Buffalo HS-DH320GL 320GB Linkstation Live NAS Box - £49.95 @ Ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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320GB NAS box (hang it off your home network). Compatible with Window, Mac, Linux (including Vista, no matter what eBuyer say).

Ideal for backing up your home machines (comes with software) and is a full DLNA Certified media server, so you can feed movies, music and pictures to a player (like the PS3). Will also act as an iTunes server.

Gigabit ethernet connection with two USB ports to hang extra drives off, or to act as a printer server to share your printer with everyone.

Can also be hacked in multiple different directions, with an active community. People have had them doing everything, up to and including being telephone PBXs. You can replace the internal SATA drive with something larger, if you want. See http://buffalo.nas-central.org

Bought mine for £80 only few months ago, and that was already reduced. Spend 5p on something and get free delivery.
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#1
Looks like it can stream to an Xbox too, excellent price. Shame its not a bit bigger though.
#2
Just had this in my basket from scan at 69 with free delivery .. great price .. it is an older model but works well.
Thanks !!
#3
jamesdew;5593179
Looks like it can stream to an Xbox too, excellent price. Shame its not a bit bigger though.

Got an external enclosure connected to the USB port with an additional 500GB drive installed. When the 1.5TB drives hit £75, one of those is going in its place.

Way I run it the internal drive does the backup; even with multiple versions data doesn't take much space. The secondary holds the music, pictures, and critically, the movies. PS3 (or XBox) can act as the DLNA player, and some blu ray players can also manage it as well.

I have bolted in a replacement uPnP server since although the existing one works, it doesn't recognise m2ts files. Other than that, I'm pleased with it and when I get a spare day to hack around it will be acting as a home webserver, mailserver, iPlayer downloader, etc. Its basically a little Linux server you can get in and really tinker with.
#4
sane
PS3 (or XBox) can act as the DLNA player, and some blu ray players can also manage it as well.

I have bolted in a replacement uPnP server since although the existing one works, it doesn't recognise m2ts files. Other than that, I'm pleased with it and when I get a spare day to hack around it will be acting as a home webserver, mailserver, iPlayer downloader, etc. Its basically a little Linux server you can get in and really tinker with.


. . . . . . .. eh?
#5
jerdeber;5593299
. . . . . . .. eh?

One thing you can do with a PS3 (or XBox) DLNA media player is play 1080p content (eg video jukebox). Those files however are in m2ts format and the DLNA media server that comes with the Linkstation doesn't recognise them, so doesn't serve them up to the PS3. Installing uShare on the box, from the community, solved that for free.

Other content, should work OK.

In the same way, you can install other Linux based apps on the box to make it do different things - if that's the way your interest runs.

However if you just want a good NAS backup box, just ignore the hacker stuff, it works fine as is.
#6
Tempted by one of these as I have a spare 750GB drive here and am pretty sure this could come in handy; just not sure I can warrant the £50 right now...

Heat added.

Cheers,

iecuk
#7
sane
Got an external enclosure connected to the USB port with an additional 500GB drive installed. When the 1.5TB drives hit £75, one of those is going in its place.

Way I run it the internal drive does the backup; even with multiple versions data doesn't take much space. The secondary holds the music, pictures, and critically, the movies. PS3 (or XBox) can act as the DLNA player, and some blu ray players can also manage it as well.

I have bolted in a replacement uPnP server since although the existing one works, it doesn't recognise m2ts files. Other than that, I'm pleased with it and when I get a spare day to hack around it will be acting as a home webserver, mailserver, iPlayer downloader, etc. Its basically a little Linux server you can get in and really tinker with.


Sounds very interesting, I wonder how much success could be had installing a bit torrent client. uTorrent is probably out of the question as it uses wine on Linux but transmission could work ok.
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jamesdew;5593494
Sounds very interesting, I wonder how much success could be had installing a bit torrent client. uTorrent is probably out of the question as it uses wine on Linux but transmission could work ok.

