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Seagate Central STCG4000100 4TB Cloud Storage System
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Decent for Home Use 04/06/2014

This review is from: Seagate Central STCG4000100 4TB Cloud Storage System

Pros: Extremely easy to setup. All you have to do is plug it into your network, open your network browser on your computer and double click on the Seagate NAS. The setup wizard will start and walk you through setting up the admin username and password.

Adding extra users is also very easy, and the NAS automatically sets up a private folder for each users that you create.

Extra storage can be added using the USB port. It is also possible to connect a USB hub and connect multiple extra drives.

Transfers from the internal hard drive are pretty fast. I was able to get sustained read speeds of 80MB/s, and sustained writes of 65MB/s.

Cons: The user interface is almost too simple. It isn't possible to set up customized security for individual folders or shares. You only get the public folder which everyone can access and the private folders for each user which can only be accessed by the individual users.

All extra drives added via USB are treated as public folders that everyone can access.

USB port is only USB2.0. This really hurts file transfers to external drives. While I was able to get 80MB/s from the internal drive, external drives only managed 20MB/s. And it was even worse if I was accessing two or more of the external drives connected to a USB hub.

No FTP access. This was a real bummer. Adding FTP access would not have been that hard, I would have been willing to give up one of the media sharing options for FTP access.

The unit does get pretty warm. Even just sitting there with no one accessing it, it was noticeable warm. However, it is very nicely ventilated and there is no fan so it is silent, so being a little warm isn't unsurprising.

Other Thoughts: For home use this device is fine. However, I would like to see the advanced mode in the user interface to offer more options and more customization. I'd also like to see a USB3.0 port instead of the USB2.0 port.

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ASUS RT-N66R Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router Manufacturer Recertified IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is the exact same router as the RT-N66U. It even identifies as an RT-N66U when flashed with a 3rd party firmware. I used Tomato by Shibby, and this router works wonderfully.

It easily handles my 120Mb/s internet connection, and the wireless works so much better than my old Linksys E3000.

Cons: When I first set this up I had poor wireless coverage, and I was concerned. However, I figured out that 2 of the antennas had come loose while I was setting it up and I was positioning them. For them to make a good connection, and hence for there to be a good wifi signal, I had to make sure they were really tightened down. After I figured that out, everything worked wonderfully.

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ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I bought this router to replace my Linksys E3000 router because the E3000 couldn't quite cover my entire home with a wifi signal.

The ASUS RT-N66U has no problem covering my entire home with a very good wifi signal. In areas of my home were I couldn't connect at all when I had the E3000 now have an excellent signal.

Open Source support was a big selling point for me. I flashed Shibby's Tomato firmware to this router.

This router is way over specced for a router. 256MB of RAM and a 600MHz are basically the top of the line for routers.

This router easily handles my 120Mb/s internet connection.

The sleek black design looks very good.

I really like the standard replaceable antennas. Most routers these days are moving towards no antennas. Not this router. Not only are the antennas easily replaceable, and they use the standard antenna connector, but the antennas ASUS includes are high-gain already. So you really don't have to replace them. Most routers that do come with removable antennas usually include low-gain antennas.

Cons: The only real con I could come up with for this router was that the finish really shows fingerprints. But I don't really care all that much.

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