LinkStation LS-CHL
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LinkStation Live - LS-CHL

Buffalo's LinkStation Live is the dependable way to seamlessly store and share your data in one location, accessible by any PC or Mac on your home network. Share with everyone at home and even with friends and family over the Internet with Web Access. Easily stream your favorite music and movies from your LinkStation Live directly to your PC, Mac, or DLNA media player in your home entertainment center. User-friendly LinkStation Live makes sharing simple.

• With Web Access you can use a Web browser to ACCESS and UPLOAD your files! Anytime, from Anywhere!
• Use Web Access for iPhone to ACCESS files on your LinkStation!
• The eco-friendly power savings mode cuts cost and powers down the LinkStation based on the power state of your PC
• iTunes automatically makes the LinkStation available as a content source in your iTunes software
• Attach a printer to the network, add a USB hard drive for additional storage or backup or connect to a UPS for AC power failure management
• Built-in FTP and Print servers
• Built-in DLNA CERTIFIED™  streaming media server
• Support for Time Machine™ Functionality
NovaBACKUP® Professional backup software included*
• Built-in BitTorrent client is the global standard for accessing rich media over the Internet
* LinkStation Live purchased May 1, 2010 and after is eligible for a free upgrade if the purchased device did not contain NovaBACKUP. Click here for more information.
Simple File Sharing over Web

With Buffalo's Web Access, you can download files, view pictures, stream music and movies, and even upload data to your LinkStation Live - anytime, anywhere over the Internet. You can even access your documents and digital media library with your iPhone!

The LinkStation Live includes a built-in USB Print Server for sharing one printer with all computers in your home. Plus, the USB port can be used to expand the storage capacity or as a direct backup by simply attaching a USB 2.0 hard drive to the back of the unit.
LAN Interface
Standard Compliance IEEE802.3ab / IEEE802.3 / IEEE802.3u Standard (1000 BASE-T / 100 BASE-TX / 10 BASE-T)
Data Transfer Rates 10 / 100 / 1000 Mb/s
Connector Type RJ-45
Number of Ports 1
Internal Hard Drives
Number of Drives 1
Drive Interface SATA 3 Gb/s
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) Average 17 W (with no USB devices connected)
Client OS Support Windows® 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista® (32-bit/64-bit), Windows® XP, Windows® 2000, Windows Server® 2008, Windows Server® 2003, Mac OS® X 10.4 - 10.7
Power Supply AC 100-240V 50/60 Hz
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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.

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
ZIP 273.98 MB
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2015-04-07 1.70 Windows Firmware Windows Updater.  LS-XHL and LS-CHL(v2)
ZIP 280.11 MB
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2015-04-07 1.70 Mac Firmware updater for Mac - LS-XHL and LS-CHL(v2)
TXT 3.01 KB
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2011-05-26 1.12 Windows Readme for ver. 1.11 Firmware - If your LinkStation Live has version 1.11 firmware or lower, this is the most recent compatible firmware for your unit.
ZIP 150.46 MB
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2011-05-26 1.12   If your LinkStation Live has version 1.11 firmware or lower, this is the most recent compatible firmware for your unit.
ZIP 155.33 MB
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2011-05-24 1.12 Mac Mac Updater Version 1.12.  If your LinkStation Live has version 1.11 firmware or lower, this is the most recent compatible firmware for your unit.
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
TXT 3.36 KB
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2011-05-24 1.12 Mac OS X  
PDF 141.27 KB
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2010-05-19     List of supported UPS devices for this model
TXT 997.00 B
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2010-03-05 2.20 Mac Readme for LinkNavigator Installer
PDF 4.68 MB
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2009-05-28 1.1 All LS-CHL Manual
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
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.
ZIP 21.13 MB
Serial Number Required »
2008-10-21 1.26 Windows Memeo for Vista
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 6.13 MB
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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 217.05 MB
Serial Number Required »
2010-03-08 2.20 Windows® XP, Windows® 2000, Windows® Server 2003 & 2 CD Image
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
ZIP 14.46 MB
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2010-03-05 2.20 Mac OS® 10.3.9 or later CD Image
Type File Post Date Version OS Support Notes
TXT 2.17 KB
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2015-04-07 1.70 Windows Readme for Windows firmware updater
TXT 2.34 KB
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2015-04-07 1.70 Mac Readme for Mac firmware updater
TXT 4.72 KB
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2015-02-05 2.81 Windows Readme for NAS Navigator for Windows
TXT 6.51 KB
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2015-02-05 2.81 Mac Readme for NAS Navigator for Mac
TXT 1.73 KB
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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