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You get only ONE USB device behind this server. Bought it to update to USB2.0/Gigabit and to replace my TL-PS310U. Neither of my 2 devices on the USB port work, simply because they are behind a USB hub. Description says nothing about this, but clearly states that you can "connect your USB2.0 Peripheral(s)". For that, please read "USB2.0 Peripheral". Both work fine on the TP-Link, so back to that for me...
I bought 2 of these, returned one for an exchange thinking that I'd just gotten one bad one. Turns out all three have the same issue, namely that they drop offline after a period of time (ranging from a few minutes to an hour or so) and require a power reset to recover. At first I thought it could have been a network issue because the wireless adapter I was using at first was also having problems. But after setting one of them up hard-wired directly into my gigabit router, it had the same problem --- dropping offline and requiring a power reset. None of the devices would work at all to interface to my USB hard drive. That would have been ok if it had worked with the other devices I wanted it for, but the unreliability turned out to be a deal breaker for me. DHCP behavior is strange, also. Instead of following the IPV4 standard of self-assigning a link local IP address in the range of 169.254.1.0 through 169.254.254.255 if unable to contact a DHCP server, the device assigns itself an address of 192.168.1.50
I was really hoping this unit would work as well as the Silex as it is much smaller. Unfortunately it just isn't reliable, at least with my device (for you fellow techies, it was just a plain "bulk transfer" device, not a "isochronous" device). I tried both the software on the CD and the version from their StarTech website.
WARNING: The uninstaller doesn't work (at all) and the installer adds the program to start at boot via a registry entry (not the startup folder). Then it greets you every login with a "banner" screen (like I need to see that). By luck I just happen to have installed the eval of Revo Uninstaller a couple days ago and had the presence of mind to have it trace the install of the starttech software, it was able to completely and painlessly remove it (and the drivers it left in my system32 folder).
SUMMARY: Bad, avoid. Like "cross to the other side of the street" avoid. Get the Silex. (And get, AND USE, Revo uninstaller).
Was originally purchased to make a usb port available for a Microsoft Hyper-V client. Could not get the unit to configure on any of the three systems I tried to install it on, 2 - XP and one Win7 boxes.
When it works, it's great. When it doesn't work, it's super annoying. I find that pulling the power and rebooting will bring it back, but it just disappears form the network regularly. It disappeared once a day or once every other day since I got it. Then the driver is ancient and the uninstall doesn't really work in windows 10 64 at least. It just hasn't worked very well. The manual seems to have been written in 2010. If it's not going to work consistently, it's not a useful product.