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Networked attached storage box from Buffalo. Provides:
* 750GB of storage on your home network for backing up of all your home computers
* DLNA media server functionality, store you movies, videos, music, pics, and playback with PS3 or Xbox, etc.
* Printer server, hang your printer off it so it can be used by all PCs
* Access your files remotely
This unit is easily hackable to give you what is essentially a small, power-friendly server for your network, allowing such uses as:
* Mail server
* Web server
* Torrent Downloader
* Asterisk Telephone PBX server
* Newsgroup downloader
etc.

And should you want more space, the internal hard disk can be swapped out for a larger SATA drive (like the 1.5TB in mine). Power supply runs at ~10W in my configuration - low enough you can leave it on 24/7.

This might not be as good a deal as eBuyer's earlier sell off
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/429604/buffalo-hs-dh320gl-320gb-linkstatio
but if you are in the market for external storage it can do so much more than a dumb USB drive.
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#1
Sounds interesting - how would you use it as a Mail server? TIA
#2
1 Like #3
Raspberry;6766971
Sounds interesting - how would you use it as a Mail server? TIA


As described in the previous discussion (referenced above, that I can't seem to turn into a link) most of the answers can be found via http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/Main_Page

Basically you crack open the OS (which is a Debian Linux derivative) and you can then install any normal linux package. You will often find someone has been there before you and step by step instructions exist. A job for someone who knows Linux, but not a major task.

Its not something I have done myself, but others have http://forum.buffalo.nas-central.org/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11721&hilit=+mail+server+
#4
what are the perks over LaCie 1TB Network Space (NAS) Gigabit Ethernet 7200RPM at dabs?
#5
pheasantplucker;6767118
what are the perks over LaCie 1TB Network Space (NAS) Gigabit Ethernet 7200RPM at dabs?

Not familiar with that drive myself, but judging by http://lacie.nas-central.org/wiki/Main_Page the hacking of it to do other tasks is much less developed. It also seems to have less functionality out-of-the-box.
#6
danke
#7
I have one of these and have to say it's the dogs danglies. Running mine with the modded StevieWonder firmware, based on the newest Japanese Linkstaton Pro firmware and loaded with the Bit Torrent client and Twonky media server. The transfer speeds are superb compared to other NAS boxes I've used.

Hot for me.
#8
What morrk said!!!!!

The Steviewonder firmware made something pretty basic and OK'ish, to an awesome piece of kit!!
#9
but it is listed as 100V mains!!
#10
morrk;6767512
I have one of these and have to say it's the dogs danglies. Running mine with the modded StevieWonder firmware, based on the newest Japanese Linkstaton Pro firmware and loaded with the Bit Torrent client and Twonky media server. The transfer speeds are superb compared to other NAS boxes I've used.

Hot for me.

PS there is a new version of the StevieWonder firmware - v2.24 with more functionality. I think v2.25 is nearly ready as well.

Edit: Oops, looks like v2.25 is already out, with Firefly & Fireplay for iTunes/Roku serving.
#11
mallard77
but it is listed as 100V mains!!


So it is! I hope it isn't that as I just bought one as I've been looking for a NAS.
#12
sane
PS there is a new version of the StevieWonder firmware - v2.24 with more functionality. I think v2.25 is nearly ready as well.

Edit: Oops, looks like v2.25 is already out, with Firefly & Fireplay for iTunes/Roku serving.


You have a link for these please mate?
#13
morrk
I have one of these and have to say it's the dogs danglies. Running mine with the modded StevieWonder firmware, based on the newest Japanese Linkstaton Pro firmware and loaded with the Bit Torrent client and Twonky media server. The transfer speeds are superb compared to other NAS boxes I've used.

Hot for me.


Hi Morrk,

A little bit off topic I know, but where can I get info on how I can do all this. I have been looking at getting a replacement ext HDD for a while and was considering going down the route of NAS rather than just another ext drive. I would love to be able to stream my "family movies" to my PS3 and have all my itunes library able to be used across different computers on my network rather than just the main one. You seem pretty clued up on all this, so any info you can give or point me in the right direction would be great.

Cheers
#14
sawboman
Hi Morrk,

A little bit off topic I know, but where can I get info on how I can do all this. I have been looking at getting a replacement ext HDD for a while and was considering going down the route of NAS rather than just another ext drive. I would love to be able to stream my "family movies" to my PS3 and have all my itunes library able to be used across different computers on my network rather than just the main one. You seem pretty clued up on all this, so any info you can give or point me in the right direction would be great.

Cheers


Hi mate,

This particular drive will stream media to your ps3 and I believe also iTunes without having to change anything apart from some minor configuration as it is DLNA compliant.

You just need to connect it to your router, run the install CD, log into the drive using the web config page, it's really easy to set up. I would however suggest upgrading the firmware to the latest on the Buffalo website as I remember the older firmwares were a little flaky with the PS3 connection. This has now been resolved in 2.11.

http://www.buffalo-technology.com/support/getfile/?HS-DHGL_211_101b.zip
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morrk;6768452
You have a link for these please mate?

