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

Updated 12/8/2008: Updated Cons in At-A-Glance Table

Buffalo DriveStation FlexNet

At a Glance
Product Buffalo DriveStation FlexNet (HD-CE500LU2)
Summary Easy to use, but slow combination NAS / USB External drive
Pros • Very simple to set up and use
Cons • Low performance
• Limited NAS features
• Not expandable

If you're one of the people who wants a NAS that also can serve as an external USB drive, your options are pretty limited. The options have been LaCie's Ethernet Disk mini [reviewed] and Ethernet Big Disk [reviewed] or a few drive enclosures from lesser-known manufacturers. But now Buffalo has decided that this market is worth pursuing, with its DriveStation FlexNet.

The fact that Buffalo has put the FlexNet into its DriveStation External (attached) drive product line signals the basic approach. Where the LaCies are NASes that also directly attach using a funky IP-over-USB mode, the FlexNet is a USB drive that also supports a SMB/CIFS 10/100 LAN connection via a roundabout USB - IDE - SATA bridge. In non-geek speak, this means that NAS performance is low and features are very basic.

Figure 1 shows the FlexNet's front panel. You can connect both USB and Ethernet cables at the same time; you just switch modes using the Mode button.

Front panel controls and indicators

Figure 1: Front panel controls and indicators

Figure 2 shows the backside of the FlexNet with its controls and connectors. Note that the Ethernet port is 10/100 only. You'll see why when I run through the Performance tests.

 

Rear panel controls and indicators

Figure 2: Rear panel controls and indicators

Note that there is no fan, so the FlexNet is very quiet. It draws only 12 W when active and 5 W when the "Eco Management" drive spin-down kicks in after 10 (default), 20, 30 or 60 minutes of idle time.

More NAS

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

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 have just upgraded from an AC68U to an AC86U. I setup the 86U with the exact same settings (at least I think they are) as the 68U, however the Wifi ...
I tried to set it up, but I am failing - not for the first time. This time, I have a very basic scenario, one PC is solely a torrent box atm, so I wou...
Previously was using Merlin on my R7000 and I made a post about the WAN MAC Addres showing an old MAC Address from my previous ONT.... Now I am runnin...
I just installed merlin on my AC88U and i see all these settings in fq_codel area but when ever i select anything it doesn't change and am i supposed ...
Hey all,I've been using a 3 router AiMesh (AC66u B1, AC5300, GT5300) setup for awhile. They are all connected via Ethernet. I did a firmware (3.0.0.4....

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3