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Buffalo Technology Wireless Attached Storage                                    HDW-PD1.0U3
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Project Collaboration for mobile users 10/21/2014

This review is from: Buffalo Technology Wireless Attached Storage HDW-PD1.0U3

Pros: This is a hard drive solution that is good for those who might collaborate on site or at a field location. It is also applicable for students collaborating in person. By creating its own hotspot, it eliminates the need for a drive to be passed around as everyone can work off of it at once, up to 8 simultaneous wireless connections. This is easy enough as all you have to do is power up the drive and the wireless access point becomes available. The name and password for the device and hotspot can be changed. If you are in an area that has internet available via wireless as well, then you can use the hard drive as a bridge. This will keep your workgroup and hard drive separated from the network you are bridging to, essentially allowing internet only pass-through.

You can also click the power button really quickly and it will turn on the usb charging mode. This allows the battery in the module to power/charge what ever device you plug into the USB A port on the side of drive. Note, the USB A allows charging of external devices while the USB 3 port on the side is how you can direct connect to the drive as well as the battery charging port. For Formatting restrictions and usage restrictions due to the format are listed in other thoughts.

Cons: Price. I know that adding things such as a battery and two wireless cards (to allow bridging) will definitely make it cost more than a standard hard drive. If they bump the size to 1.5TB or 2TB it might be a little more tempting.

If you want to connect the drive to an existing wireless network so that devices connected the EXISTING network can see it, it doesn’t work. If you want to be able to connect to the drive wirelessly, you must connect directly to the drive’s wireless hotspot. This is a no-no for anyone that might use this around the office. I believe some people have gotten around this, though I was unsuccessful with OSX 10.9 and Windows 7.

You are also not allowed to change the DHCP settings that the drive assigns. Here is an excerpt from the manual. The IP address to connect to the drive for settings changes, etc. is always: 192.168.14.1
“Network addresses on the 192.168.14.xxx subnet are reserved for use by the MiniStation Air. When the Ministation Air is connected to a wireless router, the IP address of the router should be on a different subnet (anything besides 192.168.14.xxx). For example, 192.168.11.1 or 192.168.15.1 would work fine for the router.”

Other Thoughts: This is a great drive for groups that need to collaborate with large files off-site. If needed a user could add wireless data from a phone in the field by following these steps on the computer. You can also do this process via the smartphone app.

1. Power up wireless drive and connect to it.
2. Enable the hotspot/tether mode on a smartphone.
3. Open a web browser and go to the hard drive’s config page by going to 192.168.14.1
4. This will bring you to the settings page.
5. Click “Internet Connection”
6. Click the SSID that you wish to connect to then enter your key.


Formatting Restrictions:

“The MiniStation Air is formatted with NTFS by default. For USB connection, reformat it with FAT32 as described in this manual.
Notes:
If the MiniStation Air is reformatted with HFS+, files on it will no longer be accessible from your mobile device. If you have already reformatted the MiniStation Air with a different partition, use the procedure in this manual to reformat it with FAT32.

For wireless connection, reformatting is not necessary. Refer to the quick setup guide for how to connect your Mac to the MiniStation Air wirelessly.”

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TP-LINK TL-PA6010KIT AV2 600 Powerline Adapter Starter Kit, Up to 600Mbps, Gigabit Ports, Plug and Play, Power Saving
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This TP-Link adapter is quite useful for using on the edge or outside the range of a wireless AP. This adapter gives acceptable networking speeds while previous generations were way behind the times as far as connection speeds. The ability for this adapter to transmit over up to 300 meters, roughly 985 feet, of 110 wiring means that you can have a fairly large house and still have no problems using this from one corner of the house to the other. Of course you can also plug a switch into the remote end of the adapter to connect multiple devices. This would work well for an entertainment center, as you will most likely have game consoles and/or an HTPC for content. See other thoughts regarding power circuits.

Cons: Only real downside I can think of is that it must be plugged into an unprotected outlet (not into a surge protector). This is cumbersome without running a longer LAN cord so it can reach the AV equipment from the plug you are using. More often than not, you will find yourself using a duplex 110 plug and can plug the adapter into the bottom plug and the surge protector can plug into the top. Once it is setup though, it is in my opinion, a near flawless system.

Other Thoughts: This adapter is being used on an old 2006 Dell Latitude D620 that is kept out the in garage. While the 54G adapter in the computer still gets a signal it just does not have nearly as high of throughput at around 14Mbs vs ~200Mbs. This was a vast improvement over the AV200s that I have tested previously. The power line gives a much better connection especially with all the metal cabinets and other heavy equipment that kills the wireless signal.

Each adapter was on a different circuit but was still able to stream HD (720p) content from youtube no problem. I know this is not a high demand application but did not test 1080P as the laptop only has a 1280x800 screen and an old integrated into GPU. Like stated earlier, connection performs just fine for internet connection to a remote computer but depending how the circuits in your location are laid out, hopping across circuits may pose to be a problem especially if you are covering a long distance as well.

As others have stated, other electrical devices in use on the same circuit as these adapters can cause interference, greatly affecting the transfer speeds.

Setup:
Linksys EA6700 (From Previous EggXpert Review)
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TP-Link AV2 600 Powerline Adapter
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Dell Latitude D620- Windows XP 32bit

Overall for the price it does what I expected very well. I didn’t really check streaming HD content from one computer to another over the connection as it was used more as a way to get a solid connection for internet browsing, Youtube walk through videos streamed at 720P, and maybe iTunes streaming. Seemed to have less lag than the AV200s as well.

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TP-LINK TL-PA2010KIT AV 200Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great for remote locations or where there are lots of solid obstacles 12/31/2013

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA2010KIT AV 200Mbps Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

Pros: This TP-Link adapter is quite useful for using on the edge or outside the range of a wireless AP. This adapter gives acceptable networking speeds while previous generations were way behind the times as far as connection speeds. The box states 200mbit speeds but that is only in full duplex mode since it only has a 10/100mbit RJ-45. The ability for this adapter to transmit over up to 300 meters, roughly 985 feet, of 110 wiring means that you can have a fairly large house and still have no problems using this from one corner of the house to the other. Of course you can also plug a switch into the remote end of the adapter to connect multiple devices. This would work well for an entertainment center, as you will most likely have game consoles and/or an HTPC for content. See other thoughts regarding power circuits.

Cons: Only real downside I can think of is that it must be plugged into an unprotected outlet (not into a surge protector). This is cumbersome without running a longer LAN cord so it can reach the outlet since more often than not, the location of all the networking equipment or AV equipment on the other side is not near an outlet and should always be using a surge protector. Once it is setup though, it is in my opinion a flawless system.

Other Thoughts: This adapter is being used on an old 2006 Dell Latitude D620 that is kept out the in garage. While the 54G adapter in the computer still gets a signal it just does not have nearly as high of throughput as the wired near 100mbit that the power line gives especially with all the metal cabinets and other heavy equipment that kills the wireless signal.

Each adapter was on a different circuit but was still able to stream HD (720p) content from youtube no problem. I know this is not a high demand application but did not test 1080P as the laptop only has a 1280x800 screen and an old integrated into GPU. Like stated earlier, connection performs just fine for internet connection to a remote computer but I would not expect any home theater type applications across circuits.

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