Reviews and Problems with Buffalo LinkStation 421e
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Waste of time and money.
Brennon H., Newegg
5 March 2015
Summary: My previous review was far more favorable to the product and I wish I could retract it. I got this on sale for $119.99 CAD and feel incredibly bad for anybody who spends the full price which is now listed at $239.99 CAD. I reached out to Newegg for help. Their idea of a resolution was to tell me to sell it on e Bay and buy a new one.
Cons: I've had this product since September 2014 and it just doesn't cut it. The actual speeds are nowhere near 80mb/s. Buffalo's fix was to use a recommended HDD which is insane but I bought into it and took the opportunity to upgrade so I got a WD Red 3TB drive. Exact same speeds with this drive. Decided I would try SSD Raid to really test the speed, still nowhere close to 80mb/s (on a direct gigabit ethernet connection). Firmware out of box was garbage and made the EWS u...
Summary: The iTunes Library support is limited to music only. So you cannot actually share your iTunes library. Unbelieveable. I'm suprised I did not read this in the other reviews that go into detail of the iTunes support. Not worth the money what soever. If you want your itunes music on the go, get iTunes match for $25/year. If you want your files accessible on the go, there are plenty of options out there, and you don't have to use one of these bogus devices.
Summary: I've used a Buffalo product or two in the past, and while the UI could be improved, I was very pleased with the price/performance ratio. I figured most negative reviews were just user error and there might be the occasional lemon, but I won't have any problems since I'm pretty tech-savvy. Well, based on my experience with this product, it's not user error, but a flaw in the NAS. Don't try to save a few bucks going with this product - it's not worth the frustration.
Pros: It was relatively inexpensive and has a decent feature set . . . if it worked . . .
Cons: The setup software didn't work, so I spent some time browsing forums looking for answers. I then downloaded the firmware updater, enabled debugging mode and was able to flash firmware to the NAS. Finally I'm getting somewhere . . . wrong! It's frustrating having to deal with emergency mode, reboots and having to re-configure my network to be in the same IP range as the device. Get that all done and I can see the device, it sees my 2 TB Wester Digital AV-GP series driv...
Cons: Never worked. New hard drives, without partitions, it always says EM mode. People who have money to buy these things usually have 40+ hr jobs, consequently i dont have time to read over 400 pages of documentation to get this thing to work. Save yourself the trouble and dont buy this. Horrible waste of money.
This device is NOT plug and play. If you have data on your hard drives, it will get WIPED CLEAN!!
Stephen T "peebs", Amazon
13 September 2014
Summary: I'm pretty tech savvy and was really hopeful that I would have a good experience despite all the bad reviews but unfortunately, I too have had a bad experience with this Buffalo LinkStation product. My previous iOmega enclosure failed after 7 years and I was purchasing this enclosure as a replacement. The two HDDs were still good and I was expecting to just plug and play the HDDs into the new Buffalo enclosure.
It does not work with external USB HDD !!! (unless you own Buffalo USB HDD)
Tomas Masar, Amazon
22 July 2014
Summary: Answer from Buffalo support is self explaining: "Thank you for contacting the Buffalo Helpdesk. Buffalo external USB drive are recommended. Others USB drives are not supported may be they work may be not If you have any additional issues or feedback please do not hesitate to contact us again Regards" I tried all brands of USB drives I had at home. NONE has worked WD, Samsung, Seagate.... on both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports...
Summary: So now I'm out a little over a hundred dollars for this brick because it's outside the RMA window. Buffalo had a good reputation in the past, maybe that's where it is still.
Pros: Theoretically, a great NAS and media server.
Cons: Brick out of the box. Because I could not afford to buy the drives at the same time I bought the device on sale, I had to wait a month or two to get the unit setup. That was a huge mistake. The firmware was corrupt out of the box. First call to tech support ended up with downloading a new firmware version and being told the software would 'find' my device on the network. Not what I read, but ok we'll see. Tech was wrong, the device has a RANDOM SUBNET ASSIGNED. You wi...
Summary: I am extremely disappointed, perhaps I got a bad unit but I spent many hours, at lease 10 configuring and getting the NAS up and running. The documentation is poor. I rebooted it and it failed to boot. At this point I have no confidence in the product and would not risk putting my data on a product that is this flakey and poorly designed and executed.