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BUFFALO MiniStation Air 1TB USB 3.0 / WIFI Wireless Mobile Storage HDW-PD1.0U3
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Fills a need you did not know you needed 07/09/2014

This review is from: BUFFALO MiniStation Air 1TB USB 3.0 / WIFI Wireless Mobile Storage HDW-PD1.0U3

Pros: I got this as a review product, I really would not buy something like this, but looked interesting to test.

Simple to connect to using the App (make sure to get the right one, MiniStation Air2, or just scan QR code provided in setup instructions).
Lots of options and configuration options in the app menu. Power saving options, network settings and such are all there.

Easy to access when plugged into USB (just go to to get into the devices software) or use as a regular drive and drag and drop.

This will charge my iPad 2, but not completly. It charged it from 50% to around 90%. Should give most phones a nearly full charge.

I am not sure on exact battery life, but streaming music to my phone and movies to my iPad for 6 hours was not an issue at all.

Has an auto uploading feature you can enable that every time your mobile device connects it will copy pics/vids to the device so you have an extra copy of them.

Cons: First unit I received would not charge. I could use it plugged in, but something was wrong with the battery/charging system.

You can not charge a device and use the hard drive at the same time. I guess it would just kill the battery to do both at the same time, but be aware of this.

No way to keep your phone connected to both the hard drive and wireless data service at the same time. Voice and SMS text still work, but no data connection, so no way to check e-mails and such when using the device.

You also can not use it as both a wireless drive and plugged into a computer. This kind of sticks since I would love to keep it plugged into my server so I could share with wired devices at faster speeds but be able to use the wireless whenever I wanted also.

As stated by others, I saw a pretty drastic drop in speeds when connecting to the internet through the device.

Tested on my iPad 2:

Wireless n connection to home network: 29.49 Mbps down/5.84 up

through device to home network: 11.69 Mbps down/4.34 Mbps up buffalo

so speeds are more than 1/2 as slow using the drive, so I am guessing wireless g?
Just FYI my home Wired speeds are 44 Mbps down / 6 Mbps up

No battery percent indicator. Would be nice to know if it is about to die, Just green = charged, red = dead. There is a section in the software for battery life, but it would not pull up for me when I click on it?

I had the white bars with video playback also. Hope they fix this in a firmware update. Needs to be black bars.

Other Thoughts: Although I initially received a bad unit, Buffalo sent me a replacement quickly. Hopefully they treat retail customers the same way. I contacted Monday evening via e-mail, replacement at my house Wednesday afternoon.

I do wish it was a little more rugged. While I don't expect it to survive drops and falls, the case seems a little weak for a portable device like this.

Maybe a rubberized coating or something on it? Not a con, just something that would make me more comfortable carrying it around in a backpack.

Power light has 3 options, Green is powered on for use (blue WiFi led turns on when WiFi is ready), Orange means you can plug in a portable device to charge it. No light is power off. You have to push the power button and hold it for it to switch between power options.

I plan on using this when we travel to let the kids stream movies/music to their portable devices so they don't fight over my phone with unlimited data.

This device is one that I am not really sure who will buy. It has lots of features, but still lacks a few for what I think it is. A lot of the issues could be fixed with a firmware update I believe.
If your one that finds you need a lot more storage when your on the go and want a simple interface, then this is it. It is a bit costly IMO, but some may find the storage and convenience worth it.

My overall score would be 3.5 eggs, but since I can't give 1/2 and egg, it only gets 3 from me.

Netgear C3000 N300 WiFi Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 In 1
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good fast solution 06/15/2014

This review is from: Netgear C3000 N300 WiFi Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Router 2 In 1

Pros: Very easy to get running. Info is on the bottom of the Modem/router. A call to Comcast and about 10 minutes later it was running just fine.

Doubled my download speed. I had a Linksys CM100 that is DOCSIS 2.0 that I have been using for several years. Usual speeds via were around 22-25 Mb/s, which is close to the speed limit of DOCSIS 2.0. When I ran my first test with this new modem, my speeds were hitting 50-52 Mb/s (which is what I am actually paying for). So technically this did not double my speeds, but allowed me to use all the speed I was paying for.

Supports IPv6 (not here yet, but is coming soon).

x8 upload and x4 download channel bonding (if your ISP supports it). Give you much cleaner, faster and stronger signals for consistent speeds.

Cons: I don't like 2 in 1 devices. I had tried to turn the router off and use my current router, but I could not (well, I could, but then the modem did not work, still messing with that).
Some might like this feature since it does cut down on wire clutter.

Only 2 LAN plugs. While they are gigabit speed, why not 4? Yes more and more people are going wireless, but many still use several wired devices. I luckily have an unused gigabit switch so I can still use all the stuff I had hooked up to my old setup. 1/2 egg off for this.

This thing is to light. When I had 2 ethernet cables, a USB cable to my external hard drive and power cable plugged in, it kept falling over. I finally had to leave it on it's side. I like devices that are made to be laid flat, not upright like this one is (for this very reason). If they want to make it an upright device, they need to put some more weight on the bottom of it. 1/2 egg of for this

Only USB 2.0. With gigabit LAN and wireless n, it should be USB 3.0.
and speaking of the USB, I can't get it to work. It is set up on the router, but I can not access it from any device, not sure what I am doing wrong. Another thing I need to figure out.

Minimal options for the wireless guest network. I like to set up my guest network at wireless g speeds and also have it turn itself off at night, this has no options at all for that.

Other Thoughts: While this did "double" my speeds, I really don't notice much difference in daily use of the internet. I rarely download huge files. I do use VOIP for my phone as well as lot's of netflix and Xfinity Ondemand stuff, but I was truthfully content before. I guess this does give me more overhead and future proofing.

This unit also has parental controls. I tried using it but I found it more of a hassel than a help.

As I said above, I don't like all in one network devices. I have had my network setup they way I wanted it for about 2 years now, this made me change it all. I am debating finding another modem only so I can go back to using my other router setup that I had before.
I think part of it is I am so used to having DD-WRT on routers and all the options you can get from it that I feel very restricted when going to another platform.

Overall, if your tired of paying the rental fee from your cable company and want and all in one device that is pretty simple to set up, this is it.
I will probably give this to my sister if I get a stand alone modem since she only has 1 wired device and the rest of her stuff is wireless, so it will work great for her

Seagate ST500LM021 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small 7mm drive, will fit ultra slim laptops.

Fast drive. 7200 RPM with 32mb cache


Runs cool

Cons: Price a little high for capacity (but your paying for speed).

Does not come with any "spacer" for regular height 2.5" drives. Not sure if that would be an issue for some laptops that the hard drives are not held in with screws.

Other Thoughts: I initially put this in a USB 3 enclosure to test and it is fast. The previous drive I had in it was a 5400 rpm drive and it just seemed to take forever to transfer files even over USB 3.0. Did not run benchmarks on it, but in an everyday use it seemed faster.

I am now using it in my server for my recorded TV files. nice to have a small drive in there that is quiet and cool I am getting the same speed results as everyone else, mid 140's for read and write per Crystal Disk Mark (SATA II)

If you need an ultra slim drive with higher capacity than an "affordable" SSD can give you, this is a great drive for that. While not SSD speeds, it is faster than other laptop drives (much, much faster than any 5400 rpm drive).

on a side note, this was shipped in a bubble wrap envelope, but also had a neat bubble wrap enclosure around the drive, very effective packaging IMO. It was so light I did not realize it was a hard drive.


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