Summary: I have had this NAS for about 3 weeks now and my opinion is that its a decent NAS - nothing to rave about. Now for the gory details. Before I provide more details, I need to add context. I have had a NAS for about 5 years. I original NAS was a Linksys NAS200 (pretty bad product if I might add). So when I got this NAS, the first thing I did was obviosuly compare the two. The construction of the Linksys "seems" more sturdy.
Summary: For a long time I wanted to buy this product. When I finally received it, I tried to set it up right away. All went well until the software indicated that it had a "firmware update". You would normally think, ok great let's upgrade. After the upgrade I was not able to log in anymore. On the internet I read that the update fails to let the user know when his password for the product is too long....which in my case it was (so much for having a strong password right?!?).
Response time is slow, updates actually disable features...
Wayne W "Wayne...", Amazon
12 January 2013
Summary: I purchased this as a backup for a small office of 5 computers. The response time was very quick when I installed the first computer. But by the time I got to the 5 computer, the browser-based dashboard would time out before loading up. When I contacted customer service, they told me that this particular product wasn't designed for multiple computers.
Summary: This drive was just to slow. The set up was slow, the transfers were slow, the RAID set up was slow, everything was slow. I know a network drive will not be as fast as a USB or Firewire drive, but this was the slowest NAS I have ever used.
Summary: I bought it for using the RAID feature, which is very good for the price. But the wireless transfers are slow. So, did initial big dump with wired ethernet and then updates on wireless. Maybe a firmware upgrade might help in future to increase wireless speeds. The ssh feature is good as I can use rsync for Linux backups.
Summary: Just thought I'd file some comments about streaming from the WD Live Duo to a ROKU box, which I recently received as a gift. It's actually tricky to get it to talk to a ROKU box, because ROKU doesn't link natively to a DLNA media server which is what's built into the WD My Book Live Duo. I ended up implementing two separate solutions, one of which was a complete travesty and one of which was quite elegant.
Summary: Overall it's an okay device, but I had two major complaints: one, it doesn't have a way to shut it down safely; you have to wait until the blinking light stops. Two, it seems on the slower side, but I believe that is because the drives are in 'green mode' and will only spin up when accessed.
Summary: I've gone middle of the road and given this box three stars. Largely, it performs as expected. Interface to my computers works fine, with easy to access drive status and storage indicators. I changed my unit to Raid1 which took almost 18 hours - so long that I thought something might be amiss. Computer backup also takes a while, so best to do it at night.