Reviews and Problems with Buffalo MiniStation Series
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Wireless Media Storage Solution
Robert D., Newegg
2 weeks ago
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.
Excerpt: I bought this because of it's size and the thunderbolt connection. It really is exactly as advertised and I couldn't be happier. It is a bit pricey but it is quite affordable compared to other thunderbolt externals. Pick this up!
Pros: Compact, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Highly Compatible
Excerpt: Love the design, the price and the storage capacity. My last buffalo is still charging after some years, and expect great things from this one. I am stoked that it came with a grip of software too to use with it.