Tera Station 5200 

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For those who are serious about security it is not a case of extra cameras you need somewhere special to keep the evidence and here it is a box that can record everything from up to sixteen different cameras and keep it all securely.

BUFFALO TeraStation 5200 SAN storage
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This is collaboration between Buffalo the secure storage part and Axis Communications in my case the one camera.

The Buffalo box comes with WD Red hard drives that are pre configured for NAS use. So all you need to do is locate the cameras and make the connections. The stated time is less than twenty minutes from opening the shipping box.

The longest job is of course installing the camera of cameras to get the best view. As far as the box is concerned ten minutes is plenty to open the box remove the extraneous packaging and locate.

While there are more detailed instructions in the box the most important task is locate the key to remove a cardboard packing sheet from inside the box and a four image sheet is provided to facilitate this process.

The unit I was sent has two 1TB drives in the two bays of the unit. It is 16x16x23cm you will need a few extra centimetres behind the unit for connection of cables so increase the last figure to 28cm.

The Quick Setup Sheet located in the plastic bag along with the key to open the box is four sides of A4 side one is in English.

So having located the box you need to connect the supplied flat Ethernet cable between the box and your router, you also connect the supplied power lead between the box and a wall socket. Hopefully the point you choose to locate the box is less than the length of the Ethernet cable (2metres) and the power lead from a wall socket (1.7 metres).

Software for the Tera Station 5200 is available on the Buffalo site on a link supplied as well as software for the Axis Cameras. Once downloaded to your PC or MAC on the same router as the box unzip the file and click on the file mentioned in the Quick Setup Guide.

That’s about it follow the instructions and you will have a NAS Navigator 2 icon on your Desktop (on a MAC it is stated to be in the Dock). Once opened enter administrator username and password do chane these as the defaults are shown in the Quick Setup Guide and they are not had to guess.

Above the two bays in the Box is a 5x1.5cm display, this has four well marked LEDs above it and Power button to the displays left and Display and Function buttons to its right.

The sides top and base have nothing while the back has power connection top right a large cooling fan outlet below this and a line of connections along the bottom. First a slider switch to let you choose between Hard Disc and USB to boot the unit. First a nine pin (serial) connector that can be attached to a UPS, then a pair of USB3 ports, next to this a pair of USB2 ports, finally two Ethernet ports.

This is a well made solid box that should meet the security requirements of most insurance companies for the small to medium business (SMB) which the unit is aimed at.

I tested the AXIs M1114 camera that was supplied to me and it seems to work as you would expect with clear images. It was small in size and unobtrusive.

The Buffalo Tera Station TS5200DS is available from the first link below for £349.98 in the 2TB configuration I was sent but 4TB, 6TB and 8TB options are available. Remember this is for the box only cameras are extra.

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