Summary: It boils down to what you get for the money. A 500 gig NAS that functions well and has a few options like this one is worth $100 at this time. With other drives you're buying space that in many small office setups will never be used, and the price jump from a low-ball unit like this to something...
Pros: This thing booted right up ready to rock.. I was transferring stuff to it in minutes. Works great with a 330 Watt ACP UPS, plugged in via USB.. Can set to shutdown on low battery warning. Installed in a small office with ~120 GB of invoices, etc, AND sending full system images to it via Ghost com...
Cons: No Ethernet indicator lights, no RSYNC support, web interface is very slow (even with a full gig connection,) transfer rates could be quicker.
Summary: Buffalo NAS units are generally good and very useful (excepting the issues with adding an external hard drive, detailed by myself and others). I have many of them running right now, but a big problem I have with them is that they drop dead, totally without warning.
It died on me after only 2 days but I got it back online
21 October 2011
Summary: I live in an area with frequent power cuts and I have to warn you if you do also, get a UPS and plug it to the Linkstation. My LS died on the second day but I got it to work again (NASNavigator told me it was in EM mode).
Summary: This thing worked great until a power outage. It rebooted in emergency mode an you practically need a degree in programming to get the thing back online. Heaven forbid you're on Mac OS, because that means you're SOL. You need to hook it up to a PC to have a hope of getting it working again.
Kills other network activity and nonexistant support
14 October 2011
Summary: I have a home network with two Windows XP machines, two Windows Vista machines, and one Windows7 machine. With the LinkStation connected to my network, I get numerous network timeouts when trying to use any of the computers.
Summary: Based on recent experience I recommend that different media storage device be considered. After a bit more than one year my LS-CH500L appears to have suffered a fatal firmware corrpution. Although the Buffalo tech support team responded quickly with recommended solutions, nothing worked.
Summary: When it works it works fine. However, it will, without warning or apparent reason, disappear from the network and getting it back is extremely difficult. I've be at it now for 2 days. After about 8 hours of plugging and unplugging, resetting, reinstalling the software, etc., etc.
Summary: Been using this for about 4 months now and so far, no disconnects or other problems. Had about 3 or 4 firmware updates now and will tell you only 1 has gone smoothly. The others, the web browser will just sit there telling you not to close the browser or reboot the device.
Pros: -Sleek looking -Easy to set up -Web Access
Cons: -Firmware updates are quirky -Pretty loud -Sleep settings are limited/quirky
Summary: This is my second 2TB linkstation and it is a wonderful addition to my network storage. I use this one to back up all my other network drives (I have two other) and both of my laptops. Overall, I am very happy with it and would highly recomend it to others.