Today I have for review one of their multi-drive NAS offerings, the IB-NAS4220-B or NAS-4220. NAS is short for Network Attached Storage, and unlike a typical external hard drive enclosure which must be connected directly to a host computer in order to access, a NAS device uses a network client to allow access across a shared medium, like Ethernet. Control of the device is typically done through a GUI and as such uses some sort of built-in interface or OS. In the case of the NAS-4220, it's a flavor of Linux, and like many things Linux, this particular model has drawn quite a following. It has become so popular overseas in fact that there is an entire website devoted to the use and customization of the NAS-4220.
The NAS-4220 arrives in a colorful box with pictures and detailed specs printed on the outside. The contents are carefully packed inside and protected by soft foam padding.
Join me as I take a closer look at the Icy Box NAS-4220.