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|Product||Iomega ix2-dl StorCenter Network Storage [Website]|
|Summary||Two drive RAID 1 Marvell Kirkwood NAS with iSCSI, backup to/from rsync targets and CIFS shares, secure remote access and media services.|
|Pros||• Lots of features|
• Supports backup to cloud, rsync and SMB targets
• Supports Apple Time Machine
|Cons||• Remote access requires port forwarding|
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Iomega has been slowly improving its consumer NAS offerings, adding features and boosting performance. This time, it's the dual-drive ix2 that gets a facelift.
The last time, remote access "cloud" features were added to the ix2-200 [reviewed], resulting in the ix2-200 "Cloud Edition" (CE). The ix2-200 CE didn't have any hardware changes, so we didn't review it. But we took at look at the CE features when Craig reviewed the single-drive Home Media Network Hard Drive - Cloud Edition over on SmallCloudBuilder.
This latest change drops both the "Cloud Edition" and "-200" from the ix2's moniker, leaving it as just the plain ol' StorCenter ix2. This new beastie comes in 2, 4 and 6 TB versions populated with two 1, 2 and 3 TB drives, respectively. There is also a diskless version—the ix2-dl (model # 35887)—that Iomega sent for review, so that we could get the whole experience of installing drives from scratch.
The ix2 has all-metal construction except for the slip-off front and screwed-on rear covers and no-fasteners-required hard drive frames. Front panel indicators are minimal as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Iomega ix2-dl front panel callouts
The rear panel (Figure 2) is similarly sparse. For those who care, the 10/100/1000 Ethernet port supports 4,000 and 9,000 Byte jumbo frames. (I stopped caring awhile ago since the performance current-day Ethernet interfaces have outpaced the need for jumbo frames.)
Figure 2: Iomega ix2-dl rear panel callouts
You can see the small main board when you install the drives. But for a good look, I had to disassemble the ix2 to take the photo below.
Figure 3: ix2-dl board
Table 1 summarizes the key component information and compares it to previous-generation ix2's. RAM and flash sizes remain unchanged from the -200. The main change is a somewhat beefier processor. I'm told the new processor is the same as a Marvell 88F6282 Kirkwood. It seems that Marvell is playing around with part numbers to help keep product teardown fans guessing.
|Iomega ix2 (new)||Iomega ix2-200||Iomega ix2 (original)|
Kirkwood @ 1.6 GHz
Kirkwood @ 1 GHz
|Ethernet||Marvell 88E81318||Marvell 88E81116R||Marvell 88E1118|
|RAM||256 MB||256 MB||128 MB|
|Flash||128 MB||128 MB||4 MB|
Table 1: Component summary and comparison
Iomega supplied two Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2 TB (ST2000DM001) drives for installation and test with the ix2-dl. With the drives installed and spun up, I measured 20W of power draw. This dropped to only 7W when the drive spindown power save kicked in. I rated noise level as medium-high, with drive motor hum and head thunks echoing around and seemingly amplified by the aluminum enclosure. I could definitely hear the ix2-dl running in my quiet home office.
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