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BUFFALO LinkStation Pro Duo 2-Bay 6 TB (2 x 3 TB) RAID High Performance Network Attached Storage (NAS) – LS-WV6.0TL/R1

BUFFALO LinkStation Pro Duo 2-Bay 6 TB (2 x 3 TB) RAID High Performance Network Attached Storage (NAS) - LS-WV6.0TL/R1

LinkStation Pro Duo LS-WVL/R1 RAID Network Attached Storage hard drive array offers instant storage expansion and file access on your home or home office network and over the Internet. Twice as fast as a standard NAS, LS-WVL features a high-speed, 1.6 GHz processor with DDR3 for maximum transfer speeds up to 72 MBps. Plug it into any network Ethernet port or into the back of your wireless router and access it on any networked computer in your house. While on the go, use Buffalo’s free Web Access service for remote access to your files over the Internet from any standard Web browser, on select Android phones and download the free Web Access i apps from the App Store to access and share files from your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Included Nova BACKUP Professional software for Windows and Time Machine support provide a whole home backup solution for every PC and Mac on your network. LinkStation Pro Duo makes central storage and backup easy.

  • High performance 1.6 GHz processor
  • Web Access App for your iPhone, iPod or iPad
  • Nova BACKUP for Windows PCs
  • Time Machine support for Macs
  • High speed 70MB/s file transfer rate
  • Bit Torrent Client
  • Direct copy from your USB Hard Drive or camera

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Question by zdmatty: How to password protect a Buffalo Airstation?
I have a buffalo airstation and i lost the CD, this isnt the first time using it, but it is on this laptop. I would like info on where to go to be able to encrypt it. thanks

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Answer by Dunbar Pappy
Wireless Router settings:
With a CAT5 cable hooked to the router; open a browser; in the address bar type 192.168.X.X (look in user manual for exact address for administration interface address) & find the Settings for Security (or similar):

Set for WPA (or WPA2 if your computers support this level) & AES.
(Use WEP only as a last resort: it’s apprentice work to crack).
Turn off ‘SSID’ broadcast (be sure to give your router a new name (nothing obvious!) & write it down; it will be needed to ‘Add’ your wifi network);
Disable: UPnP & QoS (unless using VoIP or gaming);
Enable: Router management username & bulletproof passphrase (not the same as Internet access password, which would be the PSK (pre-shared key)).
PSK’s should be over 7 characters; letters & numbers (mixed), not words.
Put this # on tape & put on the top of the router for easy access.

Note: Mac address filtering will prevent freeloaders, but will not deter committed hackers. Mac addresses are on the front end of packets, therefore un-encrypted & easily copied and used to ‘spoof’ packets; enabling a ‘man in the middle’ attacks.

You might want to also set (in ‘Connections’) as ‘always connected’ to prevent disconnects when there is no activity to or from the Internet.

Computer settings:
If you’re using Windows to configure your Wifi, go to Control Panel> Wireless Network Connections> Wireless Networks tab; here you’ll need to identify all wifi networks your system ‘sees’, and “Add” your newly named network which will NOT show unless you do; then for your own (or preferred) network, highlight it, then ‘move up’ to the top of the list: then, go to ‘Advanced’ button, tick ‘access points only’ and uncheck ‘Automatically connect to non-preferred networks’>close> OK

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  1. 76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Robust hardware. Not for the technologically faint-of-heart and DLNA not great…, March 23, 2011

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    Seven month update: rating change to 4 stars (from 5 stars) for due to support web site usability for firmware and utility software updating (the utility software is for the Windows GUI environment; the firmware is for the NAS device itself).

    Solid 5 stars for backup and network data access.

    As part of a recent Windows re-install on my desktop computer, I checked for updates to the firmware and user interface utilities. It was relatively easy to find that newer versions of both were available on Buffalo’s support site. The discovery, however, is where the “easy” ended.

    In order to download the utility software, users must provide both a model number a serial number in a web form. If you no longer have the product box, you’ll have to turn the unit upside down to find the serial number sticker (and you’ll certainly want to power down the machine before doing so!). There are three separate bar codes and numerical labels on the bottom of the unit:
    –the MAC address (labeled as such)
    –a serial number (mixed letters/numbers beginning with the model name, and labeled “F-S/N”…presumably the serial number needed for the software download
    –an unlabeled bar code with 14 numbers.
    Surprisingly, the *unlabeled* number is the one needed to proceed with your download.
    While this is very counter-intuitive, my call to their toll-free number was answered in one ring (and with just two voice menu options) by a knowledgeable tech who clued me in patiently and quickly on which number to use (the unlabeled one, of course!).

