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Buffalo Technology TeraStation 5400r WSS R2 8TB Storage Server Review - Buffalo TeraStation 5400r WSS

Buffalo Technology TeraStation 5400r WSS R2 8TB Storage Server Review
Buffalo elevates the TeraStation series with a new 1U, 4-bay unit running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2. Follow on as Chris gives us the full details.
By: | Network Storage in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jun 5, 2014 5:05 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Buffalo Technology

Buffalo TeraStation 5400r WSS


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The Buffalo Technology TeraStation 5400r WSS is a 1U server with four front drive bays that ships with mounting hardware from the factory.


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The 2TB Western Digital Green HDDs are accessible from the front of the system, but the server does not have disk locking mechanisms.


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A pull-tab on the front of the unit exposes the serial number.


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In the center is a UID locator button. When pressed, a light on the front and rear of the NAS lights, so you can find the NAS easily in a full rack with several units stacked. Next to the UID are LEDs that show LAN activity and if an error has occurred. Just above drive 3 is a small power button used to turn the system on.


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A thin LCD display gives us some system details when the system is on. You can change the display with a pair of buttons to the right of it.


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Here we see the display in action.


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A recessed reset button and a single USB 3.0 port finish the tour of the front of the 5400r WSS.


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Both sides of the server use rollers for easy installation in the rack rails.


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Most of the connectivity ports are on the back of the system.


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The server has two fans, one on each far end on the back. A UID button with LED indicator light sits next to the fan.


Next to the reset button is a small switch that allows users to easily boot to a USB drive rather than the internal HDDs. This allows users to reinstall Windows or upgrade to a future version of Windows Server.

A 9-pin serial port allows users to connect the server to older battery backup systems that do not use USB to communicate with the server.


Two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports are next to a pair of gigabit Ethernet ports that can run independently or teamed together for increased network performance or failover.


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A VGA port is just a bit further down, and you will need this to configure the server for the first time, along with a USB keyboard and mouse.


The second fan on the far end of the server is next to the 3-prong power plug.


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The operating system key, model number, MAC addresses, and serial number are all shown on the top of the server.


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The drive sleds are a mix of metal and plastic. We were surprised to see the drive sleds do not lock in the server for security purposes.

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