Movies Games and Tech

Review of the Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Network Storage Cloud Edition

We first told you about the Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 back in July. Now it’s time to review this little NAS box.

Content sharing with advanced media features and data protection in an easy-to-use product ideal for small/remote offices, workgroups and power home users.

Who are Iomega?

From their website:

Iomega Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of EMC Corporation headquartered in San Diego, is a worldwide leader in innovative storage and network security solutions for small businesses, home offices, consumers and others. The Company has sold more than 410 million digital storage drives and disks since its inception in 1980. Today, Iomega’s product portfolio includes industry leading network attached storage products, external hard drives, multimedia drives, and our award-winning removable storage technology, the REV® Backup Drive.

Features

Iomega Personal Cloud

Iomega® Personal Cloud is the revolutionary technology that allows you to protect and share your data. Iomega Personal Cloud is a patent-pending, web-based computing architecture that connects your Iomega StorCenter™ network storage devices to other individuals and/or devices via the Internet. Unlike public and private cloud applications, Iomega’s Personal Cloud technology is completely self-owned – so the content and accessibility is always under your control.

Specifications

 

Physical Dimensions

What’s in the Box?

A Closer Look

If you want to remove the drives for any reason you need to turn the unit upside down and remove two screws per drive. Only then can you slide out the drive.

Using the ix2-200

After connecting everything up and powering on, it’s time to install the software.

Just follow through all the steps – it doesn’t take very long.

Once the installation has completed you will see the Iomega Storage Manager icon on your desktop.

The first time you run it, it will check to see if there are any updates – in my case there was, so I updated (it didn’t take long).

You then are presented with the Iomega Storage Manager screen, as shown below.

There are many different settings that you can set, enable, change, disable, and so on. It is worth taking the time to go through each setting and make any changes where you feel they are needed for your specific needs.

The System Status screen is very useful to get an up to date picture of not only the device, but also your data.

You can then setup your personal cloud.

Windows Explorer shows you a view of all the available shares on the device, so it’s just a case of opening up whichever share you need to use.

Final Thoughts

For this review we had the 4TB version.

The ix2-200 is quite small, fairly quiet and looks great (its a brushed metal look) and it looks very professional.

Performing the initial setup and configuration is very easy, and takes around 20 – 30 minutes depending on your level of experience and what changes you want to make.

The default settings are probably going to be suitable for most people though.

The ix2-200 certainly has enough features, it can pretty much do whatever it is you can think of, including torrent downloads, iTunes server, pictures, music, backing up your computers, including Apple Macs via Time Machine, and so much more. In fact just look back at the start of this review to see all the features!

The Cloud functionality is very good too. You can connect to various Cloud services, such as Amazon S3 or even create your own Personal Cloud and give people access to it. And as with the other features on the ix2-200 they are very easy to set up. Just make sure you set up things securely!

There is a front mounted USB port with a copy button, so if you have files on a USB thumb drive or external hard drive you can connect it up and press a button and the copy will be taken care of for you. Again, a nice little touch.

The 4TB version came with RAID 1 enabled, but you can change this if you wish. Changing the RAID setting is very easy – although I recommend doing this before you start using the box!

One of my only negative comments is that sometimes doing the simplest of tasks appears to be complex and will involve you having to jump head first into the manual, but once you have it all configured the way you want it you will be fine.

All in all this is a great little NAS box with a lot of functionality out of the box – the killer feature being the personal cloud service. Certainly worth taking a look at this if you want to share things securely with people but have lots of other capabilities as well.

There are three different versions of the ix2-200 – a 2TB at £298.30, a 4TB at £409.50 and finally a 6TB at £554.80. Although these are the retail prices so look around online for better deals as they are certainly available.

Learn more from the Iomega website