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Thoughts about Windows, TV and technology in general
The Microsoft keyboard works really well and has allowed me to get a lot of the configuration work done without needing to reach around the back of the PC to plug a keyboard in. I just plug the BT receiver into one of the front USB ports and off I go.
The chipset provides an on-board RAID capability which I’ve used with the 4 drives to create a RAID 5 array of 2 LUNs – one for the OS and applications and the other for initial storage.
The board has 12 USB ports! 6 of them are on the rear panel of the system and the other 6 are internal. So far, I’ve used three of the rear ports – Wi-Fi adapter, IR remote receiver and a Siemens DECT adapter for our handsets to support Skype.
Although the system does have an eSATA port on-board, I couldn’t use it with the DS351 as the latter requires port multiplier support which isn’t provided on the motherboard.
The DS351 itself came with everything apart from the hard drives. There, I decided to fill it to the gills with Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB drives.
The DS351 has on-board temperature monitoring that is displayed at the front of the case. For the Hush PC, I’m running SpeedFan which does a good job of reading the chipset sensors.
More about my experiences of getting this lot up and running in future posts …