by Lyle Smith

Buffalo Announces New Storage Solutions

Buffalo Technology has announced new storage solutions at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, including the new MiniStation Air Wireless Portable Hard Drive (HDW-PD1.0U3), LinkStation 200 Series, and the LinkStation 420 Network Video Recorder (NVR).

MiniStation Air Wireless Portable Hard Drive

The new MiniStation Air Wireless Portable Hard Drive provides up to 1TB of storage for tablets, smartphones, computers and more. This new compact portable storage solution includes up to 10 hours of battery life and supports up to eight devices; this gives users the ability to take their multimedia library with them while traveling as well as streaming content wirelessly to any computer, smartphone, tablet, smart TV, or supported gaming console.

The MiniStation Air supports up to eight wireless connections, features a USB 3.0 port, and allows users to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot to share its established network and Internet connection with joined devices. Free mobile apps for iOS and Android are also available, providing a rich UI and a premium user experience. Additionally, the MiniStation Air can be used to stream multimedia content to any DLNA playback device, including smart TVs, media players, and gaming consoles.

Key features include:

  • Features long battery life so users can access and stream multimedia files for up to 10 hours on a single charge
  • Doubles as a portable battery charger for charging smartphones while on the go – Fully charge an iPhone 5S twice
  • Includes a USB 3.0 port for fast file transfers and access when directly connected to any PC or Mac computer
  • Supports connections from up to eight devices for simultaneous access to files for multimedia streaming and more
  • Allows users to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot to share their established network and Internet connection with joined devices
  • Use MiniStation Air to stream multimedia content to any Wi-Fi DLNA playback device
  • Free mobile apps for iOS and Android are available for download

Pricing and availability

The Buffalo MiniStation Air 1TB Wireless Portable Hard Drive will be available sometime in March 2014 for approximately $199.99 and is backed by a limited three-year warranty; this includes toll-free U.S.-based technical support available 24/7.

LinkStation 200 Series

The LinkStation 200 Series of easy-to-use network storage devices is ideal for home users, providing a simple network storage and backup. It also offers an assortment of features, which allows users to store, organize, access and stream media files from any computer, smartphone or tablet. Users can even set up a free personal cloud for access anytime, anywhere, at home or when they are on the go.

Key features include:

  • Available as a single-drive model (LS210D) up to 4 TB and as a dual-drive (LS220D) model up to 8 TB with RAID 1 support for automatic data protection
  • Provides simple and secure shared storage and backup for all PC and Mac computers and mobile devices on a home network
  • Connects easily to a wireless router and includes a step-by-step setup wizard. Users can also use the Quick Setup feature to configure a LinkStation 200 device from any smartphone or tablet
  • It is DLNA Certified; it can be used as an iTunes server and it features an integrated BitTorrent Client for simplified media storage and streaming and P2P sharing.
  • Allows users to backup content on up to five home or office Windows PCs by using NovaBACKUP Professional, or back up Mac computers with Time Machine
  • Attach a USB printer to the network or add a USB hard drive for additional backup
  • While on the go, the easy to use WebAccess service allows users to create a free personal cloud for remote access over the Internet from any computer, smartphone or tablet device

Buffalo's free WebAccess service allows consumers to create a personal cloud for easy remote access and file sharing with anyone, enabling terabytes of data to be securely stored on a home network. Additionally, WebAccess users can quickly retrieve their data from any computer, tablet or smartphone device over the web. Users can also send a link to friends and family so they can securely access specific files as well as free WebAccess mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Pricing and Availability

The new LinkStation 200 Series is backed by a limited three-year warranty, which includes toll-free U.S.-based technical support available 24/7. The single-drive LinkStation 210 will be available in Q2 at an MSRP of $169.99 for the 2 TB (LS210D0201), $209.99 for the 3 TB (LS201D0301) and $259.99 for the 4 TB (LS210D0401). The dual-drive LinkStation 220 will be available in Q2 at an MSRP of $239.99 for the 2 TB (LS220D0202), $329.99 for the 4 TB (LS220D0402), $439.99 for the 6 TB (LS220D0602) and $549.99 for the 8 TB (LS220D0802).

LinkStation 420 Network Video Recorder

The new LinkStation 420 Network Video Recorder (NVR) with embedded support for AXIS Camera Companion provides simple integration of high-performance NAS devices with Axis surveillance cameras and video management software.  Buffalo's LinkStation 420 NVR is designed for home and SMB surveillance solutions with up to eight cameras and provides a feature rich, highly reliable, and long retention video surveillance network with easy deployment and management.

The partnership between Buffalo and Axis is aimed to provide consumers and businesses with versatile IP surveillance networks that can be set up with ease and maintained over long periods of time. The LinkStation 420 NVR surveillance solution is optimized to deliver video surveillance functionality and includes the following features:

  • Supports up to eight HD Axis cameras
  • Provides redundant dual drive NVR technology, eliminating downtime during HDD failures
  • Equipped with two specially designed NAS Edition hard drives designed for 24x7x365 recording, providing increased reliability and longevity
  • Allows months of continuous 24x7 recordings of up to eight HD cameras
  • Pre-configured for easy installation within minutes
  • Three-year warranty and 24/7/365 U.S.-based technical support for life with a dedicated toll-free line for surveillance products

Unlike traditional IP camera networks, Axis cameras can be configured to record directly to NAS devices without any Video Management Software running on the NAS, which significantly simplifies the process and reduces the overall cost.

The AXIS Camera Companion software makes camera configuration easy to record to a NAS or PC Server and can also be used for live viewing and accessing recorded content. The One-Click feature simplifies deployment of a camera network, allowing specially designed Buffalo and Axis products to seamlessly communicate with each other. Additionally, the AXIS Camera Companion determines the number of cameras on the network and enables users to select which cameras they want manage. When selected, AXIS Camera Companion communicates with the NAS and automatically sets up quotas, users and shares. It then automatically configures the cameras to connect to the NAS so that users never have to log into the NAS device or the cameras.

Pricing and Availability

The new LinkStation 420 NVR will be available sometime in the second quarter of 2014 for approximately $399.99 for the 2TB (LS420D0202S), $499.99 for the 4TB (LS420D0402S), and $749.99 for the 8TB (LS420D0802S). Like the other announced Buffalo products, the LinkStation 420 NVR is backed by a limited three-year warranty, which includes toll-free U.S.-based technical support available 24/7.

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