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This review is from: Seagate STCR3000101 3TB Personal Cloud NAS server
Pros: 1. Able to access media inside and outside the house, REMOTE.
2. Can backup any and all PC's in the house automatically.
3. Ability to back up my Google drive cloud storage in to the device.
4. You can use Seagate Media app to access your Samsung TVs.
5. Uses Windows file system format for easy access and use.
6. Setup was the easiest setup I have ever had for a HHD, and Seagate included the Ethernet cord.
7. Seagate lets you setup a Public and Private folder for data, helping keep things more secure.
Cons: 1. VERY SLOW when accessed remotely!!!
2. Will not work with non-Windows files.
3. Able to download to Google Drive, but system locked up when trying to download from Google Drive.
4. Finding your files can be difficult to impossible.
5. The App had too many videos slowing things down.
6. Roku SeagateMedia app worked, but was very slow and hard to get to my content.
Other Thoughts: For a basic drive that you can Upload content to and remotely access, it is a success. Uploading content to the drive was quick and easy, while downloading was hard and very slow remotely. Was able to watch video content on my Samsung s4 phone, but it had buffering issues and errors.
The product is a good first step for home cloud storage, especially for watching videos while hanging out on the porch. File management and the App needs improving. The wireless will NOT compare to wired access to the drive, as expected but it even seemed slower than normal wifi.
The drive has found a great use as security camera storage for my home system. I am able to look at videos while I am out of town. Dedicating the drive to one task, helped with file management.
Pros: 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz - Which is becoming more important with all my tech devices.
Setup - User interface for setup was quick and easy, with it taking about 20 min to setup the router and get all devices on it. My desktop had a very easy time setting things up.
Range - was able to cover 1200 sqft area with four bars. Previous 1.0 version of the same router could only get two bars. 5Ghz range was of course much shorter, with one bar at the farthest reaches of the house. Range was easily extended with my current wireless extenders, which setup to the new router very fast and easy.
Speed - No issues with streaming music, Netflix and playing online gaming at the same time. Laptop and desktop internet speeds were running at their max for each device.
Gigabit Ethernet connections - having four is a good minimum for a wireless router.
2 USB Ports - any of my other routers had just one.
No dropped signal - This was a huge issue with Version 1.0 for me, and why I had returned the old router. Version 2.0 had no issues, even with hard to please Apple devices.
Design - It is just a cool looking router.
Cons: 2.0 USB Ports - Would have been better to have 3.0, like other systems.
Gigabit connections - need five of them, but four will do.
Antennas - Wish TP-Link would move away from them as they get in the way and it causes the router to get knocked around a lot. If NetGear can do internal, then TP-Link can also.
Space on the back - it gets very tight with all the buttons and connections, even for small fingers.
Other Thoughts: Two USB's were great for allowing everyone to have access to drives and streaming files.
The Guest wifi was a nice add on to the system.
Firware update went VERY FAST and EASY.
System setup: Windows 7 and 8. Lenovo T440 laptop. NetGear wireless extenders.
TP-Link hit it out of the park for a value router under $100!!
This review is from: DEEPCOOL STEAM CASTLE (YELLOW) Unique Steam Punk Style With Side Window 200mm Fan(Front) Micro ATX / Mini-ITX+120mm Fan(Rear)+4 Magic Controllable LED Lights (Top) SGCC+PLASTIC (ABS)
Pros: Design - The Steam Punk design is the coolest design I have seen for a case and the color sets it off. Would have preferred Red, but the Yellow is almost as cool. It is mainly plastic, which I prefer more metal.
Features - Acceptable air flow thru the unit, ran an overclocked processor for three days with high demands and didn't have any issues. Air flow is not as good as my other Deepcool cases due to number of fans and positioning. You are able to add fans to the top, which would have made this an even better case. Case also can support a 140mm fan on the side and openings for watercooling. 200mm at the front of the unit!! 5.25" and 3.5" drive bays at the front. Two 2.50" Hard drive bays.
Space: Large Graphics card will have no issues in this unit. Looks to be up to 320mm will fit, my 290mm largest had no issues. The side connections were an advantage over my other cases, getting wires out of the way.
Lighting: Several color options for the steam vent lighting on the top. Really looks cool with the lights off.
Cons: Connections placement: ON THE SIDE!!! Unlike my other Deepcool, this has them on the side, instead of the front. For a unit out in the open they work well, but for a computer desk, it made them impossible to use.
Case construction: be careful with the connections as you can break the panel. Metal would have been a better pick.
Other Thoughts: Notes: Motherboad is installed horizontally, which helped with room. The fan controller was included, which is not always the case.
This is just a cool designed case that is best out in the open. Proper airflow is a must if you don't add fans or do water cooling. The side connection placement will be an issue for people using a computer desk.
Overall, I love the look of this product so much that it is on display for in my front room as the backup computer/kid computer. The kids love turning it on!
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