Linkstation Hardware

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LS1 LS2 and HG variants of the Linkstation and how to tell them apart

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Difference between LS1, LS2, HG, HS

If the firmware version is 1.xx then you have a ppc-based-Linkstation (LS1, HG, HS), if it is 2.xx it is an LS2 (mips).

all LS except the HG have autosensing, so no switch for changing the LAN-Port is there.

Crossover switch -> LS1 No Crossoverswitch + Firmware Version 2.xx -> LS2 No Crossoverswitch + Firmware Version 1.xx -> HG or HS


TODO: Find a difference between HG & HS. I expect differences in the webinterface (pcast & upnp)

Hardware Table

Type LS1 LS1 KURO LS1 LS2 ? HG KUROHG
HD-LAN V1 HD-LAN V2 KURO-BOX HD-HLAN V1 HD-HLAN V2 HD-HLWG HD-HGLAN KURO-BOX/HG
CPU PowerPC PowerPC PowerPC PowerPC MIPS MIPS PowerPC PowerPC
CPU Clock 200MHz 200MHz 200MHz 200MHz unconfirmed unconfirmed 266MHz 266MHz
FLASH ROM 16MB 4MB 4MB 4MB unconfirmed unconfirmed 4MB 4MB
D-RAM 64MB 64MB 64MB 64MB unconfirmed unconfirmed 128MB 128MB
USB Port - - 1 2 2 unconfirmed 2 2
MiniPCI 1 - *1 - - unconfirmed unconfirmed - -
Network 10BASE-T
100BASE-TX
10BASE-T
100BASE-TX
10BASE-T
100BASE-TX
10BASE-T
100BASE-TX
10BASE-T
100BASE-TX
10BASE-T
100BASE-TX
IEEE802.11g/b
10BASE-T
100BASE-TX
1000BASE-T
10BASE-T
100BASE-TX
1000BASE-T
Newest
Japanese
firmware
1.24(a)
1,Jun.2004
2.13(a)
1,Jun.2004
1.02
20,Apr.2004
1.45
22,Sep.2004
2.11
22,Sep.2004
-
-
1.33
22,Feb.2005
1.01
19.Nov.2004


*1: There are some which have a MiniPCI slot depending on a lot.

From the Why don't you hack the LinkStation/KURO-BOX site


Firmware version

Maintainance \ SystemStatus should list your firmware version.

 http://<linkstation-Ip>/cgi-bin/sysinfo.cgi 

is the direct link.

Rear View

Without switch.PNG

With switch LS1.PNG

LS2 and HG LS1

The powerpc-hdhlan (LS1) LinkStation can also be identified by the presence of a crossover switch located at the rear of the unit; the mipsel-hdhlan (LS2) and powerpc-hdhglan (HG) LinkStations do not have a crossover switch as they are auto-switching.

Buffalo Links

http://www.buffalotech.com/products/linkstationchart.php

Hardware Overview

Linkstation Information

AVR

Linkstations contain an Atmel AVR microcontroller (MCU), which is typically controlled by the CPU (SoC) via an LS-internal serial connection. The AVR performs several LS housekeeping funktions:


Benchmarks


Boot Loader

Flash ROM


Hardware


Kernel

LED


Software

Watchdog Timer