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Compatible Hardware Lists

NAS4Free works with a wide variety of hardware, there is no way we can test every combination available or guarantee that your particular hardware will be compatible. It is your responsibility to determine if your hardware will work with a with a particular version of NAS4Free? The first step in finding out is to take a look at the versions and check' Compatibility List. If your hardware is on the list for a particular version, the odds are good it will work.

Building Your Ultimate Server

So far over the years we have found that systems that are build on Intel chipsets and Intel network interfaces gives way lesser performance problems/bugs and do perform at their best.

Motherboard of choice: Consumer boards and often “prosumer” boards are not always the best choice for a 24/7 running NAS4Free server. All the extra hardware that allows you to do overclocking, exotic audio and video features, etc is a big waste of power. Even when left disabled in the BIOS they will use power 24×7 nonstop. It might have all sorts of great features that are useful for desktops but we aren't building a desktop. We're building a server and we're looking for reliability and high uptime. You want a motherboard that has as much on-board that you need without the extra stuff you don't. For this we recommend server-grade boards like they are made by Supermicro, Supermicro is known for good engineering experience with server-grade hardware!

An extra bonus is the fact that most of those comes with an onboard IPMI lan connection. IPMI is really awesome. You can remotely connect to your server's if you don't want to leave a monitor/keyboard/mouse hooked up all of the time this *is* something you should get. It's easy to install an NAS4free.iso over ipmi and/or adjust your Bios settings, or run the console of the server from any desktop/laptop you use and if needed, from anywhere around the world.

CPU of choice: There is no need to buy an ultra expensive CPU. When choosing from the recommended CPUs make sure your CPU is compatible with your motherboard. We do recommend Intel Xeon Dual core's or higher as those do support ECC if you really like to know what we prefer. In the end it's your choice. Keep in mind for high network transfer speed that the CPU frequency is important for Samba as Samba is single-threaded on a per-user basis. Generally any 3Ghz+ CPU will be more than capable of handling Samba at Gigabit speeds without a problem. Something that is mostly overlooked by the users.

Hardware issues

  • If you have hardware problems, or you suspect hardware problems, determine exactly what hardware you are using; CPU, MotherBoard make and model, controller's IDE, SATA, RAID, SCSI and USB, NIC make and model, etc..
  • If you find that a piece of your hardware does not appear to be currently supported, please endeavor to find the FreeBSD drivers, or a link to them yourself by (NAS4Free x.x.x.x.xxxx release based on FreeBSD version.
  • Reviewing the Hardware compatibility list, select one from below.
  • Searching your hardware vendors website for FreeBSD compliant drivers (they may not exist and you may have to check with the vendors support site to find out if they exist or are under development).
  • If you find drivers, please submit a Feature Request that includes the web link of the driver and the make and model of the hardware.
  • If you 'think' a feature might be useful to other users, post it to NAS4Free forum for the community to review and comment on.

NAS4Free & FreeBSD Versions

Default NAS4Free hardware support:

NAS4Free FreeBSD Version Link Hardware list
11.0.0.3.xxxx 11.0 FreeBSD 11.0R Hardware Compatibility List
10.3.0.3.xxxx 10.3 FreeBSD 10.3R Hardware Compatibility List
Past releases FreeBSD Version Link Hardware list
10.2.0.2.xxxx 10.2 FreeBSD 10.2R Hardware Compatibility List
10.1.0.2.xxxx 10.1 FreeBSD 10.1R Hardware Compatibility List
9.3.0.2.xxxx 9.3 FreeBSD 9.3R Hardware Compatibility List

NAS4Free Users' Systems

Some of our users have been kind enough to provide information about the hardware they have used in their systems and what patches or tricks they have used to get it working with NAS4Free. We cannot guarantee you will have similar results but if your hardware is listed below it will probably work. Remember to come back and add your system to the list once you get it up and running :-D .

