LaCie recently introduced a new external hard drive/media sharing solution, and they were nice enough to send me one to review.  Here is the LaCie CloudBox!

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NOTE: UPDATED ON 1/27/2013 TO ADD PERFERMANCE MEASURES TO END OF REVIEW

LaCie recently introduced the CloudBox media sharing device.  We told you about that here, and here is a good video overview to get you started.

A few product shots are here:

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It is a really nice looking device and will be at home wherever you place it.  But enough of the introductions, let’s get to the review!

Installing the CloudBox

The process for installing the Lacie CloudBox is pretty straightforward:

1. Plug the ethernet cable into your router;

2. Power up the box by plugging it into your wall socket;

3. Wait 3-9 minutes for the device to prepare itself;

4. Log onto the device by clicking on it under Network in Windows File Manager (Shared on Mac OS).

I followed the directions, and lo and behold, the device was available on my network in 5 minutes flat.

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Under Network, I left clicked. As you can see, Family folders are already there, ready for content.

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This is all that most will probably ever do, and within 10 minutes of booting the device, including capturing screen shots, I was good to go. LaCie promised one-click setup, within 9 minutes, and they delivered. I copied and pasted content into the folders and was good to go. About 7.5 minutes to transfer 733 MB of photos, 1.51 MB/second. This is not the speediest hard drive solution out there, but it should be fine for most uses. Now to add music and video!

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