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Not to be confused with a Buffalo DriveStation, this a fully featured NAS box at a great price.

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The easy to use LinkStation Live Multimedia Storage Server is perfect whenever you need dependable network data storage. All computers on your network can share files on this versatile, flexible, and simple NAS. With built-in Web Access feature, you can access your files anytime via web browser from anywhere! In addition to its storage capabilities, it can stream multimedia to a PC, a Mac, a Buffalo LinkTheater, and other DLNA CERTIFIED media players. The LinkStation Live seamlessly integrates with iTunes® 7 and allows you to access your music files on the LinkStation from your iTunes software. Best suited for homes or small businesses who need a central location for files that all devices on the network can share.
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#1
what is the difference between this and a normal ext hard drive?
#2
^ It's a NAS drive. Shares your drive over a network

Does this have a UPnP server? I'm thinking this what the DLNA stuff is but not 100%
#3
This one connects to your internal network rather than your pc and allows you to share files across multiple PC's, media centres, etc. You can even add USB drives to it to increase the storage.

You can connect to it locally with USB, but the Gigabit ethernet port would go to waste then!
#4
RISC
^ It's a NAS drive. Shares your drive over a network

Does this have a UPnP server? I'm thinking this what the DLNA stuff is but not 100%


I believe that's what it is.

Here's the blurb: http://www.buffalotech.com/files/products/LinkStation-Live_DS.pdf

You can attach your USB printer too and use it as a print server too.

For the Penguins out there - it does run Linux. Here's a wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_network-attached_storage_series
#5
As already mentioned this little Baby runs Linux and can be used for all sorts of things.

You can install another Linux Version on it and run a Torrent or a Webcam Server etc.

It aslo has 2 USB Ports and you can just plug a cheap external USB drive into it and use that storage too ;-)
#6
courtster

You can attach your USB printer too and use it as a print server too.


is this a standard feature? any limits?
#7
marcosdjcm
is this a standard feature? any limits?


Says on on that spec sheet above. Should be fine with all USB printers, the print server doesn't need the driver software. Just run the add printer wizard and select network printer and tell the wizard where it's located.
#8
courtster
Says on on that spec sheet above. Should be fine with all USB printers, the print server doesn't need the driver software. Just run the add printer wizard and select network printer and tell the wizard where it's located.

Im more interested in the idea of plugging in USB drives to it, adding them to the network
#9
you can change the firmware on these as you can the NSLU2 units and run almost anything more details here

http://buffalo.nas-central.org/index.php/Main_Page

got one myself, pity i also picked up the Iomega NAS unit which you can't do as much with as there is no third party firmware at this stage
#10
How good are these things? Is it better than the western digital my book?
#11
Quick question... can I upgrade the drive on this?
#12
Out of stock everywhere........:?
#13
Lawlost
How good are these things? Is it better than the western digital my book?


It's a different beast - unless you mean the My Book World Edition? Then it's very similar... But cheaper at this price.

After doing a bit more research on this unit I'm very impressed with the price. I'm gonna install Twonkyvision on mine to stream to my Xbox 360.
#14
Lawlost
Out of stock everywhere........:?


Still got stock in Birmingham - Perry Barr, Birmingham - Castle Vale and Coventry - Alvis Retail Park if that helps someone.
#15
Lawlost
Out of stock everywhere........:?


Not true, just reserved one.
#16
Excellent price would want to do the same as you for streaming to the 360 and original xbox just none in London or Hert, Beds or Bucks :-(
#17
still in stock at Sheffield
#18
I looked at this a few weeks ago, and doing a bit of homework, it has all sorts of problems, especially on Vista networks, where the only solution from Buffalo is to turn off media sharing! Precisely the point of me getting one is.... upnp media sharing to 3 Vista PCs and a media player!

Unless there is a fix in the offing I couldn't find back then.

Flashing the firmware to a 3rd party solution as mentioned here was one option, but to be honest I really was not too sure the right features could be installed to this particular model, and my Linux experience is a bit basic to feel too confident :-(
#19
Looked at these a while ago and for some reason its much slower than the DriveStation so CNET found.
#20
Its a great price if you can get one. None at all within my area and I was looking to get this. It seems alot of shops have or are to stop selling Buffalo equipment so there are a few Buffalo bargains out there that seem to be appearng once in awhile. I think the last one was a 500gb drivestation from play for under £60.
#21
It's worth ringing up to check if they've stock in your local store(s) - the Inverness branch had one left, but wouldn't let me see it or reserve it online.

They also had a couple of the 500GB versions left at £89.99 - although they're not showing on the website for some reason!
#22
Hi
Could I put some xbox games on this and connect it to a router so that I can play them from my original xbox (modded) Does anyone know of alternatives to this make/model that would do the same or a better job for what I need it for? Or,is there an easier way? I have some back up games that I was wanting to put on to an external hard drive so that I can access them with my XBMC but also be able to unplug it and use at my mates as well...Thank you
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I've got a 500gb one of these, and it's very good albeit with reservations. Let me try to address some of the things mentioned above :

I think it does UPnP. DLNA is similar, but designed for other devices that use the DLNA standard. However, in reality it's completely useless - if you activate the DLNA server, the drive churns constantly. Buffalo Tech Support's solution for this? "Turn off DLNA".

As with all NAS drives running Linux of some kind on board, transfers can be very slow indeed. Day to day, this isn't a problem - but if you've already got a few hundred GB of music or video that you want to put on there to be acccessed on the network, you may as well set aside a whole day for it to transfer.

Browser management of the device is ok, but slightly clunky as it usually is for boxes like this.

I've got a printer attached by USB that can be used from the network. I can't get it to work with a mac, and with Windows you can't fully poll the printer status - e.g. ink levels.

