- Page 1:The Triumph of Streaming Media
- Page 2:Introducing the HP EX475 MediaSmart server
- Page 3:Installation and Setup
- Page 4:Pros, Cons, and Reflections
- Page 5:For the LaCie Ethernet Disk mini – Home Edition, software makes the difference!
- Page 6:Introducing Axentra HipServ Home Server
- Page 7:Installing and Configuring the LaCie Ethernet Disk mini Home
- Page 8:Using the LaCie Ethernet Disk mini – Home Edition
- Page 9:Pros, Cons and Reflections
- Page 10:Conclusions and Recommendations
Installing and Configuring the LaCie Ethernet Disk mini Home
While earlier reviews of this drive have mentioned install issues, we encountered no unusual difficulties in installing and configuring the LaCie Ethernet Disk mini – Home Edition other than our wrestling matches with our network routers. In that case, we ultimately switched to a newer Netgear model WGT624 because our older FVS124G neither supported UPnP AV, which transforms remote access setup into a single-click affair, nor would it allow us to forward TCP ports 80 (HTTP), 443 (SHTTP) and 4125 (HipServ Service) to the drive’s DHCP assigned IP address (192.168.1.6) as manual setup demands.
Everything else was amazingly easy, if often painfully slow: select a language (English); approