January 05, 2009 by Rachel Cericola
Everyone wants to access digital entertainment everywhere in the home. (Yes, you do.) Iomega probably can’t help when you’re soaking in the tub, thinking about YouTube. However, they are providing an inexpensive alternative for pretty much everywhere else, with the Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive.
Iomega says, “2009 will be the year of the home network.” Of course, they are pushing a network product, but with an easy setup and a starting price of $160, they are certainly putting the masses closer to the magic.
That price will get you the 500GB model; the 1TB unit is $230. After the “three-step” setup process, users can easily back up files, as well as stream music, photos, video and other files between networked TVs, computers, game consoles, and other devices. All of that can be accomplished via EMC Retrospect Express backup software and EMC’s LifeLine Home, a custom Linux operating system—and both are included with the system.
Other features include support for iTunes, as well as Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified devices. Users will also get 2GB of free online storage through EMC’s MozyHome. If that’s not enough, you can get an unlimited plan for $5 a month.
Both models will be available worldwide early this month.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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