Motherboards / Pre-configured systems

Vendor Model Chipset Status Works out
of the box?
Drivers Remarks
ASUS C60M1-I AMD C-60 APU Yes Yes Built-in If using USB to boot, configure BIOS after initial install for USB as primary boot device
Asrock E350M1 4xSATA III onboard + 1xeSATA, max 16GB RAM (DDR3 1066) Yes Yes
Asrock ION330 Atom 330, 4xSATA II onboard + 2xeSATA, max 4GB RAM (DDR3 1066) Yes Yes
Deciso Tiny NAS AMD Geode LX Yes Yes Built-in tiny NAS appliances
Foxxconn NetBox-nT330i Atom 330 nvidia mcp7a-ion Yes Yes No drivers for on-board Ethernet controllers (wired+wireless) SATA speed is reduced to UDMA33
Intel D945GCLF Atom 230 945GC ICH7 Yes Yes No drivers for on-board Ethernet controller Had to install an Intel PRO/1000 PCI controller for successful operation
Intel D945GCLF Atom 230 945GC ICH7 Yes Yes v9.0.0.1.43 works w/onboard & NetGear GA311 both Used onboard for OOB management & Netgear for SAN @ 1GB ethernet
Intel D945GCLF2/D Atom 330 945GC ICH7 Yes Yes
Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 Yes Yes None FREE & very easy to create your own
Norcotek DS-520 Unknown Yes Yes Norco DS-520
Sun Virtualbox 3 Virtual Card Yes Yes ICH6 Virtual Disk Controller & Bridged LAN tested, no issues
SuperMicro X10SL7-F C222 / 2x Intel NIC / ECC supported Yes Yes HBA Controller LSI 2308 IT mode no issues from nas4free 10.2.0.2 and up fully supported
AsRock C2550D4I Intel Avoton CPU / 2xIntel NIC / ECC supported Yes Yes Built in http://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Model=C2550D4I and http://forums.nas4free.org/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=6275#p35121
Dell Dell Poweredge T110 server http://forums.nas4free.org/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=6503

SATA NAS Hard Drives

Please learn about the precautions you must take when using so called “Green” drives from any manufacturer. It is up to you to understand the tradeoffs between power consumption, speed, and safety of your data! Please read: Q: Should I use so called “Green” drives in a NAS system and what is WDIDLE? before buying your drives.

NAS4Free highly recommends 24/7 Certified drives.

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Vendor Model Size RPM Works out
of the box?
24/7
Certification
Energy
Read/Write
HGST Deskstar NAS (H3IKNAS30003272SE) 3TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes
HGST Deskstar NAS (H3IKNAS40003272SE) 4TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes
HGST Deskstar NAS (H3IKNAS500012872SE) 5TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes
HGST Deskstar NAS (H3IKNAS600012872SE) 6TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes
HGST Deskstar NAS (H3IKNAS800012872SWW) 8TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes
HGST Ultrastar He8 (HUH728080ALE600) 8TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes 7.4 W
HGST Ultrastar He8 (HUH728080ALE604) 8TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes 7.4 W
HGST Ultrastar He10 (HUH721010ALE600) 10TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes 6.8 W
Seagate IronWolf HDD (ST1000VN002) 1TB 5900 Yes 24/7 Yes 3.6 W
Seagate NAS HDD (ST2000VN000) 2TB 5900 Yes 24/7 Yes
Seagate NAS HDD (ST2000VN001) 2TB 5900 Yes 24/7 Yes
Seagate IronWolf HDD (ST2000VN004) 2TB 5900 Yes 24/7 Yes 5.0 W
Seagate NAS HDD (ST3000VN000) 3TB 5900 Yes 24/7 Yes 5.6 W
Seagate IronWolf HDD (ST3000VN007) 3TB 5900 Yes 24/7 Yes 5.6 W
Seagate NAS HDD (ST4000VN000) 4TB 5900 Yes 24/7 Yes 4.8 W
Seagate IronWolf HDD (ST4000VN008) 4TB 5900 Yes 24/7 Yes 4.8 W
Seagate NAS HDD (ST6000VN0021) 6TB 5900 Yes 24/7 Yes 9.0 W
Seagate IronWolf HDD (ST6000VN0041) 6TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes 9.0 W
Seagate NAS HDD (ST8000VN0002) 8TB 5900 Yes 24/7 Yes 9.0 W
Seagate IronWolf HDD (ST8000VN0022) 8TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes 9.0 W
Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD (ST2000VN0001) 2TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes
Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD (ST3000VN0001) 3TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes
Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD (ST4000VN0001) 4TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes
Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD (ST5000VN0001) 5TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes
Western Digital Red (WD10EFRX) 1TB 5400 Yes 24/7 Yes 3.3 W
Western Digital Red (WD20EFRX) 2TB 5400 Yes 24/7 Yes 4.1 W
Western Digital Red (WD30EFRX) 3TB 5400 Yes 24/7 Yes 4.1 W
Western Digital Red (WD40EFRX) 4TB 5400 Yes 24/7 Yes 4.5 W
Western Digital Red (WD50EFRX) 5TB 5400 Yes 24/7 Yes 5.3 W
Western Digital Red (WD60EFRX) 6TB 5400 Yes 24/7 Yes 5.3 W
Western Digital Red (WD80EFZX) 8TB 5400 Yes 24/7 Yes 6.4 W
Western Digital Red (WD100EFAX) 10TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes 6.2 W
Western Digital Red Pro (WD2001FFSX) 2TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes 6.5 W
Western Digital Red Pro (WD2002FFSX) 2TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes 7.8 W
Western Digital Red Pro (WD3001FFSX) 3TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes 8.6 W
Western Digital Red Pro (WD4001FFSX) 4TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes 8.6 W
Western Digital Red Pro (WD4002FFSX) 4TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes 9.1 W
Western Digital Red Pro (WD5001FFWX) 5TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes 10.6 W
Western Digital Red Pro (WD6001FFWX) 6TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes 10.6 W
Western Digital Red Pro (WD6002FFWX) 6TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes 9.1 W
Western Digital Red Pro (WD8001FFWX) 8TB 7200 Yes 24/7 Yes 7.2 W

