I usually keep all my music and films on my main PC and use LAN cables to distribute it around the house. This was working well but meant that the main PC had to be kept on all the time. I thought that the USB Station 2 would enable me to get around this. Unfortunately, there were a couple of problems.
I already had a couple of 1TB hard drives formatted to NTFS and I believed that they were compatible with the unit. Unfortunately, when I was transferring lots of files around I found that many files were set as "hidden" after transferring. I would say about 1 file in 30 was copied this way. The files were not able to be un-hidden using the file properties dialogue box either so they had to be deleted and re-copied. Not such a big deal maybe, but after copying around a 1000 folders, I realized I'd have to go and check every single one of them. There were many tens of files effected in this way. If your PC is set to not show hidden files, you would be unaware that they were even on your system.
I decided to reformat the drives in EXT4 format (I think). This seemed to solve the hidden file problem but the thing took so long to move the data across that it really isn't worth the hassle. Before, I was getting speeds of around 50 mbs transfer but using this unit this dropped to 4 or 5 mbs. Really slooooo[...]
The drop in performance was painful and I have now disconnected the unit completely and have simply copied the files over to the other PCs, which I update when needed. This is slow but is still faster than using the USB Station.
The supplied software did work quite well though and it was easy to set everything up, but overall I was quite disappointed with the USB Station 2.
Definitely not recommended for experienced users who may already have a network set up but maybe ok for complete beginners who don't mind waiting around for a bit.