All this said, I'm using it to store all my music and video, and I'm connecting various PCs and an Xbox Media Centre to it via the router, and I don't have any problems. I've also attached a 500GB LaCie USB drive to the second USB port, and have it set to do automatic backups weekly. Streaming music wirelessly over the network to a laptop running Winamp is fine *most* of the time, although the iMac upstairs seems to stutter quite a bit playing tracks via AirPort.

Hope this helps.
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Never had an orginal Xbox, but this page looks like it could assist...

http://buffalo.nas-central.org/index.php/XBMC_-_Using_Xbox_Media_Center_with_the_LinkStation
#25
Got one a few months ago, awesome, works perfectly with PS3 as a media server for all dvix films, music etc, and if you install Twonky it works with XBOX 360 as well :) worth every penny!!
#26
You can use this with XBMC, it'll pick up the box like a normal computer.

I didn't know this came with a 350GB drive, pretty neat. hot
#27
coach_mcguirk
All this said, I'm using it to store all my music and video, and I'm connecting various PCs and an Xbox Media Centre to it via the router, and I don't have any problems. I've also attached a 500GB LaCie USB drive to the second USB port, and have it set to do automatic backups weekly. Streaming music wirelessly over the network to a laptop running Winamp is fine *most* of the time, although the iMac upstairs seems to stutter quite a bit playing tracks via AirPort.

Hope this helps.


thats exactly what i want to use this for, picking it up tomorrow, i hope it works smoothly, especially the USB host

So can XBMC access the USB drives plugged into this Linkstation over a network? Or can it only access the station's 320GB drive?
#28
Anyone know if this works with Pinnacle Soundbridge?
#29
#30
Excellent price, I got one of these a few months ago and have been very impressed. Certaintly makes life a lot easier having all files and backups stored in one central locaion accesible by all my PCs.

XTREMEGAMER
Quick question... can I upgrade the drive on this?

Yes you can, i upgraded the 250gb in mine to a 320gb. However it is slightly tricky to reflash the firmware and get it to recognise the drive, and I suspect it would void the warranty...
#31
coach_mcguirk;2663222
I've got a 500gb one of these, and it's very good albeit with reservations. Let me try to address some of the things mentioned above :

I think it does UPnP. DLNA is similar, but designed for other devices that use the DLNA standard. However, in reality it's completely useless - if you activate the DLNA server, the drive churns constantly. Buffalo Tech Support's solution for this? "Turn off DLNA".

As with all NAS drives running Linux of some kind on board, transfers can be very slow indeed. Day to day, this isn't a problem - but if you've already got a few hundred GB of music or video that you want to put on there to be acccessed on the network, you may as well set aside a whole day for it to transfer.

Browser management of the device is ok, but slightly clunky as it usually is for boxes like this.

I've got a printer attached by USB that can be used from the network. I can't get it to work with a mac, and with Windows you can't fully poll the printer status - e.g. ink levels.

All this said, I'm using it to store all my music and video, and I'm connecting various PCs and an Xbox Media Centre to it via the router, and I don't have any problems. I've also attached a 500GB LaCie USB drive to the second USB port, and have it set to do automatic backups weekly. Streaming music wirelessly over the network to a laptop running Winamp is fine *most* of the time, although the iMac upstairs seems to stutter quite a bit playing tracks via AirPort.

Hope this helps.


I think it tallies EXACTLY with what I had read - drawbacks, OK, not in isolation each is not very serious, but collectively leaves me with the feeling that I might as well continue with a USB drive and the need to have that particular PC switched on all the time, as the box just doesn't overcome everything well enough :-(
#32
would the 3rd party firmware help rectify most of these concerns? (it probably voids the warranty) i havent even unpacked mine, its been in the box for aver two weeks now. I had the old linkstation previously, IDE 100mbit version and it was fine for streaming music and audio throughout the house, I did change the firmware to 3rd party for more convinience and much more functionality.
#33
Just picked mine up and got it working with my soundbridge no problem. Awesome just need to transfer all my mp3s across to it now. Like the idea of backups via usb drive too.
#34
These are the bomb
400mhz arm 9 cpu
128meg ram
gigabit nic

I have reserved one even though i allready have one

Im going to run Linkstation Pro Firmware and TwonkyMedia on it like my current one

The built in DNLA Server is a bit nasty

A word of warning dont firmware upgrade over wireless it times out about 70% of the time
and puts the nas into em mode

Also dont go flashing Linkstation Pro firmware unless you know what you are doing
You have to keep the LS Live UBoot or it will be a brick
#35
Shonk;2663839

Also dont go flashing Linkstation Pro firmware unless you know what you are doing
You have to keep the LS Live UBoot or it will be a brick


As someone who has bricked a couple of things, a PC motherboard and a Router, I now HATE updating firmware with a passion, especially when using Linux which I freely admit is a bit of an esoteric experience for me!
#36
I shouldnt bother getting one tbh as my network is overloaded allready
but they are so good i cant help myself

http://www.shonk.org/Lan.jpg
#37
Shonk
I shouldnt bother getting one tbh as my network is overloaded allready
but they are so good i cant help myself

http://www.shonk.org/Lan.jpg



How do you overload a network? Shouldnt you just redesign it?
#38
Shonk;2663914
I shouldnt bother getting one tbh as my network is overloaded allready
but they are so good i cant help myself

http://www.shonk.org/Lan.jpg


Do the streetlights dim if you reboot it? ;-)
#39
Naa i dont mean in that way its all setup well
I just mean i live in a small house and its packed with networked kit

centaurandrew
How do you overload a network? Shouldnt you just redesign it?
#40
Almost :-D

nihcaj
Do the streetlights dim if you reboot it? ;-)

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