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Buffalo LinkStation Live 1TB MultiMedia Network Attached Storage with Built-In BitTorrent Client

Released on 17 November 2008

Manufacturer: Buffalo

4.0 out of 5 (12 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Buffalo LinkStation Live is a network attached storage built in DLNA server, designed for home networking that enables data and digital media to be easily shared and streamed across a home or business network.

Dependable, silent, and easy to install. Seamlessly store and share your music, photos, and videos with LinkStation Live with Bittorrent. Easily stream your favorite music and videos directly from LinkStation Live to a PC, Mac, or DLNA media player. Password protect files for added security and use Memeo to automatically backup precious data for ultimate protection. Share a printer with other users or add a DriveStation for increased capacity. Access and share your multimedia collections from anywhere at anytime using Web Access. The user-friendly LinkStation Live makes sharing simple.

Memeo Backup Software:
Memeo backup software for PC and Mac is available on all Buffalo Network Attached Storage devices.
This software allows you to securely store, track and share data files such as music, photos, presentations, etc. while you manage and preserve those files for additional data security. Memeo solves the technical, time and cost issues that keep consumers and small business customers from backing up digital content and important business files.

Secure Lock Ware
In today's world of digital storage, ensuring data confidentiality is a necessity. Buffalo Secure Lock Ware is a free software security tool which offers a range of security options to encrypt your confidential data. Be it lost, stolen or illegally accessed, Buffalo Secure Lock Ware has you covered!

Secure Lock Ware offers two security options: (1) Drive Encryption (2) File/Folder Encryption

Bonjour
Apple Bonjour enables automatic discovery of computers, devices, and services on Computer networks.

BitTorrent Certified
BitTorrent is the global standard for distributing high-quality files over the Internet. You can begin your download and then turn your computer off while your TV shows or Music tracks download. With thousands of newly-released movies, TV shows, music tracks, and popular PC games available for download, you can easily find what you want, when you want it.

The Advantage of this feature is two fold, the first being that powerconsumption of the unit is sub 25 Watts per hour compared to over 200 Watts per hour on a standard PC. The second being that most PC hard drives are not designed for the volume of usage they expirrence when downloading and hence shorten the lifespan of the drive within the computer.

Buffalo Web Access
Buffalo's unique Web Access feature allows you to access your pictures, music, or other files through your PC, Mac or iPhone from anywhere in the world! No software is necessary and minimal configuration gets you started!

This feature allows both download and upload of your Data any where in the world.

DLNA Certified
The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is an international, cross-industry standard designed to enable communication between your various consumer electronic products, and mobile devices. Therefore enabling easy media streaming between devices.

Your DLNA certified personal computer, consumer electronics and mobile devices communicate with each other and link together to form an interoperable network.

Time Machine
Time Machine is a Mac back up utility, like many backup utilities, creates incremental backup of files that can be restored at a later date. It allows the user to restore the whole system, multiple files, or even a single file.

1TB HDD Holds:

  • Up to 284,000 digital photos
  • Up to 250,000 songs (MP3)
  • Up to 24,000 songs (uncompressed CD quality)
  • Up to 76 hours of Digital Video (DV)
  • Up to 400 hours of DVD quality video
  • Up to 120 hours of HD video
  • Key Features:

    • With Web Access you can store, share and access files from any web browser
    • Use Web Access for iPhone to access the digital library on your LinkStation across the Internet
    • Built-In Media Server connects to DLNA compatible digital entertainment devices
    • One touch transfer of media files from digital camera/camcorder with Direct Copy feature
    • Seamlessly integrates with iTunes 7 and allows you to access your music files on the LinkStation from your iTunes software
    • Supports Apple Time Machine
    • Built-In BitTorrent Client
    • Eco Friendly Power Saving Mode (PC Interlocking Power System/Schedule Power Management System)
    • Built-in print server to print documents from anywhere on your network
    • Easy setup does not require drivers
    • Supports UPS connectivity via USB port
    • Expand storage by adding a USB 2.0 hard drive
    • Includes Memeo AutoBackup Software for Windows or Macintosh
    • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet with JumboFrame support
    • Access your data from any Windows or Macintosh computers

    Main Specifications:

    • Device Type: NAS server
    • Host Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet
    • Total Storage Capacity: 1 TB
    • Width: 4.5 cm
    • Depth: 15.6 cm
    • Height: 17.5 cm
    • Weight: 1.1 kg
    • Built-in Devices: Print server
    • Type: Serial ATA - integrated
    • Controller Interface Type: Serial ATA-150
    • Supported Devices: Hard drive
    • Type: Standard
    • Capacity: 1 x 1 TB
    • Interface Type: Serial ATA-150
    • Spindle Speed: 7200 rpm
    • Type: Network adapter - integrated
    • Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
    • Network / Transport Protocol: TCP/IP, NTP, FTP, SMB
    • Remote Management Protocol: HTTP
    • Network Services Compatibility: FTP, Server Message Block (SMB), HTTP
    • Features: Print server, FTP server, BitTorrent Client
    • Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab, DLNA CERTIFIED
    • Interfaces: 1 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A, 1 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45
    • Power Device: Power supply - internal
    • Voltage Required: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
    • Power Consumption Operational: 17 Watt
    • Software Included: Memeo AutoBackup, Apple iTunes 7
    • OS Required: Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows Server 2008
    • Service & Support: 1 year warranty

    customer Reviews

     Average rating (12 reviews)

     You have to be patient but it could be worth it...

    | | See all Rhyddin's reviews (1)

    I was, first of all, very impressed with the delivery time - Well done Play!

