seven servers in one
    • Samba Server (for Windows network shares, MAC OS X)
    • NFS Server (for Unix, Linux)
    • FTP Server (remote access for file transfer from internet)
    • DHCP Server (automatic network configuration)
    • UPnP-AV (Twonky Media Server, 30 days test version)
    • iTunes Support
  • Print serving
  • Quiet case – temperature controlled fan
  • Low power consumption

Initial Impressions

The IcyBox package contains the NAS, owner manuals, power adapter, and various fittings for drive mounting. Once removed from its packaging, the IcyBox unit’s front face features a power button and USB 2.0 port. The rear of the unit contains another USB 2.0 port, an RJ-45 jack, the power jack, a reset button for the embedded Linux installation, and a power switch.

The IcyBox's attractive packaging.

The IcyBox

What's in the box?

The complete box contents of the IB-NAS4220-B.

Removing the four screws on the bottom of the unit allows the internal carriage to be removed from the metal enclosure. Once removed, we find the inner workings of the NAS to be little more than the simple electronics and cooling needed to support an embedded Linux install and a pair of SATA drives.

IcyBox without the cover.

IcyBox without the cover.

A look inside.

A look inside.

Hardware Installation

Drives mount easily to their container using special large head screws that attach to the drives side screw mounts through blue silicon vibration dampers.

With the bottom drive installed, a temperature sensor is attached to the top of the drive using tape provided in the accessories bag. The sensor controls the cooling fan automatically.

First drive installed.

First drive installed.

The second drive can then be installed in the same manner as the first.

The second drive.

The second drive.

Then the cover is replaced and we’re ready to go.

Closing it all up.

Closing it all up.

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