A lot of you will already be
familiar with what a Network Attached Storage (NAS) unit is.
For those that aren’t, it’s
essentially an intelligent storage device that’s attached to your network which
is used for backing up and sharing data across your network.
Almost all units these days
support wireless media streaming and other advanced features which we’ll look
at during the course of this review.
Until recently I was new to
this particular technology and was looking for a simple, inexpensive,
convenient and secure way of backing up my data.
NAS fulfils all those
requirements and after considerable research this is the NAS unit I chose to
It’s a budget model (relatively
speaking) aimed at the small office/home office (SOHO) user but as we’ll see it
packs in a lot of features normally found only on more expensive devices.
The Iomega StorCenter ix2-200
is available in three capacities 1TB, 2TB & 4TB and it’s the 2TB model I’m
The current retail price of
the 2TB unit is £309.99 however if you shop around it can currently be
purchased online for under £220.
If you would like to read more
about Iomega, further details can be found at their website.
The unit I bought was the full
retail version so let’s have a look at the box.
The first thing you will
notice is that rather confusingly the packaging refers to the Iomega StorCenter
ix2 (which is still available but isn’t as advanced as this unit) and not the
Iomega StorCenter ix2-200.
This unit is in fact the
Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 so for sake of clarity and in order to avoid any
confusion I’ve used the full reference throughout this review.
Box left and right sides
What’s in the box
Here are the contents of the
box together with the manuals and accessories as supplied.
As we can see from the photo
- Iomega StorCenter ix2-200
Network Storage unit
- Two pin power cable
- Three pin UK power cable
- CAT5e Gigabit Ethernet
transformer/power supply unit
- Three Instruction Leaflets
- Software CD-ROM
Iomega StorCenter ix2-200
Network Storage unit
Physically the unit has an
attractive and sturdy design with a blackened brushed metal case, capped on
either end by pierced and moulded plastic inserts.
This unit is remarkably small
and neat and side on it’s almost exactly the same size as a standard paperback
novel, which isn’t a great deal bigger than the actual drives themselves.
The official dimensions are (WxDxH):
9.4 cm x 20 cm x 14.1 cm and the version on test weighs in at 2.3kg.
Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Network Storage – front side
Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Network Storage – rear view
with drive removed
Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Network Storage – base of
Features on the front
of the NAS unit
On the front of the device we
can see several features which are as follows:-
The four lights which are the status indicators.
order from top to bottom we have the ‘QuikTransfer’ Indicator, the Drive
Activity Indicator, the System Status Indicator and the Power Indicator.
The Power button.
The ‘QuikTransfer’ button.
High-speed USB 2.0 port.
Features on the rear of
the NAS unit
The features on the rear of
the unit are as follows:-
Lock – Connect a security cable to prevent theft.
Reset Button – Hold the RESET button for four seconds to return to factory
defaults. All settings will be lost.
High-Speed USB 2.0 Connectors – Supports devices such as USB storage devices
Gigabit Ethernet connector that automatically detects network speed
The two drive caddies labelled as HDD1 & HDD2.
Internally the device is based
around the Marvell ‘Kirkwood’ 88F6281 processor.
It’s the 1.0 GHz version with
a ‘Sheeva’ CPU core that features in this unit and it’s supported by 256 MB of
Zentel RAM allied with 128 MB of Hynix NAND flash memory.
A Marvell 88E81116R Gigabit
Ethernet interface and an ALCOR AU6256 4 port USB 2.0 hub handle the
Hard Drives Installed
The unit comes preinstalled
with twin 3.5" 1TB ST31000520AS Barracuda LP or super low power drives,
which according to Seagate can save up to half the power consumption of normal desktop
hard drives and have the following official specifications.
By default the drives are
preconfigured as a RAID 1 array with all system software preinstalled.
The drive caddies are each
secured by two screws on the base of the unit and the drives are user
The supplied CD contains:-
- Iomega StorCenter Manager
- EMC Retrospect Express HD
– backup software.
- An installable HTML instruction
manual in eleven different languages.
& System Requirements
- USB 2.0
host ports: 3
level: JBOD (Spanned), RAID 1 (Mirroring)
drives: (2) SATA II
server: Support for (3) USB printers included
server: Built in DLNA® certified media
server and iTunes® server. Support for DLNA/UPnP™ compliant
devices including game consoles, IP cameras, and digital picture frames.
System: EMC LifeLine operating system which is
based on Linux.
Voltage: 100-240 VAC
consumption: 5 Watts (min) – 19 Watts (max)
noise: 28 dBA maximum
- Available 10/100 Mbps or
1000 Mbps network Ethernet port (required)
- DHCP-configured network
(recommended); Network hub, switch, or router (recommended)
- CD or DVD drive to
install software and view user’s manual
digital media adapter (DMA) required to use multimedia server functions
Microsoft® Windows® XP; Windows Vista™; Internet
Explorer 7.0, Firefox 3.0, or higher browser
Mac OS X 10.4-10.6; Safari 3.0 or higher browser
Supported Linux distributions: Redhat 9, Enterprise 4/5, Mandrake 10,
Devian 4, Gentoo, FedoraCore 6/5, SopenSUSE10.3
You will note that Windows 7
isn’t mentioned here.
Iomega’s website states that the
Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 supports Windows 7 and this is confirmed as my device
was configured, set up, and used, via my main PC running Windows 7 Home Premium
64bit. No operating system related incompatibilities or anomalies were
experienced throughout these tests or during the weeks I’ve been using this
Warranty details are as
AMERICAS OR THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION
EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST, OR AFRICA