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Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station Review

Overview

Here is the all new Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station, a fully featured, robust and a compact network Storage device. Although it doesn’t include storage drives it’s a perfect network storage solution when you want to connect multiple users to the network and share data stored on external drives.

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Specifications

Features Description

1. Device Type Wireless device server
2. Dimensions 1.1in*5.2in*6.3in 9.5 oz
3. Processors Installed 1*Marvell 6281 1 GHz
4. RAM Installed (Max) 256 MB
5. Network Connectivity Technology Wireless
6. Cables/ Media Type Supported Ethernet 1000Base-T cable
7. Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Fast Ethernet
8. Network Protocol Bonjour, DHCP, SMB
9. Features BitTorrent client, Print server, UPnP Media server, DHCP support
10. Interfaces 4* Hi-Speed USB- 4 pin USB Type A, 1* Network –Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-T -RJ-45
11. Power Device External
12. Software Included Trend Micro Internet Security, EMC Retrospect Express, Iomega QuickProtect
13. System Requirement Windows XP/Vista/7- RAM 256 MB, MacOS X 10.4 or later
14. Service and Warranty 3 years warranty

Features

The Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station is the most compact of all the NAS devices available, yet a fully features and flexible device. The device doesn’t include any storage drives, although it allows up to four external hard drives to be connected to the network to share data via the versatile USB ports.

Aesthetically its very compact measures only 1.1 inches thick by 6.3 inches wide by 5.2 inches long and weighs less than 10 ounces. It’s more like a compact expandable hard disk than it is a NAS device. It has 4 USB 2.0 ports three on the front and one on the back. So as you connect drives on to the network you would find a number of wires, which is too disturbing.

Apart from USB on the back, it has a Gigabit Ethernet port allowing you to connect the server to the local network. You can also hook it up to any wireless network using its in-built Wireless N adapter. However the network port offers good speeds compared to the wireless connectivity. You can plug in and share the contents of your hard drives with ease although the throughput might be hindered due to the USB 2.0.

Setting up the device is a cakewalk. Each external hard disk connected will show up on the network-shared folder. The “Security” feature can be customized via the Web server interface. However the access restriction can be done only for the entire hard disk and not individual folders.

Some of the handy and wonderful features this compact device supports are as follows. The Remote Access feature gives the device excellent management capabilities. The in-built BitTorrent client supports automatic download features downloading data at very high speeds. Although the device does not support automatic downloads from Rapidshare or any other similar websites. The ubiquitous features available are Windows and Apple file sharing support. Media Streaming with the support of standards including UPnP, DLNA, and iTunes.

Cost

The iConnect wireless data station costs around $100 USD.

Review

The Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station is very compact, portable and a flexible device, supporting variety of features like BitTorrent client, Media Streaming and lots more. But when coming to performance of the USB 2.0 over the Gigabit port its way slower than the other NAS devices. On connecting a few hard disk to the server via the USB ports reported a disappointingly slow Write and Read speeds of about 84.7 Mbps and 217.5 Mbps respectively. On switching the Gigabit port to Wireless connection it showed much slower rates of 29.9 Mbps and 27.9 Mbps. But its worth for the cost and its design shadows the low transfer speeds.

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