Joined on 07/05/07
Great things in small packages!
Pros: The use of laptop drives makes for a very quiet system and one which quietly sips at power. It takes four drives and is hot-swap capable. The system itself is super small too, allowing you to put it just about anywhere. The USB printer facilities are quite nice and work as well as any print server out there. The system will also work with most USB-capable UPS systems in order to shut down properly in the event of a power failure or glitch. Since there are only two USB ports on the system, you might want to consider a small hub.
Cons: I haven't figured out how to break up a volume into smaller chunks or partitions. Everything seems to be confined to one huge drive. This is an important consideration for any Time Machine users as Time Machine will continue to grow until all the space is exhausted, at least without employing a hack or two. It might be advisable to keep those backups on another external drive.
Overall Review: I bought this device to replace an aging mid-tower with a much smaller RAID-5, and a couple of standalone USB drives. I expect my power bill to drop a small bit, and to have more drive space at my disposal. An error in the documentation states that Mac printers need to be postscript in order to be compatible, which is not true. The printer driver just needs to work with LPR. I'm using a PhotoSmart 7960 on my MacBook Pro and on Win7 Ultimate, and Vista Home w/o any trouble.
Be sure you back up regularly
Pros: Very fast and quiet. Loved it in my MacBook Pro. Warranty cannot be beat.
Cons: Dead in less than 7 months of service, hence the loss of 2 eggs.
Overall Review: I am super grateful that I use Time Machine on my Mac, because once the RMA drive comes in, I will restore back to where things were this morning when I got home from work. I am not sure why the drive died, but I am grateful for advance replacement as an option on the Western Digital site.
Inexpensive and powerful PoE+ switch
Pros: - 802.at POE ... for cheap - Pretty much at feature parity with the Meraki layer 2 switch it replaced. - SFP ports? Yes, thank you!
Cons: - It requires the controller to really do anything with. (Only really a con if you don't have a Unifi setup already going.) - Unifi controller isn't as mature as other SDN products, but this is a company to watch.
Overall Review: This is a great switch for a small spot in the SMB space. The PoE+ capabilities are solid, and the Unifi controller works really well with it. The cons didn't matter for me since this device was bought to support my home network (with an eye to upgrade my folks aging infrastructure).
I love this NAS!
Pros: This thing is FAST! It can saturate a GigE link w/o even blinking. Also, the expansion capability is is pretty hard to argue with. The software is intuitive and my experience with Synology support has been nothing short of great.
Cons: It's a bit of a pricey drive cage.
Overall Review: I bought this to upgrade from a DS409slim I've had for the last 5 years and I've got to say this is a substantial upgrade. The CPU is barely doing anything currently, and I'm looking forward to leveraging the drive space to collapse my 409 as well the few external drives I've had to expand things onto. Once my move is complete, I am looking forward to connecting this to my network with multiple bonded links.
A sturdy, usable rack.
Pros: Supports mouting 19" equipment on the wall.
Cons: Uses the square holes.
Overall Review: I used this 2U rack to hold up a VPN router and a separate cable modem that I used to use when i was a telelcommuter at a previous job, which kept things nice and neat and away from the rest of my home networking goodies.
Breathes new life into my mid-2009 MacBook Pro
Pros: Inexpensive, fast, reliable, and of course quiet. Works in my MacBook Pro (mid-2009)
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I bought this drive to breathe new life into my MBP. The weight of Lion and Mountain Lion was getting to be considerably sluggish on my hard drive, not to mention the impact to battery life. The awesome difference in speed going to the SSD is going to make it possible for me to get another couple of years out of this thing, especially now that I have 8 Gigs of RAM.