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BUFFALO LinkStation 220 NAS Device Review

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BUFFALO LinkStation 220 NAS Device Review
BUFFALO LinkStation 220 NAS Device Review

$224.99

Description

8Expert Score
BUFFALO LinkStation 220 4TB
NAS stands for Network Attached Storage and that's exactly what you get with the Buffalo Linkstation 220 - nothing more and nothing less. No fancy apps, no media server - just additional, fault-tolerant hard drive space added to your network. No painstaking setup or installing hard drives either. Simply take it out of the box, plug it in, turn it on and you're off and running. The Linkstation 200 comes "pre-populated" with 2 hard drives that are pre-configured with RAID 1. Once it's up and running you can map a network drive on your computers, place it in a corner of the room, and forget about it.
Rating
8
PROS
  • Pre-populated hard drives
  • Pre-configured with RAID 1
  • Simplicity
  • Mobile apps
CONS
  • No fancy apps
  • One USB 2.0 port
  • Low powered

BUFFALO LinkStation 220 8TB Home Office Private Cloud Storage NAS with Hard Drives Included

Design

Everything about the BUFFALO LinkStation 220 is “basic” or maybe “bare bones” is a better term. The LinkStation is a basic, square black box. You don’t even know you’re looking at a computer networking device until you turn around and look at the back where you’ll find more basic things like an Ethernet port, USB port, fan, and an on-off button.

BUFFALO LinkStation 220 Features

The Buffalo Linkstation 220 ships “DNLA ready.” That means it has built-in protocols that allow you to play your favorite music and video files in whatever application you have on your phone or computer. No fancy PLEX app is needed. Simply point at the file you want and click on it. This is one of the several NAS devices out there that have apps that allow you to access files with a mobile device.

Purchase of this NAS includes five licenses of Buffalos NovaBACKUP Workstation backup software for Windows machines and Time Machine support for Macs. The Linkshare 220 comes with a free Web access service that allows you to create a private cloud and access it remotely from anywhere. It also includes a built-in BitTorrent Client to simplify your downloads and file management.

BUFFALO LinkStation 220 8TB Home Office Private Cloud Storage NAS with Hard Drives Included

Performance

Not much to brag about here. It works. The main reason it gets by with such a minuscule (256MB DDR3) amount of RAM and a tiny 800MHz processor is the fact that it uses hardware RAID instead of software RAID. Software RAID demands much more computer resources than hardware RAID.

The file transfer rates on the Linkstation 220 can be described as “reasonable to fairly zippy.” Not a lot of lag to be concerned about but it’s no speed demon either.

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BUFFALO LinkStation 220 Setup

As I mentioned earlier setting up a Buffalo Linkstation 220 is dead simple. Plug it in and you’re good to go. There is a web portal setup wizard available if you want to make changes to the default configuration. You’ll need to find the NAS under “Attached Devices” on your WiFi router or you can download the NAS Navigator software that will help you find and configure your NAS.

The web portal allows you to change the RAID configuration, perform file management, set up shared folders, create user and administrator account passwords and do basic device settings to make your NAS more suitable to your home network environment. If you do decide to change the RAID configuration the LinkStation 220 supports RAID, 0,1, and JBOD (Individual disks.)

BUFFALO LinkStation 220 8TB Home Office Private Cloud Storage NAS with Hard Drives Included

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Conclusion

This is “bare bones” ladies and gentlemen. If you’re looking for a lot of bells and whistles this is not the NAS for you. If you’re not interested in a lot of “fluff” and in need of immediate backups and file storage you can have this baby up in running in minutes and have the peace of mind that your data is safe, secure, and accessible from almost anywhere.

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BUFFALO LinkStation 220 NAS Device Review Prices

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Additional information

Specification: BUFFALO LinkStation 220 NAS Device Review

Router Specs
Processor

800 MHz

NAS Specs
NAS Brand

Buffalo

Drive Bays

2

Hard Drives

Included

Memory

256MB

Hot Swap

No

HW Interfaces

1XGB Ethernet, 1xUSB 2.0

RAID Types

JBOD, Preconfigured, RAID 0, RAID 1

Transcoding

No

Encryption

No

Plex Support

No

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