After the testing is complete, we look back and see what we have to work with. For those needing a means of storing data through something other than a USB or Firewire port, this type of device is a blessing. Having performance that excels across a networked environment makes it even better. Making it affordable on top of that makes it a dream come true.
When I was first asked to test out this device, I wasn't sure I could do it. After all, I'm a hardware guy and not a networking guru. After following the supplied instructions, I discovered that it really is a simple thing to set this device up and share out the resources across the entire network. The ability to password protect individual folders gives enough security for even the hardcore buffs among us. Overall we have a very simple design and good performance across the board.
As far as price goes, this model can be found online for as little as $74US, so it doesn't cost that much more than a standard USB type external unit. A quick check at an online vendor showed there are very few choices in this arena of product, but the BYTECC model was the cheapest by more than $30. It is also compatible with any standard 3.5" IDE drive currently on the market. If Windows can recognize the drive, you can use it.
Bottom line... When it comes to storage, there are many things to consider. If you're dead set on blistering performance and amazing data transfer speeds, then you are not a candidate for network drives. Go spend the extra money it will take to get a decent RAID adapter and set up a monster of an array for your quick usage desires. If, on the other hand, you're in the market for a reliable storage medium that offers you the ability to not only add storage, but also share it across your entire network, then take a good hard look at the BYTECC LanDisk. With excellent reliability and speeds that are comparable to the type environment it is running in, you will be hard pressed to find a better affordable alternative.
Network interface instead of USB/Firewire
Speeds a little under par for networked device
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Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's BEST VALUE Award!