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Buffalo LinkStation 420 8TB "Cloud" Storage Review

Buffalo LinkStation 420 8TB
Buffalo's LinkStation 420, offering capacities up to 8TB, provides a simple plug and play option for those not wanting to setup a diskless NAS.
By: Tyler Bernath | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Sep 27, 2013 2:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Buffalo





Recently, Buffalo announced the launch of the LinkStation 400 series. Delivering 2TB - 8TB of storage capacity, the LinkStation is a plug-n-play solution for those that want easy to setup network storage. The features don't end there though, Buffalo offers a DLNA certified device with the LinkStation 420, making it a streaming solution as well. Additional features include Nova Backup professional for Windows and the inclusion of a Time Machine backup solution for Apple users.


In addition to the tremendous capacity options, the LinkStation also serves as your basic NAS appliance offering data redundancy through RAID 1 and increased performance through RAID 0. A personal cloud service is also offered with each LinkStation with apps available for iOS and Android platforms.


Let's dive in now and take a close look at the 8TB model.



Hardware Specifications and Pricing


Modern NAS servers have moved beyond data storage through a wire network. In order to get the most out of a NAS, you need to look at the extra I/O hardware and the mountain of potential software features.




The LinkStation 420 is offered as a two bay NAS appliance, while there is a diskless option, most models come with drives installed. Here we have between 2TB and 8TB of capacity ready to go to serve your needs. Included on the back of the unit is a single Gigabit LAN port with an additional USB 2.0 port for connecting printers or USB based storage. Protocol support includes file sharing options such as CIFS/SMB, AFP, HTTP and https://FTP.


Pricing of the 8TB Buffalo LinkStation at this time is set at $599.99. Additional capacities are available with the 2TB, 4TB and 6TB models coming in at $249.99, $349.99 and $469.99 respectively. The LinkStation 420 is warrantied for a period of three years.

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