"Excellent device to wirelessly network my USB drives"
13 September 2011
Pros: Small, easy to setup, allows me to see all the data on 4 USB drives I have wired or wirelessly. Torrent feature works nicely and allows me to do torrents PC-free. Wireless streaming of music, photos, and videos to my iPad, PS3, PC's and other devices. Pow
Cons: Transfer between two USB drives is extremely slow - workaround is to disconnect the drives and use a PC instead. Have to reset the device every couple of days, but not a huge inconvenience. Does not power down USB disks after being idle, so what I do is t
Pros: Good concept, attach USB devices to the network; Username/password access control
Cons: Share level access control only, so if you have users that you only want to have access to a folder or two, you can't limit to those folders only. You can't add folders from the web page, which prevents organizing files that are uploaded.
Pros: 4 USB ports, Gb ethernet Great stability and rich features (although I don't use any apart from the simple nas function) Good performance Good Web Admin interface NTFS Support
Cons: Does not allow setting up multiple shares within one USB device (or maybe I did not find how to?) Does not integrate with AD domain authentication 3 USB on the front panel and 1 at the back. Should go the other way round.
Summary: Bought this little data station to hook up a few external HD for network sharing. Attractive features are GigE and wireless capable, can be a print server, and has 3 USB ports for external drives (3 is sufficient for me). My main application is to transfer bulk data (camera RAW files) between drives and share among multiple laptops. Here are some observations: 1. Setup: This is quite easy. You can assign a static IP or configure it to request the IP using DHCP.
Summary: I have a Win 7 machine which works fine with my D-Link network boxes. I tried installing the Iomega software from the included disk - it told me my operating system was not compatible and refused to install. I tried this 2 more times looking for install variations - there were none. Gave up. Money down the drain.