Summary: This thing Rocks! After my Net gear Stora died. I tried another brand. Unfortunately it was junk. The ZyXEL is amazing. The software is easy to setup and navigate. It is also very fast, compared to my old Stora (keep in mind I'm using the same 1T drives I had in the Stora). I have had this running for approximately two weeks with no issues. If your looking for a Network Attached Storage on a budget this it the one to buy.
Summary: I had a Western Digital My World Book which all of a sudden started going off-line. I decided to replace it and after doing all the reviews the ZyXEL seemed like a good choice. I moved my drives over from the WD and they worked fine even though they were not on the compatibility list. The comments about a useless manual are correct. It took me a bit to even figure out how to open the NAS to put the drives in.
Summary: I bought it from Amazon a few days ago and I can already tell that this device is a wonderful and cheap (I got a 'used' one) addition to our home's gadgets. We already have a NAS in our home environment (Western Digital World My Book ii ) but that doesn't have a DLNA media server. So I setup a Logitech Media Server on my Windows 7 PC to serve media from the WD NAS drive.
Summary: This is my first NAS for my home, and I read many of thee reviews here before purchasing. I think having a Gigabit speed connection is worth paying extra for in a NAS like this. I'm using WOL to wake it up when I need it, the disks shut down after inactivity, as set in the preferences. Finally, about the time I go to sleep the entire NAS shuts down. I'm happy with the energy consumption and the cooling seems to work very well.
Summary: Works great and have had no problems with it so far. It is a little slow when transferring or syncing folders with large amounts of files, pegs the CPU at 100% easily but still works. Once files start copying works pretty good, I am getting an average of 35mb/s to 45mb/s over my network. Edit: Got Working other features I got the WordPress service running and it makes for a pretty nice server for blogging once you figure it out.
For what I paid it deserves 5 stars despite a few minor issues
13 April 2013
Summary: I bought this from Amazon for under $90. It has some mostly minor issues - if I had paid $300 or more I might complain a little, if I had paid $500, I would complain a little more loudly. I also purchased two WD cavalier RED 2TB drives and I run them in RAID 1. To those of you who are RAID 0 fans, this is intentional, I don't want a 4TB drive I want redundant data saving options.
Summary: UPDATE 3/20/13 I received the replacement unit un-boxed it, inserted the WD Green 3TB HDD, powered it up and Bingo!!! The packaging of this drive was different than the first one I received. This one is a gray box (instead of a white box), and in the description it states that it can support up to 8TB. This important because it means that it comes with the latest firmware 4.5 (as of the time of this review).
Summary: This NAS is quiet has many options and problably more than I can use. I use for simple file server and I am sure it won't be a problem to access from outside when I need to. Have a 2TB RED Western Digital and a Black 1 TB. Both perform good and I set them to spin down. Have not had to reset this since I purchased a month ago and that is an excellent track record. Transfers between 40 and 80 mb sec. Can't complain.