Summary: This server did just about everything I needed to do, but not quite everything I'd hoped it would do. For Time Machine backups, media sharing, and remote access, the thing is fantastic. However, some of the more advanced media applications are lacking.
Pros: Simple setup Fast network transfers Good Mac integration Slick remote interface Great Tivo add-in
Cons: Needs a PC to do initial setup Limited conversion options (always outputs 24p) Cannot locally admin as there is no video out Cannot automatically pull shows off Tivo Media collector doesn't seem to work well on Snow Leopard
Summary: It is wonderful to have a server at home. It took my wife a little while to get used to a double-backslash address when going to the server, but mapped drives helped. For me the concept of a server (like at work) is second nature.
Pros: Backup, backup, and backup. Does daily backups of my other 3 computers. Handles all of my home video, photos, and music on two different drives. Don't need the same drives, I'm currently running with a 500 GB Seagate, a 750MB Western Digital, and a 1TB Maxtor, works great!
Cons: Microsoft has announced the beta of a new WHS, but it will be ONLY 64-bit, so you might as well kiss this hardware goodbye when that comes out. The software has some quirks with a Win7 client machine. When you shutdown it shuts your antivirus down BEFORE shutting the WHS connector down--therefore...
Summary: Get rid of twonkey first thing it's terrible and adds no real benefit unless you plan on trying to stream your media to a smart phone. Overall I'm satisfied, using it mainly to store my ever expanding video collection and taking the streaming load off my desktop. I got it for 150 off.
Pros: Small footprint and nice case design Hard drive installation is dead simple. The console software is simple enough to use but it doesn't allow all of the functions that a remote desktop will give you File transfer speed is ok
Cons: Twonkey. Pegged my CPU at 80% non stop. I turned it off but it still pegged at 80%. Finally remote desktoped in and uninstalled it. CPU is now at 5%. Transfer speed became unstable about half way through me moving my 1TB of videos to it. Not sure if was the server or my desktop either way it was ...
Summary: I may drop an E5300 in it once the warranty expires, but that's just me. Also, I've used it to upgrade a hard drive in one of my desktop machines. Contrary to what another reviewer has posted, I found the restore process to be quick and easy, and I even went from an IDE drive to a SATA drive.
Pros: Got this because manual backups of all the computers around the house was getting to be just too much of a hassle. It also replaced my loud, power-hungry file server. I easily added another 1Tb drive to mirror my shared files. Getting all that in a quiet, small, low-power box that's easy to set u...
Cons: It tends to lock up every few days for reasons unknown, and only a hard power cycle will break it loose. Probably a buggy piece of software that will hopefully be fixed by an upgrade at some point. The Celeron also seems to be a little weak. I don't do any video conversion, yet I still see the CP...
Summary: Unless you're encoding video, get the EX490, not the 495. They're the same box, just the 490 has a single-core CPU and 500MB less storage space off the bat. I can encode video just fine with my quad-core desktop instead, and I've added three 1.5TB drives to the unit, and one external 2TB drive via...
Pros: Very expandable. HP's additional software adds power over other Windows Home Servers. Capable of backing up PCs AND Macs, bare metal, and easily. Easy to administer. Cool glowing lights. Windows Home Server is a great product with some really cool Add-Ons to make it even more flexible.
Cons: Ticking power supply fan. This is why I dinged it one Egg. The unit does have two additional fans to keep your drives cool.
Summary: The short and sweet is that this device is woefully underpowered with its Celeron CPU. If you plan to place media on this device, the indexing service and media server software will keep this CPU pegged. Attemtping to log into the console becomes a significantly long process (3-5 minutes).
Summary: It's a little too pricey in my opinion or it would be 5 stars.. Other than that it is exceptional in utility and function. The mediasmart replaces a basic linix based NAS appliance that had pitiful speed and lousy media serving capability.
Summary: I recently purchased this server--EX495--from Amazon. So far, it has worked pretty well. I was able to connect it to my home network of 2 laptops (an XP Pro and a Windows 7 Home Premium) and it has been backing up my files without any problems.
Summary: This whole series of servers was fantastic. Until you start to upgrade machines to 64 bit with the older ex470/475's, but that's another story. And note, I said 'was' fantastic. As of Jan 1, HP is dropping the whole line of home servers so you may be on your own after that.