Reviews and Problems with Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo
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This thing is criminally old!
Thomas L., Newegg
22 December 2014
Summary: If Buffalo's hardware is still as reliable as it was back then, I wouldn't skip a beat in buying a new one. For now, I'm just upgrading the old one since, after 5 years, I'm still completely satisfied with it for day-to-day use. It holds all my non-application files.
Pros: I'm sitting here mind-blown given I've considered buying new drives for it since I've near capped its current capacity... Not due to any failure. I installed it in late 2009, turned it on without power saving, and the only reason it's ever been off was due to power outages.
Cons: It's too reliable to replace. I want a shiny new one but can't justify the expense when the stability, performance, and speed is still totally on-par after 5 years.
Summary: I don't use any of the other features of this device and don't stream or store movie files off it as I have another machine dedicated for this purpose. This device is just used as a big hard drive on the network and that is all I expected out of it.
Pros: Mindless to install. Very easily configured unit to work with my AD domain at my home. I set my drives up to be mirrored and then created shares which I use for both user accounts and for client machines that are not part of my domain. I like the "trashbox" option for deleted files which acts lik...
Cons: Speed transfers max at about 14/mbs as opposed to the 35ish/mbs that I get from my other Gig devices. (I am running all Gig switches and CAT6. Wish there was a way to define a trashbox cleanup schedule but I easily found a work around using Limagito.
Summary: Bought this strictly as a 'file server' for a small office (100Mb) network. Haven't used the web access or print server functions.
Pros: Bough the Link Station to replace an older PC we were using as a file server. Installation and set-up were simple. In the 4 months since we got it, we haven't had any problems. Browsing and opening files is quicker than with the PC.
Cons: Saving large files (>50 Mb) seems to take longer than with the PC the Link Station replaced. The management interface could be a little more user friendly. E.g., it does not alphabetize its users/folders/groups lists, which can get annoying if you have a large number of users, folders, or groups....
Summary: whatever features of hard drive advertised by Buffalo is not easy to install or activate. For home user with above average knowledge it is not so easy. Buffalo help is ok but not satisfactory. I have purchased Buffalo router for activating web access features of hard drive.
Pros: The great solution to back up of data/audio/video/photo etc.I am using as 500 gb each unit so data is back up on both.Auto back up soft ware supplied work great. whatever you select is automatically backed up. Customer service team helped me to install the unit.
Cons: Whatever advertised by Buffalo does not work easily. I am home user and it is for my personal data. it is not easy to set up the unit, Help from Buffalo is required particularly for web access of network hard drive from outside of my network. To activate port # 9000 to ip address of hard drive is...
Summary: Very happy to have purchased this NAS - really enjoy the mirror backup of 500G's; plenty of space for our family photos (so far). Hope that it will be easy to upgrade in the future...
Pros: Purchased Jan 2009... - Automatic sleep mode when a computer is not logged on the network - Pretty easy to setup for a novice home network user - Great to be able to share music, photos, docs with others on the network - leave behind those little thumb drives!! - Very quiet :-) (but it sits in th...
Cons: Was not able to easily figure out how to use the remote "away from home" feature - will need to play around more, but it is not that important of a feature for our uses.
Summary: Using XP32 with a Netgear wireless Router Have not tried the buffalonas.com sharing wite. Seems interesting
Pros: Great NAS box for the price. Does everything I need for a home NAS at a reasonable price point.
Cons: Was RAID 0 out of the box, I configured to RAID1. Takes about 3-4 hrs to convert. Had a situation where the HTTP based access was fine, but direct access as a shared folder would not work. Called tech support, didnt really help much, just kept telling me it was a Microsoft problem. Eventually too...
Summary: You would think by now someone would have a NAS that could sustain high-throughput and/or saturate the link with file transfers for a reasonable price?
Pros: I have several of these at clients. I haven't run into any of the problems that most people are referring to. They are not FAST, but you get what you pay for. I prefer to set these with a static IP address. They just seem to play better on the LAN.
Cons: Power shuts off if you have the unit on Auto for power. If you don't know this, then every time you power down the PC that you installed the software on, the unit will power down too. (It helps to RT FM.) If its on a network everyone else will lose connection.
Pros: Quiet. small. works great as a simple NAS. Haven't had any real problems with it. working as it should.
Cons: It would've been nice to support the protocols to have the xbox 360 stream directly from it, but using tversity works just fine for me (using a gigabit network). there are few other *nix features i wish were enabled by default, but nothing I am very upset about.
Summary: Like most of these cheap NASs, the performance is really poor, it takes a long time to copy a few movies/videos to the NAS. The device is very quiet and easy to use, you don't need to install the bloatware to use it. I wish it came in RAID 1 as default instead of RAID 0.
Pros: - easy to install, just plug it in and connect it to network - very quiet, can't hear the fan
Cons: - very slow data transfer rates of ~10-12MBps, like most cheap NASs - comes configured in RAID 0 as default, it should be RAID 1 default - doesn't work as a Mac Time Machine backup destination