Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station


These days, it's not unusual for most people to use several hard drives, cloud computing, or network-attached storage products to transfer data between computers. Those who can't help but scatter their data everywhere and want to share their files on their home network have yet another option to consider: the Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station.

This petite black box is as simple as they come. A blue indicator light, 3 USB 2.0 ports, and the QuikTransfer button (for one-touch file copying) take up the front portion, while an additional USB 2.0 port, an Ethernet port, and a slot for the AC cord are placed on the unit's backside.

A quick run-through of the data sheet gave us information on the iConnect Wireless Data Station's innards, which include sharing and data-protection features. Rejoice, chronic downloaders! Like most NAS and media-sharing devices, this baby can also take care of your precious torrents and give your PC a much-deserved break.

Most people don't have the time and patience to deal with complicated instructions and technical concerns, and this product passes the usability test with flying colors. After making the iConnect Wireless Data Station, your external hard drive, and wireless router play nice with one another, install the Iomega Storage Manager, restart the device software, and configure the iConnect and your hard drive.

Adding a user with “Administrator” status would give you the ability to restrict access to folders and tweak security and sharing settings, among other things. The browser-based manager also lets you handle folder/drive backups, media and network services, printer setups, remote-access settings, and torrent downloads with a few simple clicks. In less than 30 minutes and with just a single peek at the Quick Start Guide, we were ready to share files!

What really made us jump up and down like giddy little schoolgirls is the iConnect's congeniality; the Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu parties can all get in on the action and (temporarily) settle their differences. Those who don't have extensive technical knowledge and tried to set up a home network using computers with 2 or all 3 of these operating systems can attest to the ginormous migraine that comes with the nosebleed-inducing terminology.

Since we used a Windows 7-powered laptop as the main rig, we fired up a desktop unit that was recently upgraded to Ubuntu Linux 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat), and presto! We got to access the files on both our Win7 laptop and our primary external HDD (a 1TB Western Digital My Book Elite) after entering our chosen username and password.

File transfers from external hard drive to laptop/desktop and vice versa were easy as pie, and large copy jobs from our main external hard drive to an extra HDD (a 320GB Western Digital My Passport Essential) ran after a very brief setup.

Before you think the iConnect is pristine, there are 2 slight downsides. Consumers who've already made the leap to USB 3.0 will be left out in the cold with this product, and the “additional software” that Iomega promotes with the product (Trend Micro Internet Security, Iomega QuikProtect, EMC Retrospect Express Backup and MozyHome Online Backup) still need to be downloaded from Iomega's website or other sites.

Nevertheless, sorting out your digital life and sharing multiple drives will be made much easier with the help of the Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station.

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Performance
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Value
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Overall
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  • Easy to set up
  • Windows, Mac, and Linux support
  • Good range of copy and protection features
  • Web-based management interface
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  • No USB 3.0 support; too bad for those who already bought USB 3.0 drives
  • Additional software should be included in the package
Bottom Line
  • Those looking for a good network storage product should look no further
Editor's Pick Yes
Price P7,000
Tech Specs
  • 802.11b/g/n Wireless Connectivity
  • 5W Power Consumption
  • Marvell 6281 CPU, 1.0GHz, 256MB RAM
  • Ports:
    • 4 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x RJ45 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
    • 1 x AC Power
  • Supported network file protocols
    • Windows: CIFS/SMB/Rally
    • Apple: AFP/Bonjour
    • HTTP
    • HTTPS
  • Remote Access, Replication and Device-to-Device Copy, Reporting, Torrent Download Manager, Picture Transfer Protocol, Cooliris Photo Slideshow, print sharing
  • Time Machine support for Apple computers
  • Data protection:
    • Native security support
    • RSA BSAFE technology
    • Iomega Data Protection software (download through Iomega website)
  • UPnP DLNA-certified AV Media Server
  • Support for Windows, Mac and Linux computers
    • Windows: XP, Vista and 7
    • Mac: OS X 10.4 or higher
    • Linux: Ubuntu 7.10, Fedora 7 and 8, Fedora Core 6/5, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, OpenSUSE 10.3, Debian 4
  • Dimensions: 131 x 27 x 161mm
  • Weight: 0.27kg


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