Buffalo LinkStation Network Storage Center NAS - HDH160LAN

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4.3
Overall Satisfaction
4.3
Value
4.2
Ease of Use
4.2
Performance

I got one of these and it didn't work. Tech support RMA'ed it. The second one works pretty good. I can download MP3's and movies to my mod'd XBOX from it. The firmware is old and needs updating but they don't have it on the website yet. I read it has been missing for a while. Sometimes the web interface dies so no config changed can be made without rebooting. The manual shows great pictures on how to hook it up but not much else. The utils are OK for finding the linkstation but the fonts have some issues. If sleep mode is enabled then you can't backup ever. Sleep mode does not know about weekends so its pretty much useless anyway. The manual is very poor. Like how do I replace the drive if it crashes? When you get a drive from buffalo (a drive station) it still has to be formatted or it just doesn't work for backup or storage. Now shouldn't the manual tell you that. How do I restore backup data from the external backup drive? Why back it up if I can't restore it. I think it needs a few more firmware revisions before it is good and sombody needs to get on the manual. But it does store my data for now. Hopefully I can get new firmware soon.

-Anonymous quote

I received the LinkStation tonight and was eager to get it working. I usually don't read instructions, so I quickly hooked up the power, ethernet and a USB printer (rear port). Plugged the ethernet cable into my linksys wireless router using the default straight through cable setting. I downloaded from www.buffalotech.com the latest manual and drivers. You really don't need any drivers or even the installation disk if you know how to check for a leased DHCP address from your DHCP server (in my case the linksys router). Just simply type in a browser http://assigned-dhcp-ip-address. user name root and password is blank. Go in configure the date and time, configure a new static ip address (I don't recommend ever using a Dynamic IP on a network server). Then change your administrative password. If you are going to user the product as a FTP Server, enable this and set up some more shares. For security reasons I recommend disabbling anonymous log on. Configure user authentication and user group permissions. I didn't try the support for PDC Windows type authentication, but it looks easy to configure. If you are not going to use a windows domain, then make sure you configure your "workgroup" to match your home machines. The default on newer machines is mshome, but you can change it to anything as long as you are consistent. The printer which I had seemed to configure itself. The most difficult part was installing the local print driver, which in Windows XP Professional was fairly simple. I pointed to the manufactures driver, which I downloaded from Brother. My only complaint is that the LinkStation does not support Dynamic DNS. This would be a great feature for those of us that cannot afford a static IP address from our ISP's.

-Andy quote

XBOX can see my files

on 11/1/2004

I got one of these and it didn't work. Tech support RMA'ed it. The second one works pretty good. I can download MP3's and movies to my mod'd XBOX from it. The firmware is old and needs updating but they don't have it on the website yet. I read it has been missing for a while. Sometimes the web interface dies so no config changed can be made without rebooting. The manual shows great pictures on how to hook it up but not much else. The utils are OK for finding the linkstation but the fonts have some issues. If sleep mode is enabled then you can't backup ever. Sleep mode does not know about weekends so its pretty much useless anyway. The manual is very poor. Like how do I replace the drive if it crashes? When you get a drive from buffalo (a drive station) it still has to be formatted or it just doesn't work for backup or storage. Now shouldn't the manual tell you that. How do I restore backup data from the external backup drive? Why back it up if I can't restore it. I think it needs a few more firmware revisions before it is good and sombody needs to get on the manual. But it does store my data for now. Hopefully I can get new firmware soon.

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Easy to configure, worked no problem

by Andy on 11/16/2004

I received the LinkStation tonight and was eager to get it working. I usually don't read instructions, so I quickly hooked up the power, ethernet and a USB printer (rear port). Plugged the ethernet cable into my linksys wireless router using the default straight through cable setting. I downloaded from www.buffalotech.com the latest manual and drivers. You really don't need any drivers or even the installation disk if you know how to check for a leased DHCP address from your DHCP server (in my case the linksys router). Just simply type in a browser http://assigned-dhcp-ip-address. user name root and password is blank. Go in configure the date and time, configure a new static ip address (I don't recommend ever using a Dynamic IP on a network server). Then change your administrative password. If you are going to user the product as a FTP Server, enable this and set up some more shares. For security reasons I recommend disabbling anonymous log on. Configure user authentication and user group permissions. I didn't try the support for PDC Windows type authentication, but it looks easy to configure. If you are not going to use a windows domain, then make sure you configure your "workgroup" to match your home machines. The default on newer machines is mshome, but you can change it to anything as long as you are consistent. The printer which I had seemed to configure itself. The most difficult part was installing the local print driver, which in Windows XP Professional was fairly simple. I pointed to the manufactures driver, which I downloaded from Brother. My only complaint is that the LinkStation does not support Dynamic DNS. This would be a great feature for those of us that cannot afford a static IP address from our ISP's.

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Product Overview

The LinkStation Network Storage Center from Buffalo Technology offers an easy and economic solution to add 160 GigaBytes of network-attached storage via wired or wireless connections. Quick and simple installation allows you to instantly store and share your music, videos, images and other files via a web browser from both PCs and Macs. Offering a built-in print server, the LinkStation simplifies network printing, and with two USB 2.0 ports, an additional hard drive can be added for extra space or backups instantly. Simple setup and maintenance, versatile usage, and a compact design make the LinkStation the "must have" solution for storing and sharing files on your home or small office network.

Specifications

Manufacturer Buffalo Technology
Mfg Part# HDH160LAN
SKU 10377699
UPC 747464109107
UPC 14 00747464109107
Features
Total Number of USB Ports 2
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Product Type Network Storage Server
Manufacturer Part Number HD-H160LAN
Manufacturer Buffalo Americas, Inc.
Product Name LinkStation Network Storage Center NAS
Product Line LinkStation
Brand Name Buffalo
Weight (Approximate) 4.05 lb
Height 2.4"
Width 6.9"
Depth 7.4"
Total Hard Drive Capacity 160 GB
Number of Hard Drives Installed 1
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Tech Specs
Interfaces/Ports 1 x Network / 2 x 4-pin USB 2.0 - USB
Humidity 20 to 80% Non-condensing Operating
Temperature 41°F (5°C) to 95°F (35°C) Operating
Product Type Network Storage Server
Manufacturer Part Number HD-H160LAN
Manufacturer Website Address www.buffalotech.com
Manufacturer Buffalo Technology (USA), Inc
Product Name LinkStation Network Storage Center NAS
Brand Name Buffalo
Additional Information Built-in FTP Server Minimal Power Consumption and Scheduleable Auto-power Off Compact, Aesthetic Design Silent Internal Fan Internal Power Supply
Compatibility Windows Systems Mac Systems Linux Systems
Network Cards 1 x Fast Ethernet IEEE 802.3u 10/100Mbps
Dimensions 2.40" x 6.94" x 7.40"
Weight (Approximate) 4.05 lb
Form Factor External
Power Consumption 17 W
Hard Drive 1 x 160 GB
Total Storage Capacity 160 GB
Software Included Memeo Backup Software (30-Days Trial)
Standard Warranty 1 Year Limited
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