Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 review: Iomega StorCenter ix2-200

While the remote access gives excellent management capability to the NAS, it was limited when it comes to accessing data. We were only able to download and upload a single file at a time. With other NAS servers that have similar remote access, such as the HP MediaSmart EX495, or the Seagate BlackArmor, you can do a lot more. For example, when you want to download an entire folder, the server will convert that folder into a ZIP file for you to download. Other NAS servers also allow you to play back digital content such as photos, music, or video via the Internet, which the StorCenter ix2-200 doesn't.

Other advanced features of the Iomega were also limited. The support for IP cameras, for example, doesn't include motion detection recording. You can only view live images or record based on a time schedule. The self downloading feature only supports BitTorrent. This means you can't use it to download large files from other services such as RapidShare or from any Web site or FTP site.

Other than that, the regular features of the NAS worked well. It supports FTP, Windows file sharing, Apple file sharing, and external hard drive in both NTFS and FAT32 file systems. The server is also capable of streaming media and supports a variety of media serving standards including UPnP, DLNA, and iTunes. We tried these out and all worked as intended.

The StorCenter ix2-200 is also the first Iomega NAS server we've reviewed that has support for iSCSI, a network storage standard that allows you to work with networked storage over Ethernet connections as if physically connected.

We tested the StorCenter ix2-200 in both RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations, and its performance was on par with high-performance NAS servers that we've reviewed recently.

In RAID1 format, where the device's hard drives are set up in a redundant configuration for maximum data protection by scarifying half of their storage capacity, the StorCenter ix2-200 scores were 126.1Mbps on our write test and 236.8Mbps on our read test. These were consistently faster that those of the WD My Book World Edtion, which scored 120.1Mbps and 206.6Mbps for write and read, respectively.

In RAID 0 format, where the device's hard drives are set up to maximize the speed and storage space while putting the data at a higher risk, the Iomega's write performance improved to 137.5Mbps while its read performance decreased to 215.42Mbps. This a normal performance pattern found in many NAS servers.

Overall, we liked how the StorCenter ix2-200 performed. It worked quietly even during the heavy loads. We were concerned about the fact that it gets pretty hot after a few hours of operation, but Iomega seems very confident about its product this time around and gives the new StorCenter ix2-200 a generous three-year warranty.

CNET Labs NAS performance scores (via wired Gigabit Ethernet connection)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
QNAP TS-239 Pro
Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 (RAID 0)
Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 (RAID 1)
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Service and support
The three-year warranty is much longer than most NAS servers on the market, including the previous StorCenter ix2 model. Toll-free phone support is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. You can also chat online with tech support via Iomega's site or fill out an e-mail form. Iomega's site also has a user forum, FAQs, how-to videos, and downloadable manuals, drivers, and software.

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