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Upgrade your home network with a media-streaming, backup-ready NAS box

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At a Glance

The LinkStation Live isn't a rocket when copying files, but media streaming is fine, and the software feature set is large, if not particular intuitive.

Price when rated: $140.00
Lowest price: $178.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • Robust NAS software features
  • Smooth media streaming

Cons

  • Slow file transfers
  • Sluggish user interface
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Attractively designed, capable, and feature-rich, the LaCie CloudBox is a cut above the generic NAS box. But it’s not as easy to configure for remote access as some of the competition.

Price when rated: $150
Lowest price: $140.00 via Adorama

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Full NAS feature list
  • One free year of online backup

Cons

  • Remote access might require router configuration
  • No Windows Phone app
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Super simple setup and remote access, top-notch streaming, and uber-quiet operation make the Seagate Central a suitable media streamer for your AV setup.

Price when rated: $160
Lowest price: $150.00 via Dell Small Business

Pros

  • Super quiet
  • Easy remote-access configuration
  • Smooth media streaming
  • Mobile apps can't access private folders

Cons

  • No self-backup
  • Somewhat limited feature set
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At a Glance

With great streaming, easy setup, and a solid feature set, the WD My Book Live is a top product in the one-bay streamer space.

Price when rated: $140.00
Lowest price: $190.00 via Memory4Less.com

Pros

  • Smooth streaming performance
  • Robust feature set
  • Apps for all major mobile devices

Cons

  • No USB port
  • No easy provision to backup the drive
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