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Physique and Features
Finally, A Challenger
Sometime in November, we published a review of a consumer NAS appliance in the form of the WD My Book Live 2TB. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to compare it with another similar product and had contented ourselves weighing it against our unit of the more SMB-oriented Synology DiskStation DS411. At that time, we promised to make a performance comparison between the My Book Live and Seagate’s FreeAgent GoFlex Home. Luckily, we recently got a unit of the latter.
Similar to the My Book Live, the FreeAgent GoFlex Home is a basic NAS device which Seagate offers in 1TB and 2TB variants. Dressed up in a glossy black casing, the FreeAgent GoFlex Home is composed of two parts: the external hard drive and the dock. The external hard drive attaches to the dock which integrates an Ethernet port for networking. There is also a USB port that allows for storage expansion and printer sharing. In the case of the My Book Live, the Ethernet port is built into the drive and there is no USB port.
Once the FreeAgent GoFlex Home is connected to a network, users must install the bundled software on their computer to enable detection. The setup wizard takes care of everything from detecting the NAS device to installing the supplied application suite. On Windows, networked drives labeled as backup, public, and personal will appear on My Computer after the installation process.
With the FreeAgent GoFlex Home, users enjoy the benefit of having private cloud storage, where they can wirelessly store or stream from the drive through their notebook, smartphone, or tablet. Wi-Fi connectivity and speed, of course, rely on the router to which the FreeAgent GoFlex Home is directly hooked up.
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