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Browser-Based Interface And Test Setup

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Accessing the NS4600 by its network address in a Web broser, users are redirected to a landing page rather than being allowed straight to the configuration interface. From there, you can choose to either continue on to the administration panel or access media files stored on the NAS.

Administration Interface

The NS4600 uses the same Web interface previously found on the Promise NS4300N and the NS2300N. Available in ten languages, it is very clearly structured, letting less-experienced users manage and configure the NAS device with ease.

However, we must say that it’s best not to use Google’s Chrome browser, since we experienced some problems with the way DHTML was displayed. Also, make sure you click the button labeled Login, as simply pressing enter or return did not send the user/password combination.

Like the NS4300N, the NS4600 is aimed at home users and small to mid-sized businesses. Thus, its “NAS replication” feature will probably be more interesting to businesses that employ several NAS devices and that want to automatically replicate certain data across various units.

Web-Based Access to the Media Center

Access to music, videos, and images stored on the NAS is not limited to the local area network. Instead, users can also employ a Web browser and connect to the NS4600 through the Internet, provided the router’s port forwarding rules have been configured appropriately.

Again, the first step is authentication using a username and password combination. Promise even thought to include a simplified interface for the media center designed for mobile devices. It can be selected during the login process.

The media center interface is just as self-explanatory and easy to use as the administration section

Test Setup and Benchmarks

System Hardware
Intel LGA 775 Platform
Asus P5E3 Deluxe, Rev.1.03G, Intel X38 chipset, BIOS: 0810 (02/11/2007)
CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (65nm Conroe core)
RAM
2 x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 
e-Sata Controller
JMicron JMB363 
System Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9, 160GB
7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 8MB cache
NAS Drives
Samsung Spinpoint HD321KJ, 320GB
7,200 rpm, SATA/300, 16 MB Cache 
ODD
Samsung SH-D163A , SATA150 
Graphic Card
Gigabyte Radeon HD 3850 GV-RX385512H
GPU: 670 MHz
Memory: 512 MB DDR3 (830 MHz, 256 Bit) 
NIC
Marvell Yukon 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller 
Audio
Integrated
PSU
Cooler Master RS-850-EMBA, ATX 12V V2.2, 850 Watt   
Operating System and Drivers
Operating System
Windows Vista Enterprise SP1 
DirectX 10
DirectX 10 (Vista-Standard) 
DirectX 9
Version: April 2007 
Graphics Driver
ATI Radeon Version 7.12 
Networking Driver
9.0.32.3 (Vista-Standard) 
Intel Chipset Driver
Version 6.9.1.1001 (20/02/2008) 
JMicron Chipset Driver
Version 1.17.15.0 (24/03/2007) 


All tests were conducted using firmware version 02.00.0000.15.

Intel NAS Performance Toolkit

We tested the Promise NS4600 using Intel’s NAS Performance Toolkit. You can find a detailed description of the benchmarks in our story Benchmarking With Intel's NAS Toolkit.

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