Network Devices

Vendor Model Chipset Status Speed Works out
of the box?
Drivers Remarks
3Com 3c905B-TX Fast Etherlink XL Works 10/100 Yes Built-in
3Com 3c905C-TX-M Works 10/100 Yes Built-in
3Com 3cSOHO100-TX Works 10/100 Yes Built-in
A-link A-link NA1GHR Realtek RTL8169SC Works 10/100/1000 Yes Built-in Tested with MTU=7000 and MTU=default
Broadcom BCM5750 Works 10/100/1000 Yes Built-in
D-Link D-Link DGE-530T Marvell 88E1011 Works 10/100/1000 Yes Built-in works fine, WOL does NOT work
Intel EXPI9301CT PCIe Desktop Adapter 82547 Works 10/100/1000 Yes Built-in Works fine
Intel Pro/100 Ethernet 82801BA/CAM Works 10/100 Yes Built-in
Intel Pro/100 Ethernet 82550 Works 10/100 Yes Built-in Works fine
Intel Pro/1000 GT Desktop 82541PI Works 10/100/1000 Yes Built-in
Intel PRO/1000 PT Server Adapter 82572GI Works 10/100/1000 Yes Built-in
Linksys LNE100TX v5.1 Works 10/100 Yes Built-in Works fine
Logilink PC0029ARealtek RTL8168B Works 10/100/1000 Yes built in works fine
Mellanox MNPA19-XTR Works 10BGE Yes built in Only from NAS4Free 10.2.0.2.xxxx and higher
Netgear GA311 Works 10/100/1000 Yes Built-in Works fine
nVidia nForce3 MCP7 Works 10/100/1000 Yes Built-in Works fine
nVidia nForce MCP9 Works 10/100 Yes Built-in
Realtek OEM 8039 Works 10/100/1000 Yes Built-in Works fine including Jumbo Frames
Realtek OEM 8139 works 10/100 Yes Built-in Works fine
Realtek RTL8111B/C/D/E 8111B/C/D/E Works 10/100/1000 Yes Built-in Works fine (MAX MTU < 6KB)
Realtek RTL8111F 8111F Works 10/100/1000 Yes Built-in Works fine
Realtek onboard NIC RTL8201CL Works 10/100 Yes built in recognized as “vr0” (VIA Rhine)
TyanTransport GT20 B2925 on-board NIC Works 10/100/1000 Yes built in Works fine
USR USR997902 RTL8169S-32 Works 10/100/1000 Yes Built-in Works fine
Apple MB442Z/A AX88772 Works 10/100 Yes Built-in Tested, no MTU=9000

