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Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS (STBN100)

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General

Brand
Seagate
Model
STBN100

Configuration

Form Factor
2-Bay

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
Diskless System

Features

Features
The Business Storage 2-bay NAS includes government-grade hardware encryption technology that helps protect data stored on the NAS. When you access files remotely, the 2-bay NAS also helps protect your data-in-flight with SSL/TLS, the same technology that secures your information when banking online.

The 2-bay NAS features a Universal Storage Module (USM) slot that makes it incredibly simple and cost-effective to create off-site backups of your data. Start by docking a Seagate Backup Plus portable drive in the USM slot. With a touch of a button, you can transfer large files at speeds up to 3x faster than USB 2.0. Undock your portable drive and data, and you're ready to take your files with you or to a secure, off-site location.

The USM slot is also convenient for photographers, videographers and other professionals who routinely bring back large files from the field. Use a Backup Plus portable drive throughout the day and when you're back at the office, slide the portable drive into the USM slot and-with a touch of a button-all of your work is transferred to a designated folder on the 2-bay NAS.

System Requirements:
Local area network (LAN)
Internet connection (for system updates and Web access)
Wired or wireless router with an available 10/100/1000 Ethernet port
DVD-ROM drive for software installation (recommended)
Mac on Network: Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, Apple Safari 3.1 or later
PC on Network: Pentium or equivalent processor (1GHz or higher), 512MB of RAM or higher, Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8, Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, or Firefox 3.0 or later

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions
12.2" x 10.8" x 6.1"
Weight
8.21 lbs.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Scott H.
  • 9/11/2014 6:41:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsKeep moving

This review is from: Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS (STBN100)

Pros: It is fairly easy to setup, which is good since I've had to do this multiple times.

Cons: Mostly everything. This thing is awful. I have had a few different problems like the refusal to shut down when email alerts are turned on. And now last night it just completely erased all settings and thought my two drives, with many many GB's of data were brand new drives and wanted to wipe them clean. I have no idea if this is recoverable, but do not buy this thing. Spend the money to get something with more solid reviews.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy it. Find a different storage solution. I haven't tried any of the other brands, but I know there are some that get much more consistently good reviews.

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  • Omar M.
  • 8/5/2014 6:45:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorking 100%

This review is from: Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS (STBN100)

Pros: Work great for streaming and look great in my workstation.

Cons: N/A

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  • SHANE B.
  • 6/4/2014 12:46:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Nice

This review is from: Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS (STBN100)

Pros: Excellent design, easy to setup, hard drive setup is tool-less. Has a 3rd port that laptop hard drives can be plugged into, but I've not tried it out.

Cons: 25mb/s actual transfer rate max. get 100mb/s transfer rates from pc to pc on my network, but those pc's are only going up to 25 to the STBN100. They go down to 12-13mb/s if both pc's are transfering data to it. It's currently setup in round robin mode, maybe will try later in single mode. Fan is a bit annoying, sort of a squealing sound to it.

Other Thoughts: It's transferring and responding faster than other NAS devices I've tried. Moved almost 2.4 tb's of data onto it, took about 14 hours. It will be used to backup client's fotos on a weekly basis, so the speed is fine. Hope it lasts a long time.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Shane,

We first wanted to provide our centralized link for help with setup, usage, installation, and troubleshooting of your Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS. This includes our complete User Guide. Please reference the link below:

http://goo.gl/wmYHgE

We wanted to provide some suggestions to optimize your network performance. First, please make sure that your computer is connected to your router with a CAT-6 cable and that you are not using WiFi. WiFi is much slower than using an Ethernet cable. Also make sure that your Ethernet card on your computer, router, and any other device connected to your network is using Gigabit ethernet. Your network will only run as fast as your slowest piece of equipment.

Additionally, check to see if there are any firmware updates available for the drive and your router. Please check for any driver updates from the motherboard manufacturer of your computer. Click on the link below for instructions on how to update the firmware for the Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS:

http://goo.gl/TGIacp

If you are still experiencing slow transfer rates, try plugging the drive directly into a computer with a Gigabit ethernet card and see if your speeds improve. Should the performance improve, then it is likely there is a network bottleneck unrelated to the drive itself.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our support staff and we will be happy to assist further:

http://www.seagate.com/contacts/

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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  • John P.
  • 5/1/2014 11:53:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSeagate NAS STBN100

This review is from: Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS (STBN100)

Pros: Decent NAS for the price. Easy to install and setup. It has a lot of features, including support for NFS, CIFS, WEBDav, and FTP. I have this configured with two 3TB drives on RAID 1. Web interface has good features allowing users to setup permissions on created shares. This Seagate NAS has two Gigabit NIC interfaces which allows for NIC teaming: NIC fail-over and round robin.

