Reviews and Problems with Buffalo LinkStation 421e
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Faster than my Synology, many small annoyances
30 December 2013
Summary: I will admit, we finally got this up and running, and it's faster than the old Synology box. Some foibles along the way: - You absolutely *must* install the firmware upgrade (as noted by other reviewers). - Give up on using it with an XP system. We have both Windows 8 and an older XP computer in the household. The installation went fine on the Win 8, with multiple failures on the XP, and the error message to install Buffalo NAS Navigator first (but I already did...).
Summary: Not an easy install what so ever. Had to format the drives out of the unit plus go online to download a firmware update. Instructions were the worst I have seen in quite a while. Stil don't know how to set it to a RAID 1. Once up and running it works perfectly. If you don't understand computers or don't want to put in a little work to get this unit running then I would not buy it.
It's ok, but NOT if you want to user Windows 7 and offline files
22 October 2013
Summary: Have purchased 5 LinkStations over the years and all worked well with Windows offline synchronization. Until now. This unit does not support Windows 7 offline files. The old units do, but not this one. If you don't need offline files then I'm sure this one will be fine. I've never had a reliability issue with a Linkstation.
Summary: The build doesn't really seem up to par with Buffalo quality. You can tell they really cut costs on the material and just slapped their name on it. You can just feel and smell the cheap plastic - like it just directly came from a Chinese knock-off product factory (whatever that means), when you open this up. The trays are very cheap and difficult to remove - not smooth at all. I do like that it is compact, but it is too soon to tell how reliable it will be.
Summary: I think I'm going to give up on this one for now. I started out with the one-disk option. It booted it up to Emergency Mode, which I discovered in the firmware notes would happen on initial one-disk setup, but the firmware is supposed to have fixed that. Updating the firmware was a chore, and I'm not exactly sure how I managed to finally get it done, but it made it to 1.11. After rebooting I get the flashing red light.
Summary: These days I see so many people with a gaggle of USB hard drives for media storage, backups, and simply data hoarding. A solution like this is far more practical and potentially a bit better in terms of retention (RAID is not really a backup, but a backup that is RAID is better). I own a Synology DiskStation 8-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage - Black (DS1812+) , which is uber high end compared to this and a WD My Book Live Duo 4TB Personal Cloud Storage NAS Share...
Summary: Let me first preface that i've been using Buffalo NASes since 2007 and I love them. I own a TeraStation Pro, a TeraStation Pro II, a LinkStation Pro Duo, and this LinkStation LS421e is my 4th. They keep getting better/faster/simpler & USUALLY more feature rich. BE WARNED: Although the LinkStation 400 series is basically the new improved version of LinkStation Pro series, the LS400s actually have LESS FEATURES than the LS-Pros do (as of firmware 1.01-0.53), even though...
Summary: It does the job and the streaming is all right, but often freeze and reset itself while downloading. What is really annoying that it clears the download list as well and you have to start again. Copy speed both" from and to" is also a nightmare and tend to freeze with big data moving processes. The price is reasonable I think you have to pay much more if you can't live with these problems and buy a really server level central storage.
Summary: Very nice neat box and very unobtrusive next to router in lounge. However, the Web Access set up was not perfect and a neighbour has reported being able to access it despite my setting up password access, not ideal.
Summary: I dont know what Buffalo were thinking, but it's like these guys had some kind of meeting to work out how they could most annoy their customers straight out of the box. Some bright spark must have leapt up and said, "...I know what, lets ship all our units with obsolete firmware, it will stop our customers dead in their tracks!!!...", - cue cheers, high fives and air punches all round - absolute genius.