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Figure 5 shows the ix4's Settings menu which has some new icons since we last saw it in the ix2, namely, iSCSI, Quotas, Remote Access, Security and Torrent Download. Also note that the Backup icon is now Backup and Restore. All except iSCSI have since been added to the ix2 via firmware update.

ix4 Settings page

Figure 5: ix4 Settings page

I'll cover only the details of the new features here; check the ix2's review for a walkthough of the previous features.

Figure 6 shows that you can now add iSCSI targets via the Shared Storage Add button. You can only change the target name for each volume. The Settings iSCSI menu is where you enable iSCSI, choose discovery method (local or external iSNS server) and enable two-way authentication (Mutual CHAP). These settings apply to all targets.

Creating an iSCSI target

Figure 6: Creating an iSCSI target

Figure 7 shows the Shared Storage summary page with one iSCSI target created and the other in the midst of being created. Remember that once you configure the target, you need to connect to it using an initiator on the client system and format the drive with a filesystem that the client can use.

Share list including two iSCSI targets

Figure 7: Share list including two iSCSI targets

The other big improvement that the ix4 brings is the addition of backup to and from CIFS/SMB network shares and rsync targets in addition to attached USB drives. You can even use the ix4 to copy directly between two networked shares instead of to or from its own storage. Figure 8 shows a copy job from an internal share to an rsync target called test on a Synology NAS.

Copy job from internal to network share

Figure 8: Copy job from internal to network share

As soon as you select the Device, a new window pops up and presents the appropriate controls depending on the device. Figure 9 shows the available shares on one of my Windows systems.

Copy folder selection for CIFS (Windows) shares

Figure 9: Copy folder selection for CIFS (Windows) shares

And Figure 10 shows what happens when I selected a QNAP NAS with multiple rsync targets (I filled in the username and password).

Copy folder selection for rsync targets

Figure 10: Copy folder selection for rsync targets

As noted earlier, until now only NETGEAR ReadyNASes had the ability to perform these tricks. But now folks looking for NAS backup flexibility have another option. I need to note, however, that I first had problems with browsing backup shares. But after consulting with Iomega, the problem was traced to a name resolution problem.

It seems that Iomega has found that client name resolution doesn't work with all routers and it looks like I am using one of them (a D-Link DGL-4300). But the workaround was simple—I just used the device IP address instead of relying on the pick lists that the ix4 presented. Iomega is looking into changing the method they use for network share discovery so that this problem goes away at some point.

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