Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WDBCTL0030HWT
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Not a Smart Product
Jason, B&H Photo
13 January 2016
Excerpt: Difficult to set up as remote accessed "cloud". Even if you can access it remotely, it is not practicable because the speed to too slow. You have to wait for more than ten seconds to see one 3 mb photo via wifi. WD needs smart people to design smart products.
Summary: So far so good. Does exactly what I needed it to do. Love it.
Pros: After a little setup this thing rocks. I was always transferring files via Thumb drive or external HD's from one computer to another. Now I have everything in one place. I can now use my external drives as backups. And the NAS as a transfer system. Also currently I have capped internet so I can b...
Cons: It was slow until I upgraded my network. Cat5e cables where not doing the job. Also factory setup is not good. Need the NAS to always have the same IP and never go to sleep. The drive in the NAS should be able to handle that but I got a warranty just in case.
Excerpt: Purchased this (from @) looking for a good place to keep all my files. I liked the idea of being able to access them anywhere.- Difficult to set up.- Unbelievably complicated interfaces - that's right - plural.- Horribly slow - even when connected via Ethernet.
Cons: Difficult To Install, Unreliable Performance
Excerpt: I use it as home media center. Firstly, it isn't wi-fi, as I expected. It just connects to network by ethernet. And I found it also too slow for transfering data TO it, both using the network as connecting a external HD directly on the USB port. But, as DLNA, my main use, it does the job.
Excerpt: I bought this product to backup 100GB or so of photos on my Macbook Pro and to move a 160gb itunes library off a LaCie drive that was formatted as a Windows drive so i can't copy to it from my Mac. I installed the WD on my network with no problem.
Summary: Tried to set up a "Safepoint" using a WD My Book attached to the device's USB port. After several hours of backing up, during which only a few gigs were copied, it just stopped. Same thing when I tried to create a "Safepoint" to a shared drive. Simply unusable. Installed firmware is v04.04.00-303.
Pros: Reasonable cost, drag-and-drop through Windows Explorer, transfer speed over high-speed Ethernet is acceptable, lots of storage space.
Cons: Transfer speed through it's on-board USB is very slow, directory structure is not flexible, no drive backup S/W included ("file or category" only).
Summary: Using the WD software to install the unit is optional, as it works fine just plugging it in to the network, where you can access it through Windows explorer. A much better option for storing movies, photos, music and video that you want to share among your home computers, because you don't have to...
Pros: Installation is a snap...plug it in to a network switch or router, power it up, and you should be able to access it from any Windows computer on your network. Very fast file transfer, I've been getting between 60-80 MBS over the netwoark which is very respectable and gets those multi-GB folders t...
Cons: I haven't found any real "cons", but it doesn't come with the installation software, if you want to use the software you'll need to get it from the WD website, which is easy to find. You do need to access through the RJ45 network connection rather than the USB port, which is for adding a drive, n...
Excerpt: I purchased this hoping to log onto it via the web with any PC from anywhere and retrieve files and add files. It was not as easy to set up as I expected and it was not designed to work as I hoped.
Pros: Large Capacity
Cons: Difficult To Install, Difficult User Interface