"No software to install, and a TB for under $200!"4.5 starson by rayray8822
Pros: Super-easy set-up; basically plug-and-go
Did I mention it's a frickin' TERAbyte for under $200?
Cons: Had to map the drive to "My Computer" twice for it to work
Summary: I?ve had this drive about a month and it?s great so far. Installation was as easy as plugging it in to my router and mapping the drive to my computers (with the included CD). I?m not planning on using any of the remote features, so the MioNet fiasco is a non-issue.
I hate having to install software to use peripherals, especially since our desktop is ancient. It was a pleasant surprise that this NAS needs no software to run. MioNet and some of the other features need software, but I?m not even going to attempt it after everything I've read in CNet user reviews about MioNet.
The only issue so far was when I tried to access the drive a week after installation. The mapped network drives were visiable, but ?access? was ?denied.? I rebooted my laptop?still no dice. So I ran the ?map network drive? function from the WD CD-ROM one more time, and it re-mapped the drives again, this time as drive ?W? instead of ?Y? and ?Z.? That seemed kind of stupid, but it worked. W: is still accessible, and Y: and Z: still aren?t. I?ll call WD support later to see what the deal is, but I suspect it has to do with the fact that I?m using my work laptop and the security settings the I.T. dept. puts on it are causing issues. My wife?s VAIO laptop accesses it fine once I turn off the PC-cillin firewall (that?s a known PC-cillin incompatibility).
Since it?s DLNA-compatible, my PS3 linked to it automatically and I was streaming music and watching photos immediately. It will not stream video for some reason. I loaded some of the videos onto the PS3 and they play fine, but they won?t stream from the My Book. Sony customer ?support? is refusing to tell me why (read: it?s blocked on purpose by Sony. Thanks a lot.) That?s not a flaw of the My Book, however.