Summary: I know my way around NAS storage, so when the program did not install correctly on my iMac, I was able to correct it. The instructions and how it works are a bit different. Only time will tell if it holds up.
Summary: I received this product as a Christmas present in 2012. After about 10 months of it working perfectly fine without a single hiccup, it started to fall off the network. The only way to fix this was to do a manual reboot (i.e. pulling out the power and putting it back in). The next month, it started falling off the network daily.
NAS hardware is okay, be wary of loud clicking hard disks.
Brian Bailey, Amazon
7 November 2013
Summary: I'd like to rate this product higher, but first unit I received was damaged goods and probably a refurbished unit. Amazon took care of it right away. Second unit I received had a very loud hard disk (western digital) that would park the heads every seven minutes when sitting idle. This unit only lasted about six months before developing bad sectors and completely losing all the data on the hard disk.
Summary: Allow me to preface this review by stating that the Buffalo LinkStation is first and foremost a NAS (Network Attached Storage) unit. After a year of fighting with this device trying to make it into a DLNA home network media server (as you would believe by the specs), I finally came to the conclusion that it does not possess the processing power nor software/firmware to function in that capacity.
Summary: Out of the box it wouldn't boot, just stayed at flashing blue light. Buffalo support was efficient & helpful, confirming it was DOA, 3 stars is for that support only since I wasn't able to use the drive. Irritating that AZ will only do a refund, not a replacement, now I'm out of a backup drive for several more weeks. Update: Replacement unit seems to be working as it should.
Summary: Pros: - when working correctly, performance is really good for this price point - ~15MBps over 5ghz wifi, ~23MBps over gigabit ethernet - time machine, ftp, web access, dlna - lots of features I utilized with success Cons: - after upgrading firmware, became very slow for 1-2 days, then came back to normal, though didn't feel quite as fast as before updating firmware - still gets slow time after time, making media streaming over the network unreliable sometimes - admin...
Summary: This does not work as an iTunes server with Apple TV!!!!! I bought it for this purpose, because they product details says it has this feature. You must have your computer on, and iTunes open before you can get to your library with Apple TV.
Summary: It takes time to set this up correctly and sometimes it did not appear to work. Some of the issues is due to the upgrades and the type of computer and network. When it works it is fine and I think I will just have to get use to the small glitches, such as not being able to fine the device on the network.