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BUFFALO LS-QVLE Diskless System LinkStation Pro Quad Network Storage

  • 4-Bay
  • Diskless System
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
  • 1 x USB2.0

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Ty Y.
  • 7/26/2015 12:46:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot impressed

Pros: Cost is relatively low and easy to setup

Cons: After a few months of use, the LinkStation "lost" the firmware. I have tried multiple methods of restoring the firmware to save the data on the RAID 5 array but according to Buffalo support, I will not be able to use the LinkStation until it is reinitialized and lose the data on the array. The whole point of the RAID array was to keep the data safe from loss but that's rather difficult when the enclosure itself is unreliable. We have a Buffalo two-drive NAS and a QNAP four-drive NAS in service as well and neither of them has had this issue of spontaneously "losing" firmware, rendering the NAS useless and data lost. I will attempt to recover the data through other means however I will not be using this NAS to store anything not backed up remotely as I cannot consider this enclosure to be reliable.

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  • Joseph W.
  • 7/9/2015 12:39:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Well

Pros: Integrates well into my network, easy to create directories and assign users to said directories. Quota system is nice, keeps me from holding onto old junk files. Good transfer speeds. Has a magnetic cover for drives that makes it easy to access them in the even of failure. Pretty small form factor, fits into a cabinet in my kitchen.

Cons: The software that comes with this unit for initial setup is pretty useless. Use the built in web server it is a better solution.

Other Thoughts: Give it a static IP address on your network. This will make it much easier for a mapped network drive to stay mapped.
My unit has work flawlessly for the 6 months I have owned it.
Took a long time to setup, but that was due to my large raid array.

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2 out of 5 eggsBasic NAS

Pros: 4 bay
Decent Transfer Speed

Cons: Full raid options only available with 4 drives present.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this NAS while from newegg flash but would not recommend purchasing it again even on sale. The NAS has limited features that I have come to expect. Most notably, to use all the advertised RAID options, all four drive bays must be occupied. I purchased this NAS to backup my other NAS both running RAID 0 but due to this NAS limitations I had to purchase 2 additional drives to enable this feature. I found the Buffalo NAS GUI to be sluggish and limited compared to my other Lenovo NAS.

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  • Alan E.
  • 5/28/2015 1:06:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Piece!!

Pros: Great pricing (Flash Deal special!!), great product. Theremay be newer and better performing options out there - but not this easy and cost effective to implement.

Cons: Not the best documentation

Other Thoughts: You can search the web or the manufacturer's site to get whatever help that you may need. Just remember to leave the ethernet unplugged until after the drives are initialized and the piece is fully up. Then it will be seen by the support access methods (direct app/web). Also, once your drives are in and the machine is fully up, press the function button to start the drive intialization process.

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  • Steven R.
  • 3/12/2015 1:09:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBUFFALO LS-QVLE

Pros: Seems well built, packaged very well, got it at a great price...

Cons: Bricked 4 hard drives full of data, don't know yet if data is lost. "File system unrecognized"...

Other Thoughts: DO NOT USE THIS WITH EXISTING Hard Drives! Page three of their quick setup joke states "Original data saved on the added drive will be deleted". You only see this after you've gone through the process of installing their software and bricking your hard drives. This should be stated clearly, on the first page of the instructions, in big red letters. It's amazing to me how they could have such blatant disregard for customers data.

Learn from my mistake. I've seen install instructions that ask you to read and understand the whole process before you begin. No such warning here. Completely irresponsible and unacceptable.

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  • Todd C.
  • 2/7/2015 9:42:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsInstructions are a joke.

Pros: Works well as a network storage drive. I can access from my Desktop computer and Laptop.

Cons: There is no step by step instruction for properly setting up web access and configuring your router for web access. Only enough to get the unit up and running on your wireless network. The average person will have a very hard time getting the smartphone apps to work and spend hours trying to just set up a Name. Site just hangs then unable to sign back on until a reboot of the unit. This is my last Buffalo product.

Other Thoughts: I'm so glad I got this on sale. I was a little quick with the purchase since the sale was ending. I really wanted to use the web access. But it will work well enough as a "home" back up unit for now until I can dig up some useable info. Time to hit the forums and waste more time.

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  • Christopher E.
  • 11/12/2014 10:39:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsJust ok

Pros: Easy set up and easy to configure. Instructions were pretty useless. Currently set up I have is three 2GB drives for a RAID 5 setup. give 4GB of usable space.

Cons: Transfer speeds are slower then I thought they would be and my current set up going between two switches, I wasn't able to connect to the Linkstation. Sent message to Buffalo with no response yet. if Linkstation is on same switch I have no problems. Switches are identical.

Web access is a pain as you need to make sure about the correct firewall ports are opened so it isn't easy plug and play if you require internet access. the bittorrent download is ok but not real useful.

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  • RYAN P.
  • 10/31/2014 9:42:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsI got it at a great price!

Pros: 4 drive bays, gigabit speed, network cable. Seems well built.

Integrated into Windows fine, as a networked drive.

Cons: I'm underwhelmed by the web based utility, the windows, utility. My focus was on ease of access and ease of securing.

It's more like configuring a router than an OS.

Other Thoughts: I got this very inexpensive, for what it is. Configuring access levels or areas in not well defined in the application resident in the device (web based).

It is NOTHING like a linux based Synology unit. The only reason I gave it 3 eggs is because it's 3/5ths the polish of a Synology, which I would give 5 eggs to.

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  • Kyle M.
  • 10/6/2014 6:58:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOnce Set Up, Not Too Bad

Pros: Good price for the system, got it on sale. Buffalo still has a good reputation. Set up is straight forward. I am running two of these at RAID 10. One being a backup of the other. Speed of transfers are good. Interface is a bit of a pain, but workable. Running Linux OS, easy script control for the systems. They run 24/7 and keep on performing well.

Cons: Only 3 TB max for drives. Set up directions just ok. Speed of tranfers +\- . Running jumbo frame seems to be better. Only USB 2.0. Keep it cool, can get a bit warm running 4 drives. Non upgradable ram. Not hot drive swappable, rebuild on an Array is slow.

Other Thoughts: Running 4 drives can be a bit expensive. Have to be matched drives from what I had had experience with. Running Seagate 2TB NAS series. So far it seems to be a good match. All in all, price is good for a steady NAS.

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  • Michael M.
  • 9/25/2014 8:05:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWell worth it

Pros: Very nice cheap NAS for the price. Caught it on sale for like half retail. It was VERY well packed and designed. It seemed really fast in my initial testing with 4 - 3tb WD Green drives in it.

Cons: The web interface is a little clunky, but is is usable.

Other Thoughts: Make sure to follow the directions of cleaning the drives before installing them... and make sure you hit the function button to initialize the first time.

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