Although I'm still very happy with my Buffalo TeraStations, my experience with LinkTheater has not been as good. Setting up the LinkTheater itself on the network was pretty easy for me, but would not be intuitive for someone who is not so tech savvy. I initially tried running the LinkTheater Media Server from a single desktop. Once I set everything to auto-detect the media server was automatically found by the LinkTheater. I had to adjust my firewall to allow communication. Navigating LinkTheater menus once the content is recognized is cumbersome. I recommend going straight to the search function, rather than using the other menus, if the results return what you're looking for.
I have encountered several problems using my LinkTheater. The LinkTheater and the media server are very slow. They have a tendency to timeout and there is no way to adjust the wait value that I know of. Once I had ripped over 300 CDs to the TeraStation, I could no longer stream audio because it took too long to get the menu up. I split my audio content into two folders and use multiple media servers on multiple computers, or change the media folder designation in the media server, to get around this problem. I'm not able to display my photographs through Another problem I encountered is more problematic. When I upgraded JAVA to the latest version, the LinkTheater Media Server broke. I have submitted a trouble ticket to Buffalo asking when there might be an update, but I haven't received a response, yet. I also haven't gotten the PCast media server from the TeraStation to be picked up by the LinkTheater. The PCast media has very simple options, basically enabled or disabled. I have to upgrade the LinkTheater firmware to work with PCast. Although the documentation says that the Buffalo technical support is available 24 hours, I have not been able to reach a technician, despite waiting on hold for up to 15 minutes at a time.
I have tried to use alternative media servers with the LinkTheater to no avail. Microsoft Window Media Player 11 was detected after I set it up to share content, and I was able to navigate some menus, but I was not able to get to any content. It may be because I have subnetted my home network to accommodate all of our devices. I'm considering upgrading to a 16 port VPN router with a wireless access point, instead of the 4 port wireless router and an 8 port switch to try to get around this issue and upgrade security. TVersity was recommended to me by a Fry's Electronics associate. Unfortunately, they don't have the LinkTheater I have to work with, so they haven't come out with a customized profile to match it. I have not been able to successfully add a media server manually.
Unfortunately, I can't recommend Buffalo LinkTheater given all of the issues I've encountered using it. I'm trying to work it out, but there is a high likelihood that I will end up going to a different commercial media server, an Xbox 360, or a home-made media server.