Iomega's Home Media Network Hard Drive comes in 500GB and 1TB packages for $160/$230 repsectively—a good look, especially when considering the drive's AFP/SMB support, UPnP/iTunes servers and Gigabit Ethernet.
If you recall our guide to choosing a network-attached disk (something no Gizmodo household should be without), you'll remember that low-end drives often skimp on features like AFP for Apple networks, etc. Not so here. Good to keep in mind that drives that look good on paper could always have an unseen performance setback (like the Synology drive in our tests), and that these are single-disk models with no RAID redundancy for auto backups. But still, a good value for some quick network storage, as those prices aren't too much of a premium over a non-networked USB disk at those sizes.
With the new economical Iomega® Home Media Network Hard Drive, consumers can easily share and access photos, videos and music between home computers and other networked devices.
· This new network hard drive provides easy-to-use, yet powerful, network storage for the home user and the three step setup is very simple, even if you've never used a network drive before.
· Home users can save all their digital files to one central location and share them between computers and other networked consumer devices on the home network, including playing back pictures, videos and music from digital media adapters such as game consoles, digital picture frames or high-end TVs.
· The Home Media Network Hard Drive also has a built-in iTunes server which automatically feeds music into iTunes® for easy playback, allowing users to share one printer over the network, even control which family members have access to certain folders. Plus, home users can secure their digital memories and backup automatically to this device with award winning EMC® Retrospect® software (PC/Mac) and for extra protection backup online with MozyHome™ Online Backup service with 2GB free.
· The Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive is available in 500GB and 1TB capacities and starts at just $159.99.
Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Features:
· Capacity: 500GB or 1TB (both are single drive units)
· Simple to use: Three step set-up – simply plug into your router, power on, and install the software CD. Friendly web screens for easy management.
· Sharing: Access files from any networked Apple computer for easy file sharing
· High Performance: Gigabit Ethernet connectivity combined with a high performance processor
· UPnP™ AV Media Server: Compatible with DLNA® certified media players, able to stream photos, audio content and videos to a variety of media devices like game consoles, audio bridges, DMAs (digital media adapters), picture frames and more
· iTunes™ Server: Store your audio content in one central location and share it across your iTunes players
· Network File Protocols Supported:
CIFS/SMB (Microsoft), AFP (Apple), HTTP 1.1
· Expandability: Add storage capacity by connecting external USB Hard Disk Drives. Supports FAT32 and NTFS formatted hard drives
· Network Discovery: Automatic network discovery by Apple Bonjour and Microsoft Windows Rally devices
· Data Protection: Touch-free professional-level backup for all your critical data with EMC® Retrospect HD backup software. Effortlessly back up files on a pre-set schedule
· Print Server: Intelligent network print sharing capability for one USB printer directly attached to the Home Media drive