Reviews and Problems with Buffalo LinkStation 421e
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you are on your own to figure this out
Chris Jaronsky, Amazon
9 September 2015
Summary: I am using this as another level of storage for our devices and mainly for pictures. We have about a million pics, some are family photos others are food shots from my wife's website and we need to store the originals for future reference. I am quite disappointed with the instructions for this unit.
Summary: This is a little tricky to use. I hooked this to my router so that it could be accessed on my network. However, when I try to put many documents on it, it disappears and I am no longer able to see it on the network.
Summary: Overall not extremely happy with the product but works well enough for what I need. Biggest issue for me is the slow speeds when advertised as able to support up to 80MB per second.
Pros: Easy setup. New firmware fixed extremely sluggish embedded web server. Decently priced at time of purchase (got this on sale for $119.99 a while ago).
Cons: Flimsy plastic drive bays and front door. Extremely slow transfer rates (11.3MB/s consistently) when using recommended internal drives (WD RED 3TB). Original firmware had an extremely slow EWS. Built in firmware check stated no available firmware but website showed new version was available. The ...
Summary: With no included drives, this thing has no 'firmware', so it will boot into EM mode (emergency/engineering mode), and suggest you do a firmware update or call tech support. Any drives you add will most likely not have this firmware either, but adding them is an important step (do that next).
Pros: Inexpensive (if on sale), Reasonably High performance
Cons: The OOB (out of box) experience with this thing is pretty awful. The quick start guide suggests that you open it up, add drives, plug-in, wait 10 minutes, then you're good to go. This is NOT the case. See other thoughts for how to really get this going:
Summary: Horrible web interface, very unresponsive. The programmers tried to be way too tricky, rather than just focus on creating an interface that is stable, fast, and reliably. No sound or shock absorption to speak of, so it's loud if you have it sitting on your desk.
Buy it as a simple dual drive, good value NAS, ignore the USB ports and be aware that web access may take effort to set up
Bob Cook, Amazon
3 September 2014
Summary: The good news is that this is good value for money, is easy to set up in a basic form, and works well as a relatively fast NAS. Because its from a big brand these is also quite a lot of support online and discussions.
Inexpensive NAS. Good for home, could be better, but a good value overall.
10 August 2014
Summary: I like it, but it's nothing special. For me, this was an educated buy based on not having the budget for a high end NAS. I got what I expected. I've used my old computer configured with FreeNAS for years now.
Read the fine print. OK enclosure but yo get what you pay for.
Emily Coldiron, Amazon
4 August 2014
Summary: This is a cheap basic NAS solution. It was relatively simple to set up. No major issues but the directions could be more clear. My biggest complaint is around the USB 3 limitations. I missed the fine print.