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Lacie Internet Space 500GB review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 115
inc VAT

Specifications

1 disk bays, 500GB storage supplied, 1x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet ports

http://www.play.com

LaCie’s 500GB Internet Space looks striking in its unadorned glossy white case. It’s quiet, too, as it doesn’t have any cooling fans, although the underside can become very hot.

The discovery and configuration utility on the included CD sets up the Internet Space in a few minutes. Each user gets a password-protected My Library folder, and there’s an unprotected Family Library folder for sharing files between users. It’s easy to grasp if you’re new to network storage, but it’s not as flexible as the more customisable users, groups and folder management schemes of other devices.

The utility also installs a QuickConnect program on your computer for quick access to your network storage. Although you can access your files without it, performance slows to a crawl, so you need to install it on any PC that needs access to your network storage. Even with QuickConnect installed, the Internet Space was still one of the slowest NAS devices here, as its single-digit benchmark scores show.

Once you have configured port forwarding on your router, either manually or with help from the web configuration interface, you can access your files from any internet-connected computer through the homelacie.com website. A Java program that runs in your browser allows you to download files to a remote computer and upload files to the Internet Space merely by dragging and dropping them.

We had no trouble using the Internet Space as a UPnP media server or using it to share a USB printer across our network. It’s one of only two NAS devices here that iTunes recognised as a music server, although it wouldn’t display any of our playlists. You can’t share the contents of a USB disk across your network, but you can at least back up the contents of the Internet Space’s 500GB disk to a USB disk.

LaCie’s Internet Space costs just 23p per gigabyte but its sluggish performance lets it down. If you want access to your files over the internet without using FTP, though, its performance will be less of an issue.

Basic Specifications

Price £115
Rating ***

Storage

Capacity 500GB
Formatted capacity 465GB
Default file system ext3
Price per gigabyte £0.23
Interface SATA 300
3.5in drive bays 1
Free 3.5in drive bays 0
RAID modes N/A

Interface

Ethernet ports 1
USB direct access ports (front/rear) 0/0
Other USB ports (front/rear) 0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Other ports none

Networking

Ethernet connection speed 10/100/1000Mbit/s
Universal Plug and Play support yes
UPnP media server yes
iTunes yes
Print server yes
USB disk server yes
Web server no
FTP server yes
Protocols supported TCP/IP, SMB/CIFS, AFP, FTP

Miscellaneous

Size 45x122x193mm
Weight 938.0kg
Vertical positioning no
Ethernet cable included yes
Additional features remote access
Power consumption idle 10W
Power consumption active 13W

Buying Information

Price £115
Warranty two years RTB
Supplier http://www.play.com
Details www.lacie.com

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