Summary: Worse, the manufacturer has NO replacements for sale but, according to their tech support, they would replace it under warranty if I send the entire unit back. I really do not want to incur the cost and downtime to send the unit back to get another CHEAP fan installed. Why they did not use a ball-bearing fan is beyond me (save 50-cents?).
Pros: Compact, affordable, inexpensive, gigabit Ethernet, reasonably intuitive web-based user interface, reasonably responsive for a NAS in this price range.
Cons: The cooling fan is a CHEAP, bushing-type, and mine started clattering after only three months of 24x7 use. And, it is getting worse every day.
Excerpt: The disks use a proprietary format so if the network hardware goes bad, the disks are useless unless get a replacement ethernet connection. Also the provided software for Mac does not work with older Macs; need to download a correct version. The setup using a browser is generally OK; but if change the workgroup there's a significant delay before that change appears on the network.
Pros: Phone Help Is Good
Cons: Auto Backup Limited, Delayed Workgroup Change, Mac Software Not Provided, Proprietary Disk Format, Raid Change Manual Bad
Summary: Yeah, it's a cheap way to get a lot of storage. But it's also slow and buggy. Although the DLNA (Twonky) server only works reasonably well if you have a small number of files, on my system (over 20,000 songs) half of the songs don't show up. The built-in iTunes server is worse, it consistently crashes within minutes of turning it on. The Apple Time Machine support doesn't work correctly either.
Summary: I got mine at the beginning of January, so had about 10months. Has never been entirely bug free, but has been ok. As other reviewers have mentioned it is slow (but does manage to stream a 1080p movie from it) and very noisy. The "bugs" have basically it dropping connection to the wifi all the time, despite many different attempts at work arounds to stop this.
Very slow interface. Have had 2 major and 5 minor breakdowns
Thomas Hiilbig Pedersen, Amazon
1 October 2013
Summary: There must be something better than this "out there". Seems very unstable and very slow. Need a hard restart (remove power cord) every 4 days. Have had it in for repairs 2 times and had it put on 3 different networks, and no improvement in usability found. Not recommented.
Value for money but if you want proper RAID 1 get something else
16 May 2013
Summary: I'm giving this a 2 Star : It's a good value for money NAS, but failure to implement a robust RAID 1 means that next time I wont be buying a LinkStation. I had had NAS boxes which work fine but eventually the hard disks give up and that's when your backup processes get tested. What I wanted was a reliable, fast, cheap and SAFE file server, but particularly one that had RAID 1, where if one disk fails the other keeps on going, and you have time to swap a new hard disk for...
Summary: I have just bought this and it has been delivered with a 2 pin non-UK plug for connecting to the power supply. Should there be something else or am I expecting something that never happens. If the latter how can I get power to this unit from 240 volts, 3 pin plugs? Not impressed at all. I have now discovered that a UK plug converter should have been in the box. Please will you forward one to me or take this back as an incomplete unit for work in the UK.
File transfer slower than the 1000Mbps LAN connection would suggest!
11 December 2012
Summary: My office network runs at 1000Mbps using jumbo frames through a switch (no wireless network); I can download quicker over my broadband internet connection than copy to or from this drive on the same network. The setup is simple, configuration of RAID & folders to allow/restrict users is useful and easy enough.