Buffalo Linkstation Live 500GB NAS £109.22 inc vat + Poss 4% Quidco
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Buffalo Linkstation Live 500GB NAS £109.22 inc vat + Poss 4% Quidco

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Found 10th Sep 2008
Good price and good reviews

Buffalo Linkstation Live 500GB NAS

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. 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 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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Average price considering Comet had it on offer for £90 last month. Not sure it compares to current pricing though.

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Most places I've seen are offering it £115 plus

320Gb version discussed at length when it was a deal a while back.

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I didn't buy then as as quick Google produces too many mixed reviews, esp. Vista, and slowness of Buffalo to resolve firmware problems or even respond to emails!

If you're not bothered about features you can get this 500GB version for only £85 from Amazon ]
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Doesn't have USB ports (for printer/external drives) and no media server (which is rubbish anyway) but if you're just after a NAS which you connect to via Samba shares then it'll do the job just as well.

Ste7ieBoy;2937816

If you're not bothered about features you can get this 500GB version for … If you're not bothered about features you can get this 500GB version for only £85 from Amazon ]hereDoesn't have USB ports (for printer/external drives) and no media server (which is rubbish anyway) but if you're just after a NAS which you connect to via Samba shares then it'll do the job just as well.



Why does the average Windows user want or need any NAS at all, if not for media serving? USB disks are cheap as muck, if you just need a bit of space, and a LOT faster, without a lot of messing about setting it up too.

Just save your money! It IS ONLY the uPnP or DLNA server in this sort of drive that make it worth the bother in the domestic situation! NAS is slow as a snail compared to a simple folder shared on another windows machine too. Odds on your Network PCs will be on anyway when you are doing PC orientated work, that might involve needing to share files, so any share on any disk in the network is OK, but with media streaming, it's benefit is precisely for those times, such as when you are relaxing and not working on a PC that you want to get simple access to music, pictures and movie files, via a media player on TV or on a music streaming player, and not have to turn 1, 2 or even 3 machines on to hunt for a file that could be on any drive.

In an office or business environment, it is a different matter.

nihcaj;2938768

Why does the average Windows user want or need any NAS at all, if not for … Why does the average Windows user want or need any NAS at all, if not for media serving? USB disks are cheap as muck, if you just need a bit of space, and a LOT faster, without a lot of messing about setting it up too.Just save your money! It IS ONLY the uPnP or DLNA server in this sort of drive that make it worth the bother in the domestic situation! NAS is slow as a snail compared to a simple folder shared on another windows machine too. Odds on your Network PCs will be on anyway when you are doing PC orientated work, that might involve needing to share files, so any share on any disk in the network is OK, but with media streaming, it's benefit is precisely for those times, such as when you are relaxing and not working on a PC that you want to get simple access to music, pictures and movie files, via a media player on TV or on a music streaming player, and not have to turn 1, 2 or even 3 machines on to hunt for a file that could be on any drive.In an office or business environment, it is a different matter.



I watch loads of hi-def movies from my LinkStation Live on my popcorn hour using nothing but samba shares. The media streamer is rubbish and makes annoying clicking noises on the drive.
And personally I would find having to keep a network PC switched on with a USB drive connected both a pain and costly on my electricity bills!
I have my NAS nicely tucked away and know its not costing much too run.
Each to their own I guess! :roll:

Ste7ieBoy;2942944

I watch loads of hi-def movies from my LinkStation Live on my popcorn … I watch loads of hi-def movies from my LinkStation Live on my popcorn hour using nothing but samba shares. The media streamer is rubbish and makes annoying clicking noises on the drive.



One of the reasons I DIDN'T buy one It seems it doesn't fully work with those systems that it is most likely to be used ON! :-(

Ste7ieBoy;2942944

And personally I would find having to keep a network PC switched on with … And personally I would find having to keep a network PC switched on with a USB drive connected both a pain and costly on my electricity bills!I have my NAS nicely tucked away and know its not costing much too run.Each to their own I guess! :roll:



Precisely why it isn't necessary/much use for using OTHER than for media streaming. I am hardly going to want to access a word document on my TV, but a video file, yes. Ordinary everyday files are in use when the PC/PCs are in use anyway. I don't need to have anything extra turned on that I wouldn't have on anyway. I don't host any files on one particular PC that is only used at weekends to try and avoid having an extra machine on.

The reason I want a streaming server is ONLY for media files, to save having the whole network powered up late into the night, ie. to save electricity. If it hasn't got that functionality, it means I have what I do now, make sure the files I might want are in the one place, and leave one machine on, wasting power :-(

Fiddling about with Linux shares when a perfectly good system exists (I use uPnP now for torrent and other file access already, and it works flawlessly, and is just about as idiot proof as you can get, ie. click/select the file, it plays!) is a good reason NOT to have a non-streaming server to transfer files something like as slowly as a floppy disk did! (NAS units are notoriously slow anyway, unless you pay big money, but that is the trade off). My media streaming player is murder to set up with network shares of ANY sort, but just works no bother with folders shared on the hosting device itself, and thanks to third party software, also those shared by uPnP.

If I want to change anything for myself (without stuff being seamlessly indexed and hosted by the uPnP server), it is a chore, but relatively simple. It means having to manually enter UNC addresses, but to expect two other not-so-techie users to have to mess on with a such a kludge, well it isn't going to happen, so Samba might as well be Haitian Voodoo as far as they are concerned, meaning such a device is a total chocolate teapot for my purposes, and I suspect for similar reasons 95% of other Windows users too! If you are the only person using that setup, and rarely want to change it, then you won't have the problem.

Linux is interesting to play around with, but it isn't what I want to USE, any more than I want a Mac. If a device is using it in the background, fine, I just don't want to have to mess around with it's interface, Media streamers using uPnP do that - the interface may well run on Linux, but it requires NO Linux knowledge to work, it looks just the same as on Windows

As you say, each to his own :-(

A uPnP media streaming HD device that works with both XP and with Vista, and is properly supported by it's manufacturer would be ideal, just there aren't any at sensible prices, certainly the device in this thread isn't it :-(
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