I just purchased a HD-H300LAN (10/100) Linkstation.
I am not a LINUX or PC expert. I am very familiar with Macs and OSX
I have access to my daughter's PC which can join our Airport Extreme
wireless network which is behind a Linksys BEFSR41 Router/Firewall
connected to a cable modem.
I have read some of the Buffalo Site, the Kuro box forum, the
LinkstationWIKI and this group's messages.
My intention is to share the LinkStation as a storage device among
the Macs and PCs of my family whether on my home wireless network or
remotely via the web.
#1 Accessing files, iTunes, iPhoto, etc. #2 Minimal backup use.
I am anticipating needing some help in setting up my Linkstation when
it arrives this Friday. Buffalo TechSupport suggested I call them
during the process.
I'll appreciate your recommendations in setting up a brand new
First, I understand I should upgrade the firmware after checking its
version. This process can only be done via a PC (not a Mac) in which
the firmware has been downloaded and whose firewall is disabled. The
firmware varies whether its a PPC or MIPSel version. The most current
firmwares do not have a security hole -- which makes hacking
modifications difficult. Agree? Should I upgrade? Should I use
OpenLink or FreeLink Firmware instead?
BTW How do you access the program (it must run only on a PC?)in which
the commands are issued to the Linkstation(as listed in the WIKI)?
Second, assigning the LinkStation a static manual IP address has
advantages over DHCP because their are fewer issues with reconnecting
to the network -- contrary to the setup manual. Agree? Should I
assign a manual IP?
Third, its confusing whether its a good idea to set up individual
users/groups with security or not -- I understand it may impact
performance. Agree? Should I designate one or multiple passwords?
Should I just designate all sharing permissions as Mac-PC since we
use both platforms?
Fourth, performance of the Linkstation can be improved but it
requires some Linux hacking skills? Anyone have a recommendation
and/or the procedure? Which modifications are worth the effort?
Fifth, you can upload your OSX or iPod or PC iTunes music library to
Linkstation BUT it will not function as an iTunes music server out-of-
the-box. Is this where installing Slimserver comes in?
Can a LINUX/PC Novice do this? Will Linkstation Slimserver function
without a Squeezbox to play through a networked connected Mac/PC
Sixth, why would I want to use the FTP function?
I may assemble some of the recommendations so others don't have to
struggle thru this each time they set up their new Linkstation.
Thanks for reading and any assistance suggested.