IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Buffalo TeraStation III 2TB review

We've had mixed responses to Buffalo's previous NAS efforts. Can its updated TeraStation impress us?

Buffalo TeraStation III 2TB
Price
£506

A NAS device's web management interface doesn't sound particularly glamorous, but it is an important component since, depending on how well designed it is, it can make configuration and maintenance of your NAS either a breeze or a nightmare. Thankfully, Buffalo's redesign left us impressed.

The previous interface, which has been used on all Buffalo NAS devices for the past couple of years now, had all its controls logically organised into a collapsible Windows Explorer-like tree menu along the left hand side of your browser window. As well as looking dated it could be clunky to use since it wasn't AJAX-based. Some tasks, such as assigning user accounts and groups different access permissions to different folders, took longer to complete than necessary, or weren't as intuitive as other NAS devices.

The new AJAX-based interface looks far sleeker and always displays useful information in the top right hand corner, such as the TeraStation's current IP address. The controls have been reorganised into a less bewildering number of categories arranged as a series of tabs running along the top of your browser window. It's less intimidating than both the Buffalo's own older interface as well as other NAS AJAX interfaces, such as the ones included with Synology and QNap NAS devices.

If you're used to the previous interface it can take some getting used to, but it's well-designed so it's worth bearing with. For example, the controls for creating user accounts, assigning them to groups and setting usage quotas is accomplished from a single screen, making it one of the easiest and quickest to use we've seen. Creating more than a few user accounts can be tedious in other NAS administration interfaces, but multiple accounts can be created fairly quickly using a text-based interface. A graphical interface would have been even better, but it's still useful to have. Active Directory support is present too.

Featured Resources

Four strategies for building a hybrid workplace that works

All indications are that the future of work is hybrid, if it's not here already

Free webinar

The digital marketer’s guide to contextual insights and trends

How to use contextual intelligence to uncover new insights and inform strategies

Free Download

Ransomware and Microsoft 365 for business

What you need to know about reducing ransomware risk

Free Download

Building a modern strategy for analytics and machine learning success

Turning into business value

Free Download

Most Popular

Russian hackers declare war on 10 countries after failed Eurovision DDoS attack
hacking

Russian hackers declare war on 10 countries after failed Eurovision DDoS attack

16 May 2022
16 ways to speed up your laptop
Laptops

16 ways to speed up your laptop

13 May 2022
Windows Server admins say latest Patch Tuesday broke authentication policies
Server & storage

Windows Server admins say latest Patch Tuesday broke authentication policies

12 May 2022