A few days ago I connected the Raidsonic Icybox IB-NAS4220-B with my WLAN router and DSL modem Siemens Gigaset SX550 Wlan (which is also working as a DHCP server for my little home network). However, the web interface of my Icybox was not accessible by “http://IB-NAS4220-B“, as mentioned in the manual.
In this case Raidsonic offers a tool on the cd, to find the Icybox NAS, when connected to a network. Unfortunately this tools is for Windows only. I tried to use it via Wine. The application started but did not find anything. So I had to start Windows to find the IP that my DHCP server had assigned to the Icybox. Once I have found this IP address I could access the web interface, which is available in several languages (e.g. English, German).
I would like to find a tool, or a way to allocate the IP of the Icybox 4220 without having to start Windows. I am sure there is an easy way, so I will do some research in the next few days. If someone has a solutions for Ubuntu/Linux, please let me know, preferably in the comments (UPDATE: I found a way to allocate servers, computers and NAS devices in your network under Linux).
My set up of the Icybox is a Raid1. This means that two 500GB hard discs are mirrored: files saved to the Icybox are copied to both hard discs, which protects files during a hard disk crash. However, it can not protect data from human mistakes. 😉 Therefore you will need an additional back up process.
Setting up the raid1 is fairly easy. Go to “Maintenance” -> “RAID Settings” and follow the instructions their. Establishing the raid takes a few minutes. You should not interrupt this process. Well, and that’s it, basically. You should then create a “Share”, where you can save your files.
To connect from my notebook to the Icybox via LAN and WLAN I am using NFS. The process to connect is very straight forward, but as a Linux beginner I had to do some research.
If you just want to use your desktop to access NFS shares (e.g. for accessing the Icybox) you need to install “nfs-common” and “portmap”, if you want to share files or directories on your computer via NFS, then you also need to install “nfs-kernel-server”. Just go to Synaptic an install the packages you need (This paragraph was added thanks to a comment by Simon).
Let’s assume the share is called “xyz”, the IP address of the Icybox is “192.168.2.???” and we call the share “icybox1”. To mount the Icybox on Ubuntu you will have todo the following:
- Open the terminal
- Change to the directory “media”:
- Make a directory for the share on the icybox:
sudo mkdir icybox1
- Mount the share with the following code:
sudo mount 192.168.2.???:/mnt/md1/icybox1 /media/icybox1
Now you should be available to access your share on the icybox.
However, it is quite annoying, when you have to mount the share each time by hand. So I decided to include the share in the “fstab”, then the Icybox share is available automatically when I am at home and connected to my home network.
For this you will have to add a line to
/etc/fstab for each share:
192.168.2.???:/mnt/md1/icybox1 /media/icybox1 nfs rw,rsize=8192,wsize=8192 0 0
That’s it. You will now have to mount your share:
sudo mount -a
Now you should have a folder on your desktop to access your share using NFS.