A Genuine Business Storage NAS Has Redundant Ethernet Ports Among Other Things...
John Hancock, Amazon
6 April 2014
Summary: ANY network attached storage device intended for BUSINESS use should have redundant ethernet ports on separate circuits (cards/boards) inside the box. The idea of redundancy is to reduce the likelihood of an outage/failure when a single component fails. While the 1-2-4 bay NAS devices are low end, entry level, the minimum expected is redundant network ports.
Summary: I bougth this after owning a well functioning Seagate Black Amour NAS. However, this new product is not at all like the old one. The firmware is EXTREMELY slow, so any interaction with the management portal must be done very slowly to avoid freeze and crash. And even taking it slow i no garuantee that it works. I have a lot of trouble with the USM part too. The drive is often not detected, and even when it is it is sometimes not available to use in the backup section.
Summary: First my household setup. I practice 4-tier backup system. The first tier is local backup. My household consists of 3 3 Macs (all portable, 500GB hard disk, 256GB flash storage, and 512GB flash storage) wirelessly connected and backed up wirelessly to Time Capsule (2TB 802.11n). The second tier backup is Seagate NAS. It provides the role of: 1. Redundant Time Machine backup 2.
Summary: Firstly, I have to say that lots of the people who have given this unit terrible reviews clearly don't have the skillset to be buying and installing a NAS drive. Not their fault, Seagate market this as a DIY unit so it should be easy enough for the average person. However, I've seen people test the speed of this thing over Wifi and then whinge - also they test it via a 100MBs hub or with an anti-virus package which has network inspection turned on - or they test it from...
I could rate this if I could get it to work--Mac users beware!
Stanley Cup "Hockey Mom", Amazon
30 September 2013
Summary: I have tried in vain to get this Seagate Storage Network to work, but my attempts to make it work with my Mac desktop have been futile. I have tried several times to connect the device, but I am met with messages that it does not work with Time Machine and goes through an endless loop that never synchs with my computer. Online support does not help, and I gave up after long hold times via the phone.
Observed problem with Long Filenames; Warranty Repair is sluggish.
Clarence A. Wolfe, Amazon
26 September 2013
Summary: 06/01/2013 - PLEASE SEE UPDATE AT END OF REVIEW. I received my Seagate Business NAS (SBNAS) on February 26 of this year. It was a 2TB + 2TB Raid 1 (2 bay). The firmware was 2013.60193. I set up the Public folder with Media Server and Recycle Bin Manager enabled. I began using it by copying a number of music files and picture files from another NAS, and then extracting additional music files directly to the Seagate Business NAS.