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Fast, reliable ,easy NAS for Sharing films ,photos ,apps on network,
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This review is from: D-Link ShareCenter Pulse 2-bay Network Storage Enclosure (Electronics)
I looked around for various NAS storage devices, and while some unknown brands seemed ok I have come to learn with experience that when it comes to spending more than £10 on devices you best get a BRAND name product. This is no exception, and proved to be a good choice. The Case is cheap plastic but the thing works well so far.
Also if you're going to rely on this for RAID 1 (mirroring ) no doubt you need it because you want your data duplicated to a second drive and this is what it does in the background invisibly . The quick setup runs like a charm so I am happy with that. I did a test comparing the speed of a 600mb file from an INTERNAL drive to a USB drive and then again from INTERNAL drive to the D-Link NAS and while it was 3 times slower than USB2, that was only because my hub is 100mb so if I get a 1000mb HUB it should be faster or at least the same speed as USB 2 . More than happy at its current speed . I Have watched a HI Def Film (Avatar 4 GIGS ) over the network with no lag or glitches .NOTE ,it took 10 mins to this copy 4 GIG Film to the NAS. Watched it on a Pentium 4 single core Laptop and was as responsive as USB2 when moving the slider , FFWD film etc in Windows media player. NAS box is almost silent . I have not tried out or worked out all the other features yet like FTP or DYDNS. I only want it as a central Hard drive for my home computers.
Was pleased that the wizard when setting up the RAID it clearly shows the drive side LEFT and RIGHT side and shows their respective serial numbers. This is very helpful if one drive fails and you need to be 100% sure you have removed the correct drive. I did a screen capture and printed this out for reference .
Linksys provide a FREE DDYNS service that is available from the setup wizard. Ideal if you want to link the storage to your domain or website and you ISP constantly changes it's IP address each month (MOST none business ISPs)
Al in all a good little unit for central sharing of photos , docs, Films ,applications
Easy to setup
realiable so far
Lots of extra funky feature like Itunes, Boxee FTP etc
Discovered that the power saver feature really needs to be disabled as when you copy files to it for more than 1hr (all my collection of films) it goes into power save mode and thus the windows copy cancels out with only half the job job done.
I find it amazing that DLink did not have some simple firmware monitoring that keeps the NAS Awake when your still usinig it. Maybe there might be a firmware update that might fix this but for now I will just set it to use power all day long.
A site that has done some good graphical thoughput tests here...
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Initial post: 9 Sep 2011 17:11:49 BDT
I bought this unit last week (didn't upgrade the firmware) and i was able to transfer 400GB file with 10mb/s speed that lasted whole day and never did it cancel transfer. So i think they have ironed that out. I am happy with the device considering how much it costs. Only if it had sftp/scp it would be perfect for me.
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