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Buffalo LinkStation Duo Review (1TB)

Rating: 8.0.

While once elusive toys of the rich, NAS systems are becoming more popular, especially as prices drop and people become more aware of the benefits they bring. Having one connected to your home network means that you can access files from multiple machines in any room and they also make for a good option when backing up sensitive data and important files.

The only issue to this point has been the price, when KitGuru reviewed the excellent Synology DS710+ NAS Server a while ago, we were inundated with emails asking if we could find something more affordable. Fear not, for Buffalo have a model to fill all your budget needs – the LinkStation Duo which features 1TB of storage and can be purchased in the UK for around £150 inc vat!

Buffalo are not new to the NAS arena, they have been building them for many years now … the original Terastation was a big seller as it combined small physical dimensions with low levels of acoustic noise.

The Linkstation Duo as the name might suggest is a two bay NAS system which is available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB configurations. These are set up in either Raid 0 or Raid 1 or with each drive as an ‘individual unit’.

Supports RAID levels, 0, 1 and Standard
Active Directory Support: Works as a client in an Active Directory domain allowing the LinkStation™ Duo to utilise the domain users and groups.
Apache web server, full featured enhancement modules included
PHP5 Scripting language, fully supported by the web server
MySQL database with phpmyadmin interface
WebAccess – allows you to store, share and access files from any web browser via PC, Mac or iPhone
In-Built DLNA/UPnP CERTIFED™ media server – for easy playback of multi-media files to any DLNA certified device
Schedule backups to a USB storage device or another Buffalo Network Attached Storage device
In-Built BitTorrent™ Client
Supports Apple® Time Machine Back-up with multiple clients
Supports Apple® Bonjour®
Integrates with iTunes®
Auto Power ON/OFF with your PC or MAC
Eco Friendly scheduled Power Saving Mode
One touch transfer of media files from digital camera/camcorder with Direct Copy feature
Easy to install and set-up
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port
1 USB port
Supports UPS connectivity via USB port
Supported OS: Windows7 (32/64bit), Windows® Vista™, Windows® XP, Windows® 2000, Windows MCE 2005/2004, Windows Server 2008/2003, MAC OS X 10.3.9 or later
2 Year Warranty
Available as 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities
Includes NovaBACKUP® Professional with 5 licenses – protects data on workstations locally or online.  Regardless of theft, user error or hardware failure NovaBACKUP® protects and restores your data.

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