The Good Easy to set up and use; excellent Web-based interface; compact and sleek design.
The Bad Lacks advanced NAS features; hard drive is not user serviceable; can't read NTFS external hard drive.
The Bottom Line The Iomega Home Media Network Drive, a single-volume NAS server, is easy to set up and use for even the most novice user; however, its lack of advanced features might lessen its appeal to savvy users.
Iomega Home Media Network Drive
For about $130 for the 500GB version (or $230 for the 1TB version), the Iomega Home Media Network Drive is a sound buy for any home user. Iomega NAS servers are known to be easy to use, and the Home Media Network Drive is the company's easiest so far. Getting it up is a simple task, as is customizing the more advanced settings. Its good performance and support for USB hard drives and printers round out its merits. If you're looking for more advanced features, check out the Editors' Choice winning Synology DS107+ or the Western Digital My Book World Edition.
Setup and ease of use
Barely larger than a 3.5-inch hard drive, the Iomega Home Media Network Drive is about as compact as a single-volume NAS server can get. The device comes in both a 500GB and a 1TB version. Choose carefully though, the device is not designed to let you to replace the hard drive later if you want to increase its capacity.
The drive includes a Gigabit Ethernet port and one USB 2.0 port, located on the back. The USB port can be used to host a printer or an external hard drive. Also located on the back is a very small fan that, unfortunately, produces a high-pitched sound when spinning. However, it only spins when the drive gets hot, which is only when during heavy loads.