So here is my setup:
Frontier provided Westell router: 4 ethernet ports, WiFi shut off. Router is providing IP and DNS for the entire network.
connected to the router:
iMac (dynamic IP)
iomega NAS (static IP)
WD NAS (static IP)
Airport Extreme (static IP for Airport and anything that connects to it by the WiFi network is dynamic IP)
When the WD NAS is on the network performance goes completely to **bleep**. I don’t just mean speeds. I mean devices can no longer connect to the network, devices drop from the network, internet connections stop responding.
It’s so bad that even opening the router configuration page and trying to look at settings is painfully slow. As soon as I shut off the WD NAS it’s fast as you would expect a direct connected device to be.
All I have to do to fix any of the issues is simply turn the WD NAS off. Then everything works fine. I can’t believe this one device is causing so much trouble on my entire network. It makes it impossible to get anything done and causes problems for everyone in my family. This is not what I expected, nor what is acceptable, for a $500 network drive.
On top of it all I submitted a service report last week and got back the auto-generated response telling me that I would hear from WD in about 24 hours. Now almost a week later I’m still waiting. Really? Why do I feel like I just got ripped off?