Its been done IIRC

Edit: Yup, here it is, with instructions for the techies http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/Transmission_BitTorrent_Client
#9
Great timing. I was looking for one of these. Heat and rep.
#10
I've got the 500GB version and I don't honestly like it really, given the choice, I wouldn't buy it again anyway.
#11
Spark
I've got the 500GB version and I don't honestly like it really, given the choice, I wouldn't buy it again anyway.


Would you mind explaining why?
#12
good price
#13
Just wondering if this would take a 1.5TB - need a replacement for my NSLU2
#14
Sootie
Just wondering if this would take a 1.5TB - need a replacement for my NSLU2


I beleive so, 1gig in mine.

However this isnt as easy to 'hack' as the nslu2 but is much better

400 vs 266 processor
128 vs 32 megs ram

Bit of a beast really
#15
james4747
Would you mind explaining why?


I had a feeling that question would come up.

Well first of all the built in media server is crap and the codec support is poor, it also doesn't sync when it's supposed to so you will often have to wait for quite a while when a new file is added for it to show up on the media server list and running a manual sync is usually ineffective. You can get Twonky for it but it isn't supported anymore and it made my box unstable to the level where one day it just packed up and I needed to restore the firmware and then format the drive to get it working again.

I've gotten around this now by mapping as a drive on my laptop and streaming files through the laptop from the NAS via PS3 Media Server which works great but sort of defeats the object of this as a piece of media kit.

It has been running for a month since then though with no failures and it provides with an automatic status email each morning to report that so I suppose if you're just after a cheap and fairly low power-hungry file server then you could probably do much worse. Don't buy it as a media server though, especially not for a PS3, because you will be disappointed.
#16
Is this UPNP -AV does anybody know, want to use it with Twonky on 360!

Cheers in advance to anybody that can enlighten me,!
#17
Thanks, for the heads up. This will relieve my overworked NSLU2 of streaming divx. Good bit of kit.
#18
ms2005
Is this UPNP -AV does anybody know, want to use it with Twonky on 360!

Cheers in advance to anybody that can enlighten me,!


yeah it's DLNA... eg you can stream directly to n95 (mp3 via homemedia on n95) archos , ps3, xbox 360 . other upnp devices

Reading your post again... it does this without need for twonky
#19
I wouldn't though, due to the points I made above.
#20
abaxas
I beleive so, 1gig in mine.

However this isnt as easy to 'hack' as the nslu2 but is much better

400 vs 266 processor
128 vs 32 megs ram

Bit of a beast really


Sounds good!
#21
Spark;5593977
It has been running for a month since then though with no failures and it provides with an automatic status email each morning to report that so I suppose if you're just after a cheap and fairly low power-hungry file server then you could probably do much worse. Don't buy it as a media server though, especially not for a PS3, because you will be disappointed.

Works fine for my PS3, using the uShare version from the community site. Others install Twonky and that works fine for them. Since the v2.11 firmware update in Jan even the built in server does OK with the PS3.

Your mileage may have varied, but all I can say is I'm not looking around for a replacement.
#22
Twonky did work fine for around 2-3 weeks, almost perfectly in fact, and then fell flat on it's **** and completed ballsed up the partition table, it could have been an install issue at my end, but then again if that was the case then it probably wouldn't have worked at all as opposed to just for a fortnight.

The built in DLNA works to an extent, it just isn't the Media Server which I thought it would be or what Buffalo/Amazon like to say it is.
#23
What is the difference between the linkstation and the drivestation on ebuyer for £60?
#24
i have a kurobox, which is pretty much the hackers version of this but with a lower spec cpu and ide rather than sata. with 266 or 233 mghz processor.

it is the best nas i have, beats my thecus 4 bay (which has a 600mghz cpu, 1gb of ram and is supposedly business grade) hands down, absolutely thrashes it in to the ground.

to upgrade the harddisk:
http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/Upgrade_(or_replace)_the_existing_LinkStation_hard_drive
(it isnt as scarey as it appears)

these are very very good. and £49.95 - a steal!
#25
Can you plug in a external NTFS drive into this NAS and does NTFS read/write work at full USB speed ?
#26
Ice Tea;5594268
Can you plug in a external NTFS drive into this NAS and does NTFS read/write work at full USB speed ?

