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This alternative firmware breathes new life into an old NAS box. Featuring large capacity drive support, full package support and many other features, this comprehensive firmware replaces the OEM's buggy and unstable and unsupported firmware with a rock solid platform extending the life of this product into the future.
This alt firmware took what was an okay NAS, that was becoming obsolete due to lack of vendor support, and turned it into the little box that could.
The original was receiving little support and was becoming obsolete due to newer large hard drives (it only supported drives up to 1 tb). It did have some nice extras, but most were not implemented very well (it had mediocre media streaming, bitTorrent, FTP and USB print support).
Alt-f gave this NAS a functioning Linux OS and builds of a ton of software - there is very little I've found that I would want on a small server that is not there . Alt-f improves the hardware support as well giving support for large drives, and a fully functional USB port, instead of the original print only port. Support has been excellent and continues to improve the firmware. The user base is loyal and creative at pushing the boundaries of this little box.
Because of Alt-f, I've actually considered buying a backup NAS in case my current one dies, as I'm not sure I can find anything new that fits the need for a small, flexible, inexpensive, low powered, Linux server.
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