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Seagate STCS8000100 8TB (2 x 4TB) Personal Cloud 2-bay NAS server
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Simple to Use 05/03/2015

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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Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good, stable router - AC1900 (EA6900) 03/17/2015

This review is from: Linksys AC1900 Dual Band SMART Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (EA6900)

Pros: This router seems to get pretty good coverage. No issues found. It's also pretty stable for me, as I haven't had to reboot the device in a month.

It has soft rubber feet underneath so it won't rattle if there are any vibrations on the surface it's sitting on top of. It can also be mounted to a wall, as it has two wall mount holes.

The Smart Wifi management system is very simple and easy to use.

Cons: If you're big into fine router programming or management, there is a bit left to be desired due to the simplification of things. You can't label connections on mac lists and that can be annoying if you're trying to troubleshoot or manage listed devices. You also can't install custom firmware on this series of devices.

Other Thoughts: It has a flippable physical power switch on the back of the router, which is better to me than pulling out a plug and putting it back in again.

For some reason, it has both a USB 3 port and a USB 2 port. Not sure why there's one of each rather than two USB 3 ports.

Make sure you have the guest wifi disabled if you don't utilize it, or at least strengthen the password on it. It's generally unnecessary and makes for an easy target for wardriving or bandwidth bumming.

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TP-LINK TL-SG105E 5-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch with 5 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45 Ports, MTU/Port/Tag-Based VLAN, QoS and IGMP
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I really like this switch.

It's a sturdy, well-built gigabit switch that has simple management capability. It technically may work right out of the box, but you may want to configure it if others can connect to your network.

It has smart power management that cuts down the power of inactive ports, as well as reduction based on connected cable length.

It also supports MTU VLAN, port-based VLAN, and 802.1Q-based VLAN functionality.

Cons: The TL-SG105E can only be configured by using the Easy Smart Configuration Utility, which is also Windows only (which is amusing since it's executable-encapsulated java).

Other Thoughts: Although you are required to use the software, it's nicely made and intuitively organized. You might not be able to log into the main management interface at first. Fortunately you can change the DHCP setting to assign it an IP on your network automatically without logging into the primary interface.

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Zachary H.'s Profile

Display Name: Zachary H.

Date Joined: 02/14/07

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  • First Review: 09/03/07
  • Last Review: 05/03/15
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