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BUFFALO LinkStation 410 2 TB High Performance NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server - LS410D0201

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/17/2014 8:37:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsBuffalo Linkstation 410 2TB

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation 410 2 TB High Performance NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server - LS410D0201

Pros: NOT RECOMMENDED

The speed was really fast, but after two weeks in use it running frize in the night time and need hot restarting. After 3rd time of restarting, part of data was lost and not recoverable.

Because after 2 weeks of purchase this device was non returnable and non exchangeable in retail store, i call Buffalo customer service, they offer replace it for me if i pay shipping $30. It was not acceptable for me to increase total price for device for $30 shipping, even it's not my fault. That was no way, i make complain to the store, finally the store took it back.

Don't think i'll go to buffalo again.

Cons: NOT RECOMMENDED

The speed was really fast, but after two weeks in use it running frize in the night time and need hot restarting. After 3rd time of restarting, part of data was lost and not recoverable.

Because after 2 weeks of purchase this device was non returnable and non exchangeable in retail store, i call Buffalo customer service, they offer replace it for me if i pay shipping $30. It was not acceptable for me to increase total price for device for $30 shipping, even it's not my fault. That was no way, i make complain to the store, finally the store took it back.

Don't think i'll go to buffalo again.

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  • Jacob G.
  • 9/27/2013 8:58:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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2 out of 5 eggsVery poor ease of use

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation 410 2 TB High Performance NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server - LS410D0201

Pros: Fairly quick transfer rate. Pretty compact.

Cons: 5 step "simple" activation instructions that require online trouble shooting to figure out. Very poor user interface. Does not include NovaBACKUP like it says it does, nor will it back up to an external USB drive. Confusing and vague help on website, and very short and inconvenienced-sounding customer support. Would not buy this product again or recommend it to anybody.

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4 out of 5 eggsExcellent read, so-so write on Buffalo non-RAID NAS

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation 410 2 TB High Performance NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server - LS410D0201

Pros: The Buffalo LinkStation 410 does exactly what it claims to do; I primarily tested it as a central media streaming server (DLNA and streaming movies to my HTPC) and file storage for my LAN and outside networks with no issues and a surprisingly easy setup. It does support BitTorrent and USB device server options as well.

After opening up the web config and entering in a static IP, navigating through the menus and enabling whatever goodies you'd like was an easy task: Web access, DLNA server, BitTorrent server, or USB Device server.

The 2TB drive installed in the LinkStation 410 is a Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001. Here on Newegg it has a rather high 23% 1-Egg rating. I would absolutely recommend, as this NAS is not RAID compatible, that you have a second copy of your data elsewhere. This NAS does not offer much in the way of data redundancy aside from a "Check Disk" option in the GUI to attempt repair of damaged sectors.

Media server functionality worked without a hitch. A quick scan on my PS3 found the LinkStation (which you can set to a name of your choice in the web config -- e.g. "LinkStationNAS") and allowed access to the images, videos, etc. stored on it. Streaming Hi10P anime videos through the PS3, or from my Win 7 HTPC box through SMB, worked flawlessly... as you would expect after seeing these read/write figures:

Gigabit network transfer rates:
Read: 110-120MB/s (right at the peak throughput of gigabit speeds)
Write: 39-42MB/s
^ These numbers will be reduced to the capacity of your Internet pipe when accessing them from outside the LAN.

DLNA functionality was similarly easy to use; through my Denon AVR receiver I could pick up the LinkStation on the network and stream the music I stored on it through a 5.1 surround setup.

Physically and mechanically, the device feels weighty and well-built. While it has an integrated fan, the small 40mm fan fortunately rarely needs to spin to keep the device cool; except for intensive I/O sessions the drive and hardware inside is cooled passively. It doesn't make a peep aside from the typical sounds a hard drive makes, slightly damped from the plastic enclosure muffling all but a tiny chatter during reads and writes. Using an IR thermometer, the hottest spot on the outer plastic casing came up to 41°C while the rest of the enclosure was around 35°C with a room temp of 74°F, which are just peachy temps really.

Cons: This is a single drive NAS with no RAID functionality. Any files you store on this NAS you will want to have another backup of elsewhere. You would think, "this shouldn't be a con, all single drive systems are inherently unreliable", but this one is particularily so if the reviews on the included Seagate drive are to be trusted.

