Joined on 03/31/02
Pros: Plug it in, run through Cox cable's web based setup, and 3 minutes later I'm online -- without installing any bloatware garbage from Cox.
Cons: Only 1 tiny one... I would have preferred a horizontal layout fo it could stack with the router, and voip box. Yeah you can place it sideways but it still looks stupid like that.
Overall Review: This is my 2nd one of these. First one is still in use in another state. They just work. Simple interfaces.
Not my favorite drive...
Pros: Quick, not too noisy
Cons: High failure rate
Overall Review: I've have many of these in several servers in multiple datacenters. In fact this purchase was to replace a failed unit (or I'd pick something like a WD RAID Edition) and was shipped directly to the DC for hot-swapping. If you worry about your data and want to use this drive, make sure to either do frequent backups or run some type of fault-tolerance such as mirroring or raid5+. If these were the sole drives in my systems, I'd have seen multiple long outages and surely would have lost data and customers. I use RAID10 (4 drives, 2 striped to 2 mirrors). So I got to thinking after buying this one, next time I'll buy 2 WD RE's instead and have them pull not only the bad drive put it's partner and replace a whole side... 2 Seagates to 2 WDs. And use the 'good' Seagate for the next failure, then start the cycle all over again.
Great little box - easy whs conversion
Pros: - Upgradable - RAM to 2gb, CPU to dual-core 64bit (only certain models & 3rd party bios highly recommended but easy to find) - up to 4 drives and no tools needed - well documented conversion to WHS
Cons: - fairly small PS, so watch the drives you use. - 2GB limit to RAM - somewhat picky about the RAM
Overall Review: I never even brought it up with the included NAS module in it. I wanted a reasonably priced WHS box and I already had a Whs license. Followed the easily found how-to on creating a bootable thumb drive with the needed drivers and less than an hour later had WHS server. Have since added drives & and upgraded memory & the processor. Discussions on how and what is compatible are easily found online.
I'm in love!
Pros: It just works, and D-Link made enhancing it so easy with the fun_plug feature. 30 minutes after loading the drives and setting the IP's I was playing with telnet, rsync, lighttpd, and all the other linux goodness.
Cons: Memeo Autobackup software is a joke and doesn't run properly on x64 machines. Grab the fonz fun_plug and install rsyncd. Then use the opensource DeltaCopy client to backup your Win boxes.
Overall Review: Wish it was a little faster, but at this price this thing is a bargain! Be careful and do your research if you have to rebuild a RAID1 setup after a drive failure. Apparently it's not intuitive and doing it wrong will toast your data.
Makes a decent pc monitor too
Pros: VGA, HDMI, and component inputs. Nice picture in native 1440x900 mode.
Cons: No DVI. Not 1080p but 900p.
Overall Review: Bought as a basic HDTV with DirecTV HD DVR for the bedroom... Is currently also being used as a computer monitor. Originally I shuddered at the thought of going back to a VGA connector as this model doesn't have a DVI connector. But I picked up a cheap HDMI to DVI adapter and it worked great AFTER changing the resolution to it's native 1440x900 resolution. Before that it was blurry at best - but that's true of most any LCD.