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This review is from: TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
Pros: This network interface card has no trouble connecting to my wireless networks. The signal range is excellent on 2GHz, and about expected for 5GHz. I've used it for a month now and haven't seen any drops or loss/stutter issues, which is a great sign of reliability for this card.
Other Thoughts: Includes a low profile bracket to fit in HTPC-sized cases.
Be sure to use the 3 antennas provided; powering network interface cards without connected antennas is generally bad, causing heat to build up since no antennas are radiating the signal out. The card has a heat sink to mitigate this, but it is still highly recommended to install the antennas.
Pros: The included mounting bracket (black paint finish) and screw kit is nice to have, allowing me to install into a normal HDD slot/bay straight away. Performance is very respectable and appears to just about meet the advertised speeds. The barefoot controller paired with the new nand seems promising.
Cons: The activation key for Acronis 2013 did not work for me. This seems to be a common problem for keys issued for this drive that is easily resolved by contacting OCZ support.
Other Thoughts: The included installation manual is pretty straightforward, albeit without any instructional images.
Also, keep in mind that no SATA cable is included. This was expected as motherboards usually come with the number of cables that can be connected to it.
This review is from: Seagate STCS8000100 8TB (2 x 4TB) Personal Cloud 2-bay NAS server
Pros: Being meant for the home, Seagate did a good job considering the dimensions of the unit and it is aesthetically pleasing and fitting for the home. The drives are side-by-side to fit in a low-profile space.
The included instructions are reasonably simple to understand and get you set up. It is also easy enough to do service with. Provided instructions can show you how to open the device and swap drives.
The software (something you must install) handles the mapping of the drive for you, allowing you to even access the drive remotely without you having to set up a virtual private network.
The device handled streaming pretty well for me. On iOS, you can also use VLC to watch content from the server.
The included apps provide more functionality to make your content more accessible.
Efficiency is also considered. There are settings for power savings. By default, the drives turn off after 20 minutes (lowest setting). You can also have this hooked up to a network UPS should you have one.
Cons: The web interface and apps are a little on the slow side.
Using the web interface for service management and configuration, a third of the time was spent waiting for each page to finish loading.
Other Thoughts: This low-profile NAS design seems practically made to sit with your other home theater equipment. The only noise generated by the device is strictly from the drives themselves. That means they are no more loud than your modern set-top box.
On that note, it has an option to turn off the activity light. Very happy to see that.
Setup can take a long time to perform, so be aware that it won't be ready right out of the box.
Be aware that if you let the drives turn off, there will be a few moments before your device will become responsive again, as the drives have to spin up.
This NAS supports levels RAID 0 (striping, allowing faster transfers and up to double capacity) and RAID 1 (mirrored, providing reliability). With the included drives, that means RAID 0 will provide 8GB capacity, and RAID 1 will provide 4GB capacity while also being okay if one drive fails.
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