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BUFFALO LinkStation Pro Duo 2-Bay Diskless Enclosure High Performance Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-WVL/E

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  • High performance 1.6 GHz processor
  • Transfer speeds up to 72 MBps
  • NovaBACKUP for Windows PCs
  • Time Machine support for Macs
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Technical Details

Size: Diskless
  • Hard Drive: 6 TB
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Product Details

Size: Diskless
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 3.4 x 5.1 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B008DWAGPG
  • Item model number: LS-WVL/E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 21, 2011

Product Description

Size: Diskless

Product Description

LinkStation Pro Duo LS-WVL/E is a diskless NAS enclosure allowing you to select your own hard drives for a customizable, scalable storage solution. Twice as fast as a standard NAS, it features a high-speed, 1.6 GHz processor for maximum transfer speeds up to 72 MBps. Plug it into any network Ethernet port or into the back of your wireless router and access it on any networked device in your house. 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. Included NovaBACKUP software for Windows and Time Machine support provide a whole home backup solution for every PC and Mac on your network.

From the Manufacturer


LinkStation Pro™ Duo
Shared Network Storage
LS-WVL/R1
  • High Speed Shared Storage
  • Dual Drive RAID NAS
  • Quick Swap Hard Drives
  • Active Directory Support
  • NovaBACKUP® Included
  • Free WebAccess Service
  • Access Data with iOS Apps
  • Multimedia Server
  • BitTorrent® Downloader

LinkStation Pro Duo LS-WVL/R1 RAID Network Attached Storage hard drive array offers instant storage expansion and file access on your home or home office network and over the Internet. Twice as fast as a standard NAS, LS-WVL features a high-speed, 1.6 GHz processor with DDR3 for maximum transfer speeds up to 72 MBps. Plug it into any network Ethernet port or into the back of your wireless router and access it on any networked computer in your house. While on the go, use Buffalo’s free WebAccess service for remote access to your files over the Internet from any standard Web browser, on select Android™ phones and download the free WebAccess i apps from the App Store to access and share files from your iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®. Included NovaBACKUP® Professional software for Windows® and Time Machine® support provide a whole home backup solution for every PC and Mac® on your network. LinkStation Pro Duo makes central storage and backup easy.




Network Attached Storage

Connect LinkStation Pro Duo to any Ethernet port or to the back of your wireless router and instantly access storage from any computer on the network. Store or back up digital photos, MP3s and documents on one hard drive and access it from any computer simultaneously.

  • Shared folders can be accessed by everyone on the network
  • Protect private folders and files from unauthorized access
  • Back up every computer on your home network to one location




2-Drive RAID Storage

LinkStation Pro Duo features two hard drives configured in RAID 1 Mirroring. It provides automatic and continuous data protection as data is mirrored onto both drives, protecting data in the event of a drive failure. If a drive fails, simply replace the failed hard drive and the RAID 1 mirror will automatically rebuild. LinkStation Pro Duo can also be configured in RAID 0 Striping mode, combining both hard drives into a single, large capacity and high performance data volume offering maximum capacity. In RAID 0, if a single hard drive failure occurs, all data is lost.




High Speed

Optimized for maximum transfer speed, LinkStation Pro Duo utilizes an upgraded processor and RAM, offering greater than 2X the data transfer speed of competing devices.

  • 1.6 GHz processor speed
  • DDR3 RAM
  • Transfer speeds up to 72 MB/s




Whole Home Backup

Five copies of NovaBACKUP Professional for Windows and a built-in Time Machine Server allow for back up of all PCs and Mac computers in your home to a central, always available storage device. Put an end to moving USB drives between multiple computers.




Free WebAccess Service

Access and share your files quickly and securely from anywhere over the Internet with a standard Web browser and on select Android phones. BuffaloNAS.com makes sharing and accessing remote files easy. It even resizes your photos for optimized streaming over the Internet. WebAccess also accommodates mobile devices including Apple mobile devices and some Android phones by using a specially formatted version of WebAccess.




Access Data From Your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad

Free Buffalo WebAccess i apps on the Apple App Store allow you to access your LinkStation and those of friends and family. Upload photos and videos to an authorized LinkStation or access terabytes of multimedia files and documents directly from your Apple mobile device or a computer.




Multimedia Server

An integrated DLNA Certified™ server streams multimedia content to any DNLA or uPnP A/V media playback device such as PS3™, Xbox 360®, many network enabled TVs, digital photo frames, etc.




BitTorrent® Downloader

Powered by the leading BitTorrent client, uTorrent, LinkStation Pro Duo can download any BitTorrent files automatically without your computer running. Simply paste a torrent URL into the LinkStation uTorrent application and then shut down your computer.

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Shared Storage: Store or back up files from multiple PCs, laptops or Mac computers in one central location
  • RAID 0 and RAID 1 Support: Get maximum reliability with automatic data mirroring in RAID 1 or maximum storage with two striped hard drives in RAID 0
  • Quick Swap Drives: Easily accessible drives for quick replacement
  • Silent Operation: Noiseless fan design ensures reliable and silent operation
  • Active Directory Support: Join to an existing Active Directory Domain for Windows user authentication and folder level permissions
  • Free WebAccess and WebAccess i apps for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad: Access and share your photos, music, videos or data files with friends, family and colleagues over the Internet with any standard Web browser or on your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad for free.
  • DLNA Certified and iTunes® Servers: Stream content directly to any DLNA compatible media player or use LinkStation Pro as a content source from within your iTunes application
  • BitTorrent Client: Download digital content over the Internet directly to your LinkStation Pro Duo
  • 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: Use the LinkStation Pro Duo with Time Machine backup
  • USB 2.0 Port: Attach a printer to the network, add a USB hard drive for additional storage or backup or connect to a UPS for AC power failure management
  • ECO-Minded: With the power savings feature, you regulate the power usage of your LinkStation at predetermined times, shutting the unit down and reducing energy consumption
  • No Annual or Monthly Fees: Free to use features and services, including WebAccess with iPhone and iPad support, or to add multiple users and groups
  • Network Servers: FTP and print servers included with the firmware
  • Direct Copy: Plug in your USB hard drive or camera to quickly offload pictures
  • Free 24/7 Tech Support: US-based tech support

Buffalo’s LinkStation Pro Duo LS-WVL/R1 is backed by a one-year limited warranty and lifetime 24/7 US based technical support.

