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Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Reviewed

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Introduction

Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive

At a Glance
Product Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive (34337)
Summary Easy to use NAS with iTunes and UPnP AV / DLNA Media Servers
Pros • Simple to set up and use
• Low Power consumption
• Aggressively priced
• Bundled backup software for Windows and Mac OS
Cons •No power save modes
•Only one USB port
• Slower writing than reading

Believe it or not, there are some people who aren't looking for the biggest and fastest NAS. Instead, they just want something they can plug into their router that will give them a nice big folder (or two) to stick all of their digital "life" into.

Buffalo has taken a couple of runs at this market with their LinkStation EZ and DriveStation FlexNet and so has Western Digital, with its My Book World Edition. Iomega apparently also thinks this market segment is fertile ground and has planted two Home Media Network Hard Drive (HMNHD) models (1 TB and 500 GB) in hopes of a bountiful harvest.

The HMNHD's all-aluminum case (except for the plastic front grille) reminds me of LaCie's Zen-like approach to product design. But the placement of the two indicator lights at the side rear is a odd choice, since you can't see them unless you angle the unit, which effectively increases its footprint.

Figure 1 shows the rear panel connectors, which include a 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN port (no jumbo frame support) and single USB 2.0 port for USB drive or printer sharing. Iomega says that only a single device can be attached to the port. But I connected a four-port USB hub and shared two USB flash drives and a USB printer without a problem.

Rear panel

Figure 1: Rear panel

 

The HMNHD draws only 12 W when active and 3 W when it is turned "off" (there are no power-saving modes). The small fan starts out with a hardly noticeable noise level, but you'll hear it in a quiet room after the NAS has been running for awhile.

Internal Details

Two rear panel screws are all that hold the HMNHD's innards in its aluminum sleeve. You do need to unplug the fan, however, before you can slide the main assembly out (voiding your warranty, of course). Figure 2 shows the assembly, which is dominated by a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1 TB (or 500 GB) drive.

HMNHD internal assembly view
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Figure 2: HMNHD internal assembly view

The photos in the slideshow provide more construction details, which I'll summarize here. The CPU is an Oxford 810SE @ 370Mhz SoC and there is 64 MB of Hynix RAM. I couldn't find any Flash, so there must be some in the Oxford SoC. The Gigabit Ethernet port comes from a combination of the PHY in the Oxford chip and an IC+ IP1001 Gigabit Ethernet Transceiver.

I'm surprised that Iomega didn't use a Marvell Orion processor, which most other low-cost NASes use. But Oxford's device must allow for a lower material cost, although, as we'll see shortly, with a tradeoff of lower write performance. (Oxford's earlier-generation storage SoC, the OXE800DSE, is responsible for the Western Digital My Book World Edition's notoriously low transfer speeds.)




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Junk

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Reviewed by tony
October 22, 2011
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Worst drive ever wont log in from remote location properly seems to lock up then some times worked OK for short periods, , tried every think iomega said to do changed router settings ip etc to no avail now hard drive has the click of death and is less than 3 years old. So all info Lost

 

Good price vs. quality so far...

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Reviewed by SD
August 09, 2011
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I bought the 1TB version of the drive as it had nicely discounted price tag on it - 69 EUR(~100USD). The drive connected out-of-the-box to our home network and I was able to configure and map the network drives easily with Home Network Media Storage app. The copy speed is rather bad; Even with gigabit network interface there are some other bottlenecks in the system and compared to PC-to-PC copy speed (60+ Mb/s vs. 9.50 Mb/s) transfers take time... But usually there's no rush and the copy operations can run in the background/during night time. I'm using the drive mainly for storing photos and music and haven't even bothered to try any HD streaming as the drive won't probably cope with it. The drive is missing power saving features and the drive spins down only with manual shutdown...

 

My worst PC gear purchase in 25 years!

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Reviewed by a small cat
April 30, 2011
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2.5MB / Second is the average transfer speed here....

When uploading with a Browser it hangs in the end, and even if I restart the browser it is clear that the NAS-webserver hangs, recovering after 10 minutes or so. No contact until then.
the SMB/DLNA seems to continue functioning, but no use when i can't upload files to it.
W7 browser upload hangs unless the file is very small. Upload using the IOM soft+explorer works, but so slow(see above) as to be unusable for actual video files.

Considering that this drive is called "Home Media etc" I must declare it

NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE!!!

 

Very dubious so far - but it was cheap

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Reviewed by Ed Iglehart
February 07, 2011
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(Not using Windoze - running linux mint)

Media server (dlna) works for music and pictures, but my home videos patiently transcoded to meet my TV's limitations do not work. The same video files play fine on the TV when accessed via minidlna server running on networked linux PC. Twonky configuration is now completely blocked.

Kept dropping off the network as noted by others, but setting the router to 'keep connection alive' may have solved this (still running)

Very slow doing file transfers/copies (~2Mb/sec or less) does FTP at around 5Mb/sec. This may be due to network limitations to some extent, but other (pc to pc) transfers often go at higher speeds.

When it drops off the network, or is otherwise reset, accumulated torrent data is lost and torrent downloads must start from scratch.

For potentially useful tweaks (which may void guarantee), see NAS Central
http://iomega.nas-central.org/wiki/Category:Home_Media
(scroll down)

 

Iomega Media Server - do not waste your money

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Reviewed by Keith Passaur
January 28, 2011
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Complete Junk!

I am posting this on many review sites, hoping I can save someone from making the same mistake that I have made.

It is slow and keeps on dropping off of the network. Thinking it was possibly something other than the product I replaced the switch it was on. That did not resolve it so I ran a direct cable to it from the router instead of going through a switch. That did not correct the issue.

If I run the included software it usually will find it (not always) but it takes forever to boot up my PC. I should not say "forever" only about five minutes but later it is lost (drops off the network for no reason). I have a server that backs up to it, but since it falls off the network it is useless for automatic backups as it is not always there.

Now for the really good part – you cannot shut it down without losing data unless you log into it to do so. In other words you cannot reboot it from the on off switch without losing data. If you cannot access it on the network (as I cannot) you cannot shut it down without data loss. Whoever thought of this method must have been doing drugs. EMC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing a product like this to be released. They specialize in document management and storage. However, if you have two or three of them you could tie them together and make a decent boat anchor.

 
 
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