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HP LX195 MediaSmart Home Server

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  • Sleek, slim home server with 640 GB of storage for easy backups and media streaming in your home over over the Internet
  • Remotely streams photos and music to any Internet-connected PC or Mac; upload photos to Flickr, Facebook and more
  • Network-based backup of Windows PCs and Macs using Apple's Time Machine
  • Expandable via four USB 2.0 ports for connecting to external USB hard drives
  • Processor: Intel 1.6 GHZ Atom Processor 230
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Brand NameHP
Item model numberLX195
Hardware PlatformXXX
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows Server
Item Weight5 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H8 x 3.90 x 8.20 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeSIMM
Hard Drive InterfaceRaid
  
Additional Information
ASINB0021L9HKK
Shipping Weight8.2 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableMay 10, 2009
  
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Automatically back up and protect your digital memories, centralize your media and content for sharing with friends and family, and enjoy your digital media while at home or away with the HP LX195 MediaSmart Home Server. The LX195 is the first HP MediaSmart to be powered by the efficient Intel Atom processor, which helps use less energy and save you money on your electrical bills. A Sleep Mode conserves energy and saves you money in more ways than one. The built-in sleep mode consumes only 3W of power, and the server can take on many of your PC's responsibilities, enabling you to turn off your individual computers to further save energy and money.



Enjoy both worry-free backup of all of your home's PCs (including Macs) as well as easy music, video and photo streaming.


The HP LX195 includes 640 GB of internal storage and expansion using USB external hard drives via the four USB 2.0 ports.
The sleek, slim micro-tower design is perfect for use in the home office or the living room, and it has a compact footprint of just 4 by 8 inches. The LX195 includes a single internal hard drive with 640 GB of storage, and you can expand your storage capabilities via optional external USB drives, which can connect via the four USB 2.0 ports on the back of the device. Other features include 1 GB of RAM, and ultra-fast Gigabit Ethernet networking (10/100/1000). And it's easy to set up--just plug it in, connect it to your wireless router (sold separately), and load the software onto your PCs and Macs.

Managing Your Digital Lifestyle

With the increasing amount of digital content that you work with on a daily basis as well as growing digital media libraries, a homer server can both share files to computers on your network as well as back up critical files from those computers. Here are just a few things that the HP LX195 MediaSmart can do for you:

Automatic Backup

  • Automatically manage daily backup, virus protection, media collection, and power management, all behind the scenes.
  • Automatically back up multiple computers, whether running Windows (via Microsoft Windows Home Server Backup) or Mac (via Apple Time Machine).
  • Store up to 168,000 photos, 147,000 songs or 405 hours of video on the installed 640 GB hard drive.
  • Get additional protection by backing up your server to an on-line back-up service like Amazon S3.

Designed for Digital Media

  • Access your media anywhere with an Internet-connected computer.
  • Stream music and photos to any computer, while you're at home or away.
  • Stream to your stereos and TVs through a gaming console like the Xbox 360 or PlayStation3.
  • Publish photos to photo-sharing and social networking Web sites--Snapfish, Flickr, Picasa, and even Facebook--via any Internet-connected computer, or share directly from your server.
  • Share music libraries for play throughout your home.

Easy Setup, Scheduling, and Support

  • Set up fast: just plug it in, connect it to your wireless router (sold separately), and load the software on your PCs and Macs.
  • Schedule the server to copy and centralize Windows PC media files and libraries (including iTunes and playlists).
  • Expand your capacity by adding external hard drives via four USB ports on the back.
  • Warranty and support: one-year limited; get help toll-free, 24 x 7, or via email in as little time as an hour.

