Router Charts

Router Charts

Router Ranker

Router Ranker

Router Chooser

Router Chooser

NAS Charts

NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

NAS Ranker

More Tools

More Tools

NAS Reviews

In Use

You can administrate the HMNHD completely from its clean and nicely-designed browser interface (Figure 3). The slideshow has shots of most of the screens, which are pretty self-explanatory.

HMNHD Home Status screen
Click to enlarge image

Figure 3: HMNHD Home Status screen

Iomega apparently thinks that normal consumers (as opposed to networking-savvy geeks) can deal with the concept of a NAS being something other than just a big folder sitting on the network. So the HMNHD includes a TwonkyVision Twonky Media server that provides iTunes and UPnP AV / DLNA media serving.

The HMNHD web interface provides only a Reset iTunes and DLNA button on the System > System Tasks page, which Iomega told me is the only way to get the NAS to refresh its database of media files. But when I clicked on the UPnP notification icon that appeared in my XP System Tray (or in My Network Places), I was taken to the Twonky Media server home page running on port 9000 (Figure 4).

Twonky Media admin home

Figure 4: Twonky Media admin home

Given the target audience for the product, Iomega doesn't even document the existence of this page. But it looks like it is enabled by default. So if you know your way around a Twonky server, enjoy! Figure 5 shows that you have a lot of knobs to twiddle.

Twonky Media server config page
Click to enlarge image

Figure 5: Twonky Media server config page

I uploaded a few music, photo and .mov movie trailers to check media serving. A copy of iTunes running on my XP machine found and played the file on the HMNHD just fine. The only hardware media player I have handy is my DirecTV HD DVR. After setting off a network rescan on the DVR, it found the HMNHD just fine and provided a slideshow of the photo folder that I had uploaded. It also found the two .mov files in the Video folder, but wasn't able to play either of them. This was a limitation of the DirecTV DVR and not the HMNHD, however.

I really liked the Folder Management interface (Figure 6), which I think even novice users will be able to figure out without even reading the manual. You can add your own folders and Users (but not Groups), control individual folder access and also choose whether you want folders served by iTunes and DLNA / UPnP AV.

Folder management
Click to enlarge image

Figure 6: Folder management

Iomega includes 5 licenses of its Retrospect Express HD backup software that can be used to back up Windows or Mac OS clients. It also can back up network shares, so can be used to back up the HMNHD's shares, too. When you run the CD to install Retrospect Express, you also get a little app that will find the HMNHD and a copy of EMC's Mozy Home "cloud" backup utility. 2 GB of free online storage are yours just for registering. More than that will cost you $4.95/month/per computer for "unlimited" storage.

More NAS

Featured Sponsors



Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Top Performing Routers

AC3200
AC2600
AC1900
AC1750
AC1200

Top Performing NASes

NoRAID
RAID1
RAID5

Over In The Forums

I have an RT-AC68U that is running the stock 3.0.0.4.380_3264 firmware, and I've been trying to get mysql running on it (via the mysql5 package availa...
Hi Guys, I've been reading up on four different routers and I'm really confused which one to go for. I was set on Netgear x6 but it seems like Asus ...
This is a follow up on my installing cable in my house questions. I need the junction box/connector used where the outside wire (phone company) con...
I updated my AC56U to the latest firmware as need OpenVPN to work. I've noticed the Traffic Analyzer page no longer works, just takes you to a page to...
Hey there! So I was fiddling with my ac66u today, and noticed that bandwidtj is rather low on both wifi and LAN - > WAN, and vice versa. I installed...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3