Like every other website on the planet, SmallNetBuilder uses cookies. Our cookies track login status, but we only allow admins to log in anyway, so those don't apply to you. Any other cookies you pick up during your visit come from advertisers, which we don't control.
If you continue to use the site, you agree to tolerate our use of cookies. Thank you!

Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

NAS Reviews

Introduction

Buffalo Technology LinkStation Pro

At a Glance
Product Buffalo Technology LinkStation Pro (LS-250GL)
Summary Fastest yet single drive SATA-based NAS with gigabit Ethernet
Pros • Really takes advantage of its gigabit Ethernet port
• Jumbo Frame support
• FTP server
• Supports Active Directory and external user authentication
Cons • No print, Web or UPnP serving options
• No sleep or idle spindown

Buffalo Technology has been in the consumer NAS game since pretty much the beginning so its flagship LinkStation has been getting a bit long in the tooth. The company tried a tweak last year in the form of the Gigabit LinkStation, but the minor performance boost provided by the gigabit port has been outpaced by newer products.

Enter the LinkStation Pro with both a handsome new black enclosure (the better to blend in with media room gear) and completely new hardware platform. Although some of the functionality of the Link Station has been lost in the transition, the Pro really delivers on performance, as we'll see later.

While the Pro has a new squared-off black plastic enclosure, the port complement is the same as the original LinkStation and "Giga" versions. The only change is that both USB 2.0 ports have been moved to the back panel. The Pro has its power supply built in, which is easier to deal with than the largish brick-plus-power cord arrangement sported by some of its competition. There is a single 2 inch fan, which to my ear was barely audible, even during the heavy load of testing.

The only controls are a Power / Shutdown switch on the front and reset-to-factory-defaults switch on the rear and the front panel indicators are Power, Link/Act, Info and Error. The difference between the Info and Error indicators is that the Info light blinks when you have a message waiting in the client utility and the Error light flashes an error sequence when the Pro has a problem.

More NAS

Wi-Fi System Tools
Check out the new Wi-Fi System Charts, Ranker and Finder!

Featured Sponsors



Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

I need to move over 100k files from each of several directories. Select-all + drag-and-drop sometimes fails. I'd prefer to set a task, but for some re...
Hello all, I recently picked up 2x TP-LINK EAP225_V3 access points, and 1x EAP225_Outdoor. Current idea is to disable wireless on my trusty old N66U r...
Tim joined this forum on May 18th 2008. I assume that means that the forums were setup ten years ago (unless he was on a different platform before tha...
I have a new (less than 1 week old) AC86U and am running 384.5 on it.Fairly plain vanilla config with the exception of adding several static IPs to DH...
I have a pfSense box and need an 8-16 port managed switch to configure VLANS on both a wired network and a wireless AP. I would strongly prefer a POE ...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3