Software Features

  • HP Control Center. The HP MediaSmart software that sits on top of the Windows Home Server software making access to tasks easier. Users with administrative access privileges can access the Windows Home Server Console from the HP Control Center.
  • Windows Home Server Console. Software accessed from the HP Control Center to manage your HP MediaSmart Server. Software includes setting up shared folders, assigning user access privileges and customizing backups.
  • File Sharing and Storage. Effortlessly centralize your files and access them from any PC and or Mac on your home network. Set Read/Write, Read Only or No Access privileges for each user. Access privileges are set at the shared folder level. In addition, you control the remote access privilege for each user.
  • PC Hard Drive Disk Backup. Once the HP MediaSmart Server software is installed on a home PC, the Windows Home Server backup software automatically starts backing up the PC's hard disk drive image every night. You can customize the number and frequency of backups kept. You can also make incremental backups, where only changes are backed up after the initial large backup.
  • Mac Backup. Back up your Macs to the MediaSmart Server using Apple's Time Machine software.
  • Shared Folder Duplication. Folder duplication requires permanently adding an external hard disk drive to one of the USB 2.0 ports on the back of the product. Designated folders can be copied automatically onto an external hard disk drive for an additional layer of redundant protection.
  • HP Media Collector. Conveniently schedules the server to copy and centralize your Windows PC media files and libraries (including iTunes and playlists).
  • Remote Access. Upon installation, you can set up a personal web address to be used for remote access and by visitors. Using your personal web address, you can remotely access shared folders and files on the HP MediaSmart Server from any Internet-connected computer. Remotely run applications on computers on your home network through the HP MediaSmart Server from an Internet-connected computer using your personal web address.
  • In-Home and Remote Media Streaming. Extend your digital media experiences by conveniently streaming photos, music and videos to your TVs, through gaming consoles such as Xbox 360 or PlayStation3, and computer's within your home. Remotely stream music and photos from your server to any Internet-connected computer for access while you are away.
  • HP Photo Publisher. Easily publish your photos to Snapfish, Facebook, Flickr, and Picasa Web Albums using an Internet-connected computer
  • HP Photo Viewer. Quickly share photos and albums stored on the Server with friends and family.
  • Server for iTunes. Centralize your iTunes music libraries and playlists on the server for playback to any PC or Mac running iTunes on your home network.
  • Easy Storage Expansion. Add up to four external hard drives to the HP MediaSmart Server, indicate that you want to add the disk in the Windows Home Server Console, and the HP MediaSmart Server storage grows. No need to power down the unit or manage drive letters for multiple hard drives.
  • Server Anti-Virus Protection. Server side anti-virus trial offer from McAfee for increased protection of your HP MediaSmart Server. Run quick scans of specific folders or deep scans across your entire home server.
  • Server Backup.
  • Users. Up to 10 user accounts can access the HP MediaSmart Server. In addition, a predefined Guest account can be enabled.
  • PC Operating System Support:
    • Automatic backup of computers running Microsoft Windows Vista (32 & 64 bit), XP Home (SP2), XP Professional (SP2), Media Center Edition 2004 (SP2) or later, and Macs running Apple'sTime Machine.
    • File sharing for computers running Microsoft Windows Vista (32 & 64 bit), XP Home (SP2) or XP Professional (SP2), Media Center Edition 2004 (SP2) or later, Mac OS X, or Linux.
    • Remote access to computers running Microsoft Windows XP Professional (SP2), Media Center Edition 2005 (SP2), or Vista Ultimate.

Hardware Features

  • Processor: 1.6 HGz Intel Atom 230
  • Memory: 1 GB of DDR2 RAM
  • Internal Storage: 640 GB hard disk drive (SATA, 7200 RPM)
  • Internal Expansion: none
  • External Expansion: 4 USB 2.0
  • Network Support: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit) RJ45 Ethernet; supports both wired and wireless PCs (via a wireless router).
  • Dimensions: 3.9 x 8.2 x 8 inches (WxHxD)

What's in the Box
This package includes the HP LX195 MediaSmart Server, power adapter and cable, Ethernet cable, software installation disc, PC restore disc, server recovery disc, and printed setup and user guides. The MediaSmart Server is backed by a one-year limited warranty and dedicated software technical support both online and by phone.

Product Description

Built to Serve Your Digital Life! The HP MediaSmart Server LX195 is a home server that can automatically backup and protect your digital memories, centralize your media and content for sharing with friends and family, and enable you to enjoy your digital media while at home or away. Powered by Microsoft Windows Home Server software and Intel's Atom 1.6 GHZ Processor 230. Network-based backup of PCs using Windows Home Server and Macs using Apple¿s Time machine. Centralize your digital life for sharing with friends and family. The HP MediaSmart Server will automatically centralize your digital media for sharing with family and friends, and enable you to enjoy your digital media while at home or away. The HP Media Collector conveniently schedules the server to copy and centralize your Windows PC media files and libraries (including iTunes and playlists). Using an Internet-connected PC, you can quickly publish the photos on your server and/or directly to popular websites such as Snapfish, Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, and even Facebook. Serve up your digital life for friends, family and business associates! The HP Photo Viewer allows you to create photo albums for sharing with family and friends. You can even designate certain albums as ¿private¿ and available only for people who you choose to share.

