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LinkStation™ Pro
High Performance 1-Drive Network Storage

LinkStation™ Pro offers high performance, feature rich network storage and backup for all PC and Mac® computers on your home network at speeds up to 76 MB/s. Stream music and movies and acccess your files over the Internet while away from home.


LinkStation™ Pro is a high performance 1-drive network storage device that comes equipped with a whole host of features, perfect for storing, sharing, serving and protecting your most important data. Back up multiple PCs and Mac® computers simultaneously and enjoy uninterrupted access to terabytes of storage on your network and even over the Internet while away from home.


With terabytes of storage, LinkStation Pro provides a reliable, central location to store all data from every PC and Mac® computer, tablet device and smartphone in your home or small office.

Store, access and share files from anywhere over your wireless network at speeds up to twice as fast as a standard USB hard drive!


LinkStation Pro is DLNA Certified™, supports Squeezebox® and can be used as an iTunes® server to stream all of your favorite music, movies and shows to multiple devices simultaneously.

Now you can relax and watch movies on your big screen TV while music is pumped outdoors by the pool. Centralize your media files for simple sharing and streaming.


LinkStation Pro features NovaBACKUP® Professional for Windows® and Time Machine® support for Mac for whole home data backup.

Disaster and hard drive failures happen unexpectedly; don't leave your important files and treasured memories in the hands of chance. Schedule backups for every computer in your house and easily protect all of your data, down to the very last byte.


Equipped with a high performance 1.6 GHz processor and DDR3 RAM, LinkStation Pro offers much more than simple home shared storage. This single drive network storage device boasts transfer speeds up to 76 MB/s, nearly twice as fast as a standard USB drive.


While on the go, Buffalo's free WebAccess service allows you to create a personal cloud for easy remote access and file sharing with anyone, anywhere over the Internet. Your data remains securely stored in one place on your home network, but you can access it quickly from any computer, tablet or smartphone device over the Web. Sharing is as easy as sending a link to your friends and family; they can securely access only the files you've selected for them to see.

For enhanced access on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android devices, download Buffalo's free WebAccess mobile apps.

WebAccess i for iPhone® and iPod® touch
WebAccess i HD for iPad®
WebAccess A for Android


LinkStation Pro runs on Buffalo's LinkStation NAS System, providing a host of useful features from network file sharing and security to RAID management, remote access and more. Included on all Buffalo LinkStation devices, LinkStation NAS System simplifies your everyday data needs.

Internal Hard Drives
Number of Drives 1
Drive Interface SATA 3 Gb/s
Hard Drive Capacities 2 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB
LAN Interface
Standard Compliance IEEE802.3ab / IEEE802.3 / IEEE802.3u Standard
Data Transfer Rates 10 / 100 / 1000 Mb/s
Connector Type RJ-45
Number of Ports 1
USB Interface
Standard Compliance USB 2.0
Connector Type A type
Number of Ports 1
Data Transfer Rates Max: 480 Mb/s (High Speed Mode)
Protocol Support
Networking TCP/IP
Management HTTP/HTTPS
Time Synchronization NTP
Dimensions (W x H x D) 1.78 x 6.89 x 6.15 in
Weight 2.5 lbs
Power Consumption (Watts) 17 W (Average)
Power Supply AC 100-240V 50/60 Hz
Client OS Support Windows® 8 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows® 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista® (32-bit/64-bit), Windows® XP, Windows® 2000, Windows Server® 2003, Windows Server® 2008, Mac OS® X 10.4 - 10.7
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Can I connect the LinkStation Pro to a PC with the USB port?

To connect the LinkStation Pro directly to a PC, use the Ethernet port. The USB port is designed to connect external USB devices, such as memory sticks or external hard drives, to the LinkStation Pro. Files on these devices will then be available on the network.

Can I replace the hard drive in my LinkStation Pro by myself?

During the warranty period, use only hard drives sold by Buffalo Americas. If maintaining your warranty is no longer a concern, most 7200 rpm SATA drives from reputable manufacturers will work fine in the LinkStation. Because of thermal and power issues, the use of drives with speeds higher than 7200 rpm is not recommended.

Does the LinkStation Pro come with a hard drives, or is it a bare shell?

The LinkStation Pro comes with one internal hard drive. It is complete and ready to use.

Does the LinkStation Pro work with my Mac?

Yes, the LinkStation Pro works perfectly with Mac OS X 10.3.9 and later. The LinkStation Pro also provides support for Time Machine functionality.

Does the Web Access feature require any software to be installed on a PC?

No. Buffalo Web Access feature is completely embedded into the firmware of the LinkStation.

Does the Web Access feature require the subscription to a service?

No. Buffalo Web Access feature is completely free of charge.

How does the BitTorrent download feature work?

