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Buffalo LinkStation Live 500GB Shared Network Storage HS-DH500GL
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- Built-in DLNA" certified media server
- Direct Copy feature allows you to quickly and easily transfer photos from a digital camera directly to a linkStation
- Simplified file sharing on your home or small office network
- Protect data by restricting access with group and user level security
- Scheduled backup via USB 2.0 to external storage
- Gigabit ethernet port
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The Buffalo LinkStation Live features a high-performance Marvell Media Vault Processor, DDR-II RAM and a high-speed SATA drive to deliver increased throughput rates of up to 35MB/s, which is five times faster than average single-drive NAS devices on the market. It also has an iTunes" Server function, allowing iTunes"7 software to access music files saved on the LinkStation Live for playback via the iTunes" portal. Furthermore, Direct Copy functionality enables files to be transferred directly onto the device from a digital camera or USB flash drive.
The LinkStation Live is a high capacity consumer NAS (Network Attached Storage) device that allows users to store digital content such as videos, music and photos, and share or stream it around their home network. The product provides a cost-effective, high-performance NAS solution that delivers superior reliability and usability for consumers, and is available in capacities of 250GB (HS-DH250GL), 320GB (HS-DH320GL), 500GB (HS-DH500GL) and 750GB (HS-DH750GL).See all Product description
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The firmware currently supplied is version 2.10 so there's no need to mess around with downloads and upgrades - it's plug'n'play as it comes straight out of the box.
Everything works just fine with Vista.
Far from being noisy, the unit is whisper-quiet in operation. Quieter than all of my desktops and all but my quietest laptop, in fact.
The unit does not continually thrash the drive when some of the more intensive media serving is activated. The most frenzied activity occurs only when the library is being updated, and even then the noise level is less than any of my PCs.
I've had no problems with the Linkstation acting as a shared library for iTunes. With 1,167 albums currently loaded on there it works first time, every time, and keeps on going all day.
I've no doubt that some of the more negative reviews were accurate at the time of writing, but things have moved on. I'd have no hesitation in recommending this product based on my experience so far, indeed I may well be buying a second example now I've found how useful it is.
1. HDD seemed to be on all the time, even if no computers connected to the LAN
2. It's noisier than expected (see 1 for why that's annoying). I ended up running a CAT6 into my loft.
3. The web interface is painfully slow--but you don't use it that often
4. FTP security setup is a pain. You have to password the entire share (no separate FTP security), which for me meant Google Desktop would not search it.
5. First one died unrecoverably after a power surge (despite being powered through a surge protector). Amazon's phenomenal quibble free returns policy made good, but I lost about 100GB of data which I'll never see again. (Should I have backed up elsewhere? - doh)
6. Buffalo technical support is a bit slow to respond. Emails in 48 hours, so a diagnosis takes a week or so.
It's not all bad, though:
1. The print server works extremely well--I have a Canon Pixma IP1500, and it's almost as quick as in the port itself (unless transmitting over WLAN).
2. It's blisteringly quick -- as quick as a laptop HDD when connecting hardwire
3. Setting up shares is a doddle. It's never had a conflict with multiple users.
I've not tried the USB HDD expansion, the LinkStation HomeTheater combo, so can't comment on those.
I also wanted to use the FTP server as this would be pretty useful for retrieving files remotely. The FTP server is very, very basic. You can't even set the root folder for each user. When a user logs in they are immediately in the root of the drive and can see the system folders that you definitely wouldn't want anyone to see. It works but it needs to be better.
So, to sum up, it's an OK product. The disk sharing works (albeit slowly), the print server works, the FTP access works, (I haven't tried the web access yet). It's all ok but definitely not great. I would expect this product to have the same functionality of software that's freely available but it falls short by a long way. If you were planning on buying this as a media server for your DLNA client (PS3, XBox 360, SoundBridge, etc) then I would advise you to think very carefully. The physical build quality of the product is good but ultimately the product is let down by mediocre software. Buffalo need to address this before I would give this product a higher rating.
** UPDATE **
I've returned this product to Amazon for a refund. I emailed Buffalo technical support to try and find out about fixes for the problems I was experiencing and I didn't even get a reply. This is simply unacceptable. It's an average product hampered by less than average firmware and abysmal tech support. I'm downgrading my review from 3 stars to 2 stars. Furthermore, I've replaced the LinkStation with a Synology DiskStation 107+ and so far it's excellent and everything the Buffalo should have been.
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