by January 23, 2006 0 comments

The Buffalo LinkStation is a Gigabit Network Storage Centre
that provides an easy way to share files, images, videos over a network. It is
meant for SOHO networks. It has a compact design and can be kept on your desk.
The drive features two USB ports, one in the front and one at the back, where
you can connect extra drives. It, however, doesn’t let you connect two
printers or drives at a time. The drive comes with an auto-sleep function that
can be configured to suspend operations for a while, but during that period you
cannot access any data from the drive. The best part is you don’t need to
install anything to start using the LinkStation. It has an internal silent fan,
so it makes no noise at all. All configuration and monitoring operations can be
done remotely using its Web interface. Else, you can use the Client Utility
supplied with it. The utility also lets you map the unit as one of your drives
for convenience. You can configure it on your network to get its IP address
either from a DHCP server or assign one statically. Security-wise, it needs you
to create separate users on it. You can then organize them into groups and give
them access to files & folders stored on the device. It can’t use accounts
created on other servers. It comes bundled with Easy Backup that lets you
schedule and perform backups and restores of your data. In our tests, it was
able to transfer a 635 MB file in 2 mins 40 secs on an isolated gigabit network.

Rs 14,000 for 120GB (2 yr warranty)
Key Specs: 2 USB ports, connects to a printer or another drive, sleep function, quiet operation, Web-based configuration
Contact: Nexgen Networks,
Tel: 30888825.
RQS# E62 or SMS 130162 to 9811800601

Bottom Line: Considering this is a gigabit-enabled
drive, it would be a good buy for a small-user group needing a private file
storage space prior to putting it on a bigger file server.

Swapnil Arora

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