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HP LX195 MediaSmart Home Server

by HP
3.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
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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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Product Description

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.

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Processor Intel Atom 230
RAM 1 GB
Hard Drive 640 GB
Brand Name HP
Item model number LX195
Hardware Platform XXX
Operating System Microsoft Windows Server
Item Weight 5 pounds
Product Dimensions 8 x 3.9 x 8.2 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 8 x 3.9 x 8.2 inches
Color Black
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type SIMM
Hard Drive Interface Raid

Additional Information

ASIN B0021L9HKK
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #311 in Computers & Accessories > Servers
#781 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Network Attached Storage
#17,843 in Computers & Accessories > Networking Products
Shipping Weight 8.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available May 10, 2009

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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
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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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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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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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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