Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station

The iConnect Wireless Data Station is 1 barebones wireless NAS that accepts external USB drives and acts as a print server.


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If you've been intrigued by the idea of Marvell's Plug Computer, you'll probably love what Iomega has to show at CES this year: the iConnect Wireless Data Station.

Despite the lengthy name, this is a tiny network storage product.

Fitting right in your palm, the iConnect Wireless Data Station has no built-in storage. Instead, it comes with four USB 2.0 ports for you to connect your external hard drives or printers to. After that, all you need to do is connect it to your router via either its gigabit wired or 802.11n wireless connection and you have a NAS server.

Its tiny size and its simplicity make the device seem a perfect fit for you to use on the go to quickly share data between a group of people. According to Iomega, the iConnect also comes with features that full size NAS servers have, including:

  • Remote access: users can connect securely to the device from anywhere in the world via the internet and get full access data stored on the connected USB drives.
  • Support for multiple USB devices at a time, including external storage devices (up to four) and printers (up to two).
  • Device-to-device replication for data protection: users can copy or synchronise files to and from the connected USB drives or any other shared storage on your network.
  • Time Machine support: Apple users can easily backup any Mac computers running OS X (10.5 or later) using Time Machine.
  • Built-in UPnP-, DLNA-Certified AV Media Server: the capability to stream photos, audio content and videos to a variety of media devices, such as game consoles like Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, iTunes players, and so on.
  • Photo slideshow capabilities: users can view pictures stored on the connected USB drives in a comprehensive way.
  • Torrent download support: the iConnect device can download Torrent files by itself without the need of a dedicated PC.

Iomega includes its Protection Suite of software including the Iomega QuikProtect for simple scheduled file-level backup and a choice between EMC Retrospect Express or Express HD to back up your data more comprehensively.

The iConnect works with Windows, Mac and Linux and costs US$100, with Australian pricing yet to be announced. At what is sure to be a fair price, this seems a great device. The only question is its performance, which we won't know about until February when the product is available worldwide.

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dnc077
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"I'm just happy I've got one of these."

dnc077 posted a review   
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The Good:torrent client that works, usb drive nas, wireless

The Bad:For my purposes, there's no bad. I don't need extra services like a print server, Apple file sharing, media services etc... I only need a wireless usb drive nas. It does a pretty good job - no product is flawless.

To all those that don't like this product, I emphatize but the product works really well for my needs.
I disabled all the extra services like Media services/printing etc... I also do not use Apple file sharing so that is turned off. But I'm sure all the Mac users can find or have built in a CIFS client which can read Windows shares.
There were some complaints about wireless. It works. I don't know about the previous firmware version but mine is up to date. The torrent client is a god send.

This product is really good despite.

Good luck to all.

marshallarts
4
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"Disappointing product"

marshallarts posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Did allow access to drives

The Bad:Too slow, didn't work with printer

I bought one of these so that I could access some external drives without my main PC having to be on. Yes, it did do that. But it was very slow, much slower than accessing the data via the PC.

It also would not work with my printer. It says ion the documentation that it "may not support some host-based printers". I'm not entirely sure what that means, but I guess my printer is one of them!

After putting up with the slowness for a week or two I pulled it out and went back to accessing the drives via the PC - it was just unacceptably slow. Overall, a pretty disappointing product.

 

Neil posted a comment   

The Good:It allows other PCs to see USB drives on Network

The Bad:It's a PoS!!

I got the device hoping that it would allow me to host data on the network for my iMac and Macbook, instead of hanging the USB devices of the iMac (and relying on it being on to access the data on the Macbook). It allows this data to be available over the network, but that's about all. After repeated attempts (and following instructions from various forums on how to do it) I have not yet managed to get any drive on the iConnect to be used as a Time Machine backup drive. In fact, the ludicrously unhelpful Support at Iomega directed me to their setup instructions and one of the forum how to's that I had already tried. It would not allow me to delete data from any of the drives I had connected to the hub. I would not allow me to graciously eject any of the drives from the hub, as such corrupting one, that I now have to backup and reformat on the iMac to render usable again. All in all I think this is a complete piece of sh!t (PoS) and I would recommend that you look to something like the Belkin instead, you may have better luck.

 

Iomega posted a comment   

Product Launching in April
Please contact iomega for more information

(02) 9925 7859

 

Geezer posted a comment   

The Good:multi-drive support with backup - set up your own little RAID 1 using GFI backup or something simialr.

The Bad:It's not out yet! Hurry!

Can't wait to add this to my home router and get all three of my separate drives off the main. Already have a net-print so that doesn't matter but this is going to be good.

 

AusEM posted a reply   

Oh I want one too.I wonder which shops/retailers will be selling them...

 

ijazbof posted a comment   

The Good:Support for storage devices

The Bad:Support for printers

I contacted Iomega support and they still do not have a printer compatibility list for the device but they acknowledged that will probably work only with single function printers. I do not know if one can use a multi function printer (Scanner, fax, printer, etc.) with the basic drivers, that remains to be seen.

 

Me posted a reply   

I connected my IConnect to a HP F2400 multi-function printer, and the device detected it without problems. Printing works fine, but i still didn't manage to scan anything. I'll keep trying.

 

Dat posted a reply   

Does not work with Multi Function Printer




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User Reviews / Comments  Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station

  • dnc077

    dnc077

    Rating7

    "To all those that don't like this product, I emphatize but the product works really well for my needs.
    I disabled all the extra services like Media services/printing etc... I also do not use ..."

  • marshallarts

    marshallarts

    Rating4

    "I bought one of these so that I could access some external drives without my main PC having to be on. Yes, it did do that. But it was very slow, much slower than accessing the data via the PC.

  • Neil

    Neil

    "I got the device hoping that it would allow me to host data on the network for my iMac and Macbook, instead of hanging the USB devices of the iMac (and relying on it being on to access the data on ..."

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