Reviews and Problems with HP MediaSmart Server LX195
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Seamlessly attached into our network
Water Monkey "Marc B.", Amazon
16 June 2010
Summary: This MediaSmart server was a breeze to connect to our wireless network router. Once connected it has run well for some time now. Our only complaint is a complaint with many home servers and that is there appearance. I don't mind having the server visible to everyone, but my wife hates it. However, because of ventilation issues we need to have the server out in the open. If you are looking for a non-complicated way of having a home server this is a good choice.
Summary: I was attracted to the LX195 because of the price and I'm glad I purchased it. I've consolidated all my library and the fact that all my laptops/machines are now backed up is a bonus. I have two xbox 360s and one ps3, and they all are able to properly connect and play movies off the media smart server. I like the HP software that comes with the server (for once HP has made software that actually works well and does not irritate the user).
Summary: This product is a great product for an entry level home server. It backs up all my computers every night. It has a place to jointly hold all my media files from all my computers. After the first backup it takes about 15 minutes to back up each computer. The only problem I have is I would like to make it visible to the outside so I could get to my files while I am not at home.
Summary: tried to set one up on my own using an old PC, was working great until the PC Powersupply died, figured i'd try this out as a low end server. Arrived quickly, great packaging. Opened it up and in 10 minutes it was configuring. Had to install a few updates, but the process was smooth. Am currently backing up 4 houshold PC's and using it to serve ALL of my Photos, Mp3's and video to the household PC's and a PS3.
Summary: Great compact product, which I have been using for the last few months. It does what it say perfectly, Haven't seen a issue and this keeps running 24/7. The only time I shut it down is when I go on vacation. 1. Periodically backups my data from various desktops and laptops. 2. Gives Unified view of all my data Documents, Photos, Video 3. Simple integration with media server, this moves all my recorded tv to home server.
Summary: good product easy to setup. I had issues installing on Win 7 and eventually had to start the installation on a Win XP machine first. I got good support from HP. Main downsides: - 640G is not much - Its slower than I thought so transferring large files to it takes time. Not worth the full price but if on sale (I bought for ~$210) can give good value for the money.
Summary: Quick and easy Home Server installation. The 640MB disk is too small for most people who will be installing it at their homes, but big External USB 2.0 Disks are cheap and easily available. Someone should offer a matching external USB case for two or three drives, each drive with its own cabling. Using the LX195 to upgrade other machines' hard drives is a convenient plus, just do a backup, swap in the new drive and restore the image to the new, bigger drive.
Summary: The good: The HP LX195 has fast throughput performance, powerful server software, and excellent backup for both PCs and Macs, as well as easily upgradable storage capacity. Also, it's aesthetically pleasing and quiet. The bad: The HP LX195 has no RAID, IP camera, or printer support. Also, it has no support for a simultaneous backup/restore function, and its TOZ remote connection incurs an annual cost after the first free year.
Summary: We have quite a few PC's at home, and both of us like to do videos and photography. These files get large, as well as numerous. Every time we change operating systems or upgrade a PC, it is a big chore to back up desired files and then access them again. For people like us who have a library of digital image files, or do video editing, a server makes a lot of sense.