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This review is from: Seagate STCT4000100 4TB NAS 2-Bay Network Storage
Pros: Solid Hardware and Software
HD's in unit are ST2000VN000-1H3164 (extreme favorable reviews)
Easy and Intuitive Software
Delivers on the remote access promise
Setup was EXTEMELY easy
Forum Access from web interface
Extra USB 3.0 storage on front AND back
Online only help is somewhat thorough
Storage Volume Preconfigured RAID. BIG timer saver
Cons: MAJOR LEAGUE CON--> NO PDF user manual to download
Help file only available online. I want the OPTION to do it local
Online only help is NOT thorough enough and somewhat scattered
No local backup software, read below
Encryption not turned on by default
Why do I want to search the internet to find what CPU and memory is in the NAS?
Not on the data sheet.
Only 6 apps total !
Other Thoughts: My dream has been remote access to my files. Sure, it sounds easy enough if your ISP allows remote access without having a static IP. I previously had used another famous brand my book duo and nothing I or support tried would allow remote access. Not so with the Seagate STCT4000100 4TB NAS 2-Bay Network Storage.
I have had files on the NAS accessed from across country, state and county lines. Setting this up needed no help from Seagate
support. I did it by following the useful and accurate software provided prompts. You will be able to do so as well. This was accomplished by simply setting up a user
share and e-mailing the log-in details. Setting up Users and creating Groups is so easy and intuitive it needs no further comment from me.
Remote access will of course be speed limited by the side the NAS is on. For business or a wide pipe home user that is no problem. Be aware that larger files could take quite some
time to transfer if you don't have a big pipe.
The backup app, ElephantDrive, lets the user backup data to the cloud or another attached NAS. Well, that doesn't interest me at all. Uploading 2 TB of data to the cloud might take forever...
No software was included to allow a local computer to back data up to the NAS. Backup here means backing up the NAS. Of course, The user can mount the NAS as a network drive, which I did, then it can be used with free downloadable (not from Seagate) software as a backup destination. Naturally, though, the NAS is backup for your local data transferred there manually so it can be accessed from around the globe. It took about 25 minutes to transfer 76gb of movies to the NAS. That's pretty fast by me.
I hooked up my 1TB Seagate Expansion USB 3 drive to one of the two USB 3 ports. Thus extra TB's of cheap storage can easily be added and accessed via the File Browser
The unit itself is a black brick but not unattractive. Discs are removed from the front and slide in and out quite easily. The drives are mounted in what Seagate terms SimplyRAID which is
RAID 1 (an exact copy (or mirror) of a set of data on two disks).
There is a companion app termed SDrive which I used on my Android tablet (the software MUST also be installed on your PC) to access my files. Setup was very easy and functioned
One of the apps I found of interest is Surveillance Manager. A 53MB download that normally costs $70 from Seagate but you get one free license with purchase. Having read many
reviews on surveillance systems I found one the most wanting aspects them is frequently the software. Seagate's software offering supports hundreds of systems AND the drives in the NAS
are designed for 24/7 operation. A good match.
I wholeheartedly recommend the STCT4000100. Definetely designed for small business so employees can log in and get what they need. A good choice for the home user also as long as you have ample bandwidth.
Pros: Probably Uses Technology derived from Aureal Semiconductor
Free 4 Day Newegg Shipping
Installed in a snap, Hardware and Software
Cool Red Light and Red EMI Shielding Cover
HAS ability to record WHAT YOU HEAR
Cons: I had to purchase something from creative
Not an Aureal Vortex AU8830 (known as the Vortex 2)
Other Thoughts: It sounds great.
I am pushing some BOSE COMPANION 2 SERIES II speaks and I knew they had to sound better then what I was hearing.
I have owned more sound cards then I can count. creative, Asus, Aureal and Realtek onboard. After creative forced Aureal from business because Aureal had better tech I swore off creative. But, all three of the ASUS cards failed and no longer content to deal with sub par onboard sound I forced myself to buy the Z. After all 15 years is a long grudge
If you want good sound for games/music for around $55 (and it does sound very good) then you can't go wrong with this card. Included is a beamforming (whatever that is) microphone which I left in the box.
Windows 7 found drivers straightaway. On the creative disc is the usual software and drivers. They work but a lot of guys want the latest so maybe go to creative an dl all the newest. The stuff on the disc is from May 2014...hmmmm as is the stuff at creative
Not a bad website
Though I will forever have negative feelings toward creative's due to their treatment of a better tech company (Aureal) the card is worth the money.
This review is from: KitchenAid KSM85PBSM 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer Silver Metallic
Pros: Excellent Price on a well reviewed stand mixer
Free Shipping on a real heavy item
Cons: Packed in one box that came with the styrofoam busted.
Won't make me a better baker
Other Thoughts: Been wanting a mixer for years but always balked at the price. Hands now prevent me from mixing by hand too often so I bought this.
This is the low end 300 watt model but since I won't be using it frequently it's enough.