LinkStation™ 421 Diskless Network Attached Storage

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LS421DE-EU
LinkStation™ 421 series: Network Attached Storage
Faster, Easier, More Intuitive, and Front-Facing USB 3.0
Buffalo Technology’s new LinkStation™ 421DE is the next generation two bay NAS enclosure: the 421DE comes in a sleek grey chassis and features easy setup, a new intuitive interface, and a free personal cloud for remote access from anywhere via web browsers or smart devices.
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Arrange it according to your own taste!

The LS421DE enclosure is a highly customizable network attached storage solution with great flexibility: Users can start by installing one drive and add another – when and if needed – to easily increase their network’s capacity and capability.

Music Lovers, Easy Listeners, and Audiophiles Alike: The LS421DE Series Is Ready For Your Music Library

  • World’s First! Direct Stream Digital (DSD) playback: stream high-end audio files without losing quality
  • Buffalo is working in co-operation with most major Audio equipment brands to ensure interoperability between LS400 series and network-capable AV Receivers and Network Players and Streamers
  • Buffalo’s LinkStations’ DSD playback works with both DSD-native and DSD over PCM devices for Universal Plug-n-Play*. Watch this video for more information
  • Sleek chassis design is optimised for quiet operation that won’t interfere with music playback:
    • Compatible with 2.5” Hard Drives allowing users to opt for SSD or Hybrid drives and further minimizing operational noise
    • Specialized Japanese-designed cooling fan uses fluid bearings
    • Hard Drive trays include a metal spring for added stability

 

*Please consult compatibility list


Download the latest firmware here.

NovaBACKUP®

The LinkStation™  421DE is bundled with five licenses of NovaBACKUP® Professional (SRP: 249EUR); this is an easy-to-use backup solution that automatically backs up your personal documents along with your favourite photos, music, and important email files safely and securely. Learn more about this award winning software.

Fast Speed Transfers

The LinkStation 421DE’s latest new generation Dual Issue CPU delivers noticeably improved performance and very fast transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s!

Powerful backup NovaBACKUP

The LinkStation™ 421 is bundled with five licenses of NovaBACKUP® Professional. The NovaBACKUP® Professional automatically backs up your personal documents along with your favorite photos, music and videos, and protects your data on workstations locally and online. Regardless of theft, user error or hardware failure, NovaBACKUP® keeps your data secure. Learn more about this award winning software.

Built-in BitTorrent

Download media files directly to your LinkStation™ 421 without having to power up your PC with the built-in BitTorrent™ client. A BitTorrent™ client is a programme that uses the BitTorrent™ protocol to manage large file downloads and uploads over the Internet.

Buffalo's Web Access Technology

Buffalo's unique Web Access feature allows you to easily access and share your photos, music files, and videos stored on your Buffalo NAS with anyone who has access to the Internet. No special software is required. Simply send a link via e-mail to your friends and family so they can securely access the files you've selected for them to see.

Direct Stream Digital (DSD)

Stream digital music in studio quality - the LS400 series has the world’s First Direct Stream Digital (DSD) playback and streams high-end audio files without losing quality. Buffalo is working together with major Audio equipment brands to ensure compatibility with most network-capable AV Receivers, Players, and Streamers and DSD-native and DSD over PCM file formats.

Gigabit Ethernet port 10/100/1000

Gigabit Ethernet port enabled for high-speed network connectivity.

Built-in FTP and print servers

Access your LinkStation™ 421 files via the built-in FTP server or print from anywhere on your network via the built-in print server, using USB 2.0 printer.

Active Directory support

Works as a client in an Active Directory domain allowing the LinkStation™ 421 to utilise the domain users and groups.

Seamlessly Wired to iTunes

Access music files stored on your LinkStation™ 421 with your iTunes software.

Backup for multiple Mac computers

Supports Apple Time Machine - for backing up multiple Mac computers.

Quick and easy setup

The LinkStation™ 421 is easy to configure and install with its simple, web-based interface.

Restricted network access

Set access to network at group and user security levels to protect data.

USB port

Expand storage by adding a USB hard drive via the USB port.

Backup for LinkStations

Schedule backups from one LinkStation™ to another over your LAN network or to an external hard disk drive via USB.

