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Time Machine

As with previous versions of TeraStations, the 5000 series of TeraStations can also be used as an Apple Time Machine target. I created a shared folder named “TimeMachine” and enabled the Time Machine service in the Backup menu. On my Mac, I opened Time Machine Preferences and expected to see the share listed as a potential Time Machine target. It wasn’t listed. I did an AFP mount of the TimeMachine share and then it appeared as a selectable target. The initial backup (169 GB) as well as subsequent hourly backups ran as expected.

Anti Virus

Anti Virus is a new feature for the 5000 series of TeraStations. Anti Virus is provided by Trend Micro, with licenses available for one, three and five years ($79. 99, $149. 99, $219, respectively).

By charging for AV, Buffalo is putting the TeraStation at a disadvantage compared to NETGEAR's ReadyNASes that include it for free. At a minimum, a 30 day trial should be included to allow TeraStation owners to evaulate the AV feature before commiting to a license.

The Trend Micro NAS Security has a nice looking console that's accessible via a web browser at port 14942 (http://ip_address:14942). After activating the product with a license, you have scan options for file types and can set scheduled scans as well as scheduled updates. The screenshot below shows that the Scan Engine, Virus Pattern and Spyware/Grayware Patterns are all up to date, and that a manual scan showed there were no infections.

Trend Micro NAS Security Console

Tredn Micro NAS Security console

Video Surveillance

Another new TeraStation 5000 and 7000 series feature is a built-in video surveillance server. Designed and maintained in conjunction with Soleratec, Video Surveillance lets you use the TeraStation 5000 and 7000 series NASes as part of a video surveillance system. 5000 Series TeraStations can support up to 10 cameras and 7000 series, up to 50 cameras.

Video surveillance includes an application that runs on the TeraStation and a management console that runs on a Windows PC. To get started, you need a camera that supports RTSP (real time streaming protocol). Buffalo’s website provides a link to SoleraTec where you can search for compatible RSTP cameras. You also need to download the management software from Buffalo’s web site. You’ll need the serial number of your TeraStation in order to download the software.

The TeraStation 5000 user guide provides good step-by-step instructions for setting up and registering the camera, specifying the shared folder on the TeraStation, and activating the first camera using the included free license. If you want to add additional cameras, you need to purchase camera licenses. Prices are:: 1 license pack - $57-$70; 3 license pack - $117-$150; and a 5 license pack - $232-$280.

There’s also a separate user manual for the Video Surveillance System. If you are considering using a TeraStation as part of a video surveillance solution, the two user manuals should give you a good understanding of the capabilities of the system.

I set up and tested the video surveillance system using an Axis M0154 camera Buffalo loaned me. The gallery below will give you an idea of how the surveillance system works.

Closing Thoughts

Buffalo has significantly improved its NAS user interface with the latest version of their firmware. Though the configuration options are limited, some users may appreciate having the option of an EasyAdmin interface.

Buffalo continues their tradition of having a good remote access solution. Their free dynamic DNS (DDNS) at Buffalonas.com works well and UPnP properly opened firewall ports on a non-Buffalo router. Though the remote setup seemed a bit kludgy using the advanced interface, the video posted on YouTube makes it easy to follow. I especially liked that you have share level control of who has access and how much access they have.

Even with these improvements, however, Buffalo's NAS OS still lags significantly behind its competition in terms of breadth of applications supported. And its lack of an add-in / app system means that its feature set will probably continue to lag.

But if you are happy with Buffalo's TeraStation NAS feature set, its revamped NAS System puts an easier-to-use face on it.

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