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Pros: Size. 1TB (931 after NTFS formatting) holds a lot of data. The drive is also quiet. This drive shipped with my Lenovo Y510P laptop. I hoped it would work well enough. See below...
Cons: SLOW. Too slow to use, unless you have the patience of a saint to wait for Windows and applications to load. Loading Premiere Pro CC on this drive took over 2 minutes. The 5400RPM and 8MB cache are brutal. I had to buy a new 250GB SSD to replace this as my boot drive.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: BUFFALO MiniStation Air 1TB USB 3.0 / WIFI Wireless Mobile Storage HDW-PD1.0U3
Pros: Very easy setup, and wireless connection to mobile devices, via the included quick start guide. I had the hard drive charged, powered up, and connected to my PC for file transfer in no time. After installing the ministation2 app on my iPhone and Nexus 7, I was able to connect to the hard drive's wireless network quickly.
The wireless range on this little guy is pretty good! I was able to detect the connection all the way in my basement, even though I left the hard drive in my bedroom on the upper floor of my house. Granted, the connection was pretty poor, but I was able to stream music to my devices.
The Buffalo case seems pretty rugged, so I am confident the unit will not get damaged in my laptop bag when I am on the road traveling.
The included USB 3.0 cable works well for transferring data to and from the unit via my PC, and also connects to the included AC adapter for wall charging.
Music streamed from the hard drive to my mobile devices sounds great! I did not detect and sound compression of .mp3 playback (bit rates of 192KB/sec and 256KB/sec).
I really like how there is a file explorer built into the app, so I can access all types of files, including PDFs, Word docs, spreadsheets, etc.
I also appreciate the ability to copy/paste and delete files that exist on the hard drive via the app installed on my mobile devices.
Cons: Won't play video files encoded to .M4V, .MKV, .VOB, or .ISO, which are common file formats. This means that most of the portable movies in my collection will not stream from the AirStation to my Nexus 7 FHD tablet. The only file format I could get to play was .MPEG4 (h264 codec). This is a big limitation that needs to be fixed in a software update.
Another annoyance with the video player is that it does not remember where I last left off in a video file if I had to stop playback and leave the file. I watched a few minutes of a movie, then backed out to the main menu of the software. I went back to the movie to resume, and it started from the beginning.
The white bars on the top and bottom of the screen while playing video files are pretty atrocious. They should be black.
When streaming music through the Music Player within the app, songs can only be sorted by file name (title), NOT the actual track (ID tagged) numbers. This makes it impossible to play an album correctly from start to finish, in actual track order.
The only way to play the music tracks in order, as you've tagged them, is by accessing them through the app's File Explorer. For some reason, the File Explorer properly reads the .mp3's ID tags and loads them in proper track order within the app's Music Player.
The ability to pass-through another wireless signal (to connect to the internet while also being connected wirelessly to the hard drive) does not work well. I connected to the AirStation on my Nexus from a distance of about two feet, and then used the mobile app to also connect to my wireless router, which was about four feet away. Normally, my wireless speeds at this distance are 40Mb/sec. When connected through the app, the wireless download speeds were 0.6 Mb/sec.
Other Thoughts: This is an interesting device. Essential? Probably not. I do plan to use it when I travel, as I can load it up with MPEG4 (h264 encoded) video files that normally wouldn't fit on my Nexus 7 or iPhone. Likewise for music. It may also come in handy as a central file sharing device between groups of people, or teammates, working on projects that need access to a common pool of files. The ability is run this hard drive for up to 12 hours off of the internal battery is a huge plus in that regard.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Excellent LAN and wireless speeds. I have this router installed in my basement, and my signals all the way up on the upper floor of the house are excellent. Wireless speeds are consistent on all floors of my house - a solid 32 mbps down and 11 mbps up using my Nexus 7 2nd gen. Wired performance test via speedtest was 57.72 mbps down and 11.28 mbps up. My Comcast plan is 50 mbps down and 11 mbps up. Nice!
The four 10/100 Ethernet ports on the back function well. I have one port going out to a power line networking node, and another to a gigabit switch which feeds several Mac, PCs, and gaming consoles. Transfer rates between my Windows 7 x64 PC and my Mac mini were between 88 MB/sec and 110 MB/sec – interestingly enough – faster than the gigabit router I had been using before.
Setup of this router was very simple. I unplugged my cable modem, setup the wireless router with the Ethernet connection from the cable modem to the router, and also the outgoing Ethernet connections from the router to my various computers. I powered back on the cable modem, and then powered on the router. I connected to the router from my PC using the default IP address listed in the easy-to-use manual. After resetting the router admin password, the router connected to the internet and I was good to go!
The pre-installed DDWRT firmware is awesome if you are into custom settings for your router and network.
Cons: Not a gigabit LAN connection – only 100MB/sec.READ FULL REVIEW