The BitTorrent feature is access through a web browser where a user can upload a .torrent tracker file or simply provide a URL to a tracker. The LinkStation Pro then downloads the BitTorrent file(s) to the pre-determined download directory.

How fast is the LinkStation Pro?

The LinkStation Pro features a 1.6 GHz embedded processor and DDR3 RAM and can achieve gigabit network transfer speeds of up to 76 MB/s (608 Mb/s). Depending on network conditions and the types of files being transferred, performance may vary.

How many users does the LinkStation Pro support?

The LinkStation Pro does not have a specific user limit and can conceivably support unlimited users. However, depending on the application and use case, the device may provide limited user support. Although the LinkStation Pro can support hundreds of users simultaneously in simple environments (sharing word documents, etc.), it is designed for homes and small offices with up to approximately 50 basic users.

Installing NAS Navigator for Mac OS

  1. Download the latest version of NAS Navigator from the Buffalo downloads page.
  2. From the Dock, select the Downloads icon and open the nasnavi installation file.
  3. Click Install.
  4. Check the warning and click Open.
  5. Click Install NAS Navigator.
  6. Once the installation finishes, click OK.
  7. NAS Navigator should now be in the Dock.

Installing NAS Navigator for Windows

  1. Download the latest version of NAS Navigator from the Buffalo downloads page.
  2. Right-click on the file and extract it.
  3. Follow the wizard or use another application of your choiceto extract the file.
  4. After successful extraction, open the location folder.
  5. Double-click on the installation file.
  6. You may be prompted for administrator permission. If the security dialog box appears, click Run.
  7. On the User Account Control dialog box, click Yes. If you are not logged in as the administrator, you will be prompted for the system password.
  8. When installation finishes, click OK.
  9. Double-click the icon on the desktop to start NAS Navigator.

Is the LinkStation Pro compatible with Windows Server 2000, 2003 or 2008?

Yes. The LinkStation Pro works perfectly with Windows Server 2000, 2003 and 2008. However, some of the included software (NovaStor NovaBACKUP) is not compatible with server versions of Windows.

What do I do if I get an I52 (An unknown error occurred) from my LinkStation in NASNavigator2?

This error occurs when there is a firmware update available for your device and your version of NASNavigator2 is out of date.  Please download and install the latest NASNavigator2 from here:

Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
DMG 277.54 MB
Download »
2014-10-27 1.69 Mac OS X Firmware Updater For Intel Based Macs Only
ZIP 271.35 MB
Download »
2014-10-27 1.69 Windows Firmware Updater for Windows
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
TXT 532.00 B
Download »
2010-11-22     HOWTO to update the media server
PDF 10.25 MB
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2010-11-19     LS-VL Manual
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 12.26 MB
Serial Number Required »
2013-05-15 1.17 Windows TurboPC EX for NAS - NAS file copy RAM cache utility
ZIP 493.18 KB
Serial Number Required »
2012-10-24 1.13 Windows
Tool for Changing the File-sharing Security Level.  Before delegating authority to an external SMB server on your LinkStation or TeraStation, use this utility to change the file sharing security level of your Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008 computer.

ZIP 16.69 MB
Serial Number Required »
2012-05-02 1.00 Windows WebAccess for Windows.
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 6.13 MB
Download »
2015-02-05 2.81 Windows NAS Navigator for Windows
ZIP 5.98 MB
Download »
2015-02-05 2.81 Mac OS X NAS Navigator for Mac
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 155.04 MB
Serial Number Required »
2013-10-23 12 Windows NovaStor Professional V12 for Linkstations
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 85.88 MB
Serial Number Required »
2013-07-02 2.30 Windows LinkNavigator for LS-VL - Windows
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 17.39 MB
Download »
2013-07-02 2.30 Mac LinkNavigator for LS-VL - Mac
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
TXT 4.72 KB
Download »
2015-02-05 2.81 Windows Readme for NAS Navigator for Windows
TXT 6.51 KB
Download »
2015-02-05 2.81 Mac Readme for NAS Navigator for Mac
TXT 2.02 KB
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2014-10-27 1.69 Windows Readme for Firmware updater for Windows
TXT 2.21 KB
Download »
2014-10-27 1.69 Mac OS X Readme for Mac Firmware Updater
TXT 1.35 KB
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2013-07-02 2.30 Mac Readme for LS-VL LinkNavigator
TXT 1.69 KB
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2013-07-02 2.30   LinkNavigator Readme
TXT 1019.00 B
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2013-05-15 1.17 Windows Readme for TurboPC EX 1.17
TXT 1.73 KB
Download »
2012-10-24 1.13 Windows

Readme for the File-sharing Security Level Changing Tool.

TXT 93.00 B
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2012-07-02 1.60-20120615   Release notes for DTCP update.  Update by clicking "Update Media Server" in the Admin GUI.
TXT 3.04 KB
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2012-05-02 1.00 Windows Readme for Webaccess for Windows