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Lenovo IX2 2-Bay Diskless Network Storage (70A69003NA)
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Lenovo NAS drives provide a fast and easy way to backup, share, and access files on a home or business network. Content can be shared between computers and other digital media adapters, such as game consoles, and can stream multiple HD movies at the same time. Lenovo/EMC Personal Cloud protects data and provides access from anywhere. Simple interface allows setup in minutes with just a few mouse clicks.
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I had two WD 1TB black drives lying around and this was a good deal. The WD drives were on the compatibility list so I bought the unit and set it up. Within an hour it was up and running on my network without problems. I am just using it for NAS so no cloud or stuff, although the DLNA seems to just work. I copied our pictures and movies to the appropriate shares and they are indexed and available via any DLNA device (such as a TV or a phone with the right app.)
It wasn't terribly clear which software to download and how to run it. The program is a tiny shell that hooks into a browser-based control system. I just open the app, click on the settings, sign in with my admin password and do everything via the web interface. I don't really see much value to the program itself.
If you know a bit about computers and shares, you'll manage just fine. If this is alien to you, it might take some time. It was easy but not plug-and-play or leading you by the hand.
I set up a share for a family member and gave them their own read/write password. Set up file history on their windows 8.1 PC to point to that share (using the share id/password which is different than their logon) and its been working great. Every time I've check they've been fully backed up.
I am a big windows fan but find it frustrating when dealing with network drives when they ask for credentials. They assume you are on a domain with the name of you pc (you'll see that near the bottom of the sign-in box.) Instead of signing in with username and password (which is interpreted as thisPC/username and password) you have to type //IX2-2/username and password (or maybe one slash at the beginning?) so it know to verify it on the NAS and not your PC.
I intend to by a UPS for it so that it will spin down gracefully in the event of a power failure. I am using it in a mirrored RAID configuration but no files exist only on the NAS. Primarily sharing media and backing up computers to it.
This unit is a great deal, I got mine for $82. I put some old 1TB WD RE-series drives into it and it runs great.
The software is lacking a few features, but nothing that will bother the average user. I would like the option to see the disk SMART status. This can be seen by generating a system dump report, but the average user will never need to do this.
Their Personal Cloud is decent by itself, but it is very nice if you have two Lenovo NAS' in two locations. In that configuration, you can mirror your devices over the internet, and really minimize your downtime if the drives go south.
One last thing, a backup means you have your data in at LEAST two places (on your computer AND on the IX2, or on two different IX2s, etc). Just because this IX2 will mirror the two drives it holds does NOT mean your data is in two locations. Data recovery can easily cost thousands of dollars.
Seems to be faster than my dead WD My Book II with reading and writing.
Drives are easy to install, I used WD 1tb Blues
Easy to install new drives... NO TOOLS REQUIRED! (comes with mounting brackets)
Once in web interface, it defaults to "Favorite Features", click on All Features and see a ton of other things this thing can do... WOW!
Instructions say to use supplied network cable which is not included, not a big deal
Wasn't obvious, front panel slides up to take off, drive slides in easy but last part to make connection is a bit hard
Boot time and shutdown time are a bit slow, not a big deal unless you are sitting in front of it trying to do something
Added one drive. Plug in cables (network and power), powered it up. Blinking red light and blinking blue light.
Go to link provided in documentation. Download Lenovo app to set it up. It didn't find the NAS right away, took several minutes, but that could be that the boot time is slow also. Once it found the NAS, it was complaining that a drive needed to be wiped and needed permission. Wasn't obvious how to do it but if you click the warnings/errors, it eventually prompts you. Note, this is to partition the drive and format it. Also, if you right-click on the NAS photo grade icon a menu comes up, select Manage. Personally, if you have the IP address of the NAS, it is a little easier in the web interface. You will see the warning/error about the drive, it is a link, click on it. You have to do it a few times to get to the approval to wipe the drive (basically partition it).
It took a few minutes to wipe the old WD partition. Blinking red light after it was done (blue light was solid), did a reboot of NAS and it was fine. Wrote a few files to it as a test and seemed to go very fast compared to my old My Book II (white with blue ring lights).
The install places several generic folders such as Documents, Photo's, etc. Some are permission locked by default. I removed several and put in a few basic ones like Public, Misc and kept Backups. Copied a few files and it seemed pretty fast.
I then powered it down and added the other WD 1tb blue drive. Powered it up, same thing, red blinking light. Went to manage screen and you can see a clear photo type picture of the drive that is good and bad. Click the bad one, click settings and choose to set it up. You must do that before you change it to RAID 1 (mirroring).
The con on this is, that after setting up mirror'ing, it is going through the RAID rebuild and it is slow. Granted rebuilds on any RAID type of drive is slow, but this is slower than enterprise grade equipment, in the end... who cares if it works.
I'm using this on a home network, I want to backup, scan, etc from multiple devices and I don't want to deal with login's, permissions, etc, just like my old WB My Book II, I set it up under permissions to give any/everyone full read/write access. I'm sure someone will slam me for it, but I have it on my internal network and don't plan on opening a port for outside access or streaming, etc.
Oh, one more note, when you log in, the user id and password clear and most people would think it failed to login, if you did the login right, it is just waiting for the NAS to respond and bring up the next webpage. Kind of odd the first time. The boxes cleared and I started to click to try again and it appeared locked up. Then after a few seconds the screen cleared and it brought up the main console.
I also did a firmware update. Under All Features, click Software Updates, you will see that it is out of date, click it. You then get a new window with text and a link in it. Click the link, download the file. After downloading, go back, click the update again, then point at the file you downloaded. It will take several minutes to update the firmware.
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