BUFFALO LinkStation 220 NAS Device Review8/10 (Expert Score)
- Effortless Installation – Simply connect the LinkStation to your router and enjoy shared network storage for all your devices. The NAS is compatible with Windows and macOS, and Buffalo's US-based support is on-hand 24/7 for installation walkthroughs.
- Pre-populated hard drives
- Pre-configured with RAID 1
- Mobile apps
- No fancy apps
- One USB 2.0 port
- Low powered
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.
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.
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 – Video
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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