Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo NAS drive (4TB)
Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo review: A small, 4TB network storage device with plenty of useful features
- Gigabit Ethernet, RAID 0 or 1, 4TB, built-in BitTorrent client, easy Web access to files, not hard to set up
- Interface could be better, noisy drives
Buffalo's LinkStation Pro Duo NAS device houses two drives for up to 4TB of storage. It can be set to run in RAID 0 or 1 modes and, coupled with its Gigabit Ethernet interface, this means it will be quick to perform network file transfers. It has a good array of features, including lots of server functions and a built-in BitTorrent client. Home users and small business users alike should get plenty of use out of this NAS device.
Price$ 699.00 (AUD)
The Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo is a network-attached storage (NAS) device with a RAID 0 array consisting of two hard drives and a total capacity of 4TB. It's reasonably easy to set up on your home network and it has a wealth of features for advanced users to tinker with.
NASes for the masses: NAS tips for small and mid-sized enterprises.
To get started with the Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo, we recommend downloading the latest version of the Buffalo NASNavigator2 software from the company's Web site, which will allow you to map the drive to your computer so that you can access its content and store content on it in a jiffy. Furthermore, the software allows you to access the drive's Web configuration page.
Techworld Australia secure storage reviews
- Group test: Encrypted external hard drive reviews
- Data Locker Enterprise review
- Data Locker DL3 encrypted hard drive review
- Eclypt Freedom 320GB review
- iStorage diskGenie review
- CMS ABSplus with Data Guard hard drive review
- CMS ABSplus FDE hard drive review
The Web interface isn't pretty, but it has plenty of features for you to play with. Not only can you create folders, users and groups, and set folder attributes, you can also enable the media server, check the status of the RAID array (the drive can be set to use RAID 0 or 1), access the built-in BitTorrent client, enable Web access to the drive and even set up a print server. The drive also has Web server and MySQL server capabilities.
The LinkStation Pro Duo is a black, metal drive that's about 21cm deep and 13cm tall, and it's a reasonably inconspicuous unit when it mingles with the other devices on a typical geek's desktop. In addition to a Gigabit Ethernet port, it also has a USB 2.0 port on its rear, which you can use to either attach USB-based hard drive or a printer, and a panel on the front so that you can easily access its two internal hard drives. One thing that was noticeable about the drives (Seagate ST32000542AS drives) is that they made a fair bit of noise when seeking and writing data. The fan in the NAS also meant that there was a constant whir coming from it, but that wasn't too annoying.
We like the overall usability of the LinkStation Pro Duo. It doesn't have a perfect interface, but we soon got the hang of it; we were able to use most of its features in no time at all. Torrent files can be downloaded directly to the NAS, but you have to open the torrent Download Manager from the drive's Web interface, which in turn opens in another window. To download files, just copy the torrent link into the download manager.
Setting the LinkStation Pro Duo up for Web access was a lot easier than we expected. We were even able to make files accessible over the Web in less than a minute flat by using the BuffaloNAS.com dynamic DNS service. We didn't have to sign up for an account, we simply came up with a name for our drive and in a few seconds a URL for us was created. Remote access to the drive worked like a charm using the created address.
There is so much space available on the Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo, you can dedicate some to back up your computers (Mac users can use it with Time Machine); you can store music and videos on it so that they can be accessed on your phone or through your media streamer (the LinkStation is compatible with DLNA and UPnP devices); you can even use it as a storage location for workers' files in a small office. In saying that, it's better suited to home users, but, nevertheless, it has enough versatility so it may be appealing for business users.
Become a fan of PC World Australia on Facebook
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 2016 Ford Mustang EcoBoost review
- 2 Synology DS216+ Review
- 3 Review: TCL C1 series 4K TV
- 4 Sony 75-inch UHD TV (X9400C) review: Sony and Android are a winning duo
- 5 LG 55EG960T OLED UHD TV
Best Deals on Good Gear Guide
Latest News Articles
- WD's new external drive is the first self-contained, fully portable Plex media server
- How to recover data from a corrupt hard drive or SSD with no backup on Mac: How to delete corrupted files on external Mac drive
- Akitio's combines two speedy technologies in blazing external SSD
- Intel claims storage supremacy with swift 3D XPoint Optane drives, 1-petabyte 3D NAND
- Intel's new super-fast SSDs feature 3D NAND
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCETL Developer - Tableau FocusNSW
- FTSolution ArchitectNSW
- CCITSM ConsultantNSW
- CCOffice 365 Project ManagerNSW
- CCContract IT Assistant (IT Security/IT Audit) 160621/ITA/361Asia
- CCIT Technical Writer- understanding in RDMBS,Web server, StorageNSW
- FTSenior Manager Practice LeadNSW
- CCProject Manager | Experimental military technology | NV1ACT
- CCIntegration ArchitectNSW
- FTNV2 Defence Project ManagerACT
- CCAnalyst Programmer (J2EE/ SQL*PLUS/PL/SQL/PRO*C) 160617/AP/983Asia
- CCServiceNow DeveloperVIC
- FTStorage ConsultantACT
- FTBusiness Analyst/Data Analyst Capability ManagerVIC
- CCAgile Business AnalystNSW
- CCProject ManagerNSW
- FTTableau BI DeveloperNSW
- CCPMO AnalystVIC
- CCSharePoint DeveloperSA
- CCMedia AnalystNSW
- CCSnr IT Project Manager - Contact CentreVIC
- FTFront End .Net Developer (.Net / Angular / Bootstrap)NSW
- CCTechnology and Security ArchitectACT
- FTIT Senior Business Analyst (12M)NSW
- CCSystems Trainer - Networking/ RadioVIC