Summary: Let me first say that I am a big "bang for the buck" consumer and so far this puppy does not disappoint. Heck it actually over delivers which id unusual these days. I bought this USED here at Amazon for $200.00 and quite frankly, after reading most of the reviews, I thought I was essentially buying it JUST for the drives at worst, or as a big dumb network attached drive to dump back ups into at best.
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...
Summary: I had to return the device to the factory because the web GUI would not load (Dead on Arrival). There is a good troubleshooting flash presentation on WDs website. I paid $10 for expedited shipping of the replacement and received a 'order out of stock' from WD, once the item was in stock they sent it 2 business day. Now the device is in place and rock solid but getting a working one was a process.
Summary: I have 10 TB of storage in my desktop, but I got this to share music and movies with my mixed-race (PC and Mac) roommates. I fully expected the software to be balky and the documentation pathetic, so I wasn't disappointed. (My four-star rating ignores those two issues, since they are very much par for the course.) It took me a couple hours to get it up and running, and quite some time to load it up over Wi-Fi, but since then there have been no real issues.