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LinkStation Live™ with BitTorrent

LinkStation Live™ with BitTorrent
Machine Feroceon-KW
CPU 88F6281 600MHz Clock Speed
Flash ROM 128 MByte
Other integrated hardware crypto engine
NIC 1000/100/10Mbps
USB one USB 2.0 ( Marvell USB EHCI Host controller)
internal HDD 1TB Model WD Caviar Green WD10EADS 7200RPM)
IDE/SATA Controller Integrated Sata device
Drive Capacity
Fan one in the case controlled by watchdog
initial Networkname
Opened Firmwares
  • Telnet enabled firmware
  • Distributions
Development Tools
GPL Kernel
  • possibly compatible with kernel-sources and toolchain of the SheevaPlug
Hardware Hacks
Other same platform design like SheevaPlug

Commercial Description

Buffalo LinkStation Live is a Network Attached Storage built in DLNA Server, desined for home networking to share your documents, pictures, movie and music over a network.

You can store contents from network computers or using the one touch direct copy function, that is a means of taking pictures or movies from your digital camera, camcorder and storage device via USB port directly. Stored data can be shared on your network and a built-in DLNA media server can stream it to a PC, a MAC, a Buffalo LinkTheater an other DLNA CERTIFIED™ entertainment devices. Our Web Access feature enables you to access your data and media stored in the LinkStation via the interenet by computuers and iPhone's. With a built-in BitTorrent Client, LinkStation can download content without the requirement to keep your PC powered up.

Intelligent Power Saving functions, timer power on/off and auto power on/off with your Windows PC all help towards power saving and eco in mind.


  • With Web Access you can store, share and access files from any web browser
  • Use Web Access for iPhone to access the digital library on your LinkStation
  • Built-In Media Server connects to DLNA compatible digital entertainment devices
  • One touch transfer of media files from digital camera/camcorder with Direct Copy feature
  • Seamlessly integrates with iTunes® 7 and allows you to access your music files on the LinkStation from your iTunes software
  • Supports Apple Time Machine
  • Built-In BitTorrent Client
  • Eco Friendly Power Saving Mode (PC Interlocking Power System/Schedule Power Management System)
  • Built-in print server to print documents from anywhere on your network (*1)
  • Easy setup does not require drivers
  • Supports UPS connectivity via USB port
  • Expand storage by adding a USB 2.0 hard drive
  • Includes Memeo™ AutoBackup Software for Windows or Macintosh
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet with JumboFrame support
  • Access your data from any Windows or Macintosh computers


Hacker's information

Following section documents some additional technical detail on LS-CHL(v2).

Hacking LS-CHL is dangerous and may potentially brick your device, void your warranty, damage your data. Do it at your own risk.


Das U-boot is the bootloader used in LS-CHL device, as well as all other recent Buffalo products. U-boot is stored on the device flash ROM. A file copy of u-boot is also present on the hard disk's first partition (/dev/sda1) in a file named u-boot.buffalo.

This page, although focused on older Linkstations, documents some U-Boot features that are specific to Buffalo products. Note that LS-CHL's stock U-Boot does not include the network monitor, so it is not possible to control the boot sequence as described there.

The initrd (initial ramdisk)

Buffalo's stock U-Boot loads the initrd from a file named initrd.buffalo on the hard disk's first partition (/dev/sda1).

This page documents how to alter the initrd.