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Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Reviewed - In Use

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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
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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
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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
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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.




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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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