Cisco NSS 300 Series Smart Storage

Cisco  NSS 300 Series Smart Storage is a series of 2-bay, 4-bay, and 6-bay desktop network storage solutions that combine class-leading performance with affordability and ease of use. High performance means shorter backup times and faster file sharing across multiple users. The devices are easy to set up, configure, and manage, with a simple, browser-based interface that helps save you time. Cisco Smart Storage is designed specifically for small businesses, with business-class features such as data encryption to protect critical data (Figure 1).
Further setting it apart from other storage solutions, Cisco Smart Storage features built-in and add-on applications that extend usage beyond storage, giving you more value for your money. And to protect your investment, we offer the Cisco Small Business Pro Service, an affordable, comprehensive service that provides peace-of-mind coverage.

Figure 1. Cisco NSS 300 Series Smart Storage

Features and Benefits

High-performance system speeds backup and facilitates information sharing

Powered by a dual-core Intel Atom processor, Cisco Smart Storage delivers class-leading performance. The fast, efficient backup allows more users to access Cisco Smart Storage simultaneously and enables you to schedule backups at convenient times for your business.

Built-in and add-on applications extend usage beyond storage

Your Cisco Smart Storage comes with built-in applications and the ability to add new applications in the future. Built-in applications include a user-configurable web server with an integrated WordPress publishing platform that allows you to create and run blogs, forums, and internal websites from your Cisco Smart Storage device, and built-in syslog and RADIUS servers that help simplify user authentication and management of your entire network. Running applications like these on a Cisco Smart Storage device helps ensure that they are available at all times and can eliminate the need for additional devices on the network, enabling your business to be more efficient.

Security features safeguard your stored data from unauthorized access

Cisco Smart Storage helps prevent unauthorized access to the device, and enables highly secure remote and web access. Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit on-disk data encryption helps protect critical business data, even if the hard drives are stolen, a business-class feature most other storage solutions do not provide.

Simplified configuration and management saves time

Cisco Smart Storage is easy to set up, configure, and manage. You can set up the device in minutes and configure it with a straightforward, browser-based interface. To save time on account setup, you can use user account information from your Windows Active Directory server, allowing employees to access Cisco Smart Storage with their existing login name and password.

Flexibility supports the way you work

Cisco Smart Storage supports file sharing across Windows, Macintosh, and Linux platforms. Choose from multiple backup modes, including PC to Smart Storage using any Windows backup client, Mac to Smart Storage using Apple Time Machine, and server to Smart Storage or Smart Storage to Smart Storage using remote replication. You can also use Cisco Smart Storage as an iSCSI target for virtualized and clustered environments.

Reliable, high-availability design means worry-free operation

Cisco Smart Storage offers Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) 0, 1, 5, and 6 configurations, which helps safeguard your data, and a hot-swap design that allows you to replace a failed drive without turning off the device. You can upgrade a disk configuration to a higher RAID level, or move data to newly installed hard drives, while Cisco Smart Storage is running.

Energy-efficient operations save on operating costs and support green initiatives

Cisco Smart Storage incorporates energy-saving features that save money and support energy conservation initiatives. You can schedule the device to power on and off according to your working hours and use the Wake on LAN feature to power on your Cisco Smart Storage device remotely. Conserve power with an Energy Star V rated power adapter and hard disk drives that spin down on inactivity. Integrated applications help save energy by reducing the number of network-based devices your small business needs.

Product Specifications

Table 1 and 2 give the product specifications for Cisco NSS 300 Series Smart Storage.

