Reviews and Problems with Buffalo LinkStation 421e
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Has it's issues.
Ryan N., Amazon
22 January 2015
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. I just need to spend a weekend figuring out what is wrong with it and see if I can get it working.
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 built in DLNA server was a nightmare and could never get it to work. EWS would crash every time I enabled it and customer service could not help. Ended up saying screw it and ...
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). Then, do the firmware update (DL files from Buffalo). You will probably have to edit the LSUpdater.ini file to say NoFormatting = 0 (instead of 1).
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.
Summary: If you're looking for a simple NAS box that you only want to use locally and maybe download some torrents at a reasonable speed then this box is good. There are a lot of issues though. For instance, I've had tons of stability issues with it generally turning itself off or crashing once every 2 or 3 days or refusing to upload or delete certain files.
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. The bad news is that like others I've had problems with getting the USB drives to recognize any form of external HD - tried Seagate, Western Digital, and a Plextor SSD on a Plextor SATA to USB 3 adapter (apparently Buffalo external drives work).
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. My issue for wanting an upgrade is to get a smaller physical unit that is more modern so it sucks less power and is much quieter. I ideally would like to get a Synology DS214play or maybe 713+. But those units are $400+ not including drives.
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. There is a wonderful USB 3 port and one would think the touted ability to use a USB drive is limited to Buffalo drives only. Beware, some others "may" work. My seagate and WD drives did not. That is a MAJOR miss.
Summary: For a long time, I used Pogoplug and got tired of its instability and slowness. I shopped around and decided to purchase this product. I like that I can configure RAID 1 or RAID 2 (I've chosen redundancy over speed) and that it is a traditional NAS (as compared to the Pogoplug which requires an application install). The drive sizes are nice (2 TB each) and the device is very quiet. The product has an external USB hook-up, to add an additional drive.