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LinkStation Pro LS-VL network storage offers instant storage expansion and file access on your home network and over the Internet. Significantly faster than a USB hard drive, LinkStation Pro features a fast 1.6 GHz processor for maximum transfer speeds up to 76 MBps. Simply plug it into any network Ethernet port or into the back of your wireless router and instantly access it on any networked device in your house. Equipped with LinkStation Pro is a built-in BitTorrent client, a DLNA Certified media server and an iTunes server for effort-free downloading and streaming your favorite movies, photos, music and more. Included NovaBACKUP Professional software for Windows and Time Machine support provide a whole home backup solution for every PC and Mac on your network.
While on the go, Buffalo’s free WebAccess service allows you to create a personal cloud for easy remote access and file sharing with anyone, anywhere over the Internet. Your data remains securely stored in one place on your home network, but you can access it quickly from any computer, tablet or smartphone device over the Web. Sharing is as easy as sending a link to your friends and family; they can securely access only the files you've selected for them to see.
For enhanced access on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android devices, download Buffalo’s free WebAccess mobile apps.
Avoid anything buffalo.
This review is from: BUFFALO LS-V3.0TL 3TB LinkStation Pro LS-VL Network Storage
Pros: Performance is decent, about 30 megabytes/second read, sometimes more. Write is in the mid 20's. Gigabit or high speed wireless (450Mb+) a must. Included extensions are decent, but the only way to get more is through complicated hacking that was too time consuming for me to do, and I usually do that sort of thing
Cons: XFS file system. This is the deal breaker. All buffalo NAS devices use it. Do not trust your files to the XFS file system. Why? Because if your device unexpectedly powers off, there's a significant chance you will lose data. For me, the linkstation froze during a normal shutdown procedure, and I had to unplug it. Upon plugging it back in, it did a disk check and then indicated the drive was bad. I had a hell of a time trying to mount the drive, (XFS is not readable on most operating systems, only on certain versions of linux like slax); I ended up figuring out that the file system had degraded and is now raw. I am still attempting to recover the files. Be aware that if you send your linkstation in for warranty repair, you will not get your files recovered.
Other Thoughts: At this point I am considering buying a diskless synology NAS and putting the Western Digital Green drive that I pulled from this linkstation into the synology nas. When the recovory finished I will likely have hundreds of thousands of unnamed files, so it will be difficult to figure out which ones to save. Overall, buffalo was a lot more trouble than it was worth.
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