Reviews and Problems with Buffalo LinkStation 421e
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Don't forget to PUSH THE BUTTON
Randy V., Newegg
30 January 2015
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. Simply then download the updater and run it. This will install an updated nas os/firmware on the drives.
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 BUTTON on the front of the unit, one quick press. This is shown on the buffalo setup as an easily missed arrow pointing at said button. Both leds then flash repetitively and s...
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. Replacement Cat6 cables should arrive today. Works well with my gigabit router and new gigabit fiber internet.
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. They really shoot themselves in the foot here. Take your hard drives. Get any data off them. Format them. REMOVE THE PARTITION. Put the drives in the NAS. Turn on the power.
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. We here are all very tech and computer savvy and even for us, it was a little challenging. We started by putting two Western Digital 4TB red drives in.
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. I read the documentation before installing the two drives, and turning it on. According to NAS Navigator2, the NAS went into "Emergency Mode", and that I needed to upgrade the firmware, or call support..
I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for an affordable NAS setup.
Michael S, Amazon
19 November 2014
Summary: This drive is exactly what you would expect. It was fairly easy to set up but I would not say fool proof. The interface is poor and the directions even poorer. Other than that once you get it configured it works great and is highly reliable. Mine is still running strong after about 6 months. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for an affordable NAS setup.
This diskless enclosure was easy to assemble with the disk drives that I bought ...
Kevin Graff, Amazon
7 October 2014
Summary: This diskless enclosure was easy to assemble with the disk drives that I bought separately. It was easy to connect to my system. I installed WD Red Dot 2TB drives and configured them as RAID1. It took about 16 hours for the initial configuration to complete, just like the documentation said. This us the second Buffalo Linkstation that I have purchased. The first one is still running strong. Would give it 5 stars if I had more time with it.
Summary: I've had this for a while now, and it just does its job with no fuss. I would have given it 5 stars, but I found the bundled backup software to be difficult to use, and ended up using the free Genie Timeline instead.