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Buffalo Terastation Duo TS-WXL Review

Rating: 8.0.

Kitguru reviewed the LinkStation Duo last month and it left our offices with a positive review, especially as the pricing was so competitive. Today we look at a more expensive model in their range – the Terastation Duo WXL.

The Terastation Duo is aptly named, as it supports a dual hard drive configuration with RAID 0 and RAID 1 hot drive support. Additionally if a drive does fail it will automatically power it down for safe removal and replacement. There is also a nifty replication function which allows the connection of a second Terastation Duo via the USB or LAN port to replicate the data for further peace of mind, offering fault tolerance. There is AES-128 data encryption, Jumbo frame support and you can trunk the dual ethernet ports for added performance.

This particular product is aimed higher up the market than the Linkstation Duo … at home office users, or small to medium businesses who need large, easy to install, redundant network attached storage. Today we are going to not only measure performance but to analyse additional software that Buffalo fully support.

Specifications:

•High Speed Data Transfer Up to 69MB/s
•Real time Back-up Replication Function – allows you to have a mirrored unit as a spare
•Replace faulty hard drives with the Hot Swap functionality without powering down
•Schedule Power Management System – for flexible power management, save up to 66%, reduce CO2 omissions
•WebAccess – remotely access the TeraStation Duo from anywhere via PC, Mac or iPhone
• Resilient: Replace faulty hard drives with the Hot Swap functionality without powering down
• Reliable: Backup Replication Function allows for reliability with fast recovery from hard drive failures
• Mirroring – a failover mechanism provides reliability for uninterrupted operation
• Quick Swap hard drive tray via the easy to remove, front panel
• Configure back-up and restore by attaching a second TeraStation via the LAN or USB port
• Airflow: A controlled fan with a thermal sensor, with a high cooling capacity chassis
• Disk Encryption: automatically encrypt the data to level AES 128 bits
• Quota Management- prevent misuse of disk space by allocating the right amount of space by user
• Supports NFS – can be mapped from UNIX so that a wide range of users can access the drives
• Back-up data held on attached USB hard drives via the USB ports can be read on Windows based PCs
• Active Directory Support – Simplify the management of each TeraStation
• Schedule Power Management System – for flexible power management, save up to 66%, reduce CO2 omissions
• Automatically turns on and shuts down with PC
• PC Interlocking Power Management System – for effortless power saving
• Hard Drive Spin Down while idle
• Connectivity: Dual Ethernet for port trunking
• Supports Apple Time Machine – Back-up multiple Mac computers
• WebAccess – remotely access the TeraStation Duo from anywhere via PC, Mac or iPhone
• Dual USB for greater flexibility
• In-built DLNA Media Server
• In-built BitTorrent Client
• In-built Print Server
• LCD Status Display and intuitive web interface
• UPS Support
• Includes NovaBACKUP® Business Essentials with 10 licenses – protects data on servers locally or online.  Regardless of theft, user error or hardware failure NovaBACKUP® protects and restores your data.

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