LCD for LCDproc

Vendor Model Connection Status Drivers Webpage Info
CW12832 LCD CW12832 Serial or USB Works CwLnx check: http://www.cwlinux.com/products/cw12832 check: http://forums.nas4free.org/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=955
HD44780 LCD U204FB-A3 USB Works HD44780 check: http://www.lcdmodkit.com/lcd/U204FB-A3.html Works perfectly
HD44780 LCD U204FY-A2 USB Works HD44780 check: http://www.lcdmodkit.com/lcd/U204FY-A2.html
HD44780 LCD U204FR-A2 USB Works HD44780 check: http://www.lcdmodkit.com/lcd/U204FR-A2.html
HD44780 LCD U204FW-A1 USB Works HD44780 check: http://www.lcdmodkit.com/lcd/U204FW-A1.html

SATA Controllers

Vendor Model Chipset Status Works out
of the box?
Drivers Remarks
3ware 8506-8 Works Yes Built-In
3ware 9500S-12 Works Yes Built-In
3ware 9500S-4LP Works Yes Buitl-In
3ware 9650SE Works Yes Built-In
Adaptec 2610SA Works Yes info OEM'd for HP/Dell (no Adaptec support), –dead link–
Adaptec 2410SA Works Yes Built-In Notes
Areca ARC-1120 Works Yes Built-In
Areca ARC-1680ix-24 Works Yes Built-In
Dawicontrol DC-624e - 4 port SATA III (RAID) controller, PCIe (Firmware 4.20 - 2013) Works Yes Built-In Works out of the box - as long as RAID BIOS is not configured.
DeLock SATA2 PCIe 70137, 2 port SATA II controller Works No Built-In Works when the ROM gets flashed and the controller is set to NOT use RAID 0 or RAID 1 (flash tool included but with no further description).
Highpoint Rocketraid 1640 Works Version? info –dead link {Read Warning} –]] Works
Highpoint Rocketraid 1740 Works Version? –dead link– –dead link– Works
Highpoint Rocketraid 1820 Works Version? –dead link– Works
Highpoint Rocketraid 2300 Works Version? info Works
Highpoint Rocketraid 3520 Works Version? –dead link– –dead link– Works
Intel ICH8R P965/ICH8R Works Yes Built-In Works fine even with BIOS configured RAID
Intel RS2WC080 LSI SAS2008 Works Yes Built-In Must be firmware flashed to LSI IT Mode UEFI Mode Boot Disk mode
LSI Logic MegaRAID 150-6 Works Yes Built-In AWESOME
LogilinkPC0003AJMB363Works Yes Built-InOnly SW-RAID; BIOS-configured RAID0/1 not tested
NVidia nForce3 Pro Works Yes Built-In Using SoftRAID / ZFS
Promise FastTrak SX4300 Works Yes Works like a charm.(discontinued)
Promise FastTrak SX4310 Works Yes
Promise S150 TX4 Works Yes Built-In
Promise SATA300-TX4 PDC40718 Works Yes Built-In No problems at all.
RealTek RTL8110SC To be tested No info Driver was successfully built on FreeBDS6.2
ST-Lab A-223 SIL-3114 Works Yes –dead link–
ST-Lab A-380/390 SIL-3512 Works Yes –dead link– Without configuring controller's RAID
SiL ANY ANY Can Work Sometimes –dead link–
SiL 3114(R) SATA150Works Yes Built-in–dead link– i386 9.0.0.1 with Sil BIOS 5500
Unitek SIL-3512A Works Yes Built-In –dead link– Works fine. SATA transfer rate of 1,5Gb/s
VIA VT6421A Works Yes Not in BIOS, NAS4Free OK on internal SATA ports.
VIA VT8237_CD Works Yes Built-In SoftRAID sees SATA devs. haven't tested onboardRAID

