"Networking drops, No DVD file menu or chapter functions"2.5 starson by roadlife
Pros: Decent feature set and codec set. Was a good device eclipsed by competition
Cons: -- Networking issues. WD says they will try and address in upcoming firmware but they have had firmware nightmares and no progress.
-- Can't play DVD file features such as chapters and menus which competion can do.
Summary: I think WD is being caught with its pants down. Competing products can playback DVD files on hard drive or network with chapter movement and menus and the WD can not. Asus can, Syabas Popcorn and Popbox can, Seagate can and almost all the rest can. For me watching DVD type files is half to 3/4 of my use and so that is a significant drawback.
There are also network drops. I am not talking about network configuration issues, but the WD dropping connections when everything is properly configured. If your read WD own forums you see people who really know their networks, at a professional level, are finding the WD unit tends to drop connections to the home network, and I can say this has happened regularly both of my NAS and my WHS.
This WAS a good a good device in the fall, but the competition has moved way beyond it.