Summary: This fit in perfectly, but is a little noisy. Also, after letting a hardware tech friend of mine look at it, he believes I could have simply replaced the fan by going to Frys for the fan and re-using the mount, which would have cost only a few dollars and a few minutes.
Summary: I purchased this product primarily as a back-up server for another NAS device (not made by Buffalo Tech). My primary NAS has only 500GB. I thought the 1TB Linkstation could eventually replace the primary NAS device. So far, I am not convinced. By comparison, the Linkstation was not as easy to set up; setting shares with restricted access somewhat confusing.
Summary: I dropped my review by one star because the Media Server has become unreliable. The drive still works great as a vanilla NAS, but it's stopped reliably serving up media to my PS3. Unfortunate because it worked well for several months. Also, at the time of my original review Windows was required to update the firmware. Buffalo has since come through with an OS X firmware updater. --- I am using this primarily as a media server for my PS3.
Summary: LinkStation Live LS-CHL 500G is an excellent NAS. Pro: 1. Low power consumption (~24W - 17W) 2. Very reliable. (Copy files for many hours, and no problem) 3. Good file security design. (Provide different user and different folder with different access right both on web and local) 4. Compact design. It is just slice bigger then my hand. 5. Can work as printer server. 6. Excellent software. 7. Easy to setup. 8. Run quietly and cool. Con: 1.
Summary: Take it easy - this is my first product review on Amazon web site. Intro I've owned 2 Buffalo hard drives for last 3 years: 500GB USB and HS-DH500GL 500GB NAS. Both of them are still working. LS-CH500L Happy owner of LS-CH500L 500GB NAS hard drive. I got it two weeks ago for extra capacity and bit-torrent. I would give this box a 95% customer satisfaction. I would concentrate on comparing LS-CH to HS-DH, which is the model that replaced by this CH Series line. Pros: 1.
Summary: I purchased this product to to satisfy my need for a central music and photo storage as well as a way to handle backing up of two Mac laptops. I soon discovered that my ideal dream of a central repository for music and photos is still not a reality, but that was not a result of this drives capabilities. The drive works great as a cheaper option for a time capsule, I can now successfully back up two Mac laptops using time machine.
Summary: I have used the media server extensively on this unit (based on firefly, and fairly solid), and that works fairly well. Since that was my main reason for getting the unit, I am pleased overall. I have about 60 GB of MP3s that I'm sharing with it. I have an ancient HP Laserjet 4 printer connected via a Manhattan USB-Parallel adapter, and that mostly works (much to my surprise, due to the adapter), but I have to reboot the NAS occasionally, because it sometimes will stop...
Summary: Bought one for home and found out it does such an excellent job, I bought one for my small office as well. For home, i needed a NAS to store media on an always on device to stream to PS3 and XBox 360. This Buffalo device does this very well, with hardly any set-up at all on these two DLNA devices. Just enable 'Media Server' from the very easy to use browser based admin utility and your set.
Summary: Superb product. This machine will become your storage center in the house. I have put my music, videos, and pictures on it. Not only do you get 1TB, but you get a dependable server. Underneath, it is running a linux kernel that has a lot of services. There is a PnP (DLNA) server works with the xbox 360 great. The DLNA Server is really running the Twonky Media Server [...]. There is an FTP Server, Memeo Backup Server. There is a bittorrent client.
Summary: The product is almost everything I was expecting based on the description. One important piece that is not clear on the specs is that the external USB disk MUST be formatted at XFS in order to the users be able to read/write on it. Any legacy USB disk you might have is probably already formatted on NTFS or FAT32. After you install it on the Linkstation USB port you can read but not write on it.