|Processor||1.8 GHz AMD Sempron|
|RAM||0.512 GB DDR2|
|Hard Drive||500 GB SATA|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||4|
HP EX470 MediaSmart Home Server (AMD Live, Windows Home Server, 500 GB Hard Drive)
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- Conveniently centralize your files and access them from an internet-connected computer
- 500 GB hard drive, expands via 4 hard drive bays
- Automatically backup and protect the digital memories on your home PCs running Windows XP and later operating systems
- Stream photos, music and videos to PCs on your network or to your TV or stereo system
- Powered by Microsoft Windows Home Server software and 1.8 GHz, 64-bit AMD Sempron processor
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HP EX470 500GB Mediasmart Home Server. Multiple PCs in your home often means photos, music, videos and files scattered about and difficult to locate. The HP MediaSmart Server provides a central location to keep all your files for easy access. Centralize and share your files and media across your home network. Remotely access files on your server and run applications on your home PCs from any internet connected computer. Stream photos, music and videos to PCs on your network or to your TV or stereo system. Sharing photos via the web used to be a time intensive and sometimes scary endeavor. With HP Photo Webshare, however, you can quickly and automatically create a photo website on your server and share photos and video clips with only the friends and family you designate. Easily setup a personal web address that visitors can use to see photos on your webshare. Set up automatic emails to notify friends and family to share different photo albums. Visitors can upload their own photos for sharing and download full resolution photos or be linked to Snapfish for photo printing. As you accumulate increasing amounts of digital content, keeping everything protected becomes a time consuming task. The HP MediaSmart Server takes the worry out of data protection by automatically backing up all of your important media and other files. Gain peace of mind through easy backup of household PCs and notebooks running Windows XP and later operating systems. Designate folders that will be copied automatically onto multiple hard drives for an additional layer of redundant protection. Restore individual files or an entire PC hard drive in the event of a hardware or software failure. Four internal hard drive bays, four USB 2.0 ports and one eSATA port for storage expandability. Easily expand capacity with off the shelf SATA drives installation doesnt require tools or cables.
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That's about a fourth of what this amazing small sized product can do. I plan on adding wireless capabilites to my big screen TV so the server can entertain us when broadcast TV can't. And as other users have said, it's too nice to hide, unless you're worried about security. I highly recommend it if you need back-up memory storage, media server, networking, HD expansion, USB and Ethernet ports, ten user accounts, all password protected, and user friendly. HP did a nice job for a new product.
First of all the basics; it's a nice looking device. It's VERY quiet, and cabling is nice and simple; power and ethernet. Included in the box is the device, the cables you need, a set of CD's and a getting started guide.
On the back is an eSATA port (not shown in the Amazon photos or mentioned), 3 USB ports for more storage and a USB port on the front.
You plug it into your network, install the CD and you are good to go. No fooling around with product activation, no 30 minute setup.
The software; it's spectacular. Microsoft made this easy to use without treating you like a fool. Setting up shared storage and scheduling a backup couldn't be easier. If you ever need to restore, then you just pop in the included boot CD into the target machine and it'll let you restore backups stored on the server.
The 500Gb (or 1Tb) drive is fine for most people, but in my case I added some more drives. You just pop them into the cradle, slide them into the server and select "add" in the control panel. It automatically turns them into one large drive you can access. You can then select in the control panel which directories you want to duplicate (mirror) and it will make a backup copy onto one of the other drives. If you ever need to remove a drive, it will let you copy the contents onto the other drive(s) before doing so.
Another cool feature is the iTunes server; it will copy your local iTunes library onto the server in the background so you free up space on your PC and have a network accessible iTunes server on your lan.
All in all $577 WELL SPENT. There are other solutions out there (Drobo, Infrant, FreeNAS) but this integrates perfectly in Windows and is in my opinion the best value for money.
I used the Windows Home Server Console a handful of times, and it worked fine.
Over the last 6 years, it's been on pretty much 24/7. The PSU died about 3 years ago (2011). I got a comparable PSU from a 3rd party for $90, and it's still been working fine since. That 3rd party PSU was longer in length, but I still managed to fit in into the case.
Performance-wise, it's started showing its age a few years ago. For example, streaming HD videos would get choppy. I use it primarily for secondary storage now. I've since upgraded to an N36L.
The box is just so cool - the lights and being able to control the brightness is sweet. I placed it on my desktop it's so small and quiet. This has to be one of the best NAS devices available (and is smaller and more stylish than anything else out there). I'm planning on adding three 1 TB drives tomorrow to increase the storage.
One of the first things I did was copy my music library and photos to the server and also a couple of DVD's that I ripped (yes, legally). I have an XBox 360 attached to one of my TV's upstairs and I was able to immediately browse to the box, play my music and have a photo slide show running with no work at all (literally I just had my XBox search the network and it found the MediaSmart server and I didn't have to do anything at all).
So, my two complaints: I have a full network running at home with a Windows Server 2003 domain which has Routing and Remote Access enabled which then plugs into my router and then into my cable modem. Using the auto configure router just doesn't work. I suspected I would have issues but it was still annoying. Still, that only took a few minutes to overcome.
My next issue is usernames. Because you can't join the MediaSmart server to a domain I can't use my username/password to log onto it. The instructions say to create the same username and password, but doesn't let you use the domain username (the username on the client keeps resolving to the domain). So, you have to create a different username. It's a minor nit and I know why Microsoft did it that way, but it's still a pain.
Aside from these two minor, minor items, I LOVE this NAS!!!!
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