Pros: I love it! I have a LS-WX2.0TL for RAID1 and recently wanted a performance nas (So I can backup my 700GB of steam games MUH HA HA) and also my movies. Transfer speeds around 100MBs with CAT6 and a gigbyte switch ($20 switch). I did enable jumbo frames to 9K. However with jumbo frames at 7k I had transfer speeds from PC to NAS of 55MB. I'd recommend leaving them set to highest. Buy it
Summary: I was able to get past this once, and then be stopped again because the hard drive was not formatted properly and consistently the formatter in the administration settings would not complete the formatting task correctly. And since this NAS runs on a linux based system, it's drives need to be formatted in an XFS format rather then FAT or NTFS. NTFS is what windows uses, and I'm not going to talk about which format is better or anything.
Pros: Installation is quick and easy. All you need is some spare hard drives, a screwdriver and then it's just a matter of putting it together and plugging everything in. The administration interface is easy to use. The advanced options are a little less intuitive than would be nice for a product like this, but it's still very manageable. You can easily stream videos from the device given that DLNA is turned on for the videos that you want to stream. I was able to do so to ...
Cons: Firmware update was a large issue. Not only is a firmware check/automatic update not available in the provided software, but it doesn't even give you a location to find the firmware update. Now this is easy to find on their web-site, but it is still annoying to just receive an error message and the program to basically tell me good luck in my endeavors.
Summary: The supplied Link Navigator software would not let me see what version of firmware was installed because of being in Emergency Mode. There is a fairly simple solution for this problem if you go to Buffalo’s site and click on the Forums Tab, then go to the Storage thread, there you will find detailed instructions under ”FAQ (2 of 5): Force Firmware update procedure”. Follow the instructions under the Newer Models section.
Pros: Works great once the firmware is updated! See what I wrote under CONS on how to fix the Emergency Mode issue, it’s fairly simple for this unit if it’s only the firmware that needs updating!
Cons: First try at setting up I ran the software and it showed the unit in Emergency Mode!
Cons: This NAS has bad firmware that cannot be readily updated by the user. I followed the procedure on their website for updating firmware and it didn't work. I contacted the manufacturer and they have not responded with the exception of the automated receipt return message. I have had very good luck with Newegg products in the past, but this one is definitely a lemon.
Summary: I figured NAS would have gotten easier to get up and running and use after having first bought a NAS years ago. I guess I was wrong. I was expecting to plug in a hard drive, turn on the unit, and have it work right out of the box just as the quick setup guide showed. Instead after installing the associated software to complete the setup I got a blinking red light and a message that the NAS was in EM Mode.
Simpler setup than previous generation but prepare to spend weeks transferring your files on initial setup.
S. Kuchta, Amazon
21 August 2013
Summary: Looking at the new spec sheets you would think that Buffalo addressed the major concerns about their previous generation of budget friendly, consumer-grade NAS. And you--like me--would be wrong. For example, over a wired LAN connection it took over 5 days to transfer 500GB of music files to the NAS (running a new WD Red HDD). Granted, that's never a NAS' strong suit, especially not in the Home-User demographic.