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Lacie Internet Space 500GB review

Alan Lu
17 Apr 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
115
inc VAT

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Specifications

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

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

Capacity500GB
Formatted capacity465GB
Default file systemext3
Price per gigabyte£0.23
InterfaceSATA 300
3.5in drive bays1
Free 3.5in drive bays0
RAID modesN/A

Interface

Ethernet ports1
USB direct access ports (front/rear)0/0
Other USB ports (front/rear)0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Other portsnone

Networking

Ethernet connection speed10/100/1000Mbit/s
Universal Plug and Play supportyes
UPnP media serveryes
iTunesyes
Print serveryes
USB disk serveryes
Web serverno
FTP serveryes
Protocols supportedTCP/IP, SMB/CIFS, AFP, FTP

Miscellaneous

Size45x122x193mm
Weight938.0kg
Vertical positioningno
Ethernet cable includedyes
Additional featuresremote access
Power consumption idle10W
Power consumption active13W

Buying Information

Price£115
Warrantytwo years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.play.com
Detailswww.lacie.com

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