I’ve recently been looking at getting a Live Hub for my living room, however having done a bit of research I’m now stuck between getting a Live Hub or a Live and a NAS, since I can get both for about the same price.
To begin with I like the fact that the Hub can act as a NAS, but I’ve read that its slow and can only stream 1 file at a time, is that true? This isn’t that much of an inconvenience though. However I like the look of the UI on the Hub compared to that on the Live, is there that much difference between the two?
So basically is it actually worth paying for the Hub? Compared to the Live.
Just wanted to hear some feedback from some people who have first hand experience with them, and get an up to date reply instead of the old forum posts that I’ve been reading since there have been some firmware updates.
Thanks for any help in advance
Personally if you can get the DNS-320 for that price I would go with that. Although it is a low-end NAS it is more flexible than the Hub. You can put two normal hard disks into the enclosure and set them up as you like. So you could add 2 2Tb disks and set them up as a spanned volume to give you 4 Tb of storage, You can also set the disks up as a RAID 1 array which will shadow the disks, so if one disk fails you shouldn’t lose any data. I’ve been using an old DNS-323 with my Hub and the new SMP without any problems,
In contrast the Hub only has one disk and yes the network transfer speed is pretty slow. You need to keep a backup copy of any important stuff on the Hubs disk as if it fails you will lose everything. And if the disk fails you can only replace the disk with the same 2.5 inch WD Scorpio hard disk. If you open the Hub to replace the disk you will void the warranty.
Another option is to buy the Live Streaming and a couple of external USB drives if you don’t need the extra features of the proper NAS, like RAID.