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Great for Home Storage, but poor for remote access.
on May 26, 2013
This device is fast and great for home use, if your just backing up pictures, movies, and music. That includes multiple computer back ups and such. Some of the apps on here for that purpose are good. If you are looking for something to access your data while your away from the house, then stay away from this.
Let me start from the beginning, installation. Installation if done correctly, and not assuming anything should go pretty straight forward, mine did not. When i got it, first my hard drives were not read. Then after i got my hard drives to be recognized by first formatting them on my computer I could not log into the first time setup. After I got the logon issue resolved it would give me a network detection error while trying to initialize the NAS for the first time. Which I also resolved by using the ip address of the NAS and logging in directly into it instead of using the setup utility. Things to know when installing this device, and setting it up for the first time.
-All hard drives you use should be formatted on a computer prior to installing them into the device, the device will not read any drive that has a preexisting partition on it.
-If the username/password that's defaulted don't work just reset the device. To reset the device you have to push and hold the back reset button for like 20 seconds till you hear a second set of 4 beeps i think it was.
-This can use mismatched hard drives for raids, but you will only get the capacity of the smallest drive.
-If the setup utility gives you any error with initialization, just bogon into the NAS directly using its IP address and the default username/password.
After I got it setup it was working very nicely, i was able to back up about 300 gigs of info in under a few hours. The transfer speeds were very good faster then the low end synologys or qnaps. The additional apps that come with the unit that you can install are alright, some are useful some are garbage. Streaming to multiple devices worked without a hitch as well. Overall it was a great experience when dealing within the network.
Now the bad, the remote access and remote access apps on this device suck. I was able to get remote access to work intermittently and when it worked it was slow and completely unreliable. I tried to use all the apps and different tools for it, even got the beta firmware and could not get it to work reliably. After toying around with remote access which is the main thing I got it for, I gave up and returned the item.
So in short great for within network stuff, poor for out of network access. So now that you guys know what your getting yourself into, for the price your getting a great network box, faster then most synologys. Just don't expect the great GUI or the remote access friendliness of other other big brand NAS companies. If they ever get the remote access worked out, ill be coming back to this brand for my future NAS needs.