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Great for the Starting NAS user. 09/09/2013
This review is from: Seagate Central STCG2000100 2TB Cloud Storage System
I love when I get NAS’s to review. To begin, before I received this device to do an Eggxpert Review for, I had actually purchased the 4TB version to try out before I go word of doing a review on this product, so I already knew what I was getting. To review, out of the box, setup was super easy…just take it out, plug it in and plug into your router and your ready to begin accessing it without any more information. Of course, to secure it, you’ll want to run through the regular setup by clicking the link provided by the device to open the internet browser and complete initial setup.
The interface is super easy to navigate. The interface is definitely for the beginning NAS user. You can setup services and access the device’s contents quite easily. When transferring a couple videos worth about 32GB of space, the write speed was pretty decent. It did take a couple minutes, but all of the videos were transferred with no errors.
Have a lot of family and friends who you want to let have access to your files? No problem, this device allows for easy setup for multi-user accounts. Testing DLNA to my Samsung TV’s worked perfectly for my music files I had on the device. When I tried playing my videos, unfortunately my Samsung TV’s could not play the files as they were Apple file type video files (not the device’s fault, just needed to transfer to a file type the Samsung TV’s could read).
The device is also great for backing up my computers. Very simple to setup and access my backups quickly. As far as the mobile device Apps go, I used the iPhone Seagate Media App and everything was pretty easy to figure out.
2TB of space concerning you as you might have more files you need to store on the device? Don’t worry; they add a USB port to add an external drive to it to have more storage.
Even though the setup was easy, it took awhile for the device to get itself ready to be ready on my network. When turning it on for the first time, you are instructed to wait until the status light turns solid green, which took close to 10 minutes for me, which seems a bit long. I was afraid that it had some issue, but once it turned green it the rest of the setup was fine.
A big downside for me was when I was trying to stream my big sized videos while away from home. The App requires you to download the video files to your device, defeating the purpose of streaming from this device.
Not really a downside, but me being accustomed to the Netgear ReadyNAS device that I got to review a couple weeks ago, I was used to being able to install more applications like PLEX media center on my NAS. I was a little disappointed to see this device was not able to do that, but it is a simpler device than the Netgear ReadyNAS (and costs way less as well).
This is a great device for the starter NAS user. For the more advanced users not so much. I love both my purchased 4TB one and the 2TB one I got to do the review on as it helps me keep my files managed while at home and away from home. The downside of large video file streaming needing to download the video does make it lose an egg for me as I was looking for a better streaming service, but overall the device serves the major purpose of accessing files anywhere in the world. (provided you have an internet connection)
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