    One the firmware and software was downloaded, the updates were painless.
    -Firmware: extract the zipped download file, select the only executable file present, and enter a password when prompted (after the updater discovers the NAS on your network).
    -Utility software was a standard application install in a Windows environment.

    Six months after this NAS arrived, I added a DLNA-compliant, Internet-enabled Sony HDTV to my hardware mix. I was looking forward to streaming video, images and music from the NAS to the TV and its connected A/V receiver. Beware: your total count of DLNA-enabled files is limited to 30,000. Trust me: exceed this and you will NOT have a happy DLNA experience. Get under that cap, and it’s relatively straightforward to set-up the service on the NAS and access it via the DLNA-compatible device. The file count limit was found not in the NAS user guide (or elsewhere on Buffalo’s support site that I could find); fortunately, it was clearly presented in –of all places– the TV’s embedded interactive guide.

    DNLA bottom line: videos and music are cataloged and available for streaming with no problem…but it can’t properly navigate designated images. Go figure. So: it works for 2/3 of the media categories its supposed to support.

    Original review content:

    If you take your data backups seriously, you might already have a big pile of external hard drives…and maybe some hard drive enclosures. This is probably a pile that grew as your digital music, photo and video holdings increased and the cost of mass storage decreased.

    Transitioning to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution might help reduce your backup hardware clutter while offering access to your files from multiple computers in a wired or wireless network. Buffalo Technology’s Linkstation Pro Duo WS-WV2.0TL/R1 is a strong candidate for such a backup and networked data storage solution.

    But, be prepared before you plunge: this is not a choice for the technical novice. While most users can probably work through this machine’s core functions without great heartache, before spelunking in even its most common options, you should already be confident in understanding how storage devices interact with wired and wireless networks, and be prepared to make fundamental decisions about disk file format and Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) setup options. If these skills aren’t in your comfort zone: large capacity hard drives are very affordable these days. Just addd some more of the size you need to accommodate your current and near future holdings, connect them internally or externally, get them running with a decent automated backup application, and free up the brainpower you’d devote to NAS administration for other tasks:-)

    If you feel you do have the technical cred to become an NAS maven, then read on.

    The hardware for this unit is substantial. Two SATA hard disk drives (HDD) are mounted vertically in trays behind the removable front cover; no tools are required for installation or removal. Mine arrived with two…

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  2. 33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Solid NAS for RAID1 backup and file streaming!, January 26, 2011
    K.M. (Alaska) –

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    I purchased this NAS for a mirrored backup of my data and to stream pictures, music and videos to a PS3 and a couple of laptops. It works great for these tasks. Setup was easy. I gave the NAS a static IP address, updated the firmware, changed the drives from RAID0 to RAID1 and setup a media server. It only takes a few clicks to change the RAID configuration through the web interface, but the actual re-sync can take hours. You can still use the drive during this process. It took 95 minutes to transfer 135GB to the NAS using a gig network. It bounced between 20-30 MB/sec, but the overall average was about 1.4 GB/min. Single file transfer rates are much faster, less than 30 seconds for a 1GB movie. That’s plenty fast for me. Noise levels were on par with two hard drives spinning at full speed. The unit is silent at idle.

    The PS3 and two laptops on my network (all wireless) see the NAS without any issues. Media Player and iTunes stream music from the drive without any lag. The PS3 takes up to 5 seconds to start playing a song, but that’s a well documented PS3 wireless issue. Once playing there is no lag. Auto backups from two laptops and a desktop work great using SyncBack. I didn’t install the bundled NOVAbackup software so I’m not sure how well that works.

    For me the Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo is the perfect balance of price and performance. For 2 6 0 dollars you get a 1.6GHz CPU, 256MB DDR3 RAM, 512kb flash, Gigabit NIC and two 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 hard drives. Not a bad deal. The 1.6GHz QNAP and Synology enclosures are faster, but almost twice the price after you buy the hard drives. The less expensive D-Link, Iomega and Netgear dual drive enclosures are slower in the reviews I read. Similar to the older Buffalo LinkStation Duo.

