|Processor||Intel Atom 230|
|Hard Drive||640 GB|
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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...
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This never was very easy to use and then died causing my wife and I to lose a number of pictures that were important to us. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by jonny
Bought 2, one for client and one for myself. Best price I ever found. It came quickly and I am very pleased. Thank You.Published on January 22, 2013 by Brad Green
The media server came minus the hard drive. The seller was excellent. delivery was on time and after sales service was great. we were able to quickly resolve the issue. Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by A. Alexander
i received this item in a big box with not enough packaging material , the inside of this item contains very fragile electronic parts and bulb filaments that would be damage if... Read morePublished on March 21, 2012 by charlie
Everyone has different requirements for a NAS, but a simple server for backing up multiple computers in my family was all I needed. Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by GhostRider
The good news:
HP support in Canada has been excellent although of course everything is time consuming.
The bad news:
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We have a home network with two PCs and two Macs, and this server seemed like a good solution for storage and backups. Read morePublished on July 14, 2010 by ReadersAdvisory
This MediaSmart server was a breeze to connect to our wireless network router. Once connected it has run well for some time now. Read morePublished on June 16, 2010 by Water Monkey