You can plug in an NTFS drive and read at a slow speed, but IIRC you can't write.

....its a Linux box and likes Linux file systems. FAT work though, its just there are no good Linux NTFS components (probably due to mickysoft restraints).
#27
peterc2609
What is the difference between the linkstation and the drivestation on ebuyer for £60?


Drivestation is the USB version.
#28
peterc2609;5594169
What is the difference between the linkstation and the drivestation on ebuyer for £60?

Drivestations are generally just a USB disk, good for extra storage on a single machine.

Network Attached Storage, like the Linkstation hangs off the network (eg plug it into your router) and allows everyone to use it, as well as doing media server type stuff. Basically its a server. The linkstation is also hackable (as has been mentioned here alot)
#29
Any suggestions what is the cheapest stuff do add for free delivery?
#30
sane
You can plug in an NTFS drive and read at a slow speed, but IIRC you can't write.

....its a Linux box and likes Linux file systems. FAT work though, its just there are no good Linux NTFS components (probably due to mickysoft restraints).


Well it is their technology at the end of the day, if something doesn't support it then that's because the company who created the product aren't happy to pay MS for the license.
#31
anyone know the best place to get a 500 gb one?

Thanks,
EMMA XXX
#32
valentins;5594355
Any suggestions what is the cheapest stuff do add for free delivery?

Found a 35p mouse mat - although I usually use it as an opportunity to stock up on DVD-Rs
#33
sane
You can plug in an NTFS drive and read at a slow speed, but IIRC you can't write.

....its a Linux box and likes Linux file systems. FAT work though, its just there are no good Linux NTFS components (probably due to mickysoft restraints).



Thanks sane but doesn't the NSLU2 read/write to NTFS as standard at full USB speed ?

*Edit*
Found the answer

Q.Can I setup the NSLU2 to use NTFS partitions?

Yes, if you are using either the latest stock firmware from Linksys (2.3R63 and above) or Unslung 6.8. Both allow an NTFS drive to be attached to Port 1.

WARNING: The NTFS driver isn't as stable as it should be. Tests show that the slug will hang when writing to NTFS under moderate to high I/O load. This problem is in the Linksys-provided driver, and occurs in both the native Linksys firmware as well as with Unslung. There's nothing that can be done to fix this, since the source code for this driver is proprietary.

::-(

So i'm now thinking about getting the Bufflo.
#34
I wouldn't worry about the drive you can just swap it out, its a little fiddily but not hard. I have 2 of these very handy.
#35
Ice Tea;5594384
Thanks sane but doesn't the NSLU2 read/write to NTFS as standard at full USB speed ?

*Edit*
Found the answer

Q.Can I setup the NSLU2 to use NTFS partitions?

Yes, if you are using either the latest stock firmware from Linksys (2.3R63 and above) or Unslung 6.8. Both allow an NTFS drive to be attached to Port 1.

WARNING: The NTFS driver isn't as stable as it should be. Tests show that the slug will hang when writing to NTFS under moderate to high I/O load. This problem is in the Linksys-provided driver, and occurs in both the native Linksys firmware as well as with Unslung. There's nothing that can be done to fix this, since the source code for this driver is proprietary.

:(

So i'm now thinking about getting the Bufflo.

Yep, I think the NSLU2 and the Linkstation are basically in the same position - no good Linux NTFS packages out there that are fully function, fast and stable. To be honest it hasn't been a major issue for me, a bit of read performance is as much as I'll need.
#36
Is this better for £10 more?

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/147873

EDIT: sorry its not a NAS! Its in the wrong section on the ebuyer page.
#37
Thanks again sane

One last question whats the FAN noise like is it much louder than the hardrive spinning ?

Cheers
#38
No, it's very quiet.
#39
Was looking for one... ordered!! Thanks for posting!!
#40
I'm too lazy to mess around with this after reading all the comments about NTFS and such

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