In 2003 Linksys were purchased by Cisco systems, one of the biggest networking giants on the planet. This business transaction was Cisco’s way of getting into the home market and today’s Media Hub 405 is one of the first products to have both names gracing the chassis. This means to the enthusiast user that they should be assured of build quality and the highest standards of customer support.
Cisco certainly has the knowledge and expertise when we are talking about getting every ounce of performance from a wireless or wired network, additionally they are the largest network device specialist in the world and have been for quite some time. The important question however is will all of this make a good product?
The Cisco media hub has currently three models to its name, the 405 (which we are reviewing today) with 500GB of storage, the 410 with 1TB of storage and finally the basic model – the 305 with 500GB of storage but lacking a few of the features that are supplied as standard with the 400 series. At first glance the media hub appears to be just another NAS device like so many on the market, however as the name suggests this is aimed mainly at the media market with the focus on delivering music or video based files to other devices.
The contents of the media hub include a fairly small 12 volt power supply and power lead, a large manual supporting many languages, an installation CD and a 1 meter CAT 5 network cable. The device is covered in a protective film that is removed once in place, keeping it clean from mucky fingers until it’s located in its desired resting place.
Many devices support SD cards for storage and as a result there is a massive amount of models on the market. Many of them claim enhanced durability and fast speeds but not all will deliver. Today we take the latest UHS-I class cards from 3 major brands for a spin to see how they stack up. Especially useful if you have a recent DSLR which can take advantage of modern cards.