HP MediaSmart Server EX490 (1 TB, Intel Celeron 2.2 GHz, 2GB DDR2 DRAM)
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Don't abandon your digital photos and videos somewhere on your PC's hard drive. Share them! The HP MediaSmart Server allows you to create and share photo albums securely with friends and family and publish quickly and easily to popular websites. Share music, files, photos, movies and applications remotely through a secure Web connection. Or stream your digital content directly to PCs on your home network or to your home entertainment centre. With the HP MediaSmart Server, it's all there! The HP MediaSmart
|Powerful performance in a stylish|
package--the HP MediaSmart Server
Organise your digital life
Store, centralise and share your digital content and memories with the HP MediaSmart Server. It also includes remote access, automatic back up and immense storage expandability, to keep your digital life organised and secure now and in the future. Back up multiple computers automatically and protect your memories. Access your files remotely, and share your photos and videos with friends and family. Get of this in a sleek, stylish package that looks great in any home. Whatever your digital needs, the HP MediaSmart Server delivers.
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Impressive hardware and connectivity, with 1TB of internal storage and more
The HP MediaSmart Server is powered by an Intel Celeron 2.2 GHz processor, backed up with 2GB of DDR2 RAM. It comes with an impressive 1TB of internal storage, but the total storage capability of this multimedia server is only limited by the ample number of ports on board. With four USB ports and an eSATA port you can plug in multiple external drives. Plus, the server contains four hard drive bays for easy expansion. It is simple to add additional hard disk drives for more storage, with no tools required.
Manage your media
Share music, files, photos, movies and applications remotely through a secure web connection. The HP MediaSmart Server’s dedicated Photo Web Share software allows you to create and share photo albums securely with friends and family, and publish quickly and easily to popular websites. Or you can stream your digital content directly to PCs on your home network or to your home entertainment centre. The HP MediaSmart Server eliminates frustration by converting your videos into a format you can enjoy at home and on the go, on a wide range of popular devices like gaming consoles. Server for iTunes software allows you to centralise your iTunes music libraries and playlists on the server.
|Swap hard disk drives easily and back up|
Protect and restore your files
Multiple computers? The HP MediaSmart Server automatically backs them up. Protect your digital memories from fire, flood, or natural disaster. Back up your server to an available internal or external hard drive to store offsite and stay worry-free. Plus, if the worst happens to your PC, the included HP PC Restore disc is all you need to restore your computer from the HP MediaSmart Server. The MediaSmart even duplicates selected shared folders on multiple hard disk drives on the server, for protection against hard disk drive failure.
Access your files wherever you are
The HP MediaSmart server allows you to remotely access your files from any internet-connected computer using your secure personal web address. You can also remotely run applications on computers on your home network, through your HP MediaSmart.
Powerful software makes everything easy
The HP MediaSmart Server is powered by Windows Home Server, so you get all add-ins and applications developed by Microsoft and third-party developers to make sure you keep on getting the most out of your media. Microsoft Windows Home Server allows you to manage your MediaSmart Server, including setting up folders, assigning user privileges and customising backups.
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iPod with the iStream app
Plus, get the HP MediaSmart Server Control Center. This tool runs on networked computers and allows all network users to browse folders on the MediaSmart Server, add photos and video clips to the HP Photo Webshare and perform a backup of their computer.
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your Mac as well as your PC
Whether you’re a PC or a Mac, you’ll find the MediaSmart Server just as easy to use. Once you've gone through the initial server set-up process with your PC, everything else can be done directly from your Mac. The installation disc is a hybrid that works out whether you are using a Mac or a PC, and takes you through the appropriate set up process. You’ll find the interface is consistent between both platforms, and browser-based access allows you to access your server easily at home or away. Plus, gain extra protection for Macs with the MediaSmart Server. Unique to the HP MediaSmart Server, the improved bare metal recovery process for Macs will recover the O/S, applications, and files in one simple step.
View your videos on the move with the iStream app for iPhone or iPod touch
You can access your photos, videos and music directly from your iPod, with this free app from the Apple App store. iStream allows you to stream the photo, music and video libraries stored on your HP MediaSmart Server to your iPhone or iPod Touch. So wherever you are, with HP’s MediaSmart Server you have your media at your fingertips.
Top customer reviews
I haven't tried the media streaming yet but will be getting an iPhone soon so thats definitely a big plus.
I started by upgrading the system hard drive for a larger drive because I wanted as much storage as I can fit, this is amazingly simple, and after swapping out the system drive and sticking in my new larger drive, connecting it directly to my laptop with the server dvd in it. The whole system restored itself onto the new hard drive. I threw in a few more 1.5TB and 1TB drives and had myself a lovely quiet 5.5 TB Home server, it so quiet even my wife allows it to be in the lounge now instead of in the spare room like the last home built one I had.
Can't fault this product, I have only dropped one star because I wanted the EX495 and at the time of writing HP wouldn't sell it in the UK (becuase we're an emerging market) which is frustrating short sighted of them but I guess these large multinational corporations have their crazy reasons.
HP have now discontinued their entire MediaSmart product line, and Microsoft while releasing a new version dropped a feature that for many was the main reason for buying Windows Home server. I have tried the release candidate of WHS 2011 today and without drive extender it is a pointless product and is the most awkward storage platform in existence.
However its' greatest ability is not necessarily in storing data, every NAS or server can do that, bu in backing up local pcs. As soon as you get two or three laptops and pcs keeping a strict backup schedule starts to become a nightmare and as we all know hardware failure is a certainty, it is just a case of when. This will wake Macs and pcs out of hibernation, back them up and put them to sleep again.
The final piece of the jigsaw is offsite storage. I am investigating add-ons that allow the use of Amazon's S3 service for complete peace of mind.
In short, this a great piece of kit, just expensive.
I have recently thrown away a Tranquil Home Server as i could not get technical support for a brocken hard disk (no phone support!).
This was my 2nd home server - and what a difference. Fantastic bit of kit.
The setup is a bit flakey (eg. HP wanting to install tons of software, where you only need the MS Home Connector) - but i am used to that from HP.
I have added 2 hard disks to it and it looks after my home network of 4 computers with no issues.
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