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BUFFALO LS-V2.0TL 2TB LinkStation Pro LS-VL Network Storage

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Equipped with an upgraded processor and RAM, the LinkStation Pro achieves greater than 2x the data transfer speed of competitors. The BitTorrent Client feature allows you to download internet contents directly to this network storage device for maximum time- and power-efficiency.

This Digital Living Network Alliance certified product is designed to work with other DLNA products. This makes it easy to stream media to your computer or your home theater system. The LinkStation Pro will be the cornerstone of your Digital Home.

  • newegg High Performance Powered by 1.6 GHz processor, the Buffalo LinkStation Pro offers blistering fast data transfer speed of up to 76 MB/s.
  • newegg Web Access With Web Access, instantly gain access to content stored on the Buffalo LinkStation Pro from any web browser interface.
  • newegg DLNA Certified Media Server With built-in DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified media server, the Buffalo LinkStation Pro steams multimedia files to multiple compatible devices such as DLNA certified HDTV and network media player for easy access to favorite media contents of your family members via their own devices.
  • newegg Gigabit Network Connection The Buffalo LinkStation Pro features a Gigabit Ethernet port for up to 10X the speed of most 100M network connections and excellent usability for office and home networks.
  • newegg Enhanced Server Functions The Buffalo LinkStation Pro offers robust protocol support to serve as an FTP server, iTunes server, or print server.
  • newegg BitTorrent Client With BitTorrent Client function, you can conveniently download digital content over the Internet directly to your LinkStation Pro.

Learn more about the Buffalo Technology LS-V2.0TL

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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1 out of 5 eggsFirmware problems

Pros: Nice looking unit, good when it worked. Tech support had no wait time.

Cons: Like many others the firmware went bad. I don't feel I got good value out of my purchase. Recovery process could be better.

Other Thoughts: I've had some of Buffalo's routers flashed with ddwrt and they have worked really well so I gave them a chance for a NAS. I have local backups of my virtual machines and then 2 others at an different offsite colo, kept it cool but it just died anyways. Under 1 year but the data is important and I can't give it to buffalo so I'm stuck with probably a paperweight. My personally built freenas setup was more expensive but much faster and more reliable.

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  • Ron T.
  • 4/17/2013 6:07:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Sleek looking, easy setup, decent interface and ease of file access.

Cons: Sadly these thing are notorius for becoming bricks. Firmware fails leave the content unaccessible and unit "bricked" Buffalo has no support to speak of, and will not look at any unit outside of the warranty period. No way to reset the unit once it fails -

Other Thoughts: It's too bad that these drives fail at the rate they do, just look at their forums to confirm this, when it worked it was a great product, but when firmware fails there's no recovery. Will replace with a different manufacturer, a sad fact of how Buffalo supports their products.

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  • Adan T.
  • 2/11/2013 8:13:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNot Recommended as a Media Server

Pros: Good Price.

Cons: DLNA/Media Server does not work over the Wireless Network.

Manufacturer Response:

Please send me an email so we can trouble shoot your network. The LinkStation Pro can average 60-70MBps on a gigabit network which is perfect for streaming media content. If you are having issues streaming over a wireless network then the issue would be in those settings or with limitations of your wireless routers capabilities.


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  • Linda D.
  • 1/30/2013 10:30:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUseless Active Directory Support

Pros: Fast, reasonably priced, gigbit ethernet, nice build quality and attractive package. I purchased 2 of these units for file sharing in an Active Directory environment to allow various AD groups to be able to easily share documents. None of the content is particularly critical or sensitive. Nonetheless, I assumed I would be able to restrict access based on AD group membership.

Cons: Remember what happens when you ASSUME. Active Directory support is useless. By default, everyone has read/write access to a shared folder. If left in the default mode you can only restrict user or group by giving them "read" access. Yup, there's no way to deny someone from having read access.

The second option is to give the shared folder "read" access and add AD users or groups and give them "read/write" access. Again, no way to deny access. I can't think of many scenearios where I'd want all of the users on my network to have read access to all folders. Subtract 4 stars.

