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Features

This bulleted feature summary below provides a bit more feature set detail.

Storage

  • Network file sharing via SMB/CIFS, NFS, AFP
  • WebDAV support
  • Windows DFS support
  • HTTP / HTTPS file and admin access
  • FTP, SFTP and TFTP servers
  • JBOD, RAID 0, 5, 10 volumes *See note below
  • iSCSI targets with ISNS support
  • EXT4 filesystem

Backup

  • Network Backup: Schedulable (smallest interval is one day) to / from rsync targets and SMB/CIFS shares
  • Apple Time Machine backup
  • Auto file copy from PTP-enabled digital cameras

Media

  • Recording and viewing of up to 16 IP cameras [supported models] via MindTree SecureMind (1 camera license included)
  • AXIS Video Hosting System support
  • UPnP AV / DLNA media server (Twonky Media)
  • Photo slideshow
  • iTunes server
  • BitTorrent downloader
  • Auto upload to Flickr
  • Auto upload to Facebook

Cloud

  • Secure Web-based remote access and site-to-site backup (Personal Cloud)
  • Amazon S3, Mozy, EMC Avamar, EMC Atmos cloud backup

Other

  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces with VLAN and failover modes
  • SNMP support
  • Joins NT Domain / Active Directories for account information
  • Compatible with Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 R2, VMware VSphere ESX5 iSCSI and NAS, XenServer™, 5.5, 5.6 (w/ MPIO), iSCSI & NFS
  • User level quotas
  • Email alerts
  • Logging
  • File upload via Bluetooth
  • USB printer serving
  • UPS shutdown synchronization via USB

Iomega hasn't tweaked the OS since our last look at the px2-300d. The apps haven't changed, but here they all are in the All Features screenshot below.

All Features

All Features

Volume configuration is fairly unsophisticated compared to other RAID 5 NASes. First, there is no RAID level migration or expansion. If you want to do either, you need to delete the existing volume. Once you choose a RAID 5 or 10 volume, you'll need to wait a long time while it syncs. Full RAID 10 sync of the 8 TB review sample took 10 hours and 45 minutes!

The Drive Management screenshot below shows the volume creation options. Note the absence of drive select checkboxes and no RAID 1 option. So you can't create multiple RAID 1 or 0 volumes, nor can you create a three-drive RAID 5 volume with a spare drive. The None option actually creates a single JBOD volume with all four drives. The default for write caching is Enabled with UPS as shown, but you can also select Always enabled and Always disabled.

All Features

All Features

I found you can acutally create a RAID 1 volume, by pulling two drives. But you can't create two RAID 1 volumes or a mix of RAID 0 and 1. No matter how many drives you put in, you can create only one volume.

A few other competitive weaknesses remain including:

  • You can limit access to shares by user and/or group. But you can't control access by service. So you can't shut off FTP access to certain shares, for example
  • No iSCSI encryption or authentication and no target multiple connects
  • No IPv6 support
  • Unlike px-series NASes, the ix4 doesn't support volume or folder encryption.

If you want more screenshots of the ix4's features, check the ix2-dl review gallery.

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