Reviews and Problems with HP MediaSmart Server LX195
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Great support, poor product
19 July 2010
Summary: The good news: HP support in Canada has been excellent although of course everything is time consuming. The bad news: 1. The product is not reliable. We have had two hard drive failures. After about 6 months the server started disconnecting and had to be powered down and up again. HP, after the usual process of going through all kinds of settings and sending them the log, replaced the drive. OK, these things happen, that's what warranties are for.
Summary: We have a home network with two PCs and two Macs, and this server seemed like a good solution for storage and backups. The advertised support for Mac Time Machine backups was a particular enticement, so when we saw a special offer that made the price very reasonable, we bought one. Initial setup on the Windows side was easy; setting up the Mac controller was difficult and time-consuming, and I had to come up with an elaborate workaround to get the Time Machine backups...
Summary: I thought that when I scored a HP LX195 MediaSmart Home Server from Amazon Vine, I would have a really sweet addition to my home network. There are four people in the house who all are very active on the network, and I felt that this would become the central hub for file sharing amongst us. Unfortunately, it never quite made it there. While in theory the device looks to be good enough for the niche it's aiming at, I found it horribly slow.
BUYER BEWARE Deceptive product information. Not Mac compatible
Marksomebody "You too can be a somebody", Amazon
26 March 2010
Summary: I ordered this product to use in my mixed operating system home. The product description claims Macintosh compatible for easy time machine back ups. Not so. The software only works with OS X .5.2 it DOES NOT work with OS X.6. Ten calls to HP to even get to the home server group before I was told sorry not compatible. I guess I'll just put this unit up for sale.