|Buffalo TeraStation Terabyte Network Attached Storage offers powerful storage, server and multimedia solutions for both the SMB and consumer markets. Combining advanced fault tolerant data solutions, robust file security, and Gigabit Ethernet networking, TeraStation allows users to deploy a simple, cost-effective data or media server to their office or home network in literally minutes without cutting corners on features and expandability. By offering a total of four USB 2.0 ports, the device can accommodate additional external USB hard drives for expanded networked storage or as backup targets, a USB printer that can be managed and shared on the network or even up to two USB TV tuners to allow the recording of television programs for later viewing. In fact, a TeraStation can even be cascaded with another TeraStation via USB to expand network available storage well beyond the single Terabyte level.Compatibility with Buffalo's LinkTheater Wireless HD Media Player allows wired or wireless streaming of your multimedia files to your television or stereo in almost any audio or video format. With its sleek, aesthetic design and ultra-silent operation, the TeraStation will get envious looks whether it is located in a busy office environment or on the entertainment system in your living room without adding any distracting fan noise.|
Quiet and easy to use2/14/2007
I hooked up the terastation to my network with no issues, I believe DHCP assigned it an address which I looked up in my router. It is hooked up to a gigabit ethernet switch which goes to my PC and the rest of my home network. Using the terastation's web interface, I set up jumbo frames, but I can't tell if it's making a difference in performance or not. I'm running a 750GB raid5 array, 3 of the terastation's drives for data and one for redundancy. It took about 24 hours to complete a 300GB backup of my data. So write access was about 200MB per minute. I haven't really run any benchmarks, so take the numbers with a grain of salt. Different setups might produce different speeds as well. In terms of read access, I have not run any benchmarks either but it seems adequate for MPEG2 dvd quality video playback on my PC, which also runs gigabit ethernet. So setup was painless, the unit is very quiet, the price was right, and I was able to backup and access all my data with little fuzz. I give the unit an A+.
The Buffalo unit was incredibly easy to set up, and the memeo software is also easy and near foolproof. Best explanation of the various RAID configurations I've seen.
Good product, stable & dependable1/29/2007
I'm using two Terastations at work and now this one at home. Great backup tool.
This will be my third unit1/15/2007
I've been using the Tera Station for over a year and a half. I get excellent performance and routinely stream full resolution video and MP3 files from the device. The trick to performance is making sure that you are using a gigabit network AND that you are using a good cable. (True of any gig network.) If you want full support for Active Directory, you'll need the pro version but it works just fine as a workgroup on my home network. Note that if you want to use the UPS option you'll want the SMartUPS not the BAckUPS model. My units have been very reliable and I do make use of attached external drives for additional shared storage. Firmware updates have installed without a hitch as well. NOTE: External drives formatted by the Tera Station will format in the Linix format not NTFS. This has no effect on the network shared storage but does matter if you want to move the drive to a Windows box later.
The Terastation has been great8/29/2006
I've been using my terastation for about a year or so now and it's been GREAT! Absolutetly no problems, and great performance for my needs. I run Gigabit and get just that. I run multiple Virtual Machines directly over the Network (images stored on the terastation), works great!! Now that the price has dropped, I am considering buying another!
Slow but stable4/17/2006
I have been using this device for almost a year now, with 0 problems. Other than the speed (only 100Mbps even over a 1Gbps link) and clunkyness of the user management features, I really don't have any complaints - its XFS file system recovers nicely from power-failure situations. I look forward to trying out their new SATA array as that MAY address some of the performance issues of this one.
Two Bad Experiences in a Row3/13/2006
While easy to set up and ran great while it still worked, this server didn't make 30 days before it quit. The first indication that it was failing was it switched itself off overnight, even though it was running on a more than adequate UPS. After rebooting it would run for awhile, then switch off. The last time on reboot it ran its diagnostics then couldn't get out of that mode. And now about the buy.com's return experience. They did take it back, I opted for replacement, anybody can make a lemon. I had bought a new unit but was returned a scratched-up, opened, yellow-stickered, obvious refurb. If I had bought a refurb in the first place I wouldn't complain. But I bought a new unit and should have gotten the same in replacement. Don't even know if this one works, I sent it back for a full refund. Buyer beware.
do not buy this box of crap if you are storing vid3/11/2006
I was looking for a low-cost box to store my collection of ripped DVD's. Unfortunately, this box doesn't provide adequate data transfer speeds for video files. They company will state that streaming video streams at 3mb a second, which I've not been able to duplicate. My transfer speeds are .4mb/sec. I'm very disappointed with this purchase - a complete waste of $800.00. Please google this product to see this is a common problem for everyone who buys this product.
