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Buffalo TeraStation 5000 Series Family

Introduction

We have been reviewing Buffalo Technology’s TeraStation products for a long time. Recently, Buffalo announced the End of Life for the TeraStation Pro family of products. The Pro family is being replaced by a new TeraStation 5000 series. From Buffalo’s website, here’s a summary of the 5000 series TeraStations:

Buffalo TeraStation 5000 Series Family

The screenshot below is a top level comparison of now terminated TeraStation Pro and the new TeraStation 5000's.

TeraStation Comparison

TeraStation ComparisonTim recently reviewed the hardware and performance of the new TeraStation 5800. In that review, he indicated that like several other NAS makers, Buffalo has also refreshed their OS, adding some new features and polishing up the user interface. This review will focus Buffalo's new NAS OS, so let’s get started. Note that I used a TS5200 for this review.

The tested version of firmware was Version 2.31-1.14. Buffalo has indicated that a new version, 2.41, will be released soon that will include performance enhancements.

Setup

Very little, if anything, has changed with the setup of a TeraStation. Buffalo still points you to a CD-based setup process, which launches and / or installs programs. However, this is a no-no in today's world dominated by tablets, smartphones and ultra-light (and optical drive less) notebooks.

Fortunately, if you can follow the instructions on the printed quick start sheet to get the right cables plugged into the correct holes, you can bypass the CD and point your browser at the IP address of the NAS shown on the front panel screen (assuming your LAN has a DHCP server).

If you opt for the CD process, you run tsnavi. exe from the included CD, and have options of “Begin Installation” or “Install Nas Navigator 2”. The "Begin Installation" option launches a wizard which guides you though connecting cables and powering the NAS. At the end of the wizard, you can also install NAS Navigator 2.

Nas Navigator 2Nas Navigator 2 discovers all LinkStations and TeraStations on your local network. If you right-click on one of the devices, you have the option of browsing shares, mapping shares, viewing properties and settings. Clicking on Settings takes you to landing page of the web UI.

There’s a default share named “Share”. The default administrator credentials are admin with password as the admin password.

Nas Navigator 2

Here’s a look at the landing page of the new UI. You have a choice of either “Easy Admin” or the Advanced UI. Buffalo chose to make the Advanced UI the default. The advanced UI gives you full access to all configuration options, whereas the Easy Admin contains a subset of options and has wizards to help you through some of the tasks.

TeraStation Easy Admin landing page

I like that the login dialogue provides you with several options: First you can choose to stay logged in, or you can select automatic timeout after 10 minutes. You can also select a secure connection and choose the Easy Admin interface. Clicking OK takes you to the advanced UI. Optionally, users can log in with their user ID. Non admin user's configuration options are limited to changing their passwords.

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