Pros: Easy deployment, using in an environment with macs and pcs, more than 50 computers attached, each with its own mapped drive and backup setup. Web software is very easy to use, and setting it up as an FTP server was extremely easy and is super easy for the end-user to use. It has its own file mana...
Cons: A little weird with mapped drives - sometimes it drops the authentication on the client machine and the drive has to be clicked on before programs that rely on that connection can use it. It doesn't forget the username and password, but rather just doesn't realize it's connected until the user ac...
Pros: User interface well designed and intuitive. Brought up cold with 4 new disks, worked perfectly. Pros too many to mention, happy with performance, extremely well designed. I'm using RAID5, was trivial to set up. I like being able to ssh to the unit and work directly with the operating system.
Cons: For me the administrative interface is too fancy, gaudy with all the cute little icons. Please try to make it look more professional. Yes, that's my only silly "con" LoL
Summary: These are really mini servers. However, I would probably stretch for an atom based model if I was going to use it for non-NAS features or if I wanted high performance.
Pros: Great form factor, compact, well made and classy. Real easy to put disks in and take them out. It does NAS but it can also act as a web server, UPnp media station, torrent downloader, IP camera backup, rsync server, and a whole bunch of other things via the QKPG packaging system. The firmware upd...
Cons: Be careful about the drives you select, some common WD drives dont play well. This model has the Marvell/ARM processor and it's a bit marginal from a performance perspective. It's also not compatible with some of the add-in software, e.g., can't transcode.
Summary: I would not recommend using Western Digital WD20EARS drives. I had 6 of 12 drives fail within 30 minutes. Spend a little more and get a real 7,200 RPM drive. I have two of these on my home network, both are populated with (4) 2 terabyte drives from Samsung. The second NAS is a mirror of the first.
Pros: Easy to use. Management interface is straight forward and simple to understand. Quiet, runs cool. Alerts you when (and which) drive fails. Quick setup. Supports port trunking (Round Robin, fail over, balance XOR, etc.) UPS support for unattended shutdown (see website for compatible devices) Every...
Summary: Last night I was working on moving files to the NAS. The noise got a bit louder than what it was when it first started doing it. This drove me nuts. This is what I found: I shut the server down and removed the drives in order to take a look inside.
Pros: see my first post. Still going strong and remains super quiet.
Summary: I have mine setup with four drives totaling 4.5 TB on a RAID 5 configuration. It took me about 1 to 1.5 hours to setup everything and that was even with me writing down my chosen settings. The RAID configuration took about 15-20 minutes for it to tell me it was ready.
Pros: Fast, compact, light, easy to configure even for a non network user. Included easy setup guide. Everything is included except the drives.
Cons: It can be a bit loud if you set this unit next to your computer. Mine sits next to my iMac on my desk in my home office. I've gotten used to the sound of the 7200 rpm drives. Occasionally, the harmonics caused by the drives spinning will make the unit's enclousure make a light buzz sound. As I wr...
Summary: I have cacti running on it monitoring the network, free space and free ram. i have 2x 2TB F4 samsung 3 platter drives in here working great, they're not on the approved list yet but should be soon highly recommended. i'll soon put 2 more in for a 6TB raid 5.
Pros: Fast, Quiet, Cool, Easy Web interface
Cons: Rattles a little with older louder drives, took almost 24hours to sync my 2TB raid 1.