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NAS – One of the most significant features of the WZR-HP is the ability to use it as a simple NAS device. Buffalo has a lot of experience with NAS technology, and it shows in the implementation.
To share a USB flash or hard drive, you simply plug it into the port on the back of the router and the disk is automatically mounted. By default, everyone has access to the drive, but you can limit access by creating user accounts. The disk is mounted as a single share, and, unlike most full-featured NAS boxes, you can’t create multiple shares. But for simple, shared storage, the NAS feature on the WZR-HP is a good solution. To help you fill up the storage, there’s also a BitTorrent client built into the router that will download Torrents without having a computer connected.
Buffalo also included their browser-based secure remote access feature found on most of their NAS products. Using either a DDNS provider or Buffalo’s free www.buffalonas.com service, you can use your web browser to remotely connect to files stored on the drive connected to the router.
We covered Web Access extensively in the LinkStation Pro Duo review, and the functionality is the same. But web access is even easier with the disk connected to the router – you don’t have to do any port forwarding like you do with a separate NAS device. Figure 11 shows the web access setup screen.
Figure 11: Web Access setup for BuffaloNAS.com
Admin Config – Using the functions in this tab, you perform administrative functions such as naming the router, changing the admin password, updating the firmware and setting the time. Many of these functions could have been combined on a single page rather than having numerous sub tabs each with only a couple of configurable options.
Though the WZR-HP supports retrieving time from an NTP server, it’s interesting to note that there’s no support for Daylight Savings Time. Thus, to get the time stamps to be accurate for Eastern Daylight Time, I had to set the time zone to Atlantic Standard. Figure 12 shows the time zone configuration.
Figure 12: Time zone and time setting
Diagnostic – It may have been more appropriate for this tab to have been named “Status”. In this tab, you can see a summary of important configuration options, retrieve a list of connected clients, check LAN, WAN and WLAN traffic statistics and view logs. Figure 13 shows a summary of my test WZR-HP.
Figure 13: System information
The AirStation also has good logging capabilities. You can check individual items to monitor. You can save the logs for review in the future, or if you have a Syslog server, you can send the logs to it. The log does not appear, however, to monitor web access activity or PPTP VPN connections – an oversight that hopefully Buffalo will fix in a future release. Figure 14 shows the log as well as all of the selected options.