"Easy to Setup if you read..."4.5 starson by Mike_DSS
Pros: Easy Setup
Cons: Ethernet Slow
Summary: What I read in these reviews is stay away from MioNet. I guess I got lucky and from the get go I did not want to install MioNet mainly because I had no interest in accessing this remotely. Lucky for me it seems.
Setup is simply. Analyze your network ip's and locate the ip for the drive. In my case it was 192.168.1.92. I pulled this Ip up and this is where you can access the web base WD Shared Storage Manager software. This is the OS software Control Panel built in and loaded on the WD drive. From there you can assign users and shared or private folders. You can rename the drive itself. After you rename it then from your internet browser type \\yourname and hit the enter key and it will pull up through explorer your folders on the drive. From there you can map it to a drive letter. Then you install the Retrospect Backup HD Software to backup or copy to your mapped drive. This backup software is very easy to use.
I give it a 9 out of 10 only because these directions should be published and not rely on this MioNet software which seems to be JUNK.Updated
This MioNet software os the WD Anywhere Access software. DO NOT load this software. Just install the Retrospect Software. Retrospect by EMC is used on many external hard drive kits for backup software and is a very good and inexpensive program.Updated
When I said ethernet was slow, I did not realize it was really slow. It is suppose to be 10/100/1000 Gigabit speed. I was copying from PC to this device and it was moving along at 10/100 speed because of the switch that is was going through.
Now I have about 10 years of data with a lot of music files which comes out to about 300 gigs. So I shut it down in the middle of copying and swapped out the switch and added a new Gigabit 10/100/1000 switch. Now everything is Gigabit and I figured it should be on paper at least 10 times faster and I would certaing have settled for 5 times faster. NOT
There is absolutly no difference in data transfer speed. Now after it is all loaded, which is refered to as seeded, then performing a backup or copy is ok because it will only transfer what has changed and which case would take 10 to 15 minutes. For example of you have made changes of a 2 to 3 gigs on your hard drive, then this is all that is updated.
A USB 2.0 data transfer rate is faster than this device can perform through ethernet.
After final analysis, I am bringing it back and I am going to try out the 300 GB HP Media Vault for just $45 more. It also have a 10/100/1000 Gigabit connection and can be used as a print server.