|Hard Drive||3 TB Desktop|
LinkStation 210 3TB Personal Cloud Storage with Hard Drives Included
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- Entry-class Personal cloud: access and share your content anytime, anywhere over the Internet
- Easy to set up: Plug into your router for instant network access
- Consolidate storage and backup your PC & Mac computers
- Stream videos and photos to your DLNA/UPnP connected devices
- Built-in Bit Torrent client for simplified file downloading and management
- Easy to use with your smartphone or tablet devices - no computer needed
- 3TB capacity – 1 Drive bay
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From the manufacturer
- 2-year warranty
- 24/7 US tech support
1-Drive NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server
LinkStation 210 provides fast shared storage and backup for all PC and Mac computers, tablets and smartphones on your home network. Simply connect it to your wireless router for access anywhere in your home or on-the-go.
- Consolidate storage and back up your PC and Mac computers
- Create a free personal cloud for access to your files anytime, anywhere over the Internet
- Access files from your tablet and smartphone devices
- Intuitive user interface and easy-to-use setup wizard
- DLNA Certified, iTunes and PS3 media server functionality
- Built-in BitTorrent client for simplified file downloading and management
- USB port for expanded storage and backup
The LinkStation 210 comes equipped with a USB port, allowing users to increase storage capacity or backup to another device for an extra level of data protection.
Easy Scheduled Backup
LinkStation 210 features five licenses of NovaBACKUP Workstation - Buffalo Edition, and Time Machine support for multiple Mac computers for whole home data backup and protection.
Stream Your Favorite Media
LinkStation 210 is DLNA Certified and it can be used as an iTunes server to stream all of your favorite music, movies and shows to multiple devices simultaneously. Centralize your media files for simple sharing and streaming.
LinkStation NAS System
LinkStation 210 runs on Buffalo's LinkStation NAS System, providing a host of useful features from network file sharing and security to RAID management (on multi-drive units), remote access and more to simplify your everyday data needs.
Free Personal Cloud Service
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.
Personal Cloud Service
Shared Central Storage
|LinkStation 210||LinkStation 220||LinkStation 520||TeraStation 1200|
|Ideal Users||Home||Home||Home / Home Office||Home Office|
|Use Case||Standard personal cloud||Standard personal cloud||High performing personal cloud||Backup/Share simple light files for business|
|Number of Drive Bays||1||2||2||2|
|Total Capacity Range||2 - 4TB||Diskless enclosure or 2 - 8 TB||2 - 8 TB||2 - 8 TB|
|Hard drive type||Standard||Standard||Premium NAS-grade||Standard|
|CPU||800 MHz Dual Issue ARM||800 MHz Dual Issue ARM||1.0 GHz Dual-Core||1.2 GHz Dual-Issue ARM|
|Memory||256 MB DDR3||256 MB DDR3||256 MB DDR3||512 MB DDR3|
|Peer to Peer Replication||N/A||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|NovaBACKUP (Buffalo Edition)||5 PC licenses||5 PC licenses||5 PC licenses||1 server license + 10 PC licenses|
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|Hardware Connectivity||Ethernet, USB 3.0||Ethernet||Ethernet||USB||Ethernet||Ethernet|
|Item Dimensions||6.88 x 1.77 x 5.9 in||5.5 x 1.9 x 6.7 in||8.07 x 3.43 x 5.02 in||5.51 x 2.09 x 6.91 in||6.1 x 3.9 x 6.75 in||9 x 3 x 7 in|
|Item Weight||2.43 lbs||2.12 lbs||5.29 lbs||2.31 lbs||3.4 lbs||1.5 lbs|
Buffalo’s LinkStation 210 provides easy to use shared storage and backup for all PC and Mac computers, tablets and smartphones on your home network. Simply connect it to your wireless router for access anywhere in your home.
While on the go, Buffalo's WebAccess service allows you to create a free personal cloud for easy remote access anytime, anywhere over the Internet, and even on your iPhone, iPad and Android devices. With LinkStation 210, you can back up multiple computers simultaneously and enjoy uninterrupted access to terabytes of storage anytime, anywhere.
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Hard drives installed: (2) TOSHIBA DT01ACA100 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3
Transfer Speeds (GB wired network tested with Lan Speed Test each packet size listed, 10 packets used)
1 Mb Upload - Average 391 Mbps / Max 434 Mbps
1 Mb Download - Average 434 Mbps / Max 464 Mbps
10 Mb Upload - Average 364 Mbps / Max 407 Mbps
10 Mb Download - Average 351 Mbps / Max 395 Mbps
1 GB Upload - Average 233 Mbps / Max 327 Mbps
1 GB Download - Average 350 Mbps / Max 355 Mbps
9 GB Upload - Average 245 Mbps / Max 245 Mbps
9 GB Download - Average 350 Mbps / Max 350 Mbps
They want "unformatted" drives, that's pretty easy. I use Windows and an external Drive Caddy, run CMD prompt, then run DISKPART that loads a program to list drives. Then LIST DISK and you get a listing of drives. If you turn on the external Caddy power, and do LIST DISK again, it will be obvious which disk just got found. Then SELECT DISK n where n is the number shown next to the DISK you want to Clean. Then type CLEAN and all partitions removed from the drive and no drive letter is assigned, etc. Now put ALL 4 drives in the LS0441DE, Hook up to a network, then push the power button. I also tried holding the Function button while turning on the Power, waiting 3 seconds, un-press the function button while the white LEDs blink, then push the Function button again, both LEDS blink white for a while, and in my case, eventually I saw the RED LED lit, which means the system is NOT formatted, and is in EM (Engineering Mode).