What's the standard IP address? It's set on DHCP so to get to the web config you will have to do some guessing as to which IP it may have grabbed once it's on your network. After you find it, set a static IP instead. The workaround is to use the included CD, but for people like myself who don't want to install extra unnecessary software on their PCs when they can accomplish a more customized result themselves, it may be worth the effort to find the IP yourself and skip the CD if you're comfortable with drive mapping and file sharing in the OS you're using.

Other Thoughts: I've found this NAS to be a great little device for sharing non-critical files inside and outside my LAN. It has an FTP functionality if you prefer as well. The web setup is simple to use (once you find the IP or install the software) and the unit is quiet enough that I can have it on my desk and forget it's there -- more than can be said for some larger (albeit more robust) NASes out there.

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5 out of 5 eggsPersonal Storage a mouse click away

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation 410 2 TB High Performance NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server - LS410D0201

Pros: For what iam using this nas storage for there are many pros.I will bore you with some comparison numbers in "other thoughts"
Buffalo Link Station is plug and play,unbox then plug the included lan cable into your/my router-modem pop in the cd to install nas2 software and after a minute you are ready to upload your files.It has a small attractive booklike footprint on the desk and looks like a modem turned on it side. I already had thoughts on how i wanted my Buffalo setup and opened the nas2 software.I diasbled mac support and left windows enabled(both are enabled by default)Then with just a few clicks i set up ftp transfers as i just trust more of a computer to computer approach.Buffalos software is easy to use and every menu holds settings to find tune or just play around and see what happens: ).
Job 1 -Upload movies and music and be able to access these on my other pcs/laptops and smart tv's smart phones from home or across town.Simple as installing the app from buffalos website on these other devices and dlna smart tvs are perfect plays hd/sd it just works.
Job 2- Upload onto the Buffalo nas games to be played on any pc in home or across town Far cry 3 works great abeit longer load times
Job 3 Personal backup.since i am always upgrading it is nice to have a fast centralized spot for files from various harddrives-dvds-cds-flash drives and just put all in 1 place,so now its my go to archive disk for just about anything.Security is easy to setup /make folders or secure folders all with a few clicks.My son plays games over his friends house that he has uploaded to the Nas,if his friends pc is distressed he can go into a folder of pc tools that we both have access to for onsite support signing on to the Nas is password protected when you use the Buffalo site but you also could use ftp computer to computer and bypass Buffalo,at home i just map drive the Nas..

Cons: the limitation of the external storage and the hard drive are really not cons ,only limitation of the interface.However when making any changes in settings the screen takes a few seconds longer than it should.There was a nag bubble to update firmware but i see no reason to fix what is not broken and just turned off the reminders in settings

Other Thoughts: My internet speed of 27mb up and 5mb down is 1 of those limiting factors.I get on either side of 5mb a second read and write speeds with Buffalo Nas.This is usb 2 speed over the internet and it is fast.Just to give you a comparsion tho my hybrid ssd laptop hard drive is 95/95 read write.Buffalo NasLinkstation sure beats any external storage and beats any internet cloud storage.The best part is i control all access who when why and how with just a mouse click and have (unlimited) for me 2tb of space to play with.

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5 out of 5 eggsGood home NAS unit

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation 410 2 TB High Performance NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server - LS410D0201

Pros: This device isn't anything fancy to look at but is no means an eye-sore. I was happy to see a cooling fan on the drive casing to keep the drive cool.

After getting this unit connected to my network, I went to logon to the web GUI. It first prompted my to set a new administrative password (like when companies do this - prevents the use of factory-default passwords). The web GUI is easy to navigate and understand. This unit is packed full of features that most users probably would not use, but they're great to have available.

The web GUI reports that this NAS contains a 2TB Seagate 7200RPM drive. This interested me because the Newegg product title states RAID - even the box of the product states "Single Drive" (no RAID). RAID would be nice but this was not a big deal to me - hopefully this did not throw any other buyers off.

One of the first things I did was to connect the NAS to my home Active Directory domain. This device makes the AD connection very simple, without entering Base DN's or anything like that. For most users who will not be using Active Directory, the user/group system is easy to navigate and build local users and groups and assign these to access specific folders.

