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This review is from: Seagate STCU4000100 4TB NAS 4-Bay Network Storage
Pros: To be fair I wanted to follow-up to my previous review as now everything is working as it should after a complete reset and initial setup on another PC....
Other Thoughts: ....after much frustration not being able to get my main PC to connect to the NAS though My Computer/Network, not being able to set auto backup in Windows to save to the NAS and the ridiculously slow transfer speeds, I decided to wipe everything clean and start from scratch. This time I used another PC as the "main" PC from which I initially set everything up. This was still a Windows 7 PC but a 32 bit version vice 64 bit (shouldn't matter but ...). I also connected the 2 CAT5 cables to a different port on the router (this to shouldn't really matter either but....).
After doing this, everything has worked exactly as it should right from the start. Everything connected to the network is able to see the NAS right off the bat with zero issues and the sustained transfer speeds are now sitting around 8MB. Still not setting any speed records, but a marked improvement. The issue with Windows not seeing or connecting to the network drive as an automatic backup location is also resolved.
I wish I knew why it worked this time as not much was changed from the initial setup but wanted to at least let everyone know that it is now working exactly as it should. Don't tell my wife, but I acknowledge I'm not perfect and may have missed something obvious on my initial setup that caused some of my headaches. I doubt it as everything was quadruple checked, but it's possible and I want to be fair to the product. Had it performed like this right out of the box, this would be near a perfect 5 egg NAS for home and business use.
This review is from: Seagate STCU4000100 4TB NAS 4-Bay Network Storage
Pros: *Small form factor
*Comes with two (2) drives that are 2TB ea.
*4TB provided with two open bays left to expand the RAID array
*Zero issues streaming to PC, PS3, Roku(s), laptops, tablets, etc.
*USB 3.0 port for MUCH faster transfer from external HD to NAS
*Dual ports for load/line leveling
Cons: *Oddly slow, but can't tell if it's network issues or the NAS itself
*Not a very user friendly product for the novice user
*No included software to make initial setup easier
*For the life of me I can't get Windows 7 (64 bit) to see the NAS as a backup option - huge letdown
*With the exception of "Sdrive", the software is garbage and flat out doesn't work
*Had many many many issues trying to transfer over files from local PC to the NAS
*Within Windows, under "My Computer" I can't access the "SEAGATE-D4" no matter what. It sees it, but no matter what setting is used, I can't access the NAS through the "Network" in Win7 - "XXX is not accessible. You might not have permission..." blah, blah, blah - this after everything is setup and main PC has full admin rights/access. The only way I can access the NAS is through Sdrive (buggy at times) or through the direct IP address (not convenient).
Other Thoughts: Overall, had I paid for this (it was a review item) I would have returned it for a refund. Would I recommend this to family/friends? Not if they weren't computer savvy enough to at least setup a modem/router/powerline/wireless adapter type things on their own.
I can't help but think there must be a way to have the NAS recognized by Windows as a network backup device. There is an option to enable/disable this option within the NAS website interface but does nothing for Windows and heck if I can figure it out. I've resorted to backing everything up locally within a backup folder and then moving that entire folder to the NAS. The problem with moving massive files (really anything over a few gigs) all at once is more often than not it would error out halfway through the long transfer (average transfer speed UNDER 1MB where I should have been transferring at a minimum of 50MB!). This wasn't a power savings issue or anything obvious killing the transfer either. By comparison, I have a generic 1 TB USB 3.0 external drive hooked directly to my router (Nighthawk) and I can transfer as fast as the external HD can take it (roughly 50-75MB sustained). This is why I say there is something very wrong with the transfer speeds on the NAS but I can't figure it out, nor would the average user.
All complaints aside, if you just want a massive storage system in the sky to stream movies/music, this works like a champ once you manage to get everything moved over. I had absolutely no streaming issues across nearly every platform imaginable. If that's what you're looking for, this will work. If you want to transfer your files over your network from a PC to the NAS, there are cheaper/faster alternatives.
Pros: This camera has very good reslotion and picture quality. The nigh vision is better than expected as well with good visibility and range. Sound quality is also better than expected with better than average clarity and range. When working correctly, can be controlled easily by another PC/laptop or through the free app which you can then control with a tablet or smartphone. The camera has nearly a full 360 degree rotation to cover a lot of real estate. You can connect your own SD card and save filed locally or, you can save/sync to the cloud or your own network storage solution (if setup). You can be easily expanded with support for multiple cameras for whole-home coverage controlled by one software solution. The software has some very cool features but, they don't always work unfortunately.
Cons: This was far from easy to setup and connect with my network and is NOT something I would recommend for a novice. While is WPS capability, it would not sync with my Nighthawk router no matter what I tried. When connected directly to the router, it worked fine, but it would not auto-sync wirelessly via WPS or the software auto setup. In order for me to get this working wirelessly, I had to manually set everything which is something most people probably aren't comfortable with or willing to do.
Another nagging issue is that whenever the power is cut to the camera, the default camera position would end up pointing straight into the ground. The software allows you to change the default position, but it wouldn't keep the setting.
The motor is relatvely loud, so if someone is planning to use this as a baby monitor or other place you would want quiet operation, just know that if you move the camera, it may wake a little one.
The biggest problem I had was that it wouldn't stay connected to my network (wirelessly). This wasn't a problem with my router/network either. Trying to troubleshoot the issue by searching online, it doesn't seem to be a unique problem. With that, I wouldn't rely on this cameras connection unless hard wired.
Other Thoughts: If you plan on using multiple cameras from TRENDnet and plan to have them all hard wired to your network, then I highly recommend this setup. If you want a reliable wireless cam, I can't recommend this camera in its current state. The software has some nice features but they need to get the software in order with everything working or don't list it as a feature (i.e. the sweep/auto patrol mode doesn't work, app says you can push to talk but this won't work unless you have an external speaker/amp connected to the cam which isn't listed anywhere, the default value/position won't save and more often than not, when you make changes within the software, the program will lockup/freeze and you will have to reboot the software AND the camera to get it back).READ FULL REVIEW
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