Like most NAS devices, the Vox BlackBox can be fully configured through a Web browser to help keep things simple—an especially appreciated attribute for equipment used at home. Less advanced users might still find the Web interface of the Vox BlackBox difficult to deal with, though.
Blast From The Past: Not The Best-Looking Interface
The appearance reminds you of a site design from the ’90s, and the confusing menu structure makes it easy to get totally lost. If you’re hoping for online help for the different menus you’ll also be disappointed. For many settings you have to search for the correct menu item. Lengthy delays loading the management interface are also frustrating.
Network Protocols and BitTorrent Downloads
The Vox BlackBox supports the SMB/CIFS, FTP, NFS, and Bonjour network protocols, the latter of which is needed to run the integrated iTunes server. Furthermore, the Vox BlackBox NAS has the option to download files using the BitTorrent protocol.
To add a download to the queue, you have to be logged onto the Web interface. The corresponding .torrent file is then uploaded to the Vox BlackBox using the browser. However, this only worked with Internet Explorer. When using Mozilla Firefox, uploading would always be canceled with the error message “Connection Interrupted.”
Storage Space Allocation for Users and Groups
Less advanced users might also have trouble when setting up users or group permissions. For example, when setting up a new user, you can choose the location of their home folder in the file system. However, if you attempt to change this location later, you will almost certainly run into problems. For each user account you can set a maximum amount of storage space.
NAS Device as DHCP Server
The Vox BlackBox can be operated as a DHCP server in your network, though the feature is turned off by default. Standard settings like Gateway or Primary DNS server, as well as IP addresses, can be assigned to the MAC address.
Data Security Using RAID
Besides the RAID 0 mode, which stripes both hard drives for maximum performance, RAID 1 mode is also possible on the Vox BlackBox. This mode is also known as mirroring, which means that data is automatically copied to both hard drives simultaneously so that data is still available even if one of the two hard drives crashes. Setting up the RAID modes is easy.
More Pictures of the Web Interface can be found in our Picture Gallery.