Then, there's the documention. I didn't expect much here but the docs are worse than I expected. Subtract one star, which technically leaves us at 0 stars.

Other Thoughts: So close... Buffalo, if you're listening: this *could* be an awesome device if it had real "Active Directory Support"

Manufacturer Response:

Please send me an email so we can help trouble shoot. This unit is Active Directory compatible but does have limitations compared to a Windows machine. In scenarios where the AD support is not to your liking then you are also able to bypass AD and create your own users/groups with access restrictions through the normal WEB UI for the LinkStation.


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  • Mr. S.
  • 10/17/2012 11:30:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWould not buy another

Pros: The concept is great. Firmware not easy to use but not that difficult to figure out. When it works, it is great way to back up files or store files you don't need very often. Setting up password protection is not straightforward and only one computer can access password protected data at one time.

Cons: The unit failed after 2 years. The firmware crashed and could not be recovered (even after following some complicated instructions from their web site). I was copying files to the unit when it just stopped. Error code indicated it was the firmware. I also had a Linkstation Duo fail after about 9 months. Only a one year warranty. I will try to remove drive (no easy way to do so) and see what I can recover.

Other Thoughts: I would not purchase again.

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  • Joachim B.
  • 8/11/2012 8:22:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fairly fast, cool, and quiet.

Cons: Unit died 1 year and 4 months after purchase. Warranty is only for 1 year. I am not buying another one of these.

Other Thoughts: Documentation is poor, especially explanation of the error codes the LED light shows.

Manufacturer Response:

sorry that your unit has failed. Send me an email with the blink pattern so I can decipher the error. Could be as simple as replacing the fan which should take 10 seconds.


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  • Anonymous
  • 4/24/2012 11:01:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible Product but Technical Support is even worse

Pros: Looks Nice sitting on the desk.

Cons: I purchased a Buffalo Linkstation Pro model LS-V2.0LT this week end.
I followed the exact instruction to set up the drive with my Acer Windows 7 system. Once all of the software was loaded I set the backup to do a complete backup. A message was shown that the computer had to be restarted before the backup could be completed. On restart the computer failed to start Windows and displayed a screen that instructed me to pur the Startup disck in the floppy drive (which my computer does not have) and press F2 to continue. At this point I was stuck. Could not access Safe mode or do anything but get to this same screen.
I called Buffalo Technical Support and expalined exactly what happened. They claimed that the issue was with my computer and had nothing to do with their product. As I tried to explaing that it was installing their product that caused this issue they refused to offer anyother help than to tell me to call Acer since it was a computer issue.
I then called Acer and accordin

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  • Kenneth J.
  • 4/4/2012 6:17:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot compatible with OSX

Pros: Supposed to be compatible with Windows

Cons: Not really compatible with OSX. I should've researched on the Buffalo (and other) forums before purchasing.

Other Thoughts: I ran into more problems with corrupted files and permissions when trying to copy from my OSX iMac to this NAS (Buffalo LS-VL NAS). I had high hopes but ran into nothing but problems. The online forums indicate that Buffalo support leaves much to be desired... very unfortunate and will be looking for another NAS solution.

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  • Eric H.
  • 10/17/2011 7:05:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsHope it lasts forever, b/c Buffalo support sucks

Pros: None

Cons: Always needed rebooting. Died within 4 months.

Other Thoughts: Buffalo support impossible to get a hold of. Finally found someone who confirmed hard drive dead. Buffalo wouldn't recover the data, but recommended a partner data retrieval service. $2,100 later, Buffalo told us they wouldn't replace drive since the service opened the case and voided the warranty. Wouldn't send the original broken case/hard drive back either.

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  • James C.
  • 8/12/2011 10:05:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: FAST, inexpensive, good build quality. I'm using it with macs and PCs on a gigabit network. Stays cool and quiet. The On/Off switch is a nice implementation. When you toggle it OFF, it runs through a proper shutdown routine of the NAS, not just cutting off the power. Fast Web UI.

Cons: if not running DHCP, it's a bit hard to get setup using a static IP. LED is a bit bright, can't lower the brightness/shut them off. The AUTO power feature isn't recommended. The NAS seemed unreliable when this was set.

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