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This review is from: Seagate STCS6000100 6TB (2 x 3TB) Personal Cloud 2-bay NAS server
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.READ FULL REVIEW
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...READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG Wireless Mobile Media Streaming Device STSHX-MTD15EQ (HX-MTD15EQ/G2)
Pros: Nice self-powered USB 3 hard drive. Works almost decently streaming to a Windows 7 laptop. Works OK as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Cons: This device’s main function – wireless streaming to your phone – didn't work at all on my older – android 2.3 – Droid X. The fails:
The android app is poorly designed to begin with – one can't tell which icons are supposed to be clickable (or perhaps they all are, but some just didn't work). The app pretends not to remember Wi-Fi passwords, but then it apparently does. It then gives you a message about needing to reconnect the Samsung wireless, which again appears to be untrue. If you have any quantity of files on the drive, the app slows to a crawl, and you can't tell for several seconds whether you've successfully clicked a button.
Attempting to play music, I started with a 100 gig library, which completely froze the device. I then deleted things until only a few albums remained, but it still couldn't play a single MP3.
Attempting to stream videos, again no success. One small file eventually played, but only after the entire clip had transferred to the phone.
I fared somewhat better using the browser interface on a laptop; music and video sometimes streamed properly, but the device still liked to freeze and misbehave. The more files on the drive, the worse it performed.
The PDF user's manual is poorly written and poorly translated. It's even a bit of a mystery how to turn the thing on and off: Apparently to turn it off you must first eject it from the computer. And unplugging without ejecting is a definite no-no, sending the device into a state of confusion.
The claims of 750 movies or 375k songs are misleading. Yes you could store that many files, and access them over USB, but even a few thousand music files brings the streaming function to a halt, which then even breaks the Internet connection, requiring a reboot.
Other Thoughts: The concept is nice, and with all the millions of hard-driveless phones and tablets, would certainly fill a need. But only if it worked.READ FULL REVIEW
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