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BUFFALO LinkStation Live 3 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X3.0TL

  • 1-Bay
  • Usage Backup & stream media through personal cloud
  • 3TB
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
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Learn more about the Buffalo Technology LS-X3.0TL

General

Brand
BUFFALO
Model
LS-X3.0TL
Standards
IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab

Interfaces

Port RJ-45
1 x 10/100/1000M
HDD Interface
1 x SATA (1 x Bay)

Configuration

Form Factor
1-Bay
Operating System
Client OS Support: Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit), Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2003 R2, Mac OS X 10.3.9 - 10.7

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
3TB

Conveniences

Supported Protocols
Networking: TCP/IP
File Sharing: CIFS/SMB, AFP, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP
Time Synchronization: NTP
Management
HTTP/HTTPS

Power

Power
100-240 VAC 50/60Hz

Features

Features
Free Web Access apps for iPhone, iPad and Android: Store, access and share from anywhere with your smartphone or tablet device

DLNA CERTIFIED and iTunes Servers: Stream content directly to any DLNA compatible media player or use LinkStation Live as content source from within your iTunes application

BitTorrent Client: Download digital content over the Internet directly to your LinkStation Live

NovaBACKUP Professional: Includes an easy-to-use, complete backup solution for up to 5 of your home and home office Windows PCs

Time Machine Compatibility: Works perfectly with Time Machine to back up your Mac computer

eco Manager: Eco minded power management tool regulates power usage, conserving energy and battery consumption

No Annual or Monthly Fees: To use any features or services, including WebAccess with iPhone, iPad and Android support, or to add multiple users and groups
Usage
Backup & stream media through personal cloud

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions
6.89" x 5.91" x 1.78"
Weight
2.5 lbs.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Warren W.
  • 7/8/2014 12:58:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo Not Buy!

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation Live 3 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X3.0TL

Pros: When it worked it was simple to set-up and use.

Cons: Died this past weekend. I bought this on August 14, 2012, and less than two years after purchase it is a brick. The drive made noises from the start, but I had always heard that some Seagate drives can do that. Sunday I noticed my scheduled back-up had missed its window. I tried to restart it, and I got the blinky blue light of death.

Other Thoughts: I had about 1.5 TB of data on the thing. Fortunately its a back-up and my original data is still in tact. Unfortunately it now means I am scrambling to get flash drives and other back-up means together to cover myself until I come up with a new strategy. It will not include Buffalo or a single drive set-up in the future.

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  • David B.
  • 2/12/2014 7:13:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood product, horrible company.

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation Live 3 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X3.0TL

Pros: Easy to setup

Cons: 1 year warranty

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  • Mr. G.
  • 12/23/2013 6:52:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdied a few months out of 1 year warranty

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation Live 3 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X3.0TL

Pros: kinda worked for a while

Cons: began dying after a year and change. Buffalo support was supremely unhelpful. Am filled with rage; will never buy Buffalo again. Sucker brand is for suckers; don't give them your money.

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  • Bruce S.
  • 10/2/2013 7:57:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation Live 3 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X3.0TL

Pros: Time Machine, DLNA, iTunes, etc..lots of options, gigabit port

Cons: Purchased from another online retailer.

Unit died 3 weeks out of warranty taking my data with it. If you Google around and you'll see this is becoming a common complaint with these units using Seagate drives. Mine tries to spin up a number of times before giving up.

Could never get WebAccess service (cloud) to work. Many others have same issue.

Some features are hard to find in the admin GUI and require serious digging.

Other Thoughts: Lesson learned: never trust your data to a "backup solution" that only offers a 1 year warranty.

Removed drive from the Linkstation and connected directly to my computer and confirmed the drive was toast.

Buffalo support forums aren't apparently watched or replied to by Buffalo employees, only other forum members.

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  • Collin M.
  • 5/5/2013 11:41:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsGreat, but runs very hot

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation Live 3 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X3.0TL

Pros: Lots of space.
Fairly simple interface.
DLNA & torrent built in.

Cons: Runs very hot. I've had to unplug it a couple times to let the drive cool down. Surprised that there isn't any type of fan in the case.

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4 out of 5 eggsCasual users rejoice, savvy users stay away

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation Live 3 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X3.0TL

Pros: It appears that Buffalo is targeting the casual home and/or small office/home office (SOHO) user with this single-disk NAS device. With its slim form-factor, no frills design, and lackluster provided user-interface and included backup scheduling software, this unit will satisfy the needs of a user who wants a quick way to add some networked storage to their network with the capability to stream media to other devices and provide remote access to data from any web-connected computer or their tablet or iPhone or Android smartphone.

Buffalo provides a free service the called WebAccess which allows you to reach this NAS device from the greater Internet, with user/password authentication. This is essentially Buffalo footing the bill for providing a DNS server and DNS forwarding to reach your device - the unit's software running a small web server to provide the actual software-level web connectivity. The price for these services for a home user would cost them $10-60 a month depending on the provider and related services. This is certainly a pro in terms of have remote access to your data on your NAS.

Physical level connectivity of this NAS on your network is provided with only an Ethernet connection - which is gigabit. Moving data around a fully gigabit network is speedy for transferring large files and streaming content to other devices. In my testing I was able to easily move HD video and audio to several PCs, a PS3, a HTPC media center, and an Xbox. If plugging this unit into a 100BASE-T switch/router/gateway you'll be moving at slow 100Mbit/s speeds.

