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: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: marknixon May 11, 2011, 11:35:27 PM

Hi All,

I am looking for a way to automatically boot my terastation after power is restored after a power failure. Powerfailures are commonplace where I am and the current UPS we have is a basic one that wont cut it, so the Terastation is on its own! We bsaically want it to auto startup once the power is back on rather than someone having to go to the rack and turning it back on...

 

Any help would be appriciated!

 

Thanks

Mark

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: m4nn3 May 12, 2011, 04:36:01 AM

Hi,

 

sorry, I have no idea how to set up the terastation to 'boot after power failure' like PCs do. But thats exactly what I'm searching for, too.

So I would appriciate help as well.

 

Thanks a lot

 

Manuel

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: marknixon May 12, 2011, 04:54:31 AM

I have found a solution - not a good one having said that...

 

I made sure the Terastation was booted up and operational for at least 10-15 mins, and changed the power management mode to Auto.

I then installed the nas navi2 software on 3-4 workstations that are on all the time, just to make sure im covered.

 

I simulated a power blackout by pulling the cable out of the wall, leaving it for about 2 mins, then plugging it back in. Sure enough the device powered back up - but it takes a good 10 mins to get fully operational. 

Im doing another test tomorrow to see if it will auto restart when the clients are idle.....

 

Not really happy about this at all.... 

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: m4nn3 May 13, 2011, 02:55:39 AM

Thanks for this info. But this will only be plan B if i can't find another solution.

I cannot understand why buffalo did not give us an option like PCs have.

 

Regards

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: marknixon August 11, 2011, 03:18:40 AM

I agree with you - a few months later im having all kinds of problems - I wanted this to be a completley stand-alone solution without requiring user intervention - however the lack of auto power on after power outage is making me wish I never got this in the first place!

 

I've noticed that the software only 'starts' the terrastation about half the time, and thats unreliable at best. Annoys me that the most basic of features can be covered by a $300 solution from Lacie but not a $1000+ solution that I have purchased.

 

Anyway, if anyone has found any solution to this that would be great!

 

Thanks

Mark

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: Jotin August 11, 2011, 09:57:26 AM

This unit is still getting updates. I would post this idea in the Idea Exchange Lounge. I'm sure that you and others would like this feature. Post it there and have people give it a +1 so that Buffalo will take a look at it.

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: marknixon August 12, 2011, 02:28:02 AM

Agreed,

Everyone who is interested in this feature please let Buffalo know by viting this page in the idea exchange:

http://forums.buffalotech.com/t5/Idea-Exchange-Lounge/Auto-Power-ON-when-AC-power-restored/idi-p/54482?

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: xtdv September 28, 2011, 11:12:27 AM

I hope this feature is also applied to Linkstation Series too (like LS-QL, LS-QVL, LS-AVL,...)

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: nw237 January 17, 2012, 08:22:46 AM

Just voted for this feature. Hard to believe it isn't there already. I remember reading once that you can achieve something similar by forcing the power button to be always pressed, e.g. with a piece of gaffa tape. Has anyone tried this?

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: juanmsanchez January 19, 2012, 05:46:36 PM

Those are simple x86 computers running Linux. Just connect a keyboard and monitor to it, hit DEL to go into the BIOS and make the power change in the BIOS to turn on after a Power Outage.. like any othe rpc.

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: davo January 20, 2012, 09:00:13 AM
Um no actually, the kernel is closed unless you open ssh/telnet and use 3rd party firmware to gain root access.
: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: danvanf March 29, 2012, 08:58:36 PM

Gosh I feel like I should apologize, because this turned into a bit of a rant.

I recently purchased a TeraStation it shocks me that this device doesn't automatically resume operations.  I suppose that limits these products to home users only.  Not auto starting or resuming last state on power return kills many features of the product.  Even if it's on a UPS, one power outage that goes beyond the UPS limits and Web access, Gone, iTunes Server gone, the whole device is gone.  Gosh I wish I didn't own the Buffalo TeraStation Pro TS-QVH8. Has anyone built a solenoid system to press the power button when utility service comes back?  For some reason, I keep testing it, but without auto power on.  I can't see any business use for this, it's a brick with a built in call to support.  The little strap that holds the AC cord in, is laughable when I have to push the button to start the brick.

 

In looking for solutions, first I found the old method of putting NASNavigator on multiple PC's, it no longer works. I thought the scheduler might help, I need the device up 24/7, but I thought I might fool the system and tell it to start up at 3 different times during the day.  That didn't work since the scheduler requires a shutdown time to be entered for a start time to be saved.  In order to sale this one, and not rip off my client, I'll set it to power down and back up early in the morning so at least if the power went out overnight or the weekend, they won't walk into to no file sharing device.

 

This is clearly the lamest failure to provide a feature that I've seen in recent history.  It turns what is a real nice device into a boat anchor.  What a shame. Consider this your warning, if you need 99 point something up time, this is not the device for you.

 

To those that love the product none the less, I apologize if I annoyed you, I'm out about a grand for a paving stone, I hope someone else who needs a reliable NAS device finds this thread.  Reliability is not MTBF to my clients, it's are my files there.

