Reviews and Problems with Buffalo MiniStation Series
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Wireless Portability of 1 TB of videos/music/photos
Alan K., Newegg
2 weeks ago
Summary: The product fills the need for portability of large amounts of stored videos, music and pictures. It's great to take with you when travelling on vacation or for business. I will rate this product as a 4 out of 5 eggs due to the cons I mentioned above.
Pros: The Buffalo HDW-PDU3 Wireless Mobile Storage device does as its name implies. I am reviewing the device which has 1.0 TB of storage for videos, music, and pictures, or even data you can access. I have set up this device to wirelessly transmit videos I stored on it through the network to my Smart TV. I also downloaded the Buffalo MiniStation2 App to my Android smartphone for access to the data stored on this device.
Cons: 1) Very poor documentation is provided on how to set this device up. It was mostly trial and error on my part.
Not perfect, but worth it for the multiple functions
Ellen Etc. "Garret Books", Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: I tested the Buffalo MiniStation on a Windows 7 computer, with an Intel Core i7-3770 processor and 16 GB of RAM. Overall I am quite pleased with this unit, which is small, powerful, and has been especially convenient when away from home. The Buffalo is a standard external USB hard drive that can connect either via cable wirelessly to computer or mobile device, runs from battery or line power, and is also a cell phone (or device) charger.
A Good Storage Solution For Local Access To Your Files via Wi-Fi
FirePepper Red "firepepper red", Amazon
4 weeks ago
Summary: The Buffalo Ministation Air is a great portable hard drive storage solution for anyone looking for wireless access to their files. Essentially the hard drive connects to your wifi signal and then puts out its own WiFi network. You connect to the hard drive's network to access your files and also connect to the internet. It sounds complicated but the setup is pretty easy.
A external hard drive for people with big media libraries
4 weeks ago
Summary: I started with this drive by making a backup copy of my hard drive. I have a 500 GB hard drive in my laptop, so that didn't come close to filling up the 1 TB and I could add some copies of media that I keep stored in the cloud. To transfer data from your computer to the MiniStation, you should have USB 3.0. You might be able to make it work with USB 2.0, but I wouldn't risk it. (And even with USB 3.0, it took a couple of hours to copy all of my desired files.
This is a good little external storage device with a few perks such ...
Bayou Jenny, Amazon
4 weeks ago
Summary: This is a good little external storage device with a few perks such as wireless and a phone charger. The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that it is in serious need of better set up directions. When you purchase this, you will have to download an app in order to use it. The process is not very intuitive, but once you get it going, it works great.
Summary: Take a look at the supported file types to make sure that your device is compatible with what you want to play. You may have to convert your media files into a more standard type if you’re using something different.
Pros: This device provides 1TB of wireless storage for your wireless devices (tablets, smart phones), as well as working as a media server for DNLA devices.
Cons: Where’s the documentation or instructions? I feel that Buffalo could have included more in the box in regards to documentation with this device. Instructions on how to use this device as a media server, how to use the companion app, or just anything more than what was provided. I had a lot of trouble getting this set up initially, which I feel would be resolved with additional documentation in the packaging.
Summary: I think this is a great little device. The price is kind of steep when you consider a 1TB 2.5" drive is around $60-$70.
Pros: This device is great! The setup process is very easy (Plug and Play on PC) and connecting to a mobile device is painless. Truthfully, I was expecting to have a harder time, but Buffalo did a great job and preventing headaches. 1. Charge the device, 2. Transfer files from PC, 3. Install mobile app for iPhone or Android, 4. connect to the device, 5. There is no step five, you're done!
Cons: Note 1 - While the overall feel of the case is rugged it is made out of plastic and looks as though it would scratch fairly easily over time. At $199 I would prefer to see the use of metals which would offer additional protection and scratch resistance.
Summary: UPDATE: 7/3/2014 I received the new unit. So far it has been working without any issues. I let the WiFI run all night and here and there I would stream a movie or video clip. So far it has been working great. 3rd time IS a charm I hope. ******** Here's my experience so far... ...This device is a brand new product for Buffalo - so new that I was the very 1st to call Buffalo Tech support about this device.
Summary: This is an interesting device. Essential? Probably not. I do plan to use it when I travel, as I can load it up with MPEG4 (h264 encoded) video files that normally wouldn't fit on my Nexus 7 or iPhone. Likewise for music. It may also come in handy as a central file sharing device between groups of people, or teammates, working on projects that need access to a common pool of files.
Pros: Very easy setup, and wireless connection to mobile devices, via the included quick start guide. I had the hard drive charged, powered up, and connected to my PC for file transfer in no time. After installing the ministation2 app on my iPhone and Nexus 7, I was able to connect to the hard drive's wireless network quickly.
Cons: Won't play video files encoded to .M4V, .MKV, .VOB, or .ISO, which are common file formats. This means that most of the portable movies in my collection will not stream from the AirStation to my Nexus 7 FHD tablet. The only file format I could get to play was .MPEG4 (h264 codec). This is a big limitation that needs to be fixed in a software update.