Now for the fun. Unpack the latest firmware and in the file where you find LSUPDATER I had to open the LSUPDATER.INI and change the last two entries from
VersionCheck = 1
NoFormatting = 1
NoFormatting = 0
Prior to this, the system did not behave at all.
This is my third Linkstation 220 (first diskless one) and all have been working well since I got them.
If I have one complaint, its that the setup can be challenging if you're using previously-used disks. I had a couple of 3TB Barracudas available so I bought this diskless unit to expand my network storage. There are some prep steps that you have to take with the drives (delete partitions) and you need to download a utility to perform a disk format / firmware update on the unit. Oh...and you have to manually modify the .ini file to get the utility to run properly. Thankfully, a bit of Googling led me to the solution.
So my drives are spinning, my RAID is configured, and I now have enough storage to last another 6 months at least.
hours to update firmware, then finally you can connect with the admin tool, and be rewarded with another 600+ minutes to setup your raid array.
but once it all is going, seems ok. i'm just scared to death that something will go wrong in the future, and i'll forget whatever magic I did to get it to work.
After some trial and error and finding a tech agent who understood apple products I can now report that I am very pleased with this product. It is doing exactly what I wanted it to do and I've upped the rating to 5 stars from 3. I've been able to copy my entire itunes library to the unit. I also have both mine and my wife's macbook's backing up with Time Machine directly to the unit. The bugs I was having with the web access have also been resolved. I was able to copy all my iphoto items to the drive as well for access remotely. The only item I am having trouble with now is the remote backup from my iphone directly to the unit, but I'm confident there is a setting I'm missing that will resolve it shortly. If you are working on a Mac I highly recommend telling them when you call tech support and having them get an agent who knows Mac products to call you back when available. They were very helpful with not only understanding what I was looking at and where to go, but also in setting up an intelligent folder tree to organize the different data going on the drives.
ORIGINAL REVIEW - Support is lacking...Especially for MAC's
I've had this product for just over a week now. I really want to like it. Here are the problems I've encountered in the first week. First, we have Mac's at home and this product says it works with Mac's. It does, but the support people do not have Mac experience or knowledge. I've called 3 times in 10 days (once for setup and twice because the unit vanished from my home network and our time machine backups stopped) and all 3 times the people I talked to were not savvy in helping because I had a Mac. They tried, but their answer was always "95% of our users are PC's or businesses" or "let me google it to find out how it works on a Mac". I wasn't impressed or happy with those answers of course. The bigger issue is I am not a big tech person so when the system came with virtually no directions it was quite disappointing. I was expecting something of a "what would you like to do" menu or paper since it can do so many things but that wasn't available anywhere I looked.
Here are the good things and things I like about the product:
I was able to copy all my iTunes music onto the drives as well as my iPhone photos and videos.
I was able to access the music and photos and videos from the internet site as well as the iPhone app.
I was able to complete the first backup of my Mac.
The device is mostly quiet and I was able to hook it up via ethernet cable to one of the DVR boxes in my house which is hard-wired into my router. So I had choices of where to locate the unit and it doesn't have to sit right next to my router.
Here are some issues I've had and things that are frustrating:
The support line doesn't have a lot of Mac experienced people.
The folder/user/backup/drive setup was difficult to understand if you aren't an experienced IT person in my opinion.
There was no instruction I could find that told you what to do first once it was powered up. So naturally I went in the order of the online manual and then once I got to the RAID setup (Chapter 4) had to delete a lot of what had come up earlier (Users/Folders) and do it again.
The webaccess via iPhone is spotty at best. The app crashed routinely when I was first accessing it and trying to figure out how it worked. Better lately, but still way too many errors when accessing it. I'd say it works 50% of the time.
I still do not know how to use the DLNA options to store movies/videos, etc. It's setup separate from iTunes, but I'm not sure how to get movies onto the drive other than through iTunes.
There is an option in backup settings to assign a folder for Time Machine, but only 1 folder. The support people told me I should have a different folder for each computer I was backing up. So how does that work, no one was able to explain.
I still don't know how to backup our mobile devices which the descriptions on the box say you can do.
I've looked at Buffalo's videos on YouTube and their message boards. Some are helpful and some are not. For me, they just aren't getting across the right information. It seems that is not unique to this product though as most of the newer tech items I purchase come with limited or no directions. I feel as though these companies just want you to look around online to figure things out. I would have found it helpful if there was some type of literature or flowchart that indicated what the unit was capable of doing (backups/network drive/photo storage/etc) and then told you which to setup first, how the folder tree should look, or something like that. If you want people to be happy with the product, at least tell them how to get the most out of it.
So I give the product 3 stars right now because I believe these issues can all be worked out with patience and finding the one or two people on the support line that may own Mac's. Assuming I can get that accomplished I would be satisfied with the product.
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Bad setting for the device to use and update the software in order for it to work.
LinkStation needs to address this .