To quote StevieWonder's posting:
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/1293/wipk.jpg
http://img70.yfrog.com/img70/881/firefly.png
http://img70.yfrog.com/img70/5901/fireplay.png

http://www.mediafire.com/file/mhactmymmz0/LS-DHGL_FW_225-shmod5.rar

Firmware 2.25

Fixed missing de.js for bittorrent for german users that buffalo didnt include
Had a quick mess with the firefly interface to try and make it slightly less ugly/more functional
Removed unneeded files in firefly interface folder
Added FirePlay
Changed firefly scan time to 24 hours

ip:9025 = FireFly
ip:8080 = Bittorrent
ip:9000 = WebAxis
ip:9050 = Twonky
1 Like #16
sane
To quote StevieWonder's posting:


Top man, thanks very much.

Repped.
#17
this are wicked, i got some 320gb versions when they were £50 and I have the hacker version "kurobox". I use these as backup/web/ftp/sql/mail/sms/media streaming/security/torrent and home automation controllers. my first lasted 5 years, with only the hd failing (easy and cheap to fix).

if you install debian on this and take the time to learn it you will not be disapointed
#18
Does this support time machine on macs?
#19
morrk
Hi mate,

This particular drive will stream media to your ps3 and I believe also iTunes without having to change anything apart from some minor configuration as it is DLNA compliant.

You just need to connect it to your router, run the install CD, log into the drive using the web config page, it's really easy to set up. I would however suggest upgrading the firmware to the latest on the Buffalo website as I remember the older firmwares were a little flaky with the PS3 connection. This has now been resolved in 2.11.

http://www.buffalo-technology.com/support/getfile/?HS-DHGL_211_101b.zip


I have also been considering the same as morrk.
I am currently streaming from a mac with an Ext HDD via Rivet, as connect 360 will not allow use of the HDD. I find it a bit of a pest as it stops and i have to resume a lot.

Will i get the same probs with this sort of set up? i want something so that it can be accesses from several xboxes and a ps3 throughout the house, but i want something seamless that will play movies in full.

Plus in addition to this, will it affect my internet speeds? or does it work purly on my house network?
Also i noticed an earlier comment about DL will it DL direct to the HD?
#20
mike_6480;6773982
Does this support time machine on macs?

I think it can be made to work, something about NOT sharing to the same disk at the same time - basically because Time Machine has a bad rep for non-apple hardware.
#21
skellysgirl;6774381
I have also been considering the same as morrk.
I am currently streaming from a mac with an Ext HDD via Rivet, as connect 360 will not allow use of the HDD. I find it a bit of a pest as it stops and i have to resume a lot.

Will i get the same probs with this sort of set up? i want something so that it can be accesses from several xboxes and a ps3 throughout the house, but i want something seamless that will play movies in full.

Plus in addition to this, will it affect my internet speeds? or does it work purly on my house network?
Also i noticed an earlier comment about DL will it DL direct to the HD?


No idea about multiple boxes at once, but its a gigabit interface and can handle a stream of 12Mbit/s HD movie fine. Not sure where things start hitting the limits, its probably a factor of how your home network is setup (eg most routers are 100Mbit max).

Its on your internal home network, so you won't see much impact on the internet connection unless, say, you choose to setup a torrent download that maxs out your download bandwidth. And yes, that goes direct, so you can set it up and leave it - its a server.
#22
Is this V1 or V2 hardware?
http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/LinkstationProLiveDifferences
A second sata port would be very nice.
#23
I have 3 running
all work fine with xbox/ps3
#24
considering value, customer service, unit reliability and expandable functions, I would say
Netgear ReadyNAS > Buffalo > Lacie

Correct me if im wrong, just personal opinion
#25
How does it deal with a usb connected HDD does that become available via the network or will it create a folder called USB and then you have the hassle of mapping the other drive in twonky and anything else you need to configure to use the added storage on the connected HDD.

My current NAS is a nightmare i was just about to convert my Dell vostro into a media server with server03/08 because of rising electric bills and all the noise my main rig has loads of 120mm fans and massive GPU's whining away all night while trying to sleep its like being on a aircraft carrier. My main PC is a complete monster drinking power like a sub station whilst performing all the tasks that any NAS can do and its driving my and the missis mad its just overkill.