Cosmetically, the single SATA III hard drive is housed in a slim flat black case that can be seated either horizontally or vertically. The front LEDs are blue in color and are not overly bright. The rear of the unit houses the Ethernet connection and the power connection. The unit does not have an internal fan and read/write/access sounds are almost non-existent in a quiet room.

The WebAccess apps in the Apple AppStore and the Android AppStore are both free and function well. Supported OS's are: Win8/7/Vista/XP/2000/Server 2008 R2/Server 2003 R2, and Mac OS X versions 10.3.9-10.7. File sharing supported via DLNA, SMB, HTTP/HTTPS, and FTP. Management performed via HTTP/HTTPS.

Cons: The provided backup software – NovaBackup - leaves a lot to be desired. There are several other free and paid backup programs that provided full and incremental scheduled backups with more robust features and user friendliness. Also, you're limited to only a 5 PC license with NovaBackup. This may not be enough machines for a household with a lot of machines that are desired to be backed up. The web-based interface the unit's software, though sufficient for a casual user, leaves out a lot of specific networking-based and remote access-based controls. Though it has to be used to access some basic administrative functions, and it's forcibly installed, I would suggest adding the device as merely a networked drive and using a third-party solution to provide DLNA media streaming and remote access functionality.

Multiple access/read/write operations, especially simultaneously, really kill the performance of the device; though this should be expected in that you are using a single drive device with limited processing and memory. I was unable to stream HD video to a networked computer and reliably access files from my smartphone simultaneously. There is no means to provide a QoS to a specific user, device, file type, folder, group, etc.

There is no physical power switch on the unit. The only way to power the unit on and off is to either log in to the unit's software interface to navigate some menus or to pull the power plug. I understand that Buffalo intends the device to remains always on on one's network (and generally this is the most common power state of NAS devices in the home), the lack of a physical power switch is merely common sense on any electronic. Also, the unit does not provide a single USB port to connect an additional USB hard drive, thumb drive, or printer. Other NAS devices with similar specifications from other manufacturers provide this almost consistently.

It's also important to note that this is a very basic entry-level single hard drive NAS device. It provides zero redundancy for the data on the single hard drive if it fails. But for the price point this is expected. If you have a requirement to provide some redundancy then it's recommended you invest in a NAS with two or more hard drives with RAID functionality.

Due to the clunky interface and lack of physical power switch and USB connectivity I must deduct one egg.

Other Thoughts: Quite simply: If you are a casual home user with basic networking knowledge who needs a device to amalgamate data at one single point for multiple access then this device will fit your needs nicely. If you're a savvy home user with advanced networking knowledge and needs for data redundancy, speed, and multi-user access and read/write capability I would recommend a different device.

Three terabytes of storage is pretty beefy and offers quite a bit of file and media storage. But this is completely subjective depending on a household's data needs and overall consumption.

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  • Matthew B.
  • 3/7/2013 8:08:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation Live 3 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X3.0TL

Pros: Easy to setup. Great value. Excellent speed for the price. Works well for backups and distributing files between multiple computers.

Cons: Tries to install software that you don't need. Like any network device, you will be limited by the speed of your network. If you are trying to backup your entire media collection over b/g wireless, watching Netflix, and playing a game on Xbox Live it's going to be slow.

Other Thoughts: You're getting a 3TB drive plus a built in NAS for about the price of a 3TB drive, so keep that in mind as you pile on expectations. I have this plugged directly into my wireless router (dual band N, gigabit ethernet ports) using an ethernet cable. On my desktop (1 Gbps wired) it is much quicker than on my laptop (theoretical 300 + 300 Mbps wireless, shared with other laptop, cell phones, Xbox, TV, etc), but I wouldn't consider it slow on either. Of course a USB 3.0 drive will be quicker, that's simple math (5 Gbps > 1 Gbps). It's not upgradable so I may upgrade to a terastation in the future to take advantage of RAID.

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  • Chris B.
  • 1/4/2013 6:33:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation Live 3 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X3.0TL

Pros: works good over the network but I would suggest either 1000mbps ethernet or 300mbps wireless n to transfer files to/from the drive. at 54mbps wireless g it is cripplingly slowwww.

works well as a media server using skifta on my desktop and android phone.

the bittorrent client it comes with is pretty handy and works well.

Cons: the settings manager in the browser is horrible. its slow to load and buggy as all heck to get things like web access enabled and stable.

Other Thoughts: i don't schedule backups to this drive so can't comment on how that works.

If you can get past the horrible settings process it turns out to be a decent drive especially for the price per size and features.

i have also used a seagate version of a nas and its interface is much nicer and easier to operate but also a bit more expensive for the size.

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  • Andrew C.
  • 1/1/2013 8:30:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsToo SSSSLLLLOOOOWWWW

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation Live 3 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X3.0TL

Pros: Cheap 3TB drive.

Cons: Way too slow. It worked on a 4gig backup for several DAYS before I finally gave up, and THAT was while attached directly to the computer. Wifi transfer though router would have taken forever.

Other Thoughts: As tempting as this is, I don't recommend the drive. I went with a USB3 drive and improved transfer speed considerably.

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  • James S.
  • 10/1/2012 7:54:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDLNA - Twonky

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation Live 3 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-X3.0TL

Pros: Easy out of the box installation.

Cons: Shared Folders and Twonky doesn't work like their design says it does. The WD is easier to manage. Not to mention Buffalo support is lackluster at best.

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