Buffalo Technology LinkStation Pro Shared Network Storage User Manual

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User Manual

LinkStation Pro

Shared Network Storage

www.buffalotech.com

v1.7

 

Introduction

Congratulations on your new LinkStation Pro! This user manual is intended to assist you in configuring it.

Because we’re constantly updating our product, the images and text in this manual may vary slightly from the images and text displayed by your LinkStation. These changes are minor and should not affect the ease of setup adversely. As time passes, future user interfaces, updated software, and later versions of this manual may be freely available for download at our web site: http://www.buffalotech.com.

If you run into difficulties or need additional help, feel free to contact our technical support.

Contact information for Buffalo Technology and our technical support is available on pages 56 and 57.

Table of Contents

Initial Setup......................................................................

4

Install Software.................................................................

8

Accessing LinkStation Data from a PC.............................

12

Accessing LinkStation Data from a Mac...........................

13

LinkStation Layout..........................................................

18

Advanced Settings ..........................................................

20

Network Settings.............................................................

24

Domain and AD Settings..................................................

25

Disk Management............................................................

26

Shared Folders................................................................

30

Groups............................................................................

34

Users...............................................................................

35

Troubleshooting Multiple Shares.....................................

37

Backups .........................................................................

39

Maintenance Settings......................................................

43

System Status ................................................................

48

Client Utility....................................................................

52

Troubleshooting...............................................................

54

Technical Specifications...................................................

55

Contact Information (USA)...............................................

56

Contact Information (Europe) ..........................................

57

GPL Information .............................................................

58

Connecting your LinkStation

Begin by plugging your power cable andEthernet cable into the back of the LinkStation as shown.

Connect your Cables

Plug the power cord into a 120 volt wall socket or surge protecter.

Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into a hub, router, or switch in your network.

Powering up

Press thepower button on the front panel. LEDs will blink as your LinkStation boots up.

After your LinkStation has completed booting up, check the LINK/ACT LED on the front of the LinkStation. If it’s lit, then your LinkStation is connected properly, and you can go on to page 8. If it’s not lit, turn to page 7 for troubleshooting.

Setup Notes

The LinkStation’s Ethernet port will automatically adjust to use either a crossover or catch cable, so you may connect the LinkStation to your network with either type of Ethernet cable. Buffalo Technology doesn’t recommend connecting the LinkStation directly to a PC.

Verify that the LINK/ACT LED on the front of LinkStation is lit (see page 6’s picture). If it’s lit, go to page 8 to continue setting up LinkStation. If theLINK/ACT LED is still not lit, try the suggestions below to verify that you’re not suffering from common setup problems.

Having problems? Make sure that:

the LinkStation and the router, hub or switch are both powered on,

the Ethernet cable is securely plugged in at both ends, and

the Ethernet cable is not damaged. Verify this by trying a different Ethernet cable.

If problems persist, you may contact Buffalo Technology’s technical support. See pages 55 and 56 for technical support contact information.

Installing Software

Insert the LinkNavigator CD into your computer’s CD-ROMdrive.

On a PC, setup should automatically launch. If it does not, manually launch setup.exe by pressing Start and selecting theRun... option. When theRun dialog opens, typed:\setup.exe (where d is the drive letter of yourCD-ROMdrive). PressOK to continue.

If you are installing the software on a Mac, open the CD and click LinkNavigator to begin installation.

LinkNavigator Setup

Press the Begin Installation button to begin.

If you’re installing on a PC, click on Connect this PC to LinkStation (the green, lower button). Mac users can skip this step.

Click Next to step through the installation.

LinkNavigator Setup

Continue pressing Next to step through the installation.

When installation is complete, you may close the installation window.

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