Buffalo TeraStation NAS2/22/2006
The TeraStation is a great idea for data backup and highly available storage. I was looking for a RAID 5 NAS unit for backing up my important files that I can keep on-line across my network. Everything was working as described in the manual, but I could not see it on my network managed by my Linksys WRT54G v1.0 router. Buffalo Tech said that others have reported problems with Linksys products. I attached it to another network with an SMC 2804WBRP-G router. The TeraStation worked fine.
Works like a charm!1/10/2006
We use this as a simple backup data storage device in my small office and it works perfectly for that. The fact that it's networkable and you can map it's drive(s) makes it very easy to send backup data too.
Lowcost Redundant Storage... Nice!!1/9/2006
I'm a professional photographer and have a great deal of digital files that must be archived. http://www.slocumfam.com As you would imagine, this takes a great deal of storage space. This unit was simple to install and get running in the home office. The built in RAID makes for affective redundancy while still providing up to 750GB of storage (some is dedicated to redundancy). User management and access might be tricky for users not familiar with networking but for those of us acustomed to working in a networked environment it was a snap. The only drawback is a less than stellar write speed. But, built in RAID and a terabyte of space for $699! Who cares?
Perfect with Mirror Folder12/13/2005
Works well. I've had mine for about 12 weeks and have never looked at it since I set it up. (It sends me email everyday.) I only use it with a product called Mirror Folder (http://www.techsoftpl.com/backup/) which does real-time automatic backups of selected data from my workstations to the Terastation. This is an excelent combination. I would not recommend it in an environment where file access security is an issue. The access control system and domain integration are clunky at best. For me, the read/write performance is on the slow side. As such, I would not try to use if high IO speeds are important. In spite of those to caveats, I find it a great value and highly recommend it in the right situation.
The perfect "Data Vault"11/7/2005
The product is excellent for its price and function but moving large amounts of data to it is slow. I do not and would not use it as an active drive for databse or application or anything that requres constant PC to array communications, but as a fault tolerent RAID5 backup device it is perfect, the perfect DATA VAULT. It is invaluable for photographers, videographer, musicians or anyone else who needs gigs and gigs of fault tolerent sorage.
We use this with our AVID Xpress Pro Video Editing software with a simple gigabit switch($40) and with jumbo frames turned on. WHat else can you expect from NAS drive. If this didnt work for us we would have spent atleast $8000 dollars and make a SAN.
Misleading claims of functionality and slow suppor10/10/2005
My biggest problem with the Terastations is that they mislead the consumer (myself) into thinking they are buying network storage that has NT4 domain support. The marketing materials say they support this but currently they do NOT. I received an email today from their tech support that said: "Buffalo is working on adding support but this will be in the form of a firmware update. Until then, you can work around this by entering your domain name in the Workgroup field of the TeraStation and manually entering your user information." This is unacceptable to me. I bought this because they claimed that: "Domain support to allow import of your current Groups and Users from an NT4 Domain." It does not have this functionality currently. Sure it MAY or may not be included in future firmware updates but I wouldn't count on it. Additionally, the documentation that ships with the product is worthless. It basically repeats the marketing stuff or tells you the obvious. The tech support is extremely slow. Count on days passing before getting an answer.
So far so good...4/3/2005
I use this as the MP3 server from which TiVo reads my music files. Of course the real test comes with time: Does it stay up and perform well without issue? It's been great for the 3 days I've had it running so far. The first unit I received from another vendor. With it I did a factory reset and the web pages turned to Chinese characters. Tech support was helpless. They didn't even know how to do a factory reset. Later online I found docs on how to change it back to English, but they didn't work. I returned the unit and got this one from Buy.com. Good parts... It's easy to setup and fast transfers over my network. Bad parts... So far I have only one tiny complaint. You can't create users with blank (null) passwords. If I turn on "access controls" then all users need passwords. Since all the PCs in the house have no WinXP passwords, it would be great if TeraStation would allow the XP username, but no password. This way we could all connect seamlessly (no authentication prompt) while some users would have read-only access. Oh well... P.S. The right side of the unit is a little beat up. Buffalo doesn't pack these well. The internal screws are sort of pushing creases through the metal on the side of the unit. But it's so trivial that I'll just keep it as. The next one might always be worse.