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Figure 6: Web Access Restrictions

Finally, you need to set up access rights to each share. By default, web access is disabled for each share (Figure 6). Your choices are Disable, Allow Anonymous, Allow All Groups/Users, or Use Inherited Folder Permissions.  Note: This last option does not appear in the drop-down box unless you have actually set user rights to the share you’re currently configuring.

Once you’ve finished with this configuration, you can test it by typing the following address into your browser: (x=your subnet and y= the host address of your Pro Duo)

From an external network, say a Wi-Fi network at Starbucks, you can type in

Fill in the user name/key you configured or a username/password if you set up web access to use inherited folder permissions. If everything is working, after login, you’ll see a screen that looks like Figure 7, below.

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Figure 7: Buffalo Technology Web Access on the LinkStation Pro Duo

Adjacent to each file name is an open link.  Depending on the file type, clicking on the open link will open the file in the appropriate application on your computer. Alternatively, clicking on the icon to the left of the filename gives you the option of linking to the file, or creating an email link.


Our interactive NAS charts allow you to make your own comparisons between all of the NAS products we’ve tested. To judge the performance of the Pro Duo, we first compared it to all of the two-drive NASs we’ve tested.

In 1000 Mbps average write performance (Figure 8), it ranked near the bottom of the chart with 9.7 MB/s—a little over half as fast as the two-drive performance winner, the Synology DS207+ that yielded 18.1 MB/s. 

Gigabit write performance
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Figure 8: 1000 Mbps Average Write Performance for Two-Drive NAS Products

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