You can restrict access to the NAS server's internal storage, however, via accounts. Unfortunately, the way the server's Web interface is laid out, it's really confusing and very difficult to determine how to assign which privileges (read, write, no access, and so on) of a particular account to a particular share folder. Even when we thought we'd figured this out, it didn't seem to work properly. Overall, the user management of the NAS server seems buggy and will not work as you might expect. And once again, the instructions on this are also very scant.
The easiest way to access the server's storage is via its default "Public" share folder, which is accessible by everyone. The NAS server fully supports Windows' SMB protocol so you can easily browse for it using a PC's network browser. Mac users will also find the Valkyrie Dual-Bay NAS server through Finder.
The "Public" share folder is also the place you want to put digital content to be shared to other devices via streaming. Technically, you can choose to share content stored in a different share folder, but because of the issue with user access mentioned above, it's best to stay with the server's default settings. You can create more subfolders in this "Public" share folder and once the media stream feature is turn on, contents will be made available to other devices. The Valkyrie Dual-Bay NAS server supports both UPNP Media Server and iTunes and can automatically look for new content periodically.
We tested the Valkyrie Dual-Bay NAS server in both RAID 1 and RAID 0 configurations and were very disappointed with its performance.
In RAID 0, which is the setup optimized for speed at the expense of data protection, the server scored only 70.7Mbps in our Write test and 80.2Mbps in our Read test. These scores are by far the slowest among NAS servers tested by CNET Labs in more than a year. By comparison, the dual-bay Synology DS209+ scored 256.3Mbps and 375Mbps for Write and Read tests, respectively.
In RAID 1, the setup that sacrifices speed and storage space for data protection, the Valkyrie Dual-Bay NAS did even worse with only 48.1Mbps for the Write test and 60.9Mbps for the Read test, again seriously lagging behind the 240Mbps and 322.3Mbps of the Synology DS209+.
At this speed, the Valkyrie Dual-Bay NAS server is best suited for environments where light network storage is required. If you're looking to do a lot of file sharing or media streaming, check out the many other alternatives.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Other than that, the Valkyrie Dual-Bay NAS server's Web interface was also unresponsive at times, especially during heavy loads. The server did, however, stay quiet and cool during our testing.
Service and support
Despite that the Valkyrie Dual-Bay NAS server's box states that it comes with a two-year warranty, Patriot told us that it backs the server with only a one-year warranty. This is short, but it's kind of standard for most NAS servers nowadays. The company's Web site has no section dedicated to the NAS server and when we tried its toll-free technical support phone number, we were greeted with a recorded message asking us to leave a voice mail describing the issues, and Patriot will get back to us at a later time.