|At a Glance|
|Product||HP mv5150 Media Vault Pro (mv5150)|
|Summary||Two drive Linux-based system with support for RAID 0,1 with built-in media servers and web photo/file access.|
|Pros|| Handsome, rugged industrial design
Easy access to Root for those who want to tinker
Built-in DLNA multimedia server, iTunes
Good offering of network protocols
|Cons|| Easy access to Root for those who want to tinker
Drives not hot-swappable
No email/SMS notification
No jumbo frame support
Sluggish user interface
At CES in January of this year, HP announced three new storage products. Each of HP’s new Media Vault NASes is built on Linux rather than on the Windows Home Server platform as the Media Smart server is.
The entry point of the new Media Vault line is the mv2120. Aimed primarily at the home user, this dual-drive NAS features 500 MB of storage and is priced at $299.99. The next step up is the $599.00 Media Vault Pro mv5140 with 1TB of storage. And the top of the line mv5150, our review unit, features 1.5TB of storage with a price tag of $799.00.
The mv2120 ships with a single drive, but you can add capacity with the purchase of a second drive. The mv5140 and mv5150, the “Pro” versions, both ship with two drives (500GB and 750GB respectively).
As with virtually all dual drive NAS products, each of HP’s new Media Vaults support RAID 1 (mirroring) to provide fault tolerance for your data. Additionally, the storage on each media vault can be expanded using the 2 included USB 2.0 ports. All of the new Media Vault NASs have a built-in DLNA media and iTunes servers and feature file and photo sharing via the Internet.
The Media Vaults ship in a handsome black metal housing that measures 5.472 (W) x 5.374 (H) x 9.623" (D). The top grey panel provides a nice accent color. On the front panel there’s a “light bar” drive status indicator for each drive, one of the Media Vault’s two USB 2.0 ports and three LED status indicators along the bottom of the front panel.
The LEDs indicate network activity, power, and health. Through system preferences, you can set the LEDs for on, dim or off. When “off” is selected, the power LED stays illuminate. Interestingly, the drive status LEDs do not show drive activity – only status. The perforated holes on the front panel not only give the Media Vault a nice look, but also help provide ventilation to keep the drives cool.
Figure 1: Media Vault with front panel open
The front panel opens to reveal the two drive bays (Figure 1). The drive in the top bay mounts in a tray and is easily removed. The other “system” drive requires the removal of four screws in order to get access to the drive.
Figure 2: Media Vault rear panel
The rear panel is quite simple (Figure 2). There a power switch, power connector, the second USB 2.0 port, security slot for a standard Kensington cable lock and an RJ45 10/100/1000 Ethernet jack. Though the Media Vault supports Gigabit Ethernet, it lacks support for jumbo frames found on competing devices such as Buffalo’s LinkStation Pro Duo, (reviewed) QNAP’s TS-209 Pro (reviewed) or Synology’s DS-207 (reviewed).
Figure 3: Media Vault main board
The Media Vault is powered by a Marvell 88F5182-A2 Orion processor and 128 MB of RAM. A Marvell 88E1188 gigabit Ethernet controller, found in most gigabit NASs, provides the network connectivity.