Buffalo Technology LS-QL-R5 User Manual

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Quick Setup Guide


LinkStation Quad

Package Contents:

LinkStation Quad

Ethernet Cable

Power Adaptor & Cord

LinkNavigator Installation CD

Quick Setup Guide (this manual)

Warranty Card



Front Panel Layout

Power Switch

Power LEDDisk LEDs(Green-AccessRed-Error)

Function Button

Function LED


Note: The LinkStation’s front panel is removable by pulling it straight forward. Do not lift the unit by its front panel. It may come off suddenly, allowing the unit to fall.


Rear Panel Layout

Power Mode - Auto



Ethernet LED

Ethernet Port

Power Adaptor

Cable Guide


Installing Your LinkStation

Insert the LinkNavigator CD into your computer’s CD-ROMdrive. Setup will launch automatically. Click on your chosen language. If you are installing the software on

a Mac, open the CD and click LinkNavigator to

begin installation.

Click on Begin


Click Next to step through the installation.


The wizard will step you through installation. Follow the directions on each screen and continue pressing

Next to step through the installation.

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

Congratulations! Your LinkStation is ready to use. Turn to page 6 for more on using your LinkStation with a PC, or page 7 for more on using your LinkStation with a Mac®.

Please see the LinkStation User Manual on your LinkNavigator

CD for more help and configuration options.


Using your LinkStation with a Windows PC

If you’re using a Windows PC, three new icons will be on your desktop: Buffalo NAS Navigator,LS-QLxxx Setup results, andLS-QLxxx,where xxx is the last three

characters of the unit’s MAC address. The

LS-QLxxxSetup results.txt file contains the IP address and networkinformation for the LinkStation.

The LS-QLxxx shortcut will take directly to the folders on your LinkStation.

Share is the main folder that you can put filesand folders in. Info contains a copy of your user manual.

The Buffalo NAS Navigatoricon opens the LinkStation’s client utility. This lets you easily view system information for your LinkStation(s). If you right-click

on your LinkStation’s icon and choose Open Web Admin, it will take you to the

Web Administration Tool, where you may change your LinkStation’s settings. Until you change it, the GUI’s username is “admin” and the password is “password”. Consult your user manual for more information on the Buffalo NAS Navigator and the Web Admin Tool.


Using your LinkStation with a Mac

After installing the LinkNavigator software, your Mac will have new icons.

On the desktop, the LS-QLSettings.

txt file contains the IP address of your LinkStation. In the

Finder, NASNavigator is the LinkStation’s client utility.

Clicking NASNavigator opens the LinkStation’s client utility. This lets you easily view system information for your LinkStation and change its settings. Consult your user manual for more information on the Buffalo NAS Navigator.

From the Finder, click Go, and then chooseConnect to Server.

With the information in the LSQLSettings.txt file, you can easily

connect to the LinkStation from any of your computers on your local network.


Using your LinkStation with a Mac

In the Server Address field, enter

your LinkStation’s IP address in the form smb://ipaddress

(where “ipaddress” is your

LinkStation’s IP address), and click Connect.

You can get your LinkStation’s

IP address from the LSQLSettings.txt file on your


Select Guest and click onConnect. Note: If you have

configured share permissions

on your LinkStation, select

Registered User and enter your login credentials.

Select share from the list of folders on the LinkStation.

The share will open. A link to it will appear on your desktop.


Technical Specifications

Data Transfer:

10/100/1000 Mbps

Hard Drives:

3.5” SATA II (3 Gb/s)



Main Connector:


USB Interface:

USB 2.0/1.1



Protocol Support:

TCP/IP, AppleTalk


SMB, FTP (File Sharing)


HTTP (Management)


NTP (Time Synchronization)



Power Supply:


Client OS Support:

Windows® Vista, XP, 2000, Server 2003*,


Server 2008*, Mac OS® 10.3.9 or later

Power Consumption:

~45W (with no USB devices connected)


5.91” x 5.91” x 9.01” (150 x 150 x 230 mm)




12.5 pounds (5.7 kg)

Operating Environment:


Technical Support

Buffalo Technology offers free technical support. See the back page of this guide for contact information. Please also visit our web site at www.buffalotech.com.

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.

*The LinkStation and its client utility work well with Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008, but many of the optional utilities (such as backup software) included with the LinkStation are not supported.

† Mac and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.