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HP LX195 MediaSmart Home Server

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Automatically back up and protect your digital memories, centralize your media and content for sharing with friends and family, and enjoy your digital media while at home or away with the HP LX195 MediaSmart Home Server. The LX195 is the first HP MediaSmart … see full wiki

1 review about HP LX195 MediaSmart Home Server

Certainly didn't live up to my expectations...

  • May 11, 2010
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I thought that when I scored a HP LX195 MediaSmart Home Server from Amazon Vine, I would have a really sweet addition to my home network. There are four people in the house who all are very active on the network, and I felt that this would become the central hub for file sharing amongst us. Unfortunately, it never quite made it there.

While in theory the device looks to be good enough for the niche it's aiming at, I found it horribly slow. It often took me nearly a minute from the time I signed on until I got the administration screen on my computer. Copying things from my desktop to the server (over cat5 cable, not wireless) was also very slow, enough that I tended to avoid doing so on a regular basis. Couple that with the Mac user in the family not being able to get a good connection for his file shares, and this device was flopping badly.

I'd like to say that I could justify the box solely as a backup device, but that's not even very feasible given the slow connection. It definitely isn't something that made me want to drop my Carbonite subscription, for sure...

For the price, I would expect FAR more from this than I ended up getting. I'm not going to toss it out yet, as I might be able to find a use in a few other scenarios that wouldn't be the standard reason for installing it. But for hitting the target that HP touts here, it was a swing and a miss.

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