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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality Product, but Expensive, 22 July 2009
This review is from: Linksys By Cisco Media Hub Home Entertainment Storage With 1 TB Drive,LCD And Flash Card Reader (Personal Computers)
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Firstly, the build quality of the Mediahub is excellent, as is the design: the top pops off to reveal two slots with easily removable caddies for hard drives - one came with a 1TB hard drive. The box came with all the cables required to start going, and includes four screws to attach an extra hard drive into the empty caddy.

Setting up was simple - just plug the MediaHub into your hub and install the provided software. This installs backup software and a tool to scan your drive and import media to the hub. Beware: this will take time over wireless. Performance through LAN was very good.

The device has a LCD which lets you look at the status of the device and network - simple info such as free space, IP address & a count of the different types of files. There are two USB connectors for copying data from external devices & a card reader. When you insert a device, the screen asks if you want to copy files. They are copied into a "import" folder on the device. It would be nice if the LCD had more use - it seems an extravagent extra that offers little.

The main selling point the MediaHub is its web interface, accessed using a simple URL (//_name of mediahub_) based on the name you have given the device. The device keeps a database of your media files and the web interface allows a user to view files or manage files. I found the web interface sluggish and prone to throwing up random errors if the hub is busy. I also found that copying from an external USB hard drive to the device was very slow. File managing through the web interface is awkward and clunky. There are plenty of configuration screens so you can tweak the device - for instance, giving it a static IP address. The provided setup software creates a mapped network drive - not that difficult in windows.

The backup software supplied is fairly simple. The import software monitors the directories you have chosen and automatically copies new files across.

One important aspect is that the MediaHub supports media streaming and has a server built in. Video/Audio is streamed from the device and can be played through DNLC enabled devices. It worked perfectly with my Popcorn Media player. It also comes with iTunes server, so you can access a centrally stored music library with iTunes.

I also had success using the device with an Apple Mac - the supplied disc had no MAC software, but you can obtain it from CISCO's support website - it's a dual format ISO containing both PC and MAC applications.

Overall, a good quality device, with an excellent capacity. However, the web interface could do with some improvements and the performance of copying from external drives seems somewhat slow. Finally, it would be useful if the LCD was utilised more - it's an addition that you can easily live without.

There are cheaper solutions out there, however.
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