System
CPU Type
Marvell ARMADA 370 ARM (Dual Issue)
CPU Speed
1.2GHz
Performance
Read: 100+MB/s (Direct Gigabit Network Connection)
RAM
DDR3 512MB
Internal Hard Drives
Number of Bays
2
Total Capacity
Enclosure
Drive Interface
SATA 1, 1.5Gb/s
Supported HDD Capacities
1, 2, 3, 4TB (sold separately) 
Supported RAID Levels
JBOD, 0, 1
LAN
Standard Compliance
IEEE802.3ab / IEEE802.3u / IEEE802.3 Standard
Connector Type
RJ-45 
Number of Ports
1
Data Transfer Rates
10/100/1000Mbps  
USB
Standard Compliance
USB 2.0, USB 3.0
Connector Type
USB type A
Number of Ports
1 x USB2.0 (back) 1 x USB3.0 (front)
Data Transfer Rates
USB2.0 480Mbps/ USB3.0 5Gbps
Protocol Support
Networking
TCP/IP
File Sharing
SMB/CIFS, FTP, HTTP/HTTPS, AFP
Management
HTTP/HTTPS
Time Synchronisation
NTP  
Other
Supported OS
Windows 8 (32/64bit), Windows® 7 (32/64bit), Windows® Vista™ (32/64bit), Windows® XP, Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005, Windows® Server 2008/2012 (32/64bit), Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Dimensions
87x205x128mm
Weight
800g   
Operating Environment
5 - 35° C, 20-80% (non-condensing)
Power Consumption (Max.)
Ave 26W / Max 48W (with no USB devices connected)   
Power Supply
External AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz
Product Part Numbers
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LS421DE-EU   
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KitGuru – LinkStation 421DE

Verdict: 8 / 10

Comments: “The Buffalo LinkStation LS421DE device offers a really simple way to add storage to your home network. With two hard drive bays and the option for Raid 0 there is plenty of potential for fast networking performance.”

Buffalo LS-421 Diskless NAS Review

Geek News Central – LinkStation 421

Comments: Overall, the LS-421 is a tidy NAS unit and with an online price of GB£85 (without drives), it’s definitely one of the cheaper NAS enclosures. It’s nippy and with a total capacity potential of 8 TB, it can grow as your needs require.

 

 

Tech Nutty – Buffalo Technology LinkStation 421DE 2-Bay Network Storage Diskless Enclosure Review

Positive: Two USB ports, ability to stream movies and music to other devices and very fast Negative: Not the cheapest option but still ok Rating: N/A

KitGuru – LinkStation 421DE

Verdict: 8 / 10

Comments: “The Buffalo LinkStation LS421DE device offers a really simple way to add storage to your home network. With two hard drive bays and the option for Raid 0 there is plenty of potential for fast networking performance.”

Buffalo LS-421 Diskless NAS Review

Geek News Central – LinkStation 421

Comments: Overall, the LS-421 is a tidy NAS unit and with an online price of GB£85 (without drives), it’s definitely one of the cheaper NAS enclosures. It’s nippy and with a total capacity potential of 8 TB, it can grow as your needs require.

 

 

Tech Nutty – Buffalo Technology LinkStation 421DE 2-Bay Network Storage Diskless Enclosure Review

Positive: Two USB ports, ability to stream movies and music to other devices and very fast Negative: Not the cheapest option but still ok Rating: N/A

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Sorry, there is no award or review available in this language.

KitGuru – LinkStation 421DE

Verdict: 8 / 10

Comments: “The Buffalo LinkStation LS421DE device offers a really simple way to add storage to your home network. With two hard drive bays and the option for Raid 0 there is plenty of potential for fast networking performance.”

Buffalo LS-421 Diskless NAS Review

Geek News Central – LinkStation 421

Comments: Overall, the LS-421 is a tidy NAS unit and with an online price of GB£85 (without drives), it’s definitely one of the cheaper NAS enclosures. It’s nippy and with a total capacity potential of 8 TB, it can grow as your needs require.

 

 

Tech Nutty – Buffalo Technology LinkStation 421DE 2-Bay Network Storage Diskless Enclosure Review

Positive: Two USB ports, ability to stream movies and music to other devices and very fast Negative: Not the cheapest option but still ok Rating: N/A

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File Post date Version OS Support Notes  
21-03-2014
For supported OS see release notes

Firmware

File Post date Version OS Support Notes  
13-02-2014
1.31
Windows
For supported OS and new features see release notes.
13-02-2014
1.31
Windows
13-02-2014
1.31
Intel Mac
For supported OS and new features see release notes.
13-02-2014
1.31
Intel Mac

Manual / Set-up

File Post date Version OS Support Notes  
20-12-2013
20-12-2013

CD Images

File Post date Version OS Support Notes  
09-07-2013
1.20
Windows
For supported OS see release notes
09-07-2013
1.20
Windows
09-07-2013
1.20
Intel Mac
For supported OS see release notes
09-07-2013
1.20
Intel Mac

Utilities

File Post date Version OS Support Notes  
21-03-2014
-
Windows
21-03-2014
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Intel Mac