Reviews and Problems with Buffalo LinkStation Live
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OK for Very Lightweight Use
21 September 2014
Summary: In general, I'm a fan of Buffalo NAS drives, but I've become disenchanted with this particular model over time. Buffalo claims that this drive can integrate with Active Directory on networks with Windows 2xxx servers, but I've never managed to get that integration to work. It also isn't particularly speedy, and its cloud services run very slowly.
Summary: Initially I thought this drive was great, but just as the 1 year warranty expired it started giving me a error message, but was still working, called thier tech support, and did as instructed, and the unit failed completely, and they just tell me "sorry it's out of warranty" I said I understand but it was still working until your tech got hold of it, now I have no drive at all and all you can say is "sorry it's out of warranty".
Summary: I had th Item for a little over a year, I was very happy with its performance till one day it just didn't work.... I'm in the process of checking the warranty now, hopefully the company will be fare....
Not much better than nothing, and a PITA to keep it working
Engine Ear, Amazon
27 December 2013
Summary: This unit has been very unreliable for me. I am using it to back up a Mac Pro Retina and a Mac Air laptop. It works as advertised for 2-3 days in a row, then neither computer can "find" their backup files. I have to unplug it from the wall power, wait a few seconds for it to power down and the drive to stop, then plug it back in. It then takes about 5 minutes to be ready to work again, at which time it will again work for about 2-3 days. Loop, repeat, for the last year.
Summary: Pro's -good price -easy user management Cons -wasn't too thrilled with the backup solution, so used Windows backup instead -sometimes randomly wouldn't connect and had to re-map it -wasn't able to wake it when setting the sleep schedule (although I might have missed a wake on LAN setting somewhere) ***At just under the one year mark, the drive was not accessable, and had fast blue flashes. I was pretty sure it was failing to boot.
Summary: From when I took this HD out of the box I had one problem after another. However, I am not Mr. Computer Geek, but know my way around computers. I let the provided CD do its thing and over my network to install the software. I was unable to run Ghost with the destination disk being the HD, it would stop at anywhere from 10-20% into the backup. The app I had for my Android phone had many issues also, mostly connectivity.
Summary: I'll admit, I was attracted to the Buffalo LinkStation because of the price. At the time I purchased it, it was the most affordable 2TB NAS option available that didn't look like it was assembled in someone's garage. If all you are looking for is a drive for backup storage, it's an adequate solution. But I've found it to be less that satisfactory for everyday use.
Summary: After a bit of research I chose this NAS because my WD NAS was getting full. Both are 3TB. This gave me the opportunity to do a side by side comparison. I especially liked that the manufacturer included a built in torrent client. The first issue I ran across was the cable included with the drive. On a device with a Gigabit Ethernet adapter I was expecting a Cat6 cable to handle the data throughput.
Summary: I'd also heard good stuff about Buffalo, but this model seems like kind of a dog. I'll second that when you've got it media-serving (DLNA), the hard disk is constantly whirring. There are some kinks in its ability to do Mac file-sharing, mostly around its inability to properly do security settings between users.
Summary: I was initially pleased with the Linkstation Live. Installation was fairly easy, performance was adequate considering I was accessing it mostly over 802.11g, and the value was good. One of the features I was most intrigued by was the DLNA support. I bought a PS3 and wanted to stream music from the Linkstation to the console. After figuring out a few quirks such as required folder names for media files, I was able to get the PS3 to find and play them on the Linkstation.