Setting up samba shares was an easy task in the web interface. I don't torrent so that wasn't a useful feature to me, nor was FTP as I try to stay away from that wherever possible. The 'backup' feature of this NAS seems useful, although it turned out to be not so useful for me (see Cons section). Buffalo gives us the option to backup to USB, set as a backup destination for Mac OSX's Time Machine, or backup to another Buffalo NAS. The "cloud" internet file sharing service allows HTTPS protection - kudos for that, Buffalo.

Cons: After first unboxing the unit, I plugged it in per the included instructions and installed the NAS Navigator software on my machine. Unfortunately, the NAS Navigator would not locate the unit on my network. I had to go into my DHCP server and find the address lease that was given to the unit and then connect to that IP via a web browser – I wouldn’t expect most people to have the capability to do this. I noticed that this wasn't an issue with the other reviewers, so hopefully this was just related to my environment.

One of the big pluses for me with this unit was the backup feature, particularly since this is a single-drive unit. So, I connected a 1TB Seagate FreeAgent external drive to the USB port of this Buffalo NAS to setup for backups. I was a little worried when I went into the GUI and saw that the external drive wasn't recognized. I went ahead and rebooted the unit - I was pleasantly surprised when the drive showed up after the reboot. However, the NAS would not let me format the drive no matter what I tried. Each time it would say that the format was successful, but the drive continued to be listed as unformatted and was not an option for backup destinations. No combination of formatting settings or reboots seemed to fix this.

There also seems to be limited information in the Buffalo forums or on search engines for troubleshooting with this device. That makes it difficult when you run into problems (albeit few problems) like mine.

Other Thoughts: You have to type a simple ‘captcha’ code before certain actions can be done on the device, such as initiating a reboot or deleting a shared folder. This helps idiot-proof the interface.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood Personal Storage, Software Could Be Improved Upon

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation 410 2 TB High Performance NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server - LS410D0201

Pros: Lots of storage space in a very sleek web UI!

Out of the box, my LinkStation 410 NAS had a Seagate 2TB hard drive inside, formatted with an XFS filesystem. I was impressed to see the native use of XFS on this NAS.

The LinkStation 410 NAS supports UNIX style users and groups. Out of the box, it has SMB (Samba, Windows network file access) and AFP (Mac network file access) turned on. The NAS supports FTP access as well, but this is turned off by default, as is Buffalo’s “WebAccess”. More on this later.

The NAS has the ability to be used as a Time Machine backup destination for Mac, but as I am not a Mac owner, I didn’t have the ability to test this.

There is an option in the advanced settings to backup the LinkStation NAS to a USB drive or another NAS, though it seems that the other NAS also needs to be a Buffalo product.

The NAS access speeds are pretty fast, I got it to push roughly 35 megabytes per second (just under 300Mbps) over my gigabit network with Samba. At that rate, I suspect the hard drive inside the NAS is the bottleneck, not the NAS itself.

The NAS supports downloading BitTorrent files directly to your shared folders. This could certainly be a plus, as light users of BitTorrent could use the NAS for torrenting rather than leaving a computer on.

I really can’t fault this NAS for hardware or performance, it is very responsive and is most certainly fast enough for a personal network attached storage device..

Cons: The use of the term “RAID” to describe this product is misleading. RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent\Inexpensive Disks, implying multiple hard drives. This NAS only has a single hard drive.

If there were a true RAID in this NAS, it would be more resilient to hardware \ hard drive failures and potentially prevent data loss. This NAS is no more redundant than a typical external hard drive, and if the drive goes bad, your data will be gone...
The Buffalo Web Access feature is a cool idea, and the iPad app for it seems like it has definite potential. However, it didn't work that well for me inside or outside my network. I managed to add my NAS twice, and it would not display the file list. Maybe the app is still a work in progress.

I certainly would not recommend turning on a feature like Buffalo's Web Access while your NAS is storing sensitive data, because there's no knowing how secure the authorization procedures really are, it's all in Buffalo's control, but for controlling access to your media files it's probably not really a huge concern.

Really, the only place where I can fault this NAS is its software. The software makes a genuine attempt to be awesome, but it's rough around the edges and some of the features just don't seem to work.

