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Buffalo Bolsters Consumer NAS Lines

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Buffalo Bolsters Consumer NAS Lines

While we've long preached about the importance of backing up your data the increasingly popular way is to set up a NAS device. Backup, media hub and remote data access all in one, what's not to like? Consequently it isn't surprising to see current NAS market leader Buffalo making another push into the consumer space with two new units: the 'LinkStation Pro' and 'TeraStation Duo'.

Dealing with the former first, the LinkStation Pro has a rather funky living room friendly design which looks likes the paint from a PlayStation 3 collided with an Xbox 360 (to pleasing effect). It's a single drive unit with 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB capacities and vitally comes with support for DNLA media server and WebAccess to enable streaming of audio and video content straight to your PC, Mac, console, DNLA compatible TV or even iPhone.

Data transfer rates are good as well at up to 66MB per second while 'Direct Copy' can transfer media files from digital cameras and camcorders at the touch of a button. Both USB and 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet ports are available.

From here the TeraStation Duo takes things up a notch. It's a dual Ethernet, dual drive NAS that comes with RAID 1, Active Directory, 128bit disk encryption, dual hot swap functionality and a built in print server. On top of the sensibilities, the Duo also knows how to have fun with its own DNLA support, WebAccess and even a native bittorrent client. Performance virtually matches that of the Pro at up to 65MBps.

Rather cleverly, the Duo can also detect when it is not being accessed by any computers on the network and power down, cutting energy consumption by up to 66 per cent.

Both the LinkStation Pro and TeraStation Duo go on sale this month. The Pro costs £189.99, £229.99 and £359.99 for 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB models respectively while the Duo will set you back £459.99 for 1TB and £569.99 for the 2TB edition. Three year warranties come as standard.

Yep, NAS is far more useful than your usual backup drive...

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LinkStation Pro

TeraStation Duo

Andy0d2

June 19, 2009, 8:38 pm

Can you recommend a sub £150 easy to setup nas storage device that has acceptable tranfer speeds (western digital passport sort of speeds.)

Gordon394

June 19, 2009, 8:55 pm

@Andrew - Could do the trick for you: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

Tony Walker

June 19, 2009, 9:37 pm

If you want a significantly cheaper RAID 0 or 1 NAS then I must point peeps at the Netgear ReadyNAS Duo.





Available empty for under £160, you can slot in a pair of Terabyte drives (£60 each) for either 2Tb RAID 0 or a mirrored (RAID 1) 1Tb. All for under £300. Specs are superb and with the latest firmware will act as a "Time Machine" backup device for Apple computers. Support is good with regular firmware updates with fixes and new features and community support is good too - useful for knowing which harddrives work well.





Best of all, until the end of June, you can get a free 500gb drive by sending a form and a copy of your receipt to Netgear.





And yes, I own one, and absolutely love it.

xenos

June 19, 2009, 10:17 pm

About NAS units, I recently acquired a D-link DNS-323 which isn't bad, copies from the device run at anything upto about 20MB/sec, but transfers to the NAS are only upto about 12MB/sec, this is on Gigabit LAN with a really nice 3Com Gigabit hub and 4K Jumbo Frames set up. This is the fastest it will go.





What I really want is something that can give me 60-100MB/sec transfer speeds, with RAID1, how much is that going to set me back and what would hardware specs would I need please anybody? I have some nice Samsung drives in there too which I would obviously keep.

Tony Walker

June 20, 2009, 12:26 am

My ReadyNas Duo runs at about 22MBytes/sec. I haven't tried with jumbo frames yet (I keep forgetting to give it a go).

Tony Walker

June 20, 2009, 12:31 am

@xenos





The charts at: http://www.smallnetbuilder.com... should give you an idea of what to buy and cost.





Hope that helps

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