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Buffalo LinkStation Live 2.0Tb DLNA Certified MultiMedia Network Storage with BitTorrent

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  • Buffalo LinkStation Live LS-CHL Shared Network Storage with Media Server and BitTorrent
  • 2.0TB Capacity with SATA interface
  • Interface: Ethernet (RJ-45)/USB 2.0
  • Web Access - access your digital library from anywhere with PC, MAC or iPhone
  • In-Built Media Server connects to DLNA compatible digital entertainment devices
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight1.1 Kg
Product Dimensions17.5 x 4.5 x 15.6 cm
Item model numberLS-CH2.0TL
Hard Drive Size2000 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Wattage17 watts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 45,038 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.5 Kg
Date First Available29 Jun 2009

Product Description

The LinkStation Live II is a Home Multimedia shared network storage device best suited for home environments that need a central location for files that all devices on the network can access
All computers in the network can share files on this versatile, flexible and simple NAS
In addition to the storage capabilities, it can stream multimedia to a PC, a Mac, a Buffalo LinkTheater and other DLNA certified media players
The LinkStation Live seamlessly integrates with iTunes 7 and allowing access to music files from your iTunes software

 Product Description Buffalo LinkStation Live NAS server 
 Device Type NAS server 
 Host Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet 
 Total Storage Capacity 2 TB&

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Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By moonster_34 on 9 Jan 2011
Regretfully I have to give this one star. Not because it's a bad product, but because I've had three of these and all three have suffered from the same reliability problem.

I'll give the positive review for people who want to buy this and hopefully will get a reliable machine.

Very easy install and 1st setup, just plug it in to your home network (connected mine direct to a D-link ADSL router) then load the software onto any machine accessing the linkstation. The software will 'find' the linkstation and pop a shortcut on your desktop to get to it. It then just acts like an attached drive and you drag and drop stuff to/from it. Very easy. On the 1st PC to use it, there is some set up for the linkstation, all subsequent machines will state there's an already active Linkstation and just load the browser software on your PC.

To carry out more involved stuff you'll need to log in to the linkstations Web front end, which is easy from the loaded management software. The web access does seem a bit slow to update pages, so be patient. You have the option to set things like user accounts, new folders, remote web access, bit torrent downloads. I managed to set up remote web access, once I'd set my router to allow plug and play access, but the Buffalo help pages talk you through it. I also was able to easily set up bit torrent downloads and the interface is very clear and easy to use. I did try to set up a new user account and set folder access privilages, but just ended up locking out the folders from general access, but I didn't spend enough time on it to get it right.

I managed to stream video from my Linkstation to a Samsung UE37C6540 LED TV, plus all my laptops, plus connect a USB drive to it and upload files successfully.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ewok on 10 Oct 2010
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I have this NAS nearly 2 years now. Still working fine. Even survived a drop from the window sill recently. Cover came apart, but snapped back in to place, and it kept on working. It's small and neat, about same size as a 3.5" external H'drive.

It does work with Win7. The set-up is easy and flawless with all the systems I installed on (XP, Win7, PS3).
Although you have to go in to the Buffalo interweb software, and "enable" media server for the PS3 to work. The PS3 doesn't pick it up otherwise. The Webserver is very slow to read and update from page to page, and it could be laid out better. But it's still handy.

It says in the manual, Printer-server feature won't work woth 3-1 Printers, but it found my Canon 3-1 Printer and works fine. The "auto power" funtion does work well. The NAS goes in to sleep mode when no PC's are detected on the router. When you power on your laptop/PC, the NAS powers up automatically. It can't auto-detect your PS3 though, so you have to physically turn on the NAS for the PS3 to pick up the media server, or turn on a laptop.

I stream movies wirelessly (54mb/sec) from the NAS to my netbook, with no problems at all. Doesn't pause or freeze once. If hard wiring, it's perfect for streaming full HD movies. No buffering or pausing seen. Transfer speeds via PC aren't too fast. Transfered 400gig of movies overnight with no problems though.
Don't use the flat cable in the box. It's meant to be used just to download the software, nothing more. Invest in a Cat5e patch cable for regular use.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Oct 2010
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Good product. Does exactly what I want. I store movies and tv shows on it, and access them from either my laptop or my xbox. No longer is it necessary to carry a hard drive around with the laptop. And, it is possible to attach a hard drive to the linkstation, increasing the memory even further!

EDIT: I'm not sure if it's my Xbox or the Linkstation, but it doesn't seem to send .mp4 files to the xbox. Which is annoying. I can convert them to .avi and all is well, but it's a bit of a bother.

2nd EDIT: I think it's to do with the size, but my latest 3 TB hard drive doesn't show up when connected to the LinkStation. I think 2TB is the limit.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Stevens on 21 Sep 2010
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I now consider myself to be somewhat of an expert when it comes to Nas devices. WHY? We live in a large house with networked TV's and Blu-ray players in most rooms, aswell as a PS3, Xbox 360, a Desktop PC and two laptops. I also have a business a mile up the road. So my requirements we're pretty demanding. I wanted to be able to strea, my media including HD to every device, I wanted to be able to share all data, pictures, Documents, media with all PC's but restrict my Kids PC from seeing some of the files and also restrict my Kids and Wifes laptops from being able to delete. I wanted to be able to See the contents of the NAS at my Work PC over the internet. I wanted Bittorrent functions. etc etc....

I tried 6 Different NAS devices, the LG Nas with built in DVD drive, the Netgear Stora, The D Link DNS 323, Two different Synologys and Finally a QNAP TS210... All but the later had problems, either no DLNA or UPNP, or kept dropping signal, or too comlicated or too noisy etc etc ... I finally ended up with the QNAP which blew me away, everything worked as it should and I still use it now.... The inbuilt Twonky media Server is amazing and it's FAST

So why a review for the Buffalo?

My Dad and My father in law were both amazed by my set up and wanted something similar but without the hefty price tag (my NAS cost me £170 for the box and £180 for two 2TB drives, total £350), they also didn't need 4TB.... So off I went looking... I was about to buy the single bay Qnap when I saw this on amazon for ONLY £139 (rather ridiculous RRP of £349 though). So I bought one to try thinking it was a long shot that it would do the trick.....

WOW... It's only better than the QNAP... All the functions are the same as the QNAP, it all works as it should, it's quiet...
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