|TeraStation Duo is Buffalo's dual drive, business-class network storage solution, designed with reliability and performance in mind. It is nearly feature identical to successful TeraStation III, but houses only two hard drives instead of four. The unit's heavy-duty power supply and over-sized cooling system, as well as vastly improved CPU speed guarantee consistent and reliable performance. Incorporating all firmware features presently found in the Buffalo lineup of professional NAS products, the TeraStation Duo highlights Active Directory support, disk quota support, a share level Replication feature and supports port trunking, making it a fitting solution for small to medium sized businesses. Additionally, hardware improvements such as hot swap and dual Ethernet ports add to the list of new features. It is a clear choice for those desiring maximum reliability and robust features.
TS-WXL/1D houses a single hard drive in its dual bay and gives users the option to upgrade the unit by adding a hard drive at any time. This flexibility provides a scalable storage solution that allows users to enable data mirroring or increase the overall capacity as needed.
The video and the list of features along with the price sold me on the product. I purchased 2 of these for my small business - one for the office and one to replicate the data in an alternate location. However, the manual is difficult to understand due to poor English grammar. There exist substantial limitations as far as the "naming" of files and folders and I have to "rename" many existing files. Tera-station "replication" is advertised where a 2nd Tera station mirrors what is written to the 1st. However, the replication does not include users, or passwords, or restrictions. Contrary to what advertising states about "hot-swappable" hard drives, if they are in Raid 1 configuration, the manual states adding a fresh hard drive may cause the data on the one remaining drive to become corrupt. Finally, warranties are voided if you utilize any drives other than those purchased from Buffalo and those are 2-3 times more expensive purchased from Buffalo than from the Internet. I have had these Tera-stations for 2 weeks and they are still not properly configured or fully operational.
Hope this is better than the TS-X4.0TL/R5...9/22/2010
We have the TS-X4.0TL/R5 and it was not this cheap. It took a lot of trial and error to get it to recognize the domain and active directory and it doesn't take much (although I have no idea what) to lose the connection. AD does NOT work over the Internet, so you'll have to add "local" users, at least slightly change the user names from the AD user names and add passwords (I exported my AD, made the changes, created passwords and imported). Users cannot change their own passwords, so changes for the benefit of SOX or S.O.P. are completely manual. It also has problems/conflicts if it is a mapped drive. Even at less than $400, it's too expensive for a 2TB device and too quirky in any case. I'd say $200 is fair for HOME use, because it is so awful at AD. Obviously, Buffalo R&D was running out of time and money, so they released a product that over-promises and under-performs. The result is a more-trouble-than-it's-worth future doorstop.
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