Zyxel NSA-220Plus review

Zyxel updates its popular NAS drive with DLNA 1.5 media sharing goodness

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Our Verdict

Not one for the Mac faithful but otherwise this little NAS drive will suit those wanting a bit more customisation than a regular NAS drive


  • Web access
  • Easy setup
  • BitTorrent client


  • No drives fitted
  • No Mac support

An update on the NSA-220, the 'Plus' edition of this NAS box (Network Attached Storage) offers the option of greater capacity (up to 3TB) and is DLNA 1.5-certified for compatibility with a vast array of modern media devices.

It doesn't come with hard drives (it's just a shell) so you'll have to add one or two yourself (it can take two drives of up to 1.5TB each).

The box sits on your home network via Ethernet cabling and also has two USB 2.0 connections for hook-up with further external hard drive/memory sticks – files on which can be automatically copied across at the press of a button.

Other features include an auto-upload mode for photos and video to Flickr and YouTube, a BitTorrent client and software to perform complete back-ups of your system.

Access to the 220Plus is via HTML (webpage) and is nicely spaced out and easy to navigate, as long as you're fairly computer literate.

While basic, the BitTorrent client does a good job and maintains a decent speed of download. It also places files in easily identifiable folders, which can then be transferred to other shares (folders).

It's a doddle to set up, from fitting the internal hard drives (into two bays) to creating shares and linking it with iTunes and other software.

You will have to remember hard drives need to be acquired separately, adding a fair whack to the cost (depending on the capacity).

Also, the GUI and auto back-up software is only PC-compatible – no Mac support here, folks.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetwork Storage Server
RAID SupportedYes
Number of 3.5" Bays2
Total Number of USB Ports2
Brand NameZyXEL
Number of Total Expansion Bays2
Number of USB 2.0 Ports2
Height142 mm
Width201.9 mm
Depth113 mm
ManufacturerZyXEL Communications Corp.
Product ModelNSA-220 Plus
Product NameNSA-220 Plus Network Storage Server
RAID Levels1, JBOD
Manufacturer Part NumberNSA220PLUS
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.zyxel.co.uk
Marketing Information

ZyXEL NSA-220 Plus is a 2-bay Network Storage Appliance for home users. The centralized storage saves time for CD/DVD burning and avoids the risk of PC hard disk crashes; it also offers a quick and easy way to store, access and share important files through the Windows network neighborhood or FTP from any computer on your network. ZyXEL refines the model with the latest Gigabit Ethernet and SATA technologies to enhance the transfer, storage and retrieval performance of digital media files.

Weight (Approximate)1.51 kg