Reviews and Problems with Buffalo LinkStation 421e
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Good backup, not a very good nas
15 April 2014
Summary: Had a number of issues with the "online" parts even after trying almost every configuration (port forwarding, Dmz, static/dynamic ip, etc) on the router, Bittorrent client wont even load gui, Buffalo's Webaccess iPhone app gives nothing but upload failed messages. The Dlna works well for most videos, but file compatibility seems to be an issue with players (Ps3 fails to play some mkv files which i have played via usb previously).
Summary: I expected more from Buffalo; as it is, it feels like a beta device. First time configuration was complicated; I had to update the firmware BEFORE it even let me use it. Random software crashes, NO automatic hard drive spin down (hibernation). You can only schedule your hard drives to spin down via a schedule. Sad. I don't want my drives to spin 24x7 if unused, and the scheduling is barely useful. Every other NAS I have tried has a hibernation feature.
Summary: I wanted to like the LS420. I ordered the 6TB version planning to run it in a RAID-1 configuration to replace my 1TB Linkstation Live, which was nearing capacity. I should have taken it as a sign when I couldn't even use the NAS right out of the box because I had to wait for it to format the RAID array, which took 24 hours!
Summary: Beware! Accessing this from a Mac is slow slow slow. We bought the LinkStation for a four-person office. The two Windows machines can access the folders in the share almost instantly. The Macs take about a second per file to list a folder's contents. 200 files = 3 minute wait. It didn't take as long as my directory load to discover that the Internet concurred (e.g. discussions.apple.com/message/4595699).
Keep Looking Unless You Have Plenty of Time, Patience and can Read Japanese
T. Kendall, Amazon
11 November 2013
Summary: I have been using an LG NAS for years, and it is well made, and has been a great investment. However, it is a few years old and has a 1TB Max size and no Cloud features, so I bought the Buffalo. It has a great price and a wealth of features for the price and seemed like a no-brainer as it will hold up to 4TB max in a Raid 1 Configuration. 5-Stars for the Specs.
Summary: I got this diskless enclosure in anticipation of replacement of NETGEAR ReadyNAS Duo 2-Bay 1 TB Desktop Network Attached Storage RND2110 I have had in operation since 2008 but based on maximum capacity limits I thought I could upgrade to a unit with enhanced scalability. With a represented maximum capacity of 8TB with two HDD in Raid 0 I hoped the Buffalo unit would fill the bill as most of the other basic services iTunes, DLNA and BitTorrent I use were also built in.
Summary: So far the best thing I have found for sharing data across my network is NETGEAR N900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router with Built-in 2TB Storage (WNDR4720) . This item took more time to set up than I would have liked it to (and I'm still not convinced it works right) The disk are held in place in part with a cheap plastic bracket that feel like they are going to break every time I try to take it out The instructions have very pretty picture but very few words (sometimes...
Summary: I figured personal NAS would have gotten easier to setup and faster performing 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.
Summary: Ok so I'm generally good with computers, and have never failed to get something to work properly before but here goes, starting with the positives.... Pros: -Looks nice - yes it's plastic but actually looks a bit like a grey-brown metal and to me at least appears stylish. -Reasonable quiet - but not silent. Cons: -Absolutely horrible to set up. -As previous reviewers have mentioned this is a nightmare.