I was hoping to get a ReadyNas from Cdiscounts but since ive wanted one they havent had any more in stock, I use to use my Popcorn Hours functionalaty with a HDD installed to provide all these functions but since i upgraded to Virgin 50meg with there new Dlink router i cant seem to get it to connect to usenet or the torrent sites.The best of it is im a network admin and for the life of me i cant understand why the Dlink router is not allowing me access, it wouldnt even allow me to connect my missis netbook wirelessly when i did get it to work everytime she turns her netbook off and on i end up having to mannually force an IP address off it ive even tried disabling the firewall but nothing helps even allowing exceptions or placing the popcorn hour in the DMZ im just wondering if i get one of these im going to have the exact same issues im having with my popcorn hour, i could maybe understand if it was connected wirelessly but its all Cat6.
#26
a usb drive has to be formated as xfs for smb shares
fat32 should work for twonky though but i havnt tested it

then you have to add /usbdisk1 to twonky to scan

its hardly hard work!!

infact steviewonder firmware
already has /usbdisk1 added to twonky

so it should be just a case of plug it in and force a rescan or wait for next
scheduled scan
#27
sane
To quote StevieWonder's posting:


Can you point me to the original SteveWonder post / site?
#28
http://methanoid.blogspot.com/2008/10/bittorrent-power.html

mattyguk
Can you point me to the original SteveWonder post / site?
#29
Is this a bargain? The ebuyer site is saying that there is only £5 discount - but this could be misleading.

I need a NAS drive as i have no space. Is this a good price for a NAS?
I have an old xbox with XBMC. My intention would be to stream movies from the NAS to my xbox to wath on the big screen. Is this a good price for what i need it for or is their better options. Note: My router is buffalo.

PS - i dont have a ps3 - do i need all this Steviewonder software - would it help me?

Thanks in advance for any help.
#30
The spec's don't say anything about Vista compatibility - is anyone using it with Vista?

Also, if I connect this to my wireless router - can I access from any other pc in my house?
#31
Can this act as an FTP server (preferably online)
#32
Just want to point out that this version (GL) doesn't come with bittorrent by default, but the next generation of the linkstation live (HL) does. Like previous people have said, though, it can be hacked to provide this.

And
#33
polly69;6775540
How does it deal with a usb connected HDD does that become available via the network or will it create a folder called USB and then you have the hassle of mapping the other drive in twonky and anything else you need to configure to use the added storage on the connected HDD.

I've done this, and it appears as another disk. Only issue I had is the housing had SD card, etc. slots and these got mapped too. They could be turned off. As shonk says, to work well it needs an XFS file system, although FAT32 will work, and I think you can get it to read, but not write NTFS (MS patent).

Freers;6776394
The spec's don't say anything about Vista compatibility - is anyone using it with Vista?

Also, if I connect this to my wireless router - can I access from any other pc in my house?

Yes and yes.

bulletprooffool;6776454
Can this act as an FTP server (preferably online)

Yes, or you can do web access as well. Think Linux box, anything you would expect to be able to work with one can work with this. You need some system to get the IP address though, since a home IP is not static. A DDNS approach will work.
#34
Hacked implies that it has to be hacked by the end user

The firmware has to be upgraded with a Custom firmware update

or if you are that way inclined you could do it your self
but its alot of work


sputty
Just want to point out that this version (GL) doesn't come with bittorrent by default, but the next generation of the linkstation live (HL) does. Like previous people have said, though, it can be hacked to provide this.

And
#35
Ordered one in the hope of running a usenet downloader on it.
Couple of questions though - is there a 'chump' step by step guide to getting an nzb downloader working from factory brand new state anywhere ? Hopefully specific to this model too. Also can the client support SSL downloading ?
I am an IT tech with some unix experience from years ago so can get around vi and chown etc but not over familiar with linux.

TIA
#36
scav;6777704
Ordered one in the hope of running a usenet downloader on it.
Couple of questions though - is there a 'chump' step by step guide to getting an nzb downloader working from factory brand new state anywhere ? Hopefully specific to this model too. Also can the client support SSL downloading ?
I am an IT tech with some unix experience from years ago so can get around vi and chown etc but not over familiar with linux.

TIA

Try
http://forum.buffalo.nas-central.org/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=9206
#37
Does anyone know how loud this is?

I'm after a NAS but need something fairly quiet.
#38


Thanks for the link sane.

Read through the first post and it links to other sites, read them and they reference others sites and have prerequisites to installing.

I was really after a guide that told you how to get from this linkstation model running with original firmware and on your network to running NZBGet. i.e. start to finish chump guide !
#39
pazman2k
Does anyone know how loud this is?

I'm after a NAS but need something fairly quiet.


i'm interested in the answer to this. Or indeed whether it's easy enough to replace the fan with a quieter one.


scav
Thanks for the link sane.

Read through the first post and it links to other sites, read them and they reference others sites and have prerequisites to installing.

I was really after a guide that told you how to get from this linkstation model running with original firmware and on your network to running NZBGet. i.e. start to finish chump guide !


if you find the solution please make sure to post it as nzb downloads would be pretty important for me too
#40
pazman2k;6778141
Does anyone know how loud this is?

I'm after a NAS but need something fairly quiet.

Admittedly I've swapped out the drive for a 1.5GB one, but I have to be standing next to the box in a silent room to hear the drive spinning. Any other noise and you can't hear it.

I think the fan might actually have started during the heat of summer, but generally its "stop RPM".

I've had PSUs that are more noisy.

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