Pros: Inexpensive, quiet, uses little power. Easy to reset after power outage, easy to install drives. Allows several RAID configurations. Windows network recognizes it easily. For more shared storage, attach a USB hard drive.
Cons: Slow as molasses in winter. Click a file & copy to the clipboard takes a minute! Can't keep the drives from sleeping. And it prevents files from setting the archive bit, so you can't do differential or incremental backups - allows full backups only.
Summary: Look there are new 1 and 2 Bay Nas unit coming out with 1.3 Ghz processors why would you put up with unsatisfactory performance for a extra couple of hundred dollars , how much is your time worth
Summary: Killer performance, it killed one of my 1TB Seagate hard drives. I think it overheated while performing a 12 hour session to back up a PC on the home network. Also do not select scandisk on power up option, it will hit a firmware bug that may cause the NAS200 to hang and become unresponsive to event a reset or power button action. Has anybody figured out the backup button on the front yet? I asked the Linksys tech chat representative and they did not know either.
Pros: When it works it works nice. recommended for home use only and don't bother with RAID 0 for speed, just go with 2 separate disk option, chances are you will not see the data rate difference on a wireless system.
Cons: As others have mentioned this unit is very slow compared to draft-n wireless data rates and that can result in excessive transfer times and that results in heat from 7200 rpm SATA drives embedded within the unit. In some cases (mine) that may result in the drive being lost. Then you have to start all over again!
Summary: I bought this item used so that I could power down my media server overnight and still have access to movies and music elsewhere. Well, that just isn't going to happen. I put 2 1.5GB drives in and was horrified that I needed to format them to use them, just to have to copy all of my things back onto them again. 5 (yes, FIVE) days later, I had finally copied 1.2GB onto hardrive 1. It says that it works as a media streaming server, but how?
Pros: Price/ideal product ratio (what you SHOULD get)