Table 1. Device-Specific Information





Max Number of Internal Hard Drives




Dimensions (H x W x D)

150 x 102 x 216 mm

177 x 180 x 235 mm

175 x 257x 235 mm

Net Weight

1.74 kg

3.65 kg

5.2 kg

Power Supply

External 84W

Internal 250W

Internal 250W

System Fan

1 x 7 cm

1 x 9 cm

2 x 9 cm

Disk Management

Single disk, JBOD, RAID 0/1

Single disk, JBOD, RAID 0/1/5/6/5+hot spare

Single disk, JBOD, RAID 0/1/5/6/5+hot spare/6+hot spare


Table 2. General Device Specifications





Intel Atom D510 1.66GHz (Dual Core)





Internal Hard Drives

Hot Swappable
Supports 2.5" and 3.5" SATA drives


Dual Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet


5 USB 2.0
1 VGA (recovery only)

Status LEDs

Status, LAN, USB, eSATA, HDD


Power, Reset, USB One Touch, LCD Select, LCD Enter

Power Supply

AC Input 100-240V, 50-60Hz, Energy Star V Rated

Operating Temp


Operating Humidity

0-95% RH (non-condensing)


Kensington security slot


Operating System

Linux 2.6



File System

Internal: EXT3, EXT4
External EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32


TCP/IP IPv4 & IPv6 Dual Stack
Dual Gigabit Ethernet with Jumbo Frame
Multi-IP Setting, Port Trunking, Failover, 802.3ad
DHCP Client, DHCP Server
UPnP & Bonjour Discovery

File Server (or File Sharing)

Web File Manager

FTP Server

FTP over SSL/TLS (explicit)
Max. Concurrent connections 256
FXP Supported
Passive FTP Port Range Control
FTP Bandwidth & Connection Control
Unicode Support

Backup Server

USB One Touch Copy
Apple Time Machine Support
Block-level remote replication
Rsync server & client
Encrypted replication
External storage devices


AES 256-bit volume based data encryption
IP Filter
Network access protection with auto-blocking
HTTPS connection
FTP with SSL/TLS (explicit)
Encrypted remote replication (rsync over ssh)
Importable SSL certificate
Email and SMS alerts

Disk Management

Online RAID capacity expansion
Online RAID Level Migration
Bad block scan
RAID Recovery
Bitmap Support


iSCSI Target
Virtual Disk Drive (max 8)
Stack Chaining Master

Server Virtualization & Clustering

Supports VMware
Supports Hyper-V

Power Management

Wake on LAN
Scheduled power on/off (max 15 settings)
Automatic power on after power recovery
UPS Support

Access Right Management

User Accounts (4096 max)
Groups (max 512)
Shares (max 512)
Batch user creation
Import user list
User quota
Supports Active Directory Authentication


AJAX-based User Interface
HTTP/HTTPS connections
Email and SMS alerts
Smart Fan Control
Dynamic DNS (DDNS)
SNMP Traps (v2 & v3)
UPS Support with SNMP & USB
Resource Monitor
Network Recycle Bin for CIFS/SMB
Comprehensive Logs (Events & Connections)
Real time online user list
Syslog Client
Backup & restore system settings
LCD quick installation (NSS324/326 only)
Web Based Quick Configuration Wizard
CD Setup Wizard
Works with Cisco Small Business network tools and services

Web Server

HTTP/HTTPS connections
Supports WebDAV
importable SSL certificate
Integrated WordPress

Network Applications

Syslog Server
Download Station: PC-less FTP & HTTP downloads

Media Applications

iTunes Server: Media Sharing, Smart Playlist
Multimedia Station: web based viewing, sharing

Twonky UPnP Media Server

DLNA 1.5 Certified
Real time & background photo transcoding
Supports UPnP & DLNA Media players such as Game consoles (PlayStation3, PSP, Xbox 360), Media Adapters, Mobile Devices (e.g. iphone/iPod Touch/iPad with UPnP/DLNA Application)
Supported formats: video (asf, flv, f1v, f4v, mp4, mpeg), audio (mp3, wav), picture (bmp, gif, jpg, png)

PKG Add-on Applications

Support for PKG applications

Supported Operating System

Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista (32/64 bit), Windows 7 (32/64 bit), Windows Server 2003/2008, Apple MAC OS X, Linux & Unix

Supported Web Browsers

Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox 3 or later, Safari 3 or later

Multilingual Support

English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese

Specification Sheets / Installation guides / Associated files


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