Buffalo LinkStation Quad 2TB 7200RPM USB 2.0 RAID Network Attached Storage - LS-Q2.0TL/R5

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I purchased this product based on the information provided at Buffalo's site. Little did I know that there is a lot of misinformation on what the product can really do. It doesn't do the following. 1. Provide an easy way to set up Web access. The documentation and tech support is scanty at best. The tech support person I spoke to was impatient and not helpful. 2. Iphone support for this product is vaporware. After I spent a lot of time getting it going, I was only able to access it through the iphone browser and even that only works over Wi-Fi. Over 3G, it times out and basically dosen't work. Looking through their tech forum, it appears this problem has been around since 3/2009. I can't imagine why after marketing this functionality they wouldn't do something to fix it for that long. There have been other surprises that if I had known, I'd have not purchase the product. I am writing this review so people are aware of some of the problems. In short I will not buy another buffalo product. Not with the realization that they are practicing deceitful marketing practices.

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Don't buy

by Anonymous on 1/20/2011

I purchased this product based on the information provided at Buffalo's site. Little did I know that there is a lot of misinformation on what the product can really do. It doesn't do the following. 1. Provide an easy way to set up Web access. The documentation and tech support is scanty at best. The tech support person I spoke to was impatient and not helpful. 2. Iphone support for this product is vaporware. After I spent a lot of time getting it going, I was only able to access it through the iphone browser and even that only works over Wi-Fi. Over 3G, it times out and basically dosen't work. Looking through their tech forum, it appears this problem has been around since 3/2009. I can't imagine why after marketing this functionality they wouldn't do something to fix it for that long. There have been other surprises that if I had known, I'd have not purchase the product. I am writing this review so people are aware of some of the problems. In short I will not buy another buffalo product. Not with the realization that they are practicing deceitful marketing practices.

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Product Overview

Buffalo’s LinkStation Quad offers large, secure and remotely accessible storage for your home or SOHO network-- all with the peace of mind of RAID technology. The LinkStation Quad supports RAID0, RAID1, RAID5 and RAID10. By default the Quad ships in RAID5, continually providing redundancy and protecting your data from potential drive failure. RAID5 also provides the best balance between security and available storage space.

In addition to its RAID drive security, the LinkStation Quad has a snap-off front plate, which gives easy access to the quick-swap hard drives, which allow for a drive replacement without the need for shutting down the unit.

The LinkStation Quad comes loaded with features! With its built-in Web Access feature (optimized for iPhone), you can access your files anytime via web browser from anywhere—best of all, you can also upload files while away from home! A built-in DLNA™ multimedia server allows you to stream multimedia content directly to any DLNA player on your network and the BitTorrent client lets you access and download multimedia files without the need of a PC running during the download. A DirectCopy function enables the Quad to automatically save multimedia files from USB attached storage devices to its internal hard drives.

The LinkStation Quad has a heavy-duty cooling system, which allows the unit to run cool and quite at the same time. The LinkStation Quad is best suited for home and SOHO users who want a reliable RAID 5 NAS, as well as the ability to stream multimedia content to their entertainment devices.

Specifications

Manufacturer Buffalo Technology
Mfg Part# LS-Q2.0TL/R5
SKU 209871915
UPC 747464117348
UPC 14 00747464117348
Features
Simplified File Sharing on Your Home or Small Office Network
Easy Setup Does Not Require Drivers
BitTorrent Server for all of your file sharing needs
Seamlessly Integrates with iTunes® and Allows you to Access your Music Files on the LinkStation from Your iTunes Software
Access all your files via any Web browser from Anywhere
Built-in DLNA CERTIFIED™ server for easy playback of multimedia files to any DLNA CERTIFIED device
Protect Data by Restricting Access With Group and User Level Security
Built-in Print Server to Print Files from Anywhere on your Network. Multi-function printers not supported. Works in Windows only.
Direct Copy Feature Allows you to Quickly and Easily Transfer Photos from a Digital Camera Directly to a LinkStation
Expand Storage by Adding a USB Hard Drive
Scheduled Backup via USB 2.0 to External Storage
Memeo™ AutoBackup Software for Windows PCs Included.
RAID 0 (Striping), RAID 1 (Mirroring), RAID 5 (Parity) and RAID 10 (Striped Mirrors)
Tech Specs
LAN Interface
Standard Compliance: IEEE802.3ab/IEEE802.3u/IEEE802.3 Standard (1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/ 10BASE-T)
Data Transfer Rates: 10/100/1000 Mbps
Connector Type: RJ-45
Number of Ports: 1
Internal Hard Drives
Number of Drives: 4
Drive Interface: SATA
Hard Drive Sizes: 500GB
Total Capacity: 2.0 TB
Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
Supported RAID Levels: 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD
Interface
Standard Compliance: USB 2.0
Connector Type: USB Series A
Number of Ports: 2
Data Transfer Rates: Max: 480 Mbps (High Speed Mode); Max: 12 Mbps (Full Speed Mode)
Protocol Support
Networking: TCP/IP
File Sharing: SMB, FTP, BitTorrent, DLNA
Directory Integration: Active Directory
Management: HTTP
Time Syncronization: NTP
Others
Dimensions (WxHxD in.): 5.91 x 5.91 x 9.01
Weight (lbs): 12.5
Power Consumption (Watts): ~45W (without attached USB devices)
Operating Environment (Fahrenheit): 41-95
Setup Utility OS Support: Windows Operating Systems
Client OS Support: Windows® Vista, Windows® XP, Windows®2000, Windows® Server 2003, Windows® Server 2008, Mac OS® 10.3.9 or later
Power Supply: External, AC100-240V 50/60 Hz
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