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Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive, Cloud Edition 1TB review

Alan Lu
19 Mar 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
105
inc VAT

It's not perfect, but Iomega's latest NAS is quick and has some useful features, all at a reasonable price.

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Specifications

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

The latest NAS from Iomega has a seriously long-winded name. The Cloud Edition, as we'll call it, is one of the sleekest looking NAS devices we've seen with its black, brushed metal appearance. It can be positioned vertically using the included stand and is very quiet.

Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive, Cloud Edition 1TB

The Cloud Edition fared well copying large files, managing an average 25.7MB/s – just slower than a USB2 hard disk. It wasn't as impressive at copying small files, coming in at 11MB/s overall, but this is still faster than various more expensive NAS devices.

Compared to previous Iomega NAS devices, the Cloud Edition has a totally revamped web management interface that's logically organised and easy to use. Links to all of the controls can be viewed in one window pane, or they can be viewed as a series of separate categories for easier browsing. Even better is the ability to search for the control you want by keyword.

Creating new user accounts is easy – all the necessary controls are in one compact window. Each user can be granted or denied access to each shared folder, but there's no option to grant read-only access. Users can be assigned a private folder all of their own, but it's not possible to set usage quotas or group accounts together for easier management. These features may not be missed on a small network, though.

The Cloud Edition gets its name from its integration with various online storage services. It can automatically backup files to Amazon's S3 pay-as-you-go service or EMC's Mozy Backup service, which has a free 2GB service with paid-for plans for more storage. Amazon's S3 service places a 5GB limit on individual file sizes and you can only backup a single shared folder.

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