Manufacturer: LaCie Model: 2big Network 2
Price: From $399300 Web: LaCie

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Back in February, LaCie announced a refresh of their network storage range with updated versions of their d2 Network 2, 2big Network 2 and 5big Network 2 coming to market in advance of a Windows Home Server powered edition of the 5big Network model being released later this year. LaCie have been in the NAS market for some time now, and ever fail to release great looking hardware – in fact, the design of their various models is consistently brilliant, but how well do they perform? We’ll be checking out the full range of LaCie’s latest network storage devices, starting today with the 2big Network 2.

As signalled by the name the 2big Network 2 is a two bay network attached storage device. Sandwiched in between the cheaper, single drive d2 Network 2 and 5 bay 5big Network 2, the model is designed to offer a balance of sufficient storage capacity for most small businesses and prosumers with the features you’d expect from some of the more expensive NAS drives, including Active Directory support, Time Machine compatibility for Macs and full media serving capabilities.

Our review model is LaCie’s 2TB model with the following specification:

Capacity 2 TB
LAN 1 x Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Base-TX
Network Protocols :
File Server: SMB, AFP, FTP, HTTP, HTTPS

Others: Apple Bonjour, BitTorrent™, NTP, DHCP, Apipa

Remote Access : Via FTP or HTTP. Dynamic DNS services optional.
Expansion Ports : 1 x eSATA

1 x USB 2.0 (type A)

Burst Transfer Rate : OS with 64KB I/O – Read: up to 50MB/s; Write: up to 35MB/s

OS with 1MB I/O – Read: up to 68MB/s; Write: up to 40MB/s

RAID Modes : RAID 0, RAID 1 (hot-swappable)
Backup Solutions : PC to NAS:encrypted, compressed, scheduled, remote (FTP)

Data restore and data disaster recovery available

NAS to DAS

Special Features : Hard disk quota management

Time Machine compatible

Print server

Torrent client for standalone downloads

NTFS write support

Administration : Direct access to NAS using LaCie Network Assistant

Customizable “widget-based” interface

Wake-on-LAN: Turn the device on/off from the network

Security Access : Users, groups, and shares management

Private and public access

Active Directory support

Multimedia : UPnP A/V and DLNA Media Adapter compatible

Remote photo thumbnails; MP3 file streaming

iTunes (DAAP) server

Environment & Power : Automatic standby mode; Scheduled ON/OFF

Wake-on-LAN

Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) support

Cooling System : Ultra-quiet cooling system with self-stabilizing oil-pressure bearing technology
Dimensions (WxHxD) : 91 x 200 x 172 mm / 3.5 x 7.8 x 6.7 in.
Weight : 2.63 kg / 5.8 lbs.
Internet Browsers :
Internet Explorer™ 7.0 / 8.0, Firefox™ 3.0, Safari™ 3.0, or Chrome 2.0 or higher
System Requirements : Computer with an Ethernet network adapter

Latest version of Windows XP, Windows Vista®, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 / Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 / Linux 2.6

Minimum free disk space: 600MB recommended

Software : LaCie Network Assistant for Windows, Mac, and Linux

Genie Backup Manager Pro software for Windows

Intego Backup Manager Pro software for Mac

What’s in the Box?

First things first – let’s get the 2big Network 2 unpacked. The product arrives in a compact, LaCie branded box with minimalist design in keeping with the design of the product itself. Full specs are listed on the side, with great photography of the product front and rear.

In the box, you’ll find:

  • LaCie 2big Network 2
  • Ethernet cable
  • USB 2.0
  • External power supply
  • Drive stand for upright use with tool
  • Utilities CD-ROM with software and User Manual
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Drawer key

Our review model actually had its drive stand pre-fitted, but you can remove it with the supplied tool if you wish to position the 2big Network 2 horizontally on the desktop.