Conceptronic CHD3Lan Network Harddisk Landrive Case on the standI had getting a landrive in my mind for a while. When I saw a great bargain on a website a few days ago, I couldn’t resist and placed my order to get Conceptronic CHD3Lan. I received the unit today and wanted to share my experience with it. This is not really a review. More like a photo-review, where you can see what’s inside the device and some details you might not be able to find at other places. Feel free to ask though through comments though.

The drive has USB 2.0 and 100 Mbit fast ethernet connectivity and uses 2882 chipset. What makes the drive great is the built-in FTP and Samba server. So, your files are always accessible not only from your network but also anywhere on the net. The drive uses IDE ATA 133 drives, which I had one spare. After I placed and connected the harddisk, I just (not really just, continue to read) plugged the device to my router with the provided network cable, played with the settings.

In the meanwhile, I wanted to upgrade the firmware of the device but had a problem – familiar firmware upgrade failure, which was my bad. I thought I messed up my landrive that I just bought, but then I found a very easy solution to that. See this page for the solution in case you experience the same. You can also check here for additional files, etc by the same guy.

Though I haven’t tested the Landrive (performance, stability, etc) yet, I didn’t like one thing. This thing has a very noisy 3 cm-ish fan, which doesn’t apparently do much. So, I first unplugged the power cable, then decided to remove the fan to increase air intake a little more. I’m not sure how much the board gets hot but I know the harddisk doesn’t need extra cooling. And, after all, it’s winter now and it shouldn’t really be a problem. Anyway, the box is made up of metal (I think aluminnium) and looks pretty neat (at least it’s not ugly). Another thing that’s handy for me is, my router (which is also an ADSL modem, US Robotics 9106) can use a couple of dynamic DNS sites. In other words, I got a hostname to fix my non-static IP that keeps changing each time my DSL connection resets. This helps my files be accessible everytime I need them. As for the web interface, it’s pretty easy to use. You can check the manual on the downloads section of the official page to see the interface.

Here are some pictures:

Back of the device, not “disassembled,” with the stand Ethernet, USB, Power connectors, LEDs, On/Off button and reset button The board and RDC 2882 chipset

IDE and power cables Fan power cable unplugged The Nasty Fan

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