Patriot Gear Box Network Device

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Published: January 10, 2010
Author: Amber Lupala
Editor: Amber Lupala
Provider: Patriot

Installation and Usage

Installing and setting up the Patriot Gear Box is very simple. Plug into your router and plug in the power. Then attach your device (printer, hard drive, flash drive) to the two provided USB 2.0 ports. Next, insert the installation CD. Don’t worry; there is no actual software installation, just a java runtime application to tell you the IP address of the connected Gear Box.

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Now take that IP address and input it to your browser of choice and you are into the configuration page.  If you’ve ever setup a router before, this should feel familiar to you. The status page allows the user to change the Netbios name of the device, workgroup in which the devices resides, administrator password, and the time and date of the device.
There are also options to enable or disable a DHCP server, Samba (SMB) service, and FTP service. The DHCP server could be useful for a quick work meeting if one of the participants has a network switch and no network connection can be found. Samba service is the network protocol that Windows natively uses, and many other systems will also use.
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The next page down is the IP Config page. Here, you can setup the Gear Box to use a static IP address or obtain one from your router. Next, we have a maintenance page. Here, the user can upload firmware updates, reboot the Gear Box, and reset it to factory defaults.

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SMB Server and FTP Server are the next two pages. They are very similar so let’s talk about them together here.  Both allow the ability to add new users as well as restrict users to read only access or give them full read and write access. The FTP server allows the user to change the port from the default 21. Also, the users can change the FTP language from a selection of 13 languages.

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On the bittorrent page, the user can select where the files where download to, set the port, apply upload and download speed restrictions, upload a torrent file (to download the torrent), and manage the torrent queue. You can also set the Gear Box to send you an e-mail when a torrent is finished downloading! It’s really everything you would need to manage your torrents.
The Printer page is really just a status page. No changes can be made on this page; it only shows what kind of printer is connected. Installing a printer is a little bit different than a dedicated print server. LPR must be selected in the settings of the custom TCP/IP port. This is all clearly described in the manual on the included CD. I was able to setup my print server in a couple minutes after following these directions.

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The Media Server page allows the user to select which folder to use for photos, music, and videos. Each of these can use different folders and can be enabled or disabled independently of each other. The music server will work with iTunes, Xbox 360, and PS3. The photo and video features will work with Xbox 360 and PS3, or other media device.
The last page is the Disk Utility page. Here, the user can format a drive, set the time that elapses before the drive goes to sleep, or run a scan disk on the drive. The format option will format the connected drive in FAT32 format. In addition to FAT32, the Gear Box can read FAT and NTFS partitions.
Finally, the last item on the navigation page allows the Gear Box configuration page to be displayed in 10 different languages.

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  • zoarl

    i´m totaly unsatisfied with this junk. i can get a connection to my android devices, but i am not able to upload any data.

    when i try to upload it really seems to work, it is also shown that files getting uploadet, but in the end nothing is on my hard drive. an data stored over usb also don´t get shown.
    The support of raidsonic is also sh*** to reques i have made, but no answer.
    there are better ways to thorw out money

  • Irask

    I have the same problem it says “No Storage Media”