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Buffalo TeraStation Pro 8 Bay Review

Rating: 7.5.

Kitguru loves high performance NAS systems, and we have been focusing lately on many of the new Synology range. Today however we are looking at a very competitively priced product from Buffalo – the TeraStation Pro 8 Bay which is supplied with 8x1TB hard drives. This is the most affordable in a range of three configurations including 16TB and 24TB options.

The TeraStation Pro 8 Bay NAS is a performance based solution which Buffalo claim is ideal for users who want to implement a RAID based network storage solution for larger networks and business critical applications.

On a hardware level it is based around a dual core Intel Atom D510 processor with 2GB of DDR memory, so performance should be snappy. Buffalo haven’t cut corners, offering Active Directory support, disk quota support, share level replication, dual gigabit ethernet ports, USB 2.0 accessory capabilities and hot swap hard drives.

Buffalo support the TeraStation Pro 8 Bay with a 3 year limited warranty.

TeraStation Pro 8 Bay features:

  • Intel® Atom 1.66 GHz Dual Core / 2 GB RAM
  • Eight front loading hot swap hard drives with lockable front panel
  • Active Directory support
  • Disk quota (soft quota) support prevents users/groups from consuming too much disk space
  • Scheduled shut down eliminates unnecessary access and reduces energy costs
  • DFS (Distributed File System) support
  • Easy setup wizard and management through intuitive web interface
  • Hot swap hard drive trays behind the front panel for easy drive access and replacement
  • NAS conguration tool allows exporting settings to a file for easy, one-click deployment of multiple TeraStations
  • Improved CPU speed enables faster data transfer
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet with Jumbo Frame
  • Two Ethernet ports for port trunking
  • Supported RAID levels: 0, 1, 5, 6,10, 50, 51, 60, 61, Standard (JBOD)
  • Share level replication feature with device failover
  • Hot spare enables automatic RAID build in case of a drive failure
  • Optional AES-128 bit hard drive encryption
  • Large silent fan cools hard drive efficiently
  • Advanced ventilation design reduces internal heat
  • LCD Display shows important TeraStation information and disk status
  • Built-in FTP server functionality
  • BitTorrent Client: Download digital content from the Internet directly to your TeraStation
  • DLNA CERTIFIED built-in media server for streaming multimedia content
  • Two USB 2.0 ports for external drive, printer and UPS connectivity
  • WebAccess – Access your digital content via a Web browser to a PC or Mac or via the WebAccess app to your iPhone®, iPad or Android smartphones/tablets
  • 10 licenses of NovaBACKUP® Business Essentials Backup Included: Backup up to 10 Windows PCs, Windows Servers, Exchange or MS SQL databases
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty

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  • Brooke

    Synology have changed the game lately. I need to see some of the new QNAP products however, they are a great competitor for Synology.

  • Francis O’Hara

    Good looking NAS. I was eyeballing the DS212 from Synology for the price.

    This seems faster than I would need, id be happy with 30 MB/s as my current nas is around 8MB/s sucks for copying MKVs over the network.

  • Root

    I saw this in our local store outside london and it is very well built. Performance looks good too.

    Their software is way behind synologys as the review states, but it is still quite good for general users.

  • Davy

    Good to see other reviews outside synology. I think the fact they fill this unit with hard drives is a very positive move. other companies need to do this, while charging the right prices for the drives.

    8 1TB drives I would out to cost around £380 retail, so the nas itself is just under £1,000. I am not sure the pricing is good when compared against some competitors for the unit alone.

  • Colin

    We have one of these in our work to handle file sharing for database documents between departments.

    It works well but our IT guy said what was mirrored in this review. the software interface is dated and behind competitors.

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