    The drive itself is very small and aesthetically pleasing sat on the cabinet. I am planning on using it with a Mac predominantly and am awaiting delivery of a Sonos multi room system so this will also be a major element of it's duties and the reason that I went for a NAS over a cheaper USB hard drive. Setting the drive up on the network was easy enough and the software installed onto the Mac quickly.

    The problems started when I started trying to transfer the 200+gb of music, photos and videos off my Mac onto the drive so that the Mac book downstairs could access them too (and of course the Sonos when it comes). The drive kept losing the network connection mid-transfer and so I had to keep restarting. Bearing in mind the size of the transfer, it meant that hours would pass before it would fail. This proved to be very frustrating. I tried all sorts to fix this, for example hard wiring the Mac directly to the router to take the wireless connection out of the equation, but it did not help. Eventually, I thought that I would try something unexpected: I blew the dust off my PC and turned it on. It immediately saw the drive and I went ahead and installed the software. The PC seemed to do a great deal more during the install and suddenly the drive started responding as I had hoped that it would all along!

    Right now, it is a third of the way through transferring my 12,000 iTunes tracks from my Mac and so far, so good! It is not fast but as long as it reads it back at a good speed I don't mind.

    In conclusion, if this works, this will be absolutely fantastic and worth every penny. My advice to anyone thinking of buying this is go ahead but, whether you plan to use it with a Mac or PC, use a PC to set it up! It will save you hours. I anticipate (optimistically) that it will be a must-have for anyone with a home wireless music set-up as I won't have to power up any computers to enjoy my music in future. Fingers crossed!

     Excellent piece of kit

    | | See all baz8755's reviews (1)

    This machine has solved all my media streaming problems for my lounge. It serves my PS3, Xbox, Amplifier & TV with all the audio/video requirements I need via its DLNA media server.

    It also acts as a backup device for all my PC's.

    It has power management so can be told to shutdown at night and power up in the morning.

    I have a few very minor niggles but nothing that would stop me whole heartedly recommending it to anyone

     Better than expected

    | | See all MasterM's reviews (2)

    I've had a few networkable hard disk based media players and storage devices in this past, but nothing like this.

    We have this plugged into our wireless N router under the wardrobe in the spare bedroom. Transferring files to the device is a doddle. Once we'd setup the drive from my desktop PC, we could easily transfer files to it from any PC laptop by simply mapping a network drive to it, without installing any more software.

    The torrent client on the server is a slightly cut down version of Utorrent, which I already use, so was already familiar with the interface. The Utorrent scheduler is super if you have timed broadband bandwidth usage limits, which we have with Virgin Media.

    Streaming movies from the server wirelessly to our Wifi Blu-Ray (BDP-S570B) couldn't be easier as the Blu-Ray found the server on the network on it's own.

    The only very minor niggles I found were:
    1. moving files about on the server. Might be a Windows thing, but permission requests popped up a few times per file I wanted to move or rename. This usually goes away and my changes take effect after a few clicks.
    2. The folder structure baffled me a little at first when I wanted to stream media. Then I realised anything I wanted to stream should be put in the "share" folder. This doesn't appear in the instructions anywhere.

    Another point to mention is that the transfer speed on my setup from PC to server is just under 3MB per second. This may be due to using an N router with a non N wireless card in my PC, so maybe nothing to do with the server itself.

    Lastly: I ordered this about 2pm and it arrived the next day!! Blimey!!

     Excellent

    | | See all Holodeck's reviews (1)

    I love it. I wanted this to serve media to my playstation and also act as a bittorrent client. Its been working perfectly over the weekend and looks like its been a great purchase. I can also check the progress of the downloads via my iphone while sitting on the sofa!!! Great!

     Great purchase

    | | See all RTovey's reviews (1)

    I bought one of these a few weeks ago and it does the job really well.

    It was easy to set up out of the box once I had installed the latest firmware and now works perfectly with my Mac, PC, Xbox, iPhone and iPad.

    It works great with iTunes pointing at the Linkstation where I have moved all of my media (which took some time, I would recommend doing this in batches). And the apps for iPhone and iPad are great for on the move.

    Setting up the Xbox was easy and now I can stream photos, music and video straight to the Xbox with no lag.

    The only niggle I would have would be to do with not being able to set up access controls on sub folders but that isnt the end of the world.

    I would and have highly recommended this to a friend as a great starting point for dealing with media storage at home. Having read a few bad reviews I am keeping a copy of all media on a USB drive just in case.

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