Summary: I've owned one of these for three years and it's still working well. Once in that time I had to restore the configuration, however it recovered rather well (I didn't lose any data, just "meta data"(what users/groups could use what shares)) Once in a while I have had to restart it after it had a red light by a drive. Other than that worked great with two "HGST Deskstar 2TB 3.5-Inch CoolSpin RPM SATA III 6Gbps 32 MB" mirrored.
Summary: This nas works great, I can watch movies from any computer in the house. The only downfall is the filing system. If you upload your files and want to change folders around afterwords, it takes just as long as if you were uploading the file all over again. This isn't the best when you have 1000's of movies that you are trying to organize. Other than that, its been a great little machine.
Summary: I haven't had it very long, so I can't speak for how long it will last. Plus I just use it as a basic network drive. But it's fairly easy to setup. And it's a good value for the price. One issue I had with it was that it can take over a week for the media server to index everything, causing constant activity. I finally turned off the media server. The performance seems pretty good, and I haven't had to reboot it yet.
Summary: I originally purchased the NSA221 last fall but due to the flooding in Thailand I did not get the HDDs since the prices were too outrageus. Now they are finally coming back down and I just got two Hitachi Deskstar 7200 RPM 2 TB HDDs for use in the NSA221 in a RAID 1 (mirroring) configuration. Initial setup was easy. I attached the rails to the drives, slid them into the case, powered up and it was ready.
Summary: The NAS server arrived with old firmware. This was no problem, as the Admin utillity, provided allowed for easy updating. I installed an old 250G and a new 2Tb drive. I then formated the drives which took about 2 hours, I don't really know exactly how long, I didnt pay that close attention. I used JBOD to maximize disk space. The transfer rate is plenty fast enough to play video (wmv, vob) over wireless N.
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.
Overall good NAS for non-HD streaming or power users.
Rich Davis "Richey", Amazon
25 October 2011
Summary: I must admit, this was my first foray into the world of NAS. After doing some research I happened to find this unit on sale here at Amazon. Despite some of the reviews that talked about slow transfer speeds, I pulled the trigger. We mainly use the NAS to stream our MP3 collection to our Logitech Squeezebox Radio Music Player with Color Screen (Black) It's also used to transfer print files to a RIP server in a different part of our home. It works great for both.
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: Pros: Best value among the similar products. Super fast shipping by Amazon. Easy hard drive install. Easy internet setup. Convenient usb port for storage expansion. Cons: No direct usb connection to pc. Internet access to the files is complicated to set up. Slow data transfer. 180Gb data takes 3 hours for transfer from pc. Some of the reviewers stated that the USB rate is only 1/3 of the Ethernet.
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?