Cons: This would have been a perfect NAS solution, however, despite having 1 Gb NIC interfaces, I only get a maximum of 25 MB/s. Even with NIC teaming (round-robin setup) enabled i get about the same speed.

I've only had this for a week, so I'm hoping there may be other forums I can peruse somewhere that can help me increase transfer speeds.

I've seen people in forums say they have are getting around 50 MB/s file transfer speeds, but so far I have not been able to achieve the same speeds.

This NAS gets hot after a while. Drives, when removed after several of hours of use, becomes very hot. Even on idle, the device system status shows temperatures at 39 C/102 F.

Other Thoughts: All-in-all I would say this is a good product for most users for home use. However, if you are using this as a backup solution and you have TBs of backups that you need to run daily, I would suggest you save more money and buy something else that is more capable. Otherwise, you can just work around this issue by setting up incremental backups.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear John P.,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of the Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS.

We wanted to provide some suggestions to optimize your network performance. First, please make sure that your computer is connected to your router with a CAT-6 cable and that you are not using WiFi. WiFi is much slower than using an Ethernet cable. Also make sure that your Ethernet card on your computer, router, and any other device connected to your network is using Gigabit ethernet. Your network will only run as fast as your slowest piece of equipment.

Additionally, check to see if there are any firmware updates available for the drive and your router. Please check for any driver updates from the motherboard manufacturer of your computer. Click on the link below for instructions on how to update the firmware for the Business Storage:

http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/005315en

If you are still experiencing slow transfer rates, try plugging the drive directly into a computer with a Gigabit ethernet card and see if your speeds improve. Should the performance improve, then it is likely there is a network bottleneck unrelated to the drive itself.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our support staff and we will be happy to assist further:

http://www.seagate.com/contacts/

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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  • Mr. l.
  • 2/24/2014 6:58:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsReliability questionable

This review is from: Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS (STBN100)

Pros: Seems very good out of the box.

Did what I needed it to do until they die.

Cons: This is the 2nd Se agate Business NAS we have had the first one was an previous model and it failed when it was out of warranty.

I ended up replacing it with the new generation and unfortunately this one became unresponsive and then died. Fortunately it is under warranty and is being replaced.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a reliable Business NAS I would suggest spending a little more money and getting a Synology or other higher end and allegedly more reliable device.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Mr I.,

We apologize for the problems experienced with your Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS devices. If you should have any questions or concerns regarding your replacement drive, please contact us directly by phone so we can assist further. If from the US or Canada, our contact number for Technical Support is 800-732-4283. If outside of the US or Canada, please try us here under Technical Support (choose your region):

http://www.seagate.com/support/contact-support/

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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  • Maximilian K.
  • 1/30/2014 10:52:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat NAS for home use

This review is from: Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS (STBN100)

Pros: Price (purchased for $99.99)
Raid 0, 1
redundant home storage ability with great interface
USB 3.0 and dual lan connectivity for redundancy

Cons: In order to keep warranty you do need to purchase Seagate drives. I purchased two 2TB NAS Seagate drives for 94 each.

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  • Jeffery L.
  • 1/5/2014 10:52:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPower Issue - Update to my 11/12/2013 review

This review is from: Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS (STBN100)

Pros: See 11/12/2013 post

Cons: Buggy firmware

Other Thoughts: There appears to be a bug in the firmware of this unit that affects it's ability to power off. If email notifications are set to "ON" it will not power down from the management interface nor the power button. Disable email notifications and the problem goes away.

The latest firmware is Firmware version: 2013.​60311
Release Date: August 2013

Seagate has had over 4 months to fix this issue but so far, there is no firmware update.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear VMware Student,

We apologize for the problems experienced with your Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS drive. We have not been able to replicate this behavior in our lab, so we would like to talk with you in greater detail by phone to determine the root cause and available resolution. A support case (#03891813) has been created that will show your review and our response. If from the US or Canada, our contact number for technical support is 800-732-4283. If outside of this region, please try us here under Technical Support (choose your region):

http://www.seagate.com/support/contact-support/

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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  • Joshua C.
  • 11/13/2013 12:57:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOK, but not great

This review is from: Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS (STBN100)

Pros: Seems to work pretty well.

Cons: Not very fast. Began to get more and more sluggish over time.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear JC,

There could be a variety of reasons for the slow network performance. First, please make sure that your computer is connected to your router with a CAT-6 cable and that you are not using WiFi. WiFi is much slower than using an Ethernet cable. Also make sure that your Ethernet card on your computer, router, and any other device connected to your network is using Gigabit ethernet. Your network will only run as fast as your slowest piece of equipment.

