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This review is from: Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay 4TB (2 x 2TB) NAS(STBN4000100)
Pros: Worked like a champ with no issues for 8 months!
Cons: After my second follow-up review back in November, the NAS started dropping out on the network. While watching movies streaming to any device, it would cut out randomly. It would then have to re-index all the files. The unit was not re-booting, just dropping out. It would also happen while running backups at random times, which became very frustrating! I also tried resetting the unit several times at this point and it would not reset!
After running tests from the administration control panel, both drives showed no errors and were passing the tests with no problems. Eventually the NAS stopped working, and when trying to log into the administration settings, only one page would come up stating that drives needed to be cleaned and set-up, yet there were no visible drives to select.
At this point I removed the drives, and tested them with Seagate Seatools. I tested both drives with the DOS version and the Windows version. One drive was completely dead, and the other was showing bad LBA blocks. At this point all data is lost. I am very disappointed with the reliability of this model STBN4000100.
After running this NAS in a climate controlled environment for only 15 months it has become useless, and all data has been lost.
Other Thoughts: A new firmware update was released in March, version 2014.00319. While it installed fine prior to the drives failing, it did not resolve any of the dropping off the network problems I mentioned above. I suspect the dropping off the network and re-indexing of files was due to the hard drives starting to fail.
Also on the specific page where you download the firmware, there is a PDF release notes file called Version 2014.00319 release notes which has not been updated with any information as to what the new firmware fixed or improved. It only lists previous firmware versions and fixes.
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-PA6010KIT 600 Mbps AV2 Gigabit Powerline Adapter Starter Kit
Pros: Out of the box I had this working in less than 2 minutes, it’s that simple! Anyone can set these up it is a no-brainer. No real tech knowledge needed, I just read the first page of the guide that was in the box.
I have always been skeptical of AC network adapters, but TP-Link really did a great job with this model. No need to waste time running a wire if you need a quick networked connection. They work perfectly, and the setup is crazy simple for basic use.
DO NOT BE AFRAID TO TRY THESE! They are headache free to set up and the easiest way to add a network connection where it is needed within your home! No tech knowledge needed, as I mentioned simply read the instructions included in the box.
When you first use them, plug them in on the same circuit if possible within the same room, then press the buttons on the bottom to pair them up. After that you can move them wherever you would like and make the appropriate connections. One should be connected to your router with the supplied cable, and the other can be placed in whatever area you want then just plug in your computer.
And if you’re the type of user that would like to tweak the units a bit further, the utility that comes on the CD is very useful. You can tweak the internal settings for your needs or upgrade the firmware if need be. It will allow you to view the status of the adapters on your network. Under the Advanced TAB you can change the QoS Setting with Simple Application Mapping with just a click, or choose the Advanced Priority Mapping if you like to tweak them a bit more to your specific needs. You really do not need to do anything other than pair them up, so do not worry about using the utility, it is not necessary.
Cons: They do get nice and warm, but not enough to worry about.
Other Thoughts: These would probably work great if you needed to add another wireless broadcaster/router at the other end of your house to fill in weak areas if your main router is at the opposite end.
These adapters are a very simple solution if a connection is needed elsewhere within your home!
The adapter that is connected to your computer will go to sleep to save power when you shut down your computer and will wake up with no problems once you power up your computer again.
This is just the starter kit, enough to get you up and running with one device, if you need more, just purchase another set to expand as needed.
This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WDN4200 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0
Pros: Very simple to setup and works fine. Just plug in to any available USB port install the drivers and set up your WiFi credentials and you are good to go. Tested on a desktop, netbook, and laptop all running Windows 7, with a Linksys EA4500-NP AC1900 Dual Band router. I installed the driver manually, with no problem. Tested the device by manually setting up a connection, and then tested again using the WPS feature and both ways worked flawlessly.
Works perfectly on both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands! Very stable connection at all times, and throughout my 2 weeks of testing I had no problems at all!
At a range of about 30 feet on the same level within my home, the signal was around 4 bars, with a connection speed that fluctuated between 300 to 450 mbps. No two networks are alike, and with any system, speeds will always vary as connections are only as good as the router and whatever may be between your router and computer such as walls and appliances.
The supplied connection utility is not needed as this device works great with windows WiFi connections settings.
When tested on my media server, it was only capable of streaming to one device at a time within my house, so I would not recommend using it on a media server of any type unless you only have one device to connect to your server with!
Cons: Even with the supplied USB cable, the range is very limited compared to using the built in WiFi adapters on both my netbook's and my laptops. No matter how high I placed the adapter I just could not pick up all the local WiFi networks available in my neighborhood that I can see with my native adapters.
Other Thoughts: Most current driver was released on 7/24/2013, and most current driver utility was released on 7/24/2013.
Windows 7 did not recognize device, driver needed to be installed manually.
The device is a bit bulky, and would probably be best used on a desktop unit when a wired connection is not readily available in my opinion.
This is definitely not the type of adapter to use for a main wireless connection for streaming from a computer/server to a bunch of machines through a network at the same time!