Summary: Bought the NSA221 and added two 2TB WD SATA drives, which took about 10 minutes to drop into the two bays and get the unit up and running. I have about 40GB of music, 280GB of fairly large-file videos and 10GB of family photos, all set up for public sharing in separate folders mapped to an iMac desktop and a Linux laptop, and I bought the extra capacity for future use. Some notes: 1.
Summary: This is a very good product, it does what they say and it is easy to install and configure. I wish they could integrate nativelly with MAC OS in order I can use the time capsule. Actually it was a doubt I had when I was deciding buying this product. Fortunatelly you can map the network drive in MAC OS (using SMB protocol) in order you can access the data using Finder application. I am quite happy.
Summary: This was a piece of cake to set up. Popped in some drives, it auto-configed them and contrary to the opinion of others, it is not slow. Stores everything including my backups quickly and I can access them easily. FTP, HTTP access is quick and gets through without a hitch. Would certainly recommend to others.
Summary: I've purchased this unit so that movies, TV recording and music can be accessed when my PC is off. I have a desktop PC with 900W power supply so just to stream music or movie; it really isn't all that economical. Initially, I setup this NAS with two 500GB SATAII HDD under RAID 0 since that usually gives the fastest data access speed both read and write. Both HDD were 7200RPM version with 16MB disk cache and during file transfer to NAS, it was averaging about 11 MB@1sec.
Summary: I have two 2TB hard drives running in RAID 0 and it's working out great for me. All the extra storage makes a world of difference. Unit does a good job staying cool and it not too loud given the small fan, especially if you can hide it in a corner. Setup process takes some time but is intuitive for someone with average computer skills. Once set up, you will have a choice to create different folder for movies, music, public, etc.
Summary: First off, the basics - this NAS box will act as a media server, or SMB file share (what I'm using it for). It's got two SATA bays, and you can configure them in a RAID 1 or RAID 2. You can also plug in 2 USB harddrives, and it can share them over the network as well. It has a simple web-based control panel for setting up the device as a media server, so making it do the basics is a snap. What's most impressive about it, in my opinion, is the depth of features available.
Works fine for me. Faster than what others are saying.
Amazon Customer, Amazon
17 July 2011
Summary: I have owned the NSA221 for about one month now. I hesitated at first in purchasing because of the reviews that said the unit was slow. The first thing I did upon unpacking and setting up was to upgrade the firmware to the latest version 4.20. Initial setup was with a single WD20EARS 2TB drive. The user must remember that all components in the network must be gigabit compatible to get the speed over the network. That includes network cards, cabling and router.
Summary: Bottom line is you are not going to find a better product in this category and none at this price point. This is my third NAS product and all are currently running on my home network. Ultimately the price is what led me to purchase it because I figured it was a small investment even if it were just for experimenting.
Summary: My only problem with this unit is that the media server does not recognize certain large video files (ie movies in HD). I bought this thing to back up my computers and to stream media to my PS3. It took almost no effort at all to get my pictures and mp3s to appear on my PS3 and my big screen. I have a few large movies (>4 GB) that I saved onto the NAS but would not show up on the PS3 menu or when I connected to the media server through my PC.
Summary: I just set this up last night and it was a breeze to get going. Pre-configured shares for pictures, videos, music, etc are already set up and easily mapped. I did some testing and was getting 10MB/sec transfer speeds. I have a home class gigabit router with two other PCs connected directly and did a transfer between them and was able to get 25MB/sec consistently. Does anyone know of a way to speed this NAS up? A ram upgrade perhaps?