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Six Minute and Six Second Review of the WD Sentinel DX4000

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WD Sentinel DX4000 WD Enterprise Drives

The WD Sentinel includes Enterprise-Class WD RE drives that feature high capacity storage, peak performance and reliability. I know drive prices have been inflated recently but the 2TB WD RE drives at Newegg are running about $300 each right now. Pricewise you can see with two drives, the WSS operating system and the CPU, PSU and case are a great deal at $949.99.

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Dashboard

WD Sentinel DX4000 Network Speeds

Network speeds were just as advertised. The WD streamed HD content without interruption and I had no issues during testing with network connectivity.

 

WD states “With dual Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, WD Sentinel DX4000 delivers read speeds up to 85 MB/s through the Gigabit Ethernet interface” an my speeds were comparable at 82 MB/second read and 65 MB/second write.

 

My test was in no way scientific and just an average of test using a 958 MB video file copied back and forth.

WD Sentinel Gigabit Read Speeds

WD Sentinel Gigabit Write Speeds

WD Sentinel DX4000 Remote Access

Remote Access set up was quick and easy. As long as your router has UPNP then set up should take only a few minutes. The domain name is different (remotewebaccess.com) and requires a Live ID.

WD Sentinel DX4000

The web interface is clean and very familiar.

WD Sentinel DX4000

The Remote Web Access page is also standard Microsoft. Very classy.

WD Sentinel DX4000

As with WHS 2011, Remote Media settings can be changed from the Dashboard. Very nice.

WD Sentinel DX4000

Timothy Daleohttp://usingwindowshomeserver.com
Timothy Daleo is a Project Resource Analyst and Oracle Applications Trainer in Pasadena, California. In addition to financial analysis, Tim has been developing training materials since 2003 and supporting direct projects through various auxiliary databases since 2005.

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