Enabling SSH on the LinkStation is simpler than you might think and opens up a world of functionality (and nerdyness) that you never had before – All this with no firmware flashing which ultimately means no data loss and no risk of bricking your box.
My motivation to enable SSH came about when my older LinkStation (a 500GB HS-DHGL) was doing a Disk Backup to my newer one (a 2TB LS-WXL) and it just seemed to be taking forever. It turned out the backup had hung part way through and the only official way to fix this problem as listed on Buffalo’s support website was to reset the box back to factory settings – That’s a bit ridiculous in my opinion but there is a work around, see this post here for more information on how to unstick a backup.
The activation process is done by a program called ACP Commander which is a command line tool that can be a little confusing to work at times with its lack of user friendly interface (if you search for this online you’ll see what I mean) however by chance I came across a reworked version that has a decent interface and is fairly easy to use.
The following guide will assume that you are on the same network as your LinkStation and are able to access it freely as you normally would day-to-day, also if you want to keep your warranty with Buffalo do not continue!
- Download ACP Commander GUI for Windows (.EXE file)
- Run your newly downloaded file and you should see a screen similar to the one below:
- Select your LinkStation IP address from where it says Select LinkStation, then enter your password where it says Admin password and press Enable SSH
- After a couple of seconds you will be shown a SSH enabled OK! message as seen below:
- The next step is to set your root password for SSH, click Set root PW, type in a password and then press OK and you will see another message like the one below:
- Now head to your favourite SSH software and connect to your box! If all is well you will see something similar to this:
- That’s all you need to do to enable SSH!
- This method is proven to work on both Windows and Mac for the following models/firmware: LS-WXL/v1.68, HS-DHGL/v2.11, LS-QVL/v1.64
- Common out of the box commands include: top – process viewer, vi – text editor, cp – copy files, mv – move files
- Mine and my friends newer LinkStations had HTOP installed – Epic!
- Enabling SSH will no doubt void your warranty with Buffalo but who needs that anyway?!
- I didn’t create the program recommended and take no credit for it
- Finally, if you could let me know if you encounter any problems or can confirm if this works for other models I’d be grateful
- Thanks to Callum for confirming this works on the LS-QVL and Michael for confirming this works on the TS-X/R5 with version 1.66 firmware