What's in the Box

LinkStation Pro Duo LS-WVL/R1, Setup CD-ROM, Quick-Setup Guide, Ethernet Cable, AC Adapter, Warranty Statement

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Customer Reviews

So I called tech support.
James Tepper
Initial setup was easy and works great as a Network Attached Storage.
Todd Stafford
I will buy a new NAS but it will not be made by Buffalo.
Robin W Morris

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Size Name: 2 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
4.5 year update: Still works fine; just replaced both 1TB HDDs with 2x 2TB hard drives (original RAID 1 array was at 78% capacity). No issues with the rebuild or restoring the data (and now enjoying the headroom of 27% capacity after the upgrade); just be prepared for the long time it will take the full RAID array to rebuild.

3 year update: Still works fine; part of my daily data back-up plan.

2 year update: Still running strong.

Seven month update: rating change to 4 stars (from 5 stars) for due to support web site usability for firmware and utility software updating (the utility software is for the Windows GUI environment; the firmware is for the NAS device itself). Solid 5 stars for backup and network data access.

As part of a recent Windows re-install on my desktop computer, I checked for updates to the firmware and user interface utilities. It was relatively easy to find that newer versions of both were available on Buffalo's support site. The discovery, however, is where the "easy" ended.

In order to download the utility software, users must provide both a model number a serial number in a web form. If you no longer have the product box, you'll have to turn the unit upside down to find the serial number sticker (and you'll certainly want to power down the machine before doing so!). There are three separate bar codes and numerical labels on the bottom of the unit:
--the MAC address (labeled as such)
--a serial number (mixed letters/numbers beginning with the model name, and labeled "F-S/N"...presumably the serial number needed for the software download
--an unlabeled bar code with 14 numbers.
Surprisingly, the *unlabeled* number is the one needed to proceed with your download.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By K.M. on January 26, 2011
Size Name: 2 TB Verified Purchase
I purchased this NAS for a mirrored backup of my data and to stream pictures, music and videos to a PS3 and a couple of laptops. It works great for these tasks. Setup was easy. I gave the NAS a static IP address, updated the firmware, changed the drives from RAID0 to RAID1 and setup a media server. It only takes a few clicks to change the RAID configuration through the web interface, but the actual re-sync can take hours. You can still use the drive during this process. It took 95 minutes to transfer 135GB to the NAS using a gig network. It bounced between 20-30 MB/sec, but the overall average was about 1.4 GB/min. Single file transfer rates are much faster, less than 30 seconds for a 1GB movie. That's plenty fast for me. Noise levels were on par with two hard drives spinning at full speed. The unit is silent at idle.

The PS3 and two laptops on my network (all wireless) see the NAS without any issues. Media Player and iTunes stream music from the drive without any lag. The PS3 takes up to 5 seconds to start playing a song, but that's a well documented PS3 wireless issue. Once playing there is no lag. Auto backups from two laptops and a desktop work great using SyncBack. I didn't install the bundled NOVAbackup software so I'm not sure how well that works.

For me the Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo is the perfect balance of price and performance. For 2 6 0 dollars you get a 1.6GHz CPU, 256MB DDR3 RAM, 512kb flash, Gigabit NIC and two 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 hard drives. Not a bad deal. The 1.6GHz QNAP and Synology enclosures are faster, but almost twice the price after you buy the hard drives. The less expensive D-Link, Iomega and Netgear dual drive enclosures are slower in the reviews I read. Similar to the older Buffalo LinkStation Duo.

Overall I'm very happy with this product and would recommend it.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Clicktician on March 4, 2011
Size Name: 4 TB Verified Purchase
I purchased the Buffalo Technology LinkStation Pro Duo 4 TB (2 x 2 TB) RAID NAS to stream videos to my home Linux settop boxes and remotely to my Linux touchscreen netbook via VPN. This LinkStation is DLNA certified so I felt very confident it would work with those UPNP/DLNA clients.

Pros:
- About the footprint of a small toaster and half the height.
- Cool temp and quiet operation.
- Consumes just 45 watts so a UPS on it will last a long time.
- Gigabit ethernet (my home net is Gigabit).
- Web Interface does almost everything.
- Preconfigured for Raid 0 (optimized for speed) and the XFS filesystem.
- Lots of built-in software to support squeeze and even a MySql server.
- Excellent streaming performance with Boxee Box and XBMC.

Cons:
- Drive noise is sometimes audible.
- Can't be initially setup without Proprietary client (see below).
- Settings not restored after a drive check.
- Start up and shutdown are a little slow.
- Sometimes "sleeps" so initial connections can take slightly longer.

Getting the LinkStation operational was a little challenging. The initial setup client is a Windows program. I keep a sacrificial Win XP box around for just such situations. I switched on the NAS for the first time, and installed my windows client on the same network. Unfortunately, the NAS defaults to an IP/Mask not compatible with my home network which made it unreachable. But the Windows client allows you to temporarily "zap" the IP to whatever you like, so that was the first thing I did - assign it an arbitrary unused IP on my home net (like 192.168.1.30 or something).
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