Reviews and Problems with Buffalo LinkStation 421e
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Smart and efficient!
Pat, B&H Photo
4 June 2015
Excerpt: This product is used for storage and backup. Setup is simple and fast, without problems. The quick manual delivered with the package is too simple for an entire setup. You have to downlaod the manual on Buffalo website to discover how this item is powerful and manage a complete setup.
Summary: I like this product. Setup was a little confusing though. Manual could be a whole lot better. - once setup works as expected - lookup reviews online they are pretty accurate. - Ended up putting in to WD drives hint - look up other reviews posted to use green drives *thank you* all previous posters.
Summary: After pressing the front button and the leds start flashing the setup software works when you run it and all is golden. The error message is to update the firmware if required and is documented on buffalo's site however sadly not with the included quick setup guide.
Pros: Works great as a nas, fast and makes a great dependable file server.
Cons: Buffalo bundled instructions leave much to be desired. Depending on pictures is not enough, causing many to miss a very important step. After the new drives are installed, the device is connected to the network and powered on, you end up with both the white and red leds on. You need to PRESS THE ...
Summary: I only purchased one 2TB WD Green WD20EZRX drive for the 421e. It has worked flawlessly since upgrading firmware. Before upgrading my laptop to a Samsung EVO 840 SSD I was only able to get about 11MB/s for transfers. Now I have hit 40MB/s with a bad Cat5e cable.
Pros: Easy to use once you get past the learning curve of a strange menu system. Fast transfer speeds as long as computer and network can keep up. DNLA works well with Xbox 360 after all firmware updates. Plex picks up all media on the NAS without problems after a registry key change on Windows 8.1.
Cons: Must update the firmware from out of the box to fix many documented problems. Instructions are a little strange, but with time make sense.
Summary: This has some of the poorest documentation I have ever seen BUT once it is explained to you it is super easy to set up. Lots of freaking out over EM (emergency mode) etc. and it all could be avoided with better instructions. Not using the word emergency would help too.
Summary: We are a small business that needed a better way to access our files. This product fits our needs! We set up this unit in Raid-1 so that our data is always backed up in case one drive fails. It did take quite some time to set up, I highly recommend having a technical background.
Got it working, but had to do some additional research
1 December 2014
Summary: I recently bought a LS220D series NAS, which came with 2 drives pre-installed. I liked that one so much, I decided to use it only for Video streaming (DLNA). I wanted another one for computer use So, I bought 2 WD RED drives, and this enclosure.