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TonidoPlug Experiment


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Just ordered a TonidoPlug2. The $10 off discount code worked for me. Basically it gets you free shipping.

 

My thinking is this: I have a 160G 2.5" drive doing nothing at the moment because I replaced it with a 120G SSD. I'm still having trouble deciding whether a smart NAS or WHS 2011 / 2012e will be the proper path forward for my situation. So for $120 (would have been better if I had won one at the Meet-up but oh well) I am going to play with the TP2 as a sort-of smartNAS, and use Win7's built-in backup tools and see how I like it. My WHS V1 is still in place, of course. I'll also put some files (photos, videos, music) on it and see how I like the built-in sharing tools. Maybe I'll load up the iOS add-in on my iTouch or iPad and see how that works.

 

Nothing else, it looks like a neat gizmo to own. But I'm hoping it will be a relatively inexpensive way for me to figure out which direction to go.

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When you do get it, shoot me a note. Would love to chat with you about your experience and talk with you about the advanced features. Maybe even drag Tony in on the discussion.

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I did get mine from the meet-up. I haven't gotten to do a lot with it yet. I have set it up with a USB mem stick and I have the hot spot function working. I still dealing with the move to the new house so I don't have a lot of free time.

 

I did hook it up to a kill-a-watt; with it booted up and no drive or USB plugged in it pulled 2.5 watts, with the USB stick it pulled ~4 watts. I'm not sure where my extra 2.5 drives are right now (in a box somewhere) so I haven't tried a hard drive yet.

 

A couple of apps I would like it to have in the future are a firewall and DNS server. So that I could take it with me on trips and I could plug it into the hotel network and have it act as a wireless router to protect my devices from anything else on the hotel network.

 

Bill

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I fired the Tonido Plug up again, still using a 32gb memory stick. I've been having a problem the last couple days trying to copy mp4 files to the device. I have the Tonido hooked the my home network using the wired connection. I can see and access the usb stick from other machines on the network, but when I try to copy 900mb mp4 files over the network to the Tonido, the copy fails. I was able to copy a 400mb mp4 to the Tonido, but it took a long time.

 

I was going to test media streaming to a PS3, but if I can't get gigabyte size files on the device, it's not going to be any good for streaming movies.

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