Sure you can use it as a stationary, I do prefer not to, to save it for when I really need it out in the field thou.
You CAN use it for a lot of not intended purposes if you so want to, some easy to implement other more difficult.
Just trying to point out that there are other devices intended for uses that the MPW doesn’t shine on so to say.
Your right, the MPW is designed mainly to be a portable and not a NAS, DAS, server, etc… And having the ability to connect to a Home Network doesn’t mean that it’s primary use is to be used at Home since a Home Network just means local network and can be at your home, someone elses home, a hotel…
However, that does not mean that it is not meant for other uses also. The MPW is actually designed to be a Swiss Army Knife rather than a butter knife. You want to connect it to your home network and access over wifi…you can. You want to connected directly to your PC or a media streamer (like the WDTV) and watch a movie…you can. You want use a tablet and connect directly to it because there’s no network to connect to…you can.
You can’t put the MPW in a box (no punn intended), it’s not a stationary device, it’s not a portable device, it’s not a wifi device and it’s not a USB connected device…it’s all these things. If you only need something that does one of those things, then yes, there are cheaper and better alternatives (if all you need is a NAS, then get a NAS) but people who are going to or should buy this are those that need all these things in one device.