Customer Questions & Answers

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It is so simple, and I recommend it very much.
Saw Man
More importantly, additional hard drive allows Multi-disk redundancy to be enabled, which means your data is not lost if one of your hard drives crashed.
Timothy Lam
The bottom line: The HP MediaSmart Server LX195 is a great network storage and backup device for home users.
Yasmeen Nazir

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The Microsoft Home Server-based HP LX195 MediaSmart was designed to offer the home user 'out of the box' centralized backups of many connected devices as well as central storage facilities for the home's data: music, photos, movies and so on. Its media collector can be set to periodically check the connected computers and copy newly found media files to the server. The built in media servers would allow devices not specifically connected to the MediaSmart such as a PS3 or Xbox 360 to access and play the server's Music, Photo and Movie stores. The iTunes server will stream music and playlists to computers that are running iTunes or to compatible devices. In addition, there is an interface to allow for publishing one's photos to sites such as Google's Picassa or one's flickr page or Facebook account. The Windows Media Center connector allows clients with Windows Media Center installed to play music, videos and recorded TV stored on the home server. When properly setup, backups are possible externally on Amazon's S3 cloud (a paid service) and, with proper setup, the server could be managed and server's media files could be set to be accessible from the Net.

After the initial setup, the backup and media streaming services can be made available to Mac clients.

The MediaSmart's initial one-disk, 640GB storage capacity can be expanded by attaching up to 4 additional disk drives via USB ports. Once more than one disk is available, the media folders can be 'duplicated' to allow for data redundancy in the event of an accident.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By J. Finkel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2009
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Most people will take a look at the HP LX195 MediaSmart Home Server and be a little confused as to what exactly you're getting for your money. PC's are becoming popular as media centers and this MediaSmart Server takes it one step further. For families who share one main computer where all of their music, movies and pictures are held, this is not going to be much help; you'd be better off with an external hard drive. However, for families living in the 21st century with multiple computers and a need to get data both back and forth and backed up, this could be the perfect addition to your home network.

Of course, the LX195 offers a lot more than just a hub and safe for your data. It has a thoughtfully designed operating system that will keep track of your antivirus protection and windows updates in case you forget. It provides automatic backups. And best of all, it plays well with ps3 and xbox 360 so you can stream video to your tv, which is where you probably want it.

Now for the shortcomings - there are a few big ones for this bottom-of-the-line system. Due to it's price point, you'll be getting an adequate, but modest processor. Also, despite how cheap RAM is, you'll only get 1GB. Furthermore, the 640GB HDD may be more than enough space for most families, but is definitely a major thing to consider before you buy. Despite having 4 USB 2.0 ports, the expandability is meager. Unlike the more costly EX line of MediaSmart Servers, the LX195 has no extra internal bays. USB connections are slower than internal and an external drive will cost more than an internal one. Also, many USB drives require their own power outlet. At this price, it's hard to expect too much more, but a 1TB HDD and 2GB RAM would have bumped this Server up a notch (and a star).
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By moviebuff69 on May 26, 2009
I bought this to replace a couple usb drives and a buffalo nas product and have been thrilled thus far. Setup was a snap and the backups for all of my PCs are happening every night... I didn't have to do a thing.
Best part of all has been the speed - light years faster than my nas product to the point that I'm now saving large files directly to the MediaSmart Server vs. on my local PC. All in all, I highly recommend if you're looking for a small, easy and fast backup and sharing "server" in your home...
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Bezboruah on July 16, 2009
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First, let me start off with a message for Mac users: This product is USELESS for you. If you don't have at least one PC, you can't even setup the server! Otherwise, most of the features of the server, from automatic backups to media file management, cannot be utilized by Macs. To simplify, this server is nothing more than a really expensive external hard drive for a Mac. You can use time machine with the server...supposedly, as I couldn't get it to work. Other than that, you can just access and save files manually using the Finder. So if you're only using Macs, then this is a pointless product for you.

And now, for the PC users:

I have three computers in my home: two PCs and one Mac. Obviously it would be wonderful to access all my files (like music, photos, and documents) from any of the three computers. The HP LX195 MediaSmart Home Server is intended to make such a thing possible.

The server is easy to setup out of the box. Just plug in a network cable to your router and the AC adapter. Then insert the CD into one of your PCs. An installer will run which automatically finds the server on your network and takes care of most of the configuration. All you have to do is set a password for the server. That's it! Oh, and don't bother installing the McAfee protection software that is on the server. HP says that you get a 7-month free subscription to the software, but it wouldn't activate for me and just prompted me for more $$$.

The Windows Home Server operating system on the HP server is designed to automatically backup ALL PCs on your network during a time frame that you can designate. Initially, I couldn't get the backup to work successfully as the server would be downloading and installing updates at the same time.
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