Also, check to see if there are any firmware updates available for the drive and your router. Please check for any driver updates from the motherboard manufacturer of your computer. Click on the link below for instructions on how to update the firmware for the Seagate Business NAS:

http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/005315en

If you are still experiencing slow transfer rates, try plugging the drive directly into a computer with a Gigabit ethernet card and see if your speeds improve. Should the performance improve, then it is likely there is a network bottleneck unrelated to the drive itself.

If you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our support staff:

http://seagate.com/support/contact-support/

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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  • Jeffery L.
  • 11/12/2013 5:21:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat NAS for a VMWare Lab

This review is from: Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS (STBN100)

Pros: Dual Network ports
Dual USB3 ports
Hot-Swappable
SSL Encryption
iSCSI support

Cons: Management software leaves a little to be desired. It works fine, but could be improved. Power Switch doesn't seem to work, but that is not a big deal to me, since this is a NAS (and you can power down via the management console.

Other Thoughts: I am very happy with this purchase. I bought it during a ShellShocker deal & got a great price. I needed something with iSCSI support & this fit the bill perfectly. I have not experienced any problems with it, and I would recommend this to anyone needing to buy a small-capacity NAS.

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  • Peter L.
  • 10/3/2013 9:31:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot what I expected from a "Businesss Storage NAS" solution

This review is from: Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay Diskless NAS (STBN100)

Pros: Transfer speeds were acceptable, though not outstanding, over my gigabit network. Externally the unit is solidly built, and I did not have any reservations about the plastic door. It's wide enough to be stable on a horizontal surface.

Cons: Drive trays seem flimsy. You have to slide a drive in sideways to engage its screw holes into two pegs on one side, then bend the tray's other side out in order to let the drive in so that you can insert the opposing pegs. I was afraid I would break the plastic tray every time I did this. Once in, latching the tray closed to connect the SATA and power ports was not a problem though.
The fan is extremely loud, suggesting adequate airflow, and yet the NAS CPU (indicated by the GUI) and the drives get very hot - the drives are much hotter than when inside my PC,and the CPU was well over 60 degrees, which is higher than the 55 degrees the manual says is excessive ("If your CPU temp exceeds 55.0 C, take proactive measures, such as powering down your NAS."). Note: I was using a 2TB different brand Enterprise class NAS drive as the initial drive since the 3TB NAS drive I received separately was faulty.
Software/firmware: I upgraded to the latest firmware as recommended and it was still terribly buggy, though the fan noise was lessened somewhat. I attempted to rename one of the shared volumes and it was processing the request for hours. When I rebooted (soft reboot), some of my files had simply disappeared - unacceptable for what was intended to be my backup device. The "Discovery" software *always* gives a popup error message that it cannot find shared volumes, and therefore cannot map network drives. This can be done in Windows, but even then the software gives the same error every time you use it.
The USB 3.0 port can be used to plug in an external drive; however if you reboot the NAS, even after safely removing the drive via the software, the NAS cannot see it unless you power off or disconnect the drive, then power on or reconnect it.
While testing the unit, I purposely deleted all the volumes at one point, yet the GUI pie chart indicated that the data usage of the drive was still at the previous level, and I had not set it to retain backups of deleted files or volumes. It took a couple of reboots to fix this.
I also tried to simply rename one of the volumes, and after several hours seeing it processing the request I gave up and soft rebooted the NAS, and discovered that several files in the "root" folder had simply disappeared. This is unacceptable for a device I was intending to use for my system backups.

Other Thoughts: I did not see it in the documentation, but in order to use a drive in the unit, it must be formatted by the NAS. This means that all previous data will be lost. You can't simply stick an NTFS formatted drive you were using on your PC and hope to keep its contents. I was expecting to lose data in any case, so used spare drives for which I had backups, but an inexperienced user might be unaware. When I switched a drive back to my PC, I found it had ten GPT formatted volumes on it.
The GUI itself was adequate for me, but the underlying software bugs made it unusable. I have requested an RMA and am in the process of returning it to Newegg for a refund - the first time I have ever done so with a product I purchased from them.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Peter,

We wanted to apologize for the problems experienced with your Seagate Business Storage drive.

We will pass along your suggestions on the drive trays to our developers. We appreciate your feedback on this.

The maximum temperature for the CPU on our Business Storage drive is 105 C. However, if your drives are overheating, please run our Drive Diagnostics to check the drive health:

http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/005546en

If you still have the unit, we would like to talk with you by phone to determine the cause and available resolution to the firmware update problem. We have created case #03704403 to use when contacting us that will show your review and our response. If from the US or Canada our contact number for technical support is 800-732-4283. If outside of the US or Canada please try us here under Technical Support (choose your region):

http://www.seagate.com/support/contact-support/

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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