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Most of the non-user/share related options are located under the Advanced menu. Here you can configure alerts, update firmware, scan for USB drives, configure the network interfaces, reconfigure disks, view system status and check the system log.

The Advanced System sub-menu (Figure 9) lets you configure system time/date and change the administrator’s password. Interestingly, it doesn’t support daylight savings time.

Advanced menu

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Figure 9: The Advanced System sub-menu

The Network option of the advanced menu (Figure 10) lets you name your workgroup and configure the two gigabit Ethernet ports. By default, each of the interfaces has its DHCP client enabled and supports jumbo frames.  However, only port one has a gateway out to the Internet.

You can also enable a DHCP server on port one, but the second interface lacks a DHCP server. Note that there is no link aggregation of the two ports, nor does the EDR provide any routing.  The second interface is intended to provide access from a second subnet. 

You can also enable the built-in FTP server on this page. FTP provides access to your personal folders as well as the global public folder, but not other shares to which you have rights. Anonymous FTP is not supported, nor are FTP sessions logged.

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Figure 10: Network configuration

The System Status page (Figure 11) shows you a snapshot of your system including CPU and disk temperatures, fan speed and network settings. I would have preferred to have one status page, showing storage status, disk status and system status, rather than having the information spread through three pages.

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Figure 11: System status page

The EDR has an alerts page that allows you to configure email alerts. It supports authenticated SMTP and you can email alerts to up to three addressees. However, in my tests, I was unable to receive alerts. I attempted to use two different SMTP servers, neither of which required authentication and sending to three different email addresses.

You can view the log file which logs major events such as disk configuration changes, NTP time synchronization and creating users and shares. Each alert is tagged either informational, warning, error or critical error. I was surprised to see that the EDR didn’t support Syslog – a feature we’ve seen on significantly less expensive NASes.

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