PATA (IDE) Controllers

Vendor Model Chipset Status Works out
of the box?
Drivers Remarks
3ware 7006-2 Works Yes Built-In
3ware Escalade 7506-4LP 7506 works Yes built-in
3ware Escalade 6410 Works Yes Built-in
Highpoint Rocketraid 454 Works Yes Built-in
ITE IT8212F / ATA 133 IDE RAID Works Yes
ITE PCI Ultra ATA133 IDE Raid 8212 Works Yes Built-in –dead link–
Promise FastTrak 66 Works Yes Built-In
PromiseFastTrak-SX4000-litePDC20621 Works Yes Built-in 256MB caching raid 5 with 4 drives
Promise FastTrak SX4000 Works Yes Built-in
Promise FastTrak SX4060 Works No Built-in –dead link–
Promise ULTRA100 TX2 PDC20268 Works Yes Built-in
Promise ULTRA100 TX Works Yes Built-in
Silicon Image (Sil) 3112 Fails No No –dead link–
SiS962/963 UDMA133 controllerWorksYesBuilt-ini386 9.0.0.1
ST-Lab PCI-IDECMD0680 SIL 0680 Works Yes Built-In Not as HW-raid-controller; works like onboard-pata-controller with nas4free as sw-raid

SCSI Controllers

Vendor Model Chipset Status Works out
of the box?
Drivers Remarks
ADAPTEC 29320LPE AIC7902 Works Yes Built-In
ADAPTEC Adaptec 3960D Ultra160 aic7899 Works Yes Built-In

UPS - Known to Work Uninterruptible Power Suplies

Vendor Model Notes / Reference
CyberPower VALUE800E-GP –dead link–
APC Back-UPS 550 VA –dead link–
APC Back-UPS ES 350 to 650 UPS will not power down all the rest works
APC Back-UPS CS 650 VA UPS will not power down all the rest works
APC APC BACK-UPS RS 1500VA Reported working
APC Smart-UPS 1000 VA Reported working, read: –dead link–
Mustek PowerMust 600 VA Reported working, read: –dead link–
Power Inspired CIX3085 Reported working, read: http://forums.nas4free.org/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=6673//

NUT UPS Compatibility List

DOM/IDE/USB Flash Drives

Note - Some flash drives (SanDisk Cruzer, others) come pre-installed with an emulated, read-only CD-ROM drive holding data from the manufacturer. These should be wiped to ensure trouble free use.
Vendor Model Works out
of the box?
Notes
Addonics Addonics IDE CF Yes
HyperStoneFlash Disk 30/06/03 IDE CF Yes
IEI CF-KIT04 Adapter Yes
Kingston 2GB Compact Flash Yes
PC Engines GmbH CFDISK.1E Yes
PQI 512MB turbo DOM 40pin vertical Yes
SanDisk Cruzer 4GB No Wipe before using! Then it works fine.
SanDisk Ultra II CompactFlash 4GB Yes
SanDisk Ultra II CompactFlash 8GB Yes
SanDisk Extreme PRO® 16GB Yes Transfer speeds of up to 160MB/s
Transcend 2GB 40Pin vertikal Yes
Transcend 4GB 40Pin vertikal Yes

NAS4Free UPnP Hardware/Software Compatibility List

Hardware

  • DENON AV Receivers: AVR-4810, AVR-4520, AVR-4311, AVR-4306, AVR-4308, AVR-3311, AVR-3313, AVR-3310, AVR-2313, AVR-2113, AVR-1913 and newer models (NET-AUDIO usage on the receiver, DENON AVR profile UPnP service).
  • ONKYO AV Receivers: TX-NR3008, TX-NR3009, TX-NR5008, TX-NR5009 and newer models.
  • Philips Streamium SL400i.
  • Netgear MP101.
  • Kodak EX1011 WiFi Digital Picture Frame.
  • Linksys WMLS11B.
  • Freecom MusicPal.
  • Bewan iMedia HD 100 (ok via Samba (all formats) / ok via UPnP (except ISO and MKV which hang the box)).
  • Tivo (with PyTivo).
  • Popcorn Hour devices for streaming using cifs/smb or NFS

Software

  • Winamp + On2Share for Winamp v0.1 Plugin
  • Geexbox 1.0
  • Windows Media Player 10 and 11
  • CLAMP
  • VLC (UPNP version only)
  • PyTivo
nas4free_users_hardware.txt · Last modified: 2017/06/17 02:15 by zoon01