Buffalo Technology LINKSTATION HS-DGL User Manual

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Quick Setup Guide

LinkStation MultiMedia Home Server


Package Contents:

Main unit (LinkStation)


LinkStation Base Plate


Base Rubber Feet


Ethernet Cable


Power Cord


LinkNavigator Installation CD


Quick Setup Guide (this user’s guide)


Warranty card


LinkStation’s face is protected during shipping by a plastic fi lm covering. The fi lm may be removed by peeling it away from any corner of the front face.



Step 1: Connect your Cables

Plug LinkStation’s power cord into a power outlet. Then, plug the included Ethernet Cable into the Ethernet port on the back of LinkStation.

Connect the other end of the Ethernet Cable into a hub, switch, or router on the network, or connect it directly to a PC. Connecting directly to a PC is not recommended. Many features, including DHCP, will not work when LinkStation is connected directly to a PC.

Press the power button on the front of LinkStation to turn it on.


Step 2: Check your Connection

Check the LINK/ACT light on the front of the LinkStation. If it is lit, then LinkStation is connected properly; please turn toPage 4 to continue setup. If it is not lit, continue to the next step.

If the LINK/ACT light is still not lit, please verify the following:

Both LinkStation and the hub, switch, or PC are powered on.The Ethernet Cable is securely fastened to both devices.

If problems persist, contact our technical support. See Page 9 for support contact information.


Step 3: Link Navigator Software

Insert the LinkNavigator CD into the PC’sCD-ROMdrive. Depending on the PC’s confi guration, the EasySetup program may launch. If

it does not automatically launch, manually launch it by pressing the Startmenu and selecting theRun...

option. When the ‘Run’ dialog opens, type x:\easysetup.exe (where X is the drive letter of the CD-ROMdrive). PressOKto continue.

Link Navigator is now running.

Please press the Install IP Setup Utilitybutton, then press the


The LinkStation IP Address Confi guration Utility will launch and begin scanning for all available LinkStation devices on the network.

The IP Setup Utility allows you to easily confi gure LinkStation’s network settings. TheSearchbutton willre-scanthe network for all available LinkStations. The drop down menu lists all available LinkStations. If there are multiple LinkStations on the network, then select the proper LinkStation from the drop down menu. Once the

proper LinkStation has been selected from the drop down menu, press the Change IP Addressbutton.


Step 4: Using the Confi guration Utility

This part of the program changes LinkStation’s IP Address. Check the box that statesAcquire IP Address Automatically. This will give LinkStation an IP Address from the network’s router/DHCP server. A static IP Address and gateway can also be set if preferred. TheAdministrator Passwordfi eld sets an administrator

password for the web-basedconfi guration. If a password is desired, then type a password in the fi eld. When fi nished, press theOKbutton. LinkStation will confi rm and set the IP Address settings.

These are LinkStation’s main confi guration menus. Please bookmark this page so it can be accessed for future confi guration changes.

Refer to the User Manual for detailed explanations of each menu and their settings. The User Manual is located on the LinkNavigaor CD-ROM.

The login prompt will appear. The user name is root.

There is NO password by default. If a password was specifi ed on the previous step, then type that password in the ‘Password’ fi eld. Press the OKbutton when fi nished.

Please note that Pcast media server option can only be used in conjunction with a Buffalo LinkTheater.

To continue setup, click on the Basicsettings button. This will allow you to setup some important settings.

Then click on the LinkStation Name Setuplink.


The LinkStation name will be required to access

LinkStation. A friendly, easy name is recommended. Enter a suitable name in the

LinkStation Namefi eld. Feel free to use your fi rst or last name, a description of the data to be installed on

LinkStation, or simply name it LinkStation. Enter a short description of LinkStation in the LinkStation Descriptionfi eld. Once completed, press theApplybutton.

By default there are two shares on LinkStation. If you would like to create additional shares for specifi c users or specifi c types of data, then click on theSecuritytab. Then click on theShared Folder Setuplink. From this confi guration page you can add new shares or edit existing shares.Press theAdd

a New Folderbutton to begin creating a new shared folder.

To begin setting up a new share, enter an appropriate share/folder name in the

Shared Folder Name

fi eld. Enter a description of the share in the Shared Folder Descriptionfi eld. It

is recommended to leave the remaining settings in their default state. Please refer to the User Manual on the

LinkNavigator CD-ROMbefore changing any of these settings. Press theApplybutton when fi nished. Please repeat this step to create additional shares.


Step 5: Accessing LinkStation Data from a PC

Accessing LinkStation data is performed using the following steps:

Press theStartmenu, select theRun...option. When the ‘Run’ dialog appears, please type \\LinkStation_Name (where LinkStation_Name is the ‘LinkStation Name’ set onPage 6). PressOKto continue.

LinkStation’s ‘Root Directory’ will appear. You will see all of the confi gured shares. All users can read and write to all folders. To setup security and password protection, please

refer to the User Manual on the LinkNavigator CD-ROM.Also, please refer to the User Manual to setup the print server. A drive letter can also be mapped

for LinkStation, see the next step for more information. LinkStation can be accessed by multiple computers simultaneously.

From the previous step’s ‘Root Directory’ screen, use the pull down menu and clickToolsand then selectMap Network Drive. The ‘Map Network Drive’ program will run. Select the drive letter you would like LinkStation to assume from the ‘Drive:’ pull down menu. Enter the \\LinkStation_Name\share_ name in the ‘Folder:’ fi eld (where

LinkStation_Name is the ‘LinkStation Name’ and share_name is the‘Shared Folder Name’ both set onPage 6). Once complete, check the‘Reconnect at logon’ box and press theFinishbutton.

Congratulations, LinkStation is set up! Please see the User Manual on the LinkNavigator CD-ROMfor more help and confi guration options.


Technical Specifi cations

LAN Standards:

IEEE 802.3u 100BASE-TX;IEEE 802.3



Transmission Types:







(10BASE-T)Manchester Coding

Access Media:


Media Interface:


USB Standard:

USB 2.0







USB Connector:

USB A Connector (2)

Data Transmission Speed:

Max: 480 Mbps (HS Mode)


Max: 12 Mbps (FS Mode)

Electric Current:

5.0V 1.5A, 12V 1.5A

Power Consumption:

17W Maximum


2.4 x 6.94 x 7.4 in. (60 x 173.5 x 185 mm.)


3.8 LB. (1.3 kg.)

Operating Temperature:


FCC Warning

This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the

following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and

(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.


Technical Support

Buffalo Technology customers can obtain technical support using the following information:

Online Help: Available from www.buffalotech.com.

User Manual: Available on the Software CD enclosed with your purchase.

North America Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Telephone: 866-752-6210Email: info@buffalotech.com

Europe Support is available between9am-6pm(GMT) MondayThursday and9am-4:30pmon Fridays.

Email: helpdesk@buffalo-technology.ie