I logged into the admin panel to explore some of the options available. This interface is flashy. I can’t get over how friendly it is. It uses icons from KDE, so folks familiar with those paradigms will pick up on it very quickly. From the second I opened the panel, I knew I was in for an experience.
The home screen shows the most common tasks: Creating users, creating folders, backing up, tweaking the web server, tweaking the photo station, and tweaking the FTP service. There’s a drop zone for favorites-it’s all squeaky clean AJAX (for the webheads out there, it’s implemented in Ext).
The status page shows a quick overview of the device’s uptime, temperature, capacity, and IP information. The log page shows just about every action taken by a user.
Network and power screens permit the user to set up those functionalities more closely, and a notification feature enable the unit to email the admin when something goes wrong.
A package management page permits the admin to install additional packages, but there’s no link on the page to a place where one might download these packages. User, group, and service permissions are controllable, too.
The hard drive management section is neat, too. The admin user can manage the volumes, including RAID volumes, and see the S.M.A.R.T. Information.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.