Other Thoughts: If you’re looking for some cost effective file storage which you can access using basic network file protocols such as Samba, then this NAS is a good fit for you.

I wouldn’t recommend buying it if your main use is going to be the Web Access app or the BitTorrent functionality, consider those as extra perks which might be a little glitchy, and your mileage will vary.

As a Linux user primarily, I decided to configure this without touching Windows to make sure it was possible. I looked at my router’s DHCP leases table, found its IP address, and went to the web interface. From there, after ignoring warnings that my browser\OS was unsupported (They support Google Chrome but only on Windows XP/Vista/7/8 or OSX 10.6-10.8 according to the dialog box) I was able to still get to the web interface for the LinkStation.

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4 out of 5 eggsDandy little NAS

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation 410 2 TB High Performance NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server - LS410D0201

Pros: Pretty painless firmware update. Download the update, double click it, and just say ok to everything. About 5 minutes to completion. Setup was 1-2-3. Doesn't seem to run real hot. VERY small electrical footprint. It seems to bounce between 10 - 12 watts. I've only seen it hit 16W briefly(Using a P3 Kill-A-Watt).

Drive shows up as a network location on other machines(XP and windows 7). Pretty easy to navigate. A USB flash drive also shows up for extra network shares. One could probably connect a hub, thereby allowing a theoretical max of 127 devices. Don't quote me on this though, there's no telling how it would affect the NAS. But according to the USB protocol, it is theoretically possible. I have however used my one and only hub (A miniature plasma/static ball hub), and it does not see drives that are connected to it. So clearly, either this hub doesn't work with it, or it's simply not possible. I would not count on a hub working with it. Or a USB 3.0 drive. I disconnected one flash, drive, connected my 3.0 Mushkin, and it still thinks the first drive is connected. No amount of restarts, or refreshes seems to pick up the 3.0 drive. And it takes a bit of time to acknowledge my working 2.0 flash drive. This likely varies by model of flash drive.

Cons: Over 2 min to boot(which really isn't too bad). I'd hardly call this a performance NAS drive though. The write speeds are consistently under 50MB/second. ATTO disk benchmarks seems to show an average of 75MB/second write speed, and over 100MB/second read. In real time transfers, this is NOT the case. Transfers are more like Write/Read 50/80MB per second respectively. Needless to say, ethernet protocols can handle much more than this. And there are hard drives out there, to take advantage of it. I have a USB 3.0 flash drive, that nearly matches the write, and smokes the read speed. Another benchmark software (Passmark performance test) test shows exactly what I've been seeing in real time transfers. ATTO clearly isn't correct. Never trust just one suite for tests.

I would have ran Everest benchmark, but unfortunately it doesn't acknowledge a NAS drive. At least not this one.

Rather large design, given modern technologies capabilities. But it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. Pretty similar size compared to Western Digital mybooks. It's attractive :) Not overly stylish.

Other Thoughts: Be aware that if you run IP blockers, you may inadvertently block the NAS Navigator software. I use an IP blocker to block Adware, among other things. So if you fancy using the NAS Navigator software, you may need to allow the appropriate IP's in your firewall and or IP blocker. With firmware updates, speed improvements could be seen in the future. And perhaps better USB functionality.

All in all, it does what it's supposed to at a reasonable speed. I've experienced very little lag. Given it's ease to set up, I would recommend it. It's very beginner friendly. High performance? I don't know about that. If it receives speed updates, than perhaps. But out of the box, I'd consider it mediocre at best. It certainly bests my other NAS, but the other NAS has an internal IDE hard drive.

I don't own any DLNA certified devices, so I couldn't test that functionality. I suspect it would work fine though. My only faults were with the USB port.

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  • Brandon M.
  • 6/22/2013 8:11:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome board

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation 410 2 TB High Performance NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server - LS410D0201

Pros: More options than I know what to do with.

Cons: Actually had to read the manual to learn the full potential of this board.

Other Thoughts: Thank you ASUS

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  • Brandon M.
  • 6/22/2013 8:07:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsnone

This review is from: BUFFALO LinkStation 410 2 TB High Performance NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server - LS410D0201

Pros: Great price to performance ratio.
Overclocked to 4.0 on air, not phenomenal, but not bad either.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Paired with an ASUS Z87-Expert board.

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