The Ethernet port supports both Fast and Gigabit Ethernet. Built into the drive are a print server for network printing (it doesn't support multifunction printers) and a DLNA-compliant server for distributing multimedia files over your network to another DLNA device, such as a digital media adapter. The user guide includes clear directions for how to use the media streaming ability (called PCcast). If you want to expand your storage capacity or back up the LinkStation Live, you can attach a USB storage drive (or two) using the USB ports. For backing up PCs on your network to the NAS drive, Buffalo bundles Memeo Auto Backup software (for Windows only). Using Memeo, you can schedule regular backups.
In CNET Labs' tests, the Buffalo LinkStation Live proved to be an average performer when writing and a bit on the slow side with reading. It took 16 minutes, 15 seconds to write a 5GB folder of mixed file types over a local network, and 26 minutes, 49 seconds to read it back. The Ximeta NetDisk Portable (which lacks both print and media servers) was much faster at both tasks.
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
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Service and support
Buffalo backs the drive with a standard one-year warranty. Toll-free phone support is available 24-7, or you can fill out an online query form on the company's Web site. Buffalo's site also includes downloads and a searchable knowledge base.