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Features

The ix2 has a pretty broad feature set. Here's the rundown:

General

  • RAID 0 and RAID 1 volume modes
  • Gigabit Ethernet port with 4000/9000 Byte jumbo frame support
  • SMB/CIFS, AFP, NFS network filesystems
  • USB drive storage expansion (Fat32, NTFS, ext2/ext3, or HFS+ formats)
  • USB printer sharing
  • WebDAV
  • Windows DFS
  • FTP/SFTP server
  • iSCI target
  • Active Directory
  • User level permissions with quotas (no groups)
  • HTTP/HTTPS web administration
  • Downloadable event logging
  • Email alerts (w/ built-in SMTP service for no-hassle setup)
  • Programmable drive spindown for power save (5, 15, 30, 60 mins)
  • UPS sync
  • Application manager for third-party apps
  • Citrix XenServer 5.6, Windows Server 2003/2008/2008 R2, VMware vSphere 5.0 certified for server virtualization

Backup

  • Schedulable full/incremental/mirror file copy to/from rsync (w/ SSH option) servers, CIFS shares
  • Apple Time Machine support (Mac OS 10.5 and higher)
  • Backup to EMC Atmos
  • Cloud backup to Amazon S3, Mozy

Media

  • iTunes and UPnP AV / DLNA server (supports XboX 360 & PS3)
  • Auto file upload to Facebook, Flickr, YouTube
  • Auto digicam file upload via Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP)
  • Auto photo resizing and watermarking
  • Built-in photo slideshow
  • Axis Video Hosting Solution client
  • Video surveillance support via MindTree SecureMind (up to five Axis, Bosch, and Panasonic IP cameras; 1 license included)

Mobile

  • Remote file and media access via Iomega Personal Cloud (manual port forwarding or router UPnP support required)
  • Folder drop file distribution via email (link or actual files)
  • File and media access via iOS app

Note that you can't migrate from RAID 0 to RAID 1 and you can't expand storage space by swapping one drive at a time. The latter feature is planned to be supported sometime in the future, but there is no firm schedule. You also can't treat each drive as a separate volume or configure the drives into JBOD.

The ix2-dl keeps the same EMC LifeLine Linux-based OS that we've seen in recent-design ix2 and ix4s (Figure 4). The feature set is mostly unchanged, with the notable exception of new video surveillance features I'll get to in a bit.

ix2-dl All Features page

Figure 4: ix2-dl All Features page

The ix2, like other LifeLine-based NASes supports a healthy selection of network protocols as Figure 5 illustrates. WebDAV support is a welcome addition, since many web and cloud apps depend on it.

ix2-dl Protocols

Figure 5: ix2-dl Protocols

Iomega has improved the Personal Cloud setup wizard so that it isn't as confusing. I put a few shots of the wizard in the gallery below so that you can get a feel for it. But unlike WD's WD2go remote access, Personal Cloud still requires opening ports in your router's firewall to work. The Personal Cloud setup wizard will do this automatically if your router supports UPnP NAT Traversal, or you can do it manually.

I run a dual-NAT setup with one NAT in a Linksys X2000 ADSL router and the second in the NETGEAR WNDR3700 that currently serves as my primary router. So setting up port forwarding is a pain that I avoid. The Personal Cloud wizard wasn't able to deal with my double NAT, but WD's WD2go had no problem with it. So I'd really like to see Iomega rework Personal Cloud so that port forwarding isn't necessary.

If you want more info on Personal cloud, check the Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive review on SmallCloudBuilder. You can also contrast it with the WD2go.

A key new push for Iomega with the revamped ix2 is video surveillance. So they have provided three ways to monitor and record up to five IP cameras from Axis, Panasonic and Bosch.

  • The ix2 can be an Axis Video Hosting System client. AVHS is a hosted surveillance solution available from many Axis partners. A single camera license comes bundled.
  • There is a built-in Video Surveillance feature (Figure 6), for recording and viewing up to five IP cameras
  • MindTree's SecureMind Surveillance Manager provides a more feature-rich video surveillance option than the built-in app, for up to 5 cameras. A single camera license comes bundled.

ix2-dl Video Surveillance

Figure 6: ix2-dl Video Surveillance

The exact cameras supported depend on the application you are using, so you'll need to check the Iomega Knowledge Base for specific models. Since Iomega is so hot to trot on video surveillance, we'll be doing a separate deep dive on these features.

You can browse the gallery for a few more feature screenshots. The Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive review on SmallCloudBuilder also has more feature details.

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