Reviews and Problems with Buffalo LinkStation 421e
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Sergey K., Newegg
21 March 2016
Summary: The way how this device work in case of problem does not make sense. As a raid array it should have an option to reset do default state and rebuild disks, etc. Unfortunately this button does not exist.
Pros: Performance, features, price
Cons: 1) Absence of phone support 2) The system cannot be re-initialized from the scratch (reported by many customers as problem of firmware v1.81) 3) Absence of direct connection via USB, static IP/port, etc for fixing the issues (if any).
Summary: I really don't care for the administration console on the other two NAS's, nor do I care for the transfer speeds or lack of RAID1 due to being single drive NASs, so I was really hoping the LinkStation would be the answer.
Pros: It is fairly easy to setup users, groups and access permissions and transfers files quickly when it works (compared to my other NASs).
Cons: I bought this NAS to primarily be my DLNA server for my video collection. It works decently for that - until you have a video file size that is larger than 2 Gb. When I use DLNA from my PC using Windows Media Player, the video plays fine. However, when I try to access the same file using DLNA fro...
Summary: Got it on sale for $50, and I still feel ripped off about this purchase. Setup a simple server pc running linux on an old Dell Pentium 4 and it works great compared to this junk.
Pros: Simple set up if you follow the "directons" (all pictures)
Cons: Honestly I dont know where to begin, if you want a decent peraonal cloud then I would look elsewhere. Slow transfer speeds when it was working (topped out at 10mbs). Then, like many other reviewers, a fireware update was pushed for the unit and now it cant be seen on my network at all. The stream...
Summary: Very quick and easy setup. Worked exactly as advertised out of the box. No problems at all after a couple of months in operation. I own other Link Stations and all of them have been excellent. They are on line 24/7 and some of my older ones have run for years without any issues.
I dumped these so fast that they are probably still spinning.
11 October 2015
Summary: This might well be the best four drive NAS enclosure in the world, but I never got to use either of the two I purchased long enough to find out. And this, in spite of what it took for me to figure out without any help whatsoever from Buffalo—in spite of their touted 24/7 tech support—how to even get...
I have not had a hard drive failure so can not comment on how easy to restore it
11 October 2015
Summary: Does exactly what needs to be done. And CHEAP!!! I got it as a back-up drive. Configured RAID 1 and so far it works. I have not had a hard drive failure so can not comment on how easy to restore it. Allows you to have password protected folders which is a huge plus.
Summary: Great NAS station. This is an awesome NAS station. The only thing is the beginning setup. Be careful because it will erase any data the first time you set it up if you are using a hard drive with data in it. Just back everything up if you are using a hard drive that has information in it.
Summary: Absolutely terrible piece of hardware. I am on my 3rd one and it just failed. I've spent more money on shipping the bads one back for a replacement. I'm done with this thing...total waste of time and money.
Summary: Not the fastest NAS on the market, but hey, that's not what I bought. I bought a NAS that was good value for the money. If you are looking for a super fast NAS, then get one with more horsepower and faster drives (or build your own).
Pros: Easy to set up and reasonably quiet. Inexpensive for the amount of space you get. Works find in my house with 5 computers set up and using it as a shared drive.
Cons: Management software is not intuitive and could use improvement.