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This review is from: Seagate STDD8000100 8TB NAS Pro 2-Bay Network Storage
Pros: If you are seriously searching for a dependable NAS this model is loaded with features, very powerful and stable. I have touched on only a few of the features here in my review, but this NAS is capable of doing much more, and can run multiple NAS OS 4 add-on apps simultaneously for increased productivity and multi-tasking. From file sharing, personal cloud, backups, syncing, and even a full featured Network Video Recorder for IP based cameras to name a few!
Setup is very simple especially if you are already familiar with network storage devices. All settings/options can be accessed through any web browser by going to the address provided within the instructions. The User Interface is pretty much self-explanatory once logged on, with tons of options.
Under the My Apps section is where you can find the add-on apps that are available. Any of the apps can be stopped when not needed after they have been installed. Seagate Antivirus App is a nice feature which offers some protection if you are sharing or storing files on the drives.
Bit Torrent Sync App will let you share/sync files from your devices while you are on the go without using an online cloud. This feature offers much more privacy and encryption for syncing up or sharing/accessing your data with this option.
The Surveillance Manager App allows you to turn your NAS into a full-featured NVR (network video recorder. Great for a business that would like to setup a camera monitoring system. Seagate includes 1 free camera license to get you started, and you can purchase more depending on your monitoring needs. Desktop and Mobile apps allow for playback and monitoring from wherever you are with an internet connection.
UPnP and DLNA service will allow you to also set up various folders for streaming to any devices within your network such as tablets, smart phones, and internet capable televisions sets. This feature works great, and the files load up immediately with no stuttering or buffering issues. I have set his up and tested it with a multitude of files from movies, mp3’s and even photos. You can also access these files from outside your network with an internet connection by setting up port forwarding options and permissions so that only the devices you want will have access to these files!
Built in Backup Manager Option for re-sync compatible devices that can use this NAS as a backup destination. Also has a built in Download manager, with download/upload settings that can be capped if need be to throttle back your available bandwidth within your network or on your internet connection.
Cons: None that I could find!
Other Thoughts: While it is advertised as an 8 TB NAS, it comes already setup for RAID 1 so you actually have 4 TB of storage due to the fact that everything is mirrored to the second drive for data redundancy in case a drive fails. If you do not care for the RAID feature all you need to do is go into device manager and delete both volumes, then reconfigure each drive individually and select the JBOD option. This will give you the full 8 TB of storage. But remember only do this if you are not concerned with having all your data mirrored across the two drives, if one drive fails when configured with JBOD than of course your data on that drive will be forever lost!
NAS arrived with firmware version 220.127.116.11 and I was able to update it through the device manager settings to version 18.104.22.168 with no problems at all.
Pros: Worked perfect right out of the box. No need to install anything if you use it as a stand alone unit to clone drives.
This docking station is a breeze to use, simply drop your drive in and connect to a 3.0 port and you are good to go. It will also work with no problems on usb 2.0 but data transfers will be quite a bit slower!
I keep backups of data on drives that are not installed in my machine, and have used numerous devices to connect with a usb cable when I needed to transfer data. Having to connect cables and power all the time can be cumbersome!
Cons: None at all!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast and responsive to the touch as a tablet should be, but with a built in small projector feature added to it that you will enjoy using for many different applications. It works as it should and to me personally looked great while projecting pictures, videos, and apps on a wall or small screen. Measuring in at 4.7x4.7 inches square, and 1.25 inches thick it only weighs around 14 ounces.
For portability it really cannot be beat. This of course is not some high end, high resolution projector, and they do not advertise it as such. Tested on a flat white wall and projected a 7 foot wide screen while in a dark room and the quality looked great to me. Focus can be tweaked by simply by adjusting the focus wheel built in on the left side.
The specs state that it will support up to a 32GB micro SD card, I tested it with an ADATA 64GB micro SD card formatted with exfat and the system recognized it with no problems. Testing with numerous files they all played well from the micro SD card, but remember if you have a very large video file, there may be some slight buffering, but it does catch up with no problem. Tested with usb memory stick 32GB formatted to fat32 and displayed/played files from it as well.
If you would prefer not to control through the touch screen, there are numerous other add-on hardware devices that you can use for control/selections. A Logitech wireless mouse worked fine with the usb dongle plugged in, as well as a wireless keyboard.
With the built in Bluetooth you have tons of options, keyboards, mice, speakers, game pads, etc. Just make sure that whatever you purchase is compatible with this version of Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.
With access to Google Market you have lots of app options such as Netflix, Pandora and the likes. I did try a few games while projecting on the wall, but it is difficult to control them without having some type of external Bluetooth device connected to make navigation easier!
Cons: Only con is the fan noise when projector is used, but then again even large projectors have fans. If you plan on using this to project anything, I highly suggest you have some alternative for the sound such as a Bluetooth speaker.
Or even external speakers that you can plug into the headphone jack to make the sound from what you are watching loud enough to hear over the fan running!
Other Thoughts: I am sure in the near future projectors like this will become a standard in cell phones, tablets and laptops!
A camera tripod would make things easier when using the projector feature, it does have a standard thread mount on the bottom that would fit most tripods on the market!
Display Name: Robert D.
Date Joined: 06/29/07
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