    Overall I’m very happy with this product and would recommend it.

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  3. 21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent UPNP/DLNA Video Server, March 4, 2011
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    I purchased the Buffalo Technology LinkStation Pro Duo 4 TB (2 x 2 TB) RAID NAS to stream videos to my home Linux settop boxes and remotely to my Linux touchscreen netbook via VPN. This LinkStation is DLNA certified so I felt very confident it would work with those UPNP/DLNA clients.

    – About the footprint of a small toaster and half the height.
    – Cool temp and quiet operation.
    – Consumes just 45 watts so a UPS on it will last a long time.
    – Gigabit ethernet (my home net is Gigabit).
    – Web Interface does almost everything.
    – Preconfigured for Raid 0 (optimized for speed) and the XFS filesystem.
    – Lots of built-in software to support squeeze and even a MySql server.
    – Excellent streaming performance with Boxee Box and XBMC.

    – Drive noise is sometimes audible.
    – Can’t be initially setup without Proprietary client (see below).
    – Settings not restored after a drive check.
    – Start up and shutdown are a little slow.
    – Sometimes “sleeps” so initial connections can take slightly longer.

    Getting the LinkStation operational was a little challenging. The initial setup client is a Windows program. I keep a sacrificial Win XP box around for just such situations. I switched on the NAS for the first time, and installed my windows client on the same network. Unfortunately, the NAS defaults to an IP/Mask not compatible with my home network which made it unreachable. But the Windows client allows you to temporarily “zap” the IP to whatever you like, so that was the first thing I did – assign it an arbitrary unused IP on my home net (like or something).

    Next, I connected to its Web console and gave it a permanent static IP address and mask on my LAN so that I could always locate it easily.

    Now that it was reachable, I downloaded the current rev of the firmware along with the Windows loader program. It found the NAS and upgraded it without incident. I was then able to connect from my Linux desktop via the web interface, and had no further need for the Windows client.

    The web interface is excellent with lots of well-organized pages and menus to control every aspect of the NAS. The first thing I did was change the admin password, of course, and add a user account. Set the Windows Share workgroup. NTP time sync is oddly set to a DNS name in Japan which won’t work. I reset it to the IP of an NIST server in Chicago (yes, it expects an IP address — not a DNS name). It synched up fine. Then I went to the system menu and performed a disk check to auto-fix any drive anomalies. After that completed, I was ready to load data.

    When you turn on the drive it doesn’t start immediately. It must boot/shutdown like a pc does. Be patient. When the blue light on the front of the drive stops flickering, it’s ready to use. The on/off switch has a 3rd position called “auto”. This allows the drive to hibernate and to wake up when it senses a connection from the proprietary Windows client. This feature is useless to me as a Linux user, so I only use “on” and “off”.

    You can load data using a USB drive or the network. The USB interface loads all the data from the drive to a preset location. I chose to use the network because I wanted to organize and weed the data as I loaded it, and some of my files were too large to fit on my FAT32 formatted USB drive.

    I can connect to the NAS using Samba from OpenSuse, Ubuntu, and Mint (and of course, Windows). But only after I figured out that I must use the Share Name “share” in the connection arguments, otherwise the connection hangs after the password prompt. File transfer is fast and flawless.

    One minor annoyance, if you perform another disk check (I do this at least once a week), the Media Server is, of course, disabled. It must be enabled manually again via the Web console when the check completes. The Media Server gets an error on startup telling you to update something that always fails. You can ignore this — it works fine without it. Shares are auto-enabled by default.

    UPNP/DLNA video streaming is excellent. The LinkStation advertises itself via UPNP as expected. My video content is encoded as H.264 Mpeg4 with metadata interleaved every 500ms. I have a mix of resolutions at 480p, 720p, and 1080p. Both Boxee Box and XBMC play all perfectly. My Nokia N900 phone can see the LinkStation too, and play the 480p when connected by WiFi. The LinkStation does not do transcoding.

    For remote access to my home network, I use NeoRouter Pro. I have 60Mb/sec down 5Mb/sec upstream service. The LinkStation doesn’t have a client for NeoRouter and so cannot be exposed directly to VPN. UPNP/DLNA port forwarding is notoriously finicky, so I use a different approach. On my home NeoRouter gateway machine (Linux), I simply connect to the NAS using Samba (mount it as a Windows share), then expose it…

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