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Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Pleasantly fast compared to my USB2 drives. Competitively priced. Plug-and-play – already formatted, requires no software installation. If all goes well, you plug it in, it shows up in your list of drives, ready to use. Comes with a substantial in-line power supply. Some might consider this a con, but what this drive lacks in compact portability it probably makes up for in sturdiness. It's a full-size drive with a full-size power supply.

I didn't attempt a formal speed test because this drive would no doubt outperform the other components of my laptop. But I did just transfer a 103 gig file between the Seagate and another USB 3 drive in about 25 minutes, which I'm happy with. I'm sure that under optimum conditions the drive would perform faster.

Cons: My only complaint involves the drive's interaction with the Windows 7 OS. Windows often fails to recognize the drive's presence, and also often fails to put the drive to sleep. This may, however, be the fault of the Anker USB hub I'm running it through, so I'm not sure if this merits knocking off an egg. Perhaps other reviewers will share their experience. In my experience, I sometimes need to unplug and re-plug the drive before Windows sees it. Other times I need to unplug and re-plug the entire hub before it's recognized. The "insomnia" is pretty consistent – even when I put the entire computer to sleep, the drive keeps humming. And since the drive has no cooling fan, and does get warm, this is really not good. If someone just left this plugged in, I wouldn't place bets on long life expectancy – a definite con. Again, this could be the fault of the hub, but it's worth noting that my Samsung drive exhibits neither of these problems, using the same hub.

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Seagate STCS6000100 6TB (2 x 3TB) Personal Cloud 2-bay NAS server
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Attractive case, reasonably quiet, hefty in-line power supply. Browser-based interface is mostly easy to use. Android media app works, more or less. Backs up files automatically and continuously over network or Internet.

Cons: As another reviewer noted, this product seems to be targeted to two completely different audiences, thereby missing both marks. It's being pitched to the home user, yet has many advanced features that they would never use. At the same time, an average user such as myself will likely experience deal-breaking frustration trying to use this device, while a power user or IT specialist will probably find it underpowered and limited.

As a reasonably adept computer person, here's what didn't work for me:
- Attempting to transfer a media library over Wi-Fi will take approximately forever. You'll need a direct cable connection using a gigabyte router. Using a 100meg router didn't take forever – just overnight. But wait, I said, there’s a USB3 port on this device – maybe I can plug it into my computer for a quicker transfer. Nope, it can't be used for that. If your media library is on an external drive, that presumably could be plugged into the Seagate and transferred to the internal drives.
- After transferring 100 or so gigs of media to the Seagate, I discover that the Seagate media app can't access anything in a private folder – only in the public folder. I then attempt to move the 100 gigs from the private to the public folder, and see that will take an estimated 21 hours. Nevermind. A second attempt estimated 10.5 hours, during which time the media server was "unreachable".
- Also note that if you have an R-rated movie that you'd rather your kids not watch, you can't put it in a private folder to keep them from viewing it – you'll need to use some other parental control system.
- The android Seagate media app suffers from the same limitation as most DLNA interfaces, where your files are displayed in one long list, with few advanced sorting or playback features. With videos, this is possibly tolerable, but with music or photos, probably not. There are no shuffle or playlist features for music, no slideshow features for your photos.
- The Sdrive app didn't work at all. "No device found".
- The interfaces contain various links that go nowhere and buttons that do nothing. I called tech support to ask about some of them, and was told that the Seagate media and Sdrive links aren't supposed to work on a PC – only on a tablet (they actually don't do anything on a tablet either.).
- BTW, if you actually want 6TB of storage, be sure to switch out of RAID mode before loading any files, because the switch will erase everything on the drives.

Other Thoughts: If you're a skilled IT professional, you can probably make this box do all sorts of fun things. If not, with some effort you should be able to load a movie library that can be watched over the network, and set up a file backup schedule.

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Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Switch, Works with Linksys WRT1900AC Wi-Fi Router (SE4008)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Plug-and-play, flawless operation. Universal power supply. Power saving design. QoS. Well ventilated. Will look great with your WRT1900AC Wi-Fi Router.

Cons: This switch is primarily intended as a companion to the WRT1900AC Wi-Fi Router. They fit together and look almost like one unit. If you don't have one of these routers, there's nothing to recommend this switch over cheaper and much more compact options (it's sized to sit under the router) .

Other Thoughts: The original WRT routers were classics, beloved by geeks everywhere. I guess this is like Ford reintroducing the Mustang – the very sight of that iconic blue and black case gets us all excited...

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Display Name: Doug O.

Date Joined: 09/05/03

  • Reviews: 29
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  • First Review: 01/20/09
  • Last Review: 05/07/15
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