I bought this product after my primary home PC crashed and spent 10 days getting all the data rescued. I also have 3 other systems that I got tired of using USB flash drives to move data back and forth or having multiple copies on more than one system. This product solved those issues as well as allows me to setup security policies on different shared data since my fiancee and son are also using the same computers.
Even with an IT background I had a bit of a tough time getting the initial setup completed where the LinkStation would repeatedly drop off the network and become "undetected". I finally had to place them on an isolated network hub to get to the web interface and extracted the MAC which allowed me to assign a DHCP reservation on my router. Once setup things were very smooth and I'm very happy with the product. Great value for the money and has made things much easier for our 4 computers to share data. For those wanting "real" data protection, I strongly recommend using the RAID-1 (mirror) option as opposed to the RAID-0 option. True, you get only half of the storage capacity but you will be able to lose a full physical drive and not lose ANY data.
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