- Reasonably fast on local network
- Easy-to-use interface
- Runs cool and quiet
- Not user-serviceable
- Adding authorized users a little complex
A simple Network Attached Storage device that makes it easy to share files over the web.
The new Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive, Cloud Edition is a easy-to-use network storage device that lets you share and access files, photos, video, and music between all your computers and your friends and family via the web. We took a closer look at this consumer-friendly network drive to see how convenient it is to setup a “Personal Cloud” for your family.
Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive, Cloud Edition 2TB (34766) Specifications:
- Dual-core processor
- One 3.5″ SATA-II Hard Disk Drive
- 1 x RJ45 10/100/1000Mbps (GbE) Ethernet port
- 2 x USB 2.0 ports (to connect external HDD, printers, Bluetooth adapter)
- UPnP and DLNA certified
- Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.9 x 1.6 inches
- Weight: 2.5 pounds
- 3-year warranty
- MSRP: $229 for 2TB capacity ($169 for 1TB capacity)
Build and Design
The Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition is an evolution of the old Iomega Home Media Network Hard drive and the StorCenter ix2-200. This is a network attached storage (NAS) device that essentially works like a small, simplified home server. In short, you connect this device to your home network (either your router or your internet switch) install the included software on a PC or Mac connected to the local network, and you can use this networked hard drive to store and retrieve files via your home network or via the internet.
More than that, you can use the Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition to share images and video with a Web-enabled HDTV or game console like the XBox 360 or PlayStation 3 connected to your home network. If you want to share your latest photos with family members in another state you can setup the “Personal Cloud” and give your family access to those specific files or folders without giving them access to all the files stored on the NAS.
The new Home Media Network Hard Drive enclosure is all black and has a very simple design with the “Home Media” logo on both sides. This design isn’t overwhelmingly attractive, but the same can be said for every NAS I’ve reviewed. The top, bottom and sides of the Home Media Network Hard Drive are made of solid metal while the front of the enclosure has vents to keep the drive from overheating and a single USB port and “QuikTransfer” button for device-to-device replication.
The rear of the enclosure also has a single USB 2.0 port, DC plug and a LAN plug along with the cooling fan vent. There is also a security lock slot on the enclosure to deter theft and a small reset button in case the NAS is completely unresponsive. Bottom line, the construction of this Iomega NAS enclosure is well done, but if you’re looking for a user-serviceable design, this isn’t it. The Home Media Network Hard Drive wasn’t made with do-it-yourself repairs in mind, so if you have problems, you’ll have to rely on Iomega’s included 3-year warranty.
So, what is a “Personal Cloud” exactly? Basically, the Personal Cloud is a simplified evolution of Iomega’s “Storage Manager” software which provides an easy-to-use gateway for storing or retrieving files from the device.
Simplicity really is the name of the game here. When opening Storage Manager for the first time, you are greeted with a screen that provides step-by-step instructions for setting up a private cloud. You’ll set up your email alert options and you can even create additional shares for remote access. If you’re a Mac user, then you’ll probably be happy to hear that this Iomega NAS has full Time Machine support and appears as a native Time Machine target on an Apple MacBook or Mac desktop.
Setting up the Personal Cloud is easy, but adding members could be a smoother process. The only way to access your personal cloud remotely is to send an email invite from the “main computer” connected to the NAS inviting a remote user to create an access code. This is a nice additional layer of security but is probably one too many steps for average consumers. I found it much easier to simply setup an “Active Folder” that automatically posts images to Facebook or Flickr and automatically uploads videos to YouTube.
New Iomega Personal Cloud web interface
Old Iomega network web interface
New Iomega Personal Cloud Home Window