"Convenient and reliable network storage solution"4.0 starson by davidosocal
Pros: Simple setup, automated drive mapping, FTP server, basic web server, automated backups to other LinkStation or USB drive.
Cons: Activating media streaming feature results in HD churning.
Summary: I've always found Buffalo products to be easy to set up, convenient to use, reliable, and designed with the feature-sets I need. This unit is no exception. With its Gigabit connectivity it provides the speed I need for photo processing on my home network. By attaching a second USB drive to it, I can automate backups of my important data in such a way that I simply set it and forget it. If ever a failure should occur, the USB drive will have the backup I need. I also use its print-server function for my general purpose printer (my photo printer is already a network-enabled device). This too works well, with minimal configuration.
FTP and web access are nice after-thoughts. I've set my router to port-forward to the device's IP address, and with password security, this enables me to retrieve files remotely.
One thing worth mentioning; the software that comes with it "Buffalo NAS Navigator" is effective in auto-mapping this device and any cascading USB drives to my laptops whenever the network connection is active. This software is transparent to the user, and a big improvement over Windows' built-in mapping solution. The problem with the Windows native solution is that it blindly tries to reconnect as the computer is booted or brought out of sleep mode. Since the WiFi network takes a few moments longer to initialize, this results in those annoying "unable to connect network drive" messages. With the Buffalo software, those messages are a thing of the past. Great!
That's about all you need to know about this thing; plug it in, let your router assign it an IP address, install the software (optional but recommended; transparent once installed), configure backups if you wish, set up some security if you wish, and then forget about it; it's there giving you networked storage minimal ongoing maintenance needs. The end.