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: marknixon March 29, 2012, 10:02:05 PM

Coundnt agree more with you. Biggest piece of sh*t I have ever owned. After putting up with this trashy product for a year I bought a Synology RS212 rack station. Best decision ever. No more problems, cheper than the terastation, starts up after power outage, compatable with all ups's (not the sh*tty selection that only the terastation has). Basically, the Synology is everything the terastation should be.

 

Anyway, typical that even buffalo are using some voodoo Rsync implementation on the terastation, so cant even use it as a backup destination for the synology. managed to get the synology to mount the terastation shares on startup and do a 'local' backup - which works great now. Even better it comes on at 2am and shuts down at 4am so I dont have to listen to the bloody thing, and it wont superhead my cabinent. 

 

I will NEVER buy a buffalo product ever again. I will always badmouth them and ensure people close to me never sink a dollar into buying one of these hunks of **bleep**. I am so p*ssed off by this product I am going out of my way to badmouth it everywhere.

 

Do yourself a favor, offload this and get a synology!

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: Jotin March 30, 2012, 09:01:49 AM

danvanf ... Your model DOES have an auto power on feature my friend. The V series TeraStations have this option.

marknixon, what exact problems do you have with your unit? What model do you even have? Have you tried calling technical support for help?

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: danvanf March 30, 2012, 11:06:21 AM

Jotin,  Clearly you are a knowledgable reference, according to the support rep I talked to, my model DOES NOT have an auto power function.  I'm happy to be proven wrong,  Where should I look?  I am new to this device and would be elated if auto power on was in the product.   Pretty much everything else about this unit is superb. I just can't get it to startup when power returns from a power failure. (not a timer)

 

Firmware version 1.10, support rep expected the serial number to be in the web interface on the left side.  It was not.   Full product number TS-QVH4.0TL/R6.  NASNavigator ver 2.33.  If you need any other information just let me know.

 

Thanks,

 

 

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: Jotin March 30, 2012, 11:34:53 AM

Attach an LCD to the vga port on the front of the unit behind the door and a USB keyboard in to the back. Boot the unit up and press delete to enter the bios settings and then go to advanced, then Extra Low Power S5 Control and choose enable. Then press F10 to save and exit.

 

You can test this feature to make sure its working by allowing the unit to fully boot and then un-plugging the power, waiting 30 seconds and plugging the cable back in. It will power back up after 10 seconds.

 

As for the serial number, sometimes this is in the interface on the left hand side. If not it is always printed on the back of the unit on the white sticker near the bar code.

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: danvanf March 30, 2012, 03:56:58 PM

I stand corrected.  That rocks, there's even a prompt.  I noticed under SouthBridge Chipset an option called Restore on AC Power Loss, which I also set.  Excellent.  I might now try Wake on Lan, just as a backup.  Thank you very much,  I seldom post on a board, especially after calling support, I'm so glad you answered. 

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: marknixon April 01, 2012, 08:55:27 AM

Hi Jotin,

 

If you look at the title of this thread, you will realise we are referring to the TS-RXL model, which is the model I have. Furthurmore, being a rack mount model, I would consider it to be more 'enterprise' - how wrong I was. Apart from the lack of features expected in a NAS of its price (Incompatability with newer UPS's, Propriotry and rigid rsync implementation, no auto-boot after power failure, bad quality UI, the list goes on) - the fact is that a) the model reffered to in this thread does not have a vga port and b) call technical support and then what? Tell them about all the features the units dont have? Did that a while back, and they told me to go and post in the feature request lounge. Too bad nobody is listening there.

 

I am all ears if you have a way to enable auto-boot after a power failure without a vga port. Wake on lan would also be another great feature... are you aware of a way to access the BIOS on my unit?

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: davo April 01, 2012, 04:49:20 PM

marknixon wrote:

Hi Jotin,

 

If you look at the title of this thread, you will realise we are referring to the TS-RXL model, which is the model I have. Furthurmore, being a rack mount model, I would consider it to be more 'enterprise' - how wrong I was. Apart from the lack of features expected in a NAS of its price (Incompatability with newer UPS's, Propriotry and rigid rsync implementation, no auto-boot after power failure, bad quality UI, the list goes on) - the fact is that a) the model reffered to in this thread does not have a vga port and b) call technical support and then what? Tell them about all the features the units dont have? Did that a while back, and they told me to go and post in the feature request lounge. Too bad nobody is listening there.

 

I am all ears if you have a way to enable auto-boot after a power failure without a vga port. Wake on lan would also be another great feature... are you aware of a way to access the BIOS on my unit?


WOL is available on the TS-RXL, check on the network settings.

: Re: Auto-Boot TeraStation TS-RXL after power failure
: Jotin April 01, 2012, 05:41:24 PM

I understand that that the topic is about the TS-RXL. The engineers have been listening to our customer's requests and we've been adding the features as we produce more models. It's likely, though I'm not sure since I'm not an engineer, that they could not enable or include an auto power option because this unit does not have a modifiable bios. I understand your frustration but we do we have 24/7 pre sales and technical support that can answer any question about the product before you purchase it. We are always working on our web gui. If you wish you can PM me some concerns about it and I can have the developers take a look.