Summary: Steer clear of this company! I got a 12TB unit. It worked for two days and then lost a drive. Support was unresponsive and only offered a few suggestions, none of which worked and then the quit communication after I jumped through hoops with them for a week and a half. No phone support available, just minor "suggestions" via email. I returned it to my companies reseller for an Iomega unit and seems to be working fine.
Summary: backing up to the drive is slow took a day to backup 1,5 terabyte, but the drive gives you 5.5 terabyte configured as a raid 5, and uses an Ethernet port so you can plug it into your router and access the drive from all machines on the network, pretty much what you expect.
Summary: If you are looking for a streaming media storage device, look elsewhere. If you just want a place to dump all of your digital trash and transfer speeds aren't a big concern to you, this array will not disappoint
Pros: Good web based user interface. Included installable software works okay too. Lots of good built in features such as share to internet and direct upload via USB drive.
Cons: Horrible speeds with RAID 5. Many customers are very unhappy with the transfer rates of this array. Most are getting 15 MBps read and worse with write. The processor that Buffalo included in this array is underpowered and therefore can't process data quickly enough to fill the fat 1Gb pipe that it has available to it. .
Excerpt: 1)There is only 1 nic not 2 as both Buffalo's website and B&Hs web site state 2)Media server worked for a day now I can't get it working again on my Macs. 3)Appliance seemed to be working at first glance. Set up shares moved a bunch of data over, tried to access the shares from different machine no data. Tried a windows machine and same thing can mount the share and see directories but not all of the end data.
Excerpt: I just bought this NAS to attach to my home network which is mostly MAC, with a few PCs. My goal was to create a central storage place with RAID so that our home files would be protected.It was very easy to install and it immediately connected and configured properly.However, if you are wanting to use Apple Time Machine to back up, it was a very painful experience.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Powerful, Small, Stream media
Excerpt: This product is working as expected and as advertised. I haven't had it long enough to report any long term problems or issues. But I am very comfortable that my data is now more secure. It set up easily and with no glitches that can occur when you hook up a new peripheral device. Could be 5 stars, just don't know yet.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Expandable, Fast