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500 GB Network Storage Drive - 33% off at only £97.85 on Amazon

£97.85 @ Amazon
Been tempted with one of these for a while - for little extra on top of standard storage devices in this price bracket you can store digital content such as videos, music, photos, and ofcourse data fi…
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8y, 1m agoFound 8 years, 1 month ago
Been tempted with one of these for a while - for little extra on top of standard storage devices in this price bracket you can store digital content such as videos, music, photos, and ofcourse data files and share or stream it around your home network. Moreover the device also doubles up as a print server. Full details as follows:

Built-in DLNA" certified media server
Direct Copy feature allows you to quickly and easily transfer photos from a digital camera directly to a linkStation
Simplified file sharing on your home or small office network
Protect data by restricting access with group and user level security
Scheduled backup via USB 2.0 to external storage
Gigabit ethernet port
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#1
Mini Review.
This is probably the fastest and most reliable NAS (Network Attached Storage) Device around. It has never crashed or disconnected. Software is very robust.(if not always visually), runs linux based file system not FAT32. (Though I have latest firmware, just to be on the safe side) - The web access interface is a bit dated and difficult to set up - but once you have it works (it allows you to access your files from anywhere you have a internet connection via you IP Address).
You need to complement this with a Gigabit network, so a small 5 port Netgear hub, which you connect to your router, and CAT6 cabling. The gigabit network sometimes connects at the lower 100Mbps, so its worth checking your 5 port router lights are green and not orange.
The music streaming works really well, but again a bit quirky (duplicates entries sometimes) - and not well finished in terms of the web interface.

A great device - I love it-its useable-not superfast, but no slouch either , but if want something thats 'Apple like' simple - its not there yet, but it is extremely reliable (and a lot of these type of device are a complete waste of time). Also use the Linkstation Pro Duo for business (has a two disk raid system) which is better but no music streaming. It sounds like the new Mac mini is around the corner - because that is its main competition and/or time machine type backup. Really the Linkstation, though good is an end of life product, and is due for an upgrade too. Hoping the next version will be utopia, but if you need something now I doubt you will be disappointed.
#2
Been looking for a nas drive for a while but looking for one with raid on it, looks like netgear the way to go and their new range "pro" has been released in last few months, it is expensive, this one on this post looks like the thing for the home, so why so cold price is good, prehaps not all the bells and wistle, but for a nas not bad at all!:thumbsup:
#3
Mediabolic DNLA server on this sucks (I have one). Get the new version with the Twonkvision software to stream files to your PS3.
#5
thepharmacist
Been looking for a nas drive for a while but looking for one with raid on it, looks like netgear the way to go and their new range "pro" has been released in last few months, it is expensive, this one on this post looks like the thing for the home, so why so cold price is good, prehaps not all the bells and wistle, but for a nas not bad at all!:thumbsup:


Must say I'm slightly taken back too - this NAS has been on Amazon (and everywhere else) at the full RRP for months now....
#6
I have one of these, agreed the DNLA server is pants, but as a NAS its great, Web access too!
#7
I used to have one of these and got rid of it for a QNAP TS-109, more expensive but solid as a rock.
#8
Obviously this device is not without it's critics as other members have mentioned above. However it is still a pretty good price if you want/need this. Ebuyer are selling the 320GB version for £90, so this is a good deal on the face of it.

I actually looked long and hard into the NAS market, and decided to build my own NAS box using Freenas and several hard drivers I had lying about. Look into Shuttle K45 chassis + dual core celeron + 1GB RAM for less than £125, and FreeNas is of course free. This compares favourably with the commercially available NAS at this price e.g. QNAP 209 or Zyxel 2200 or the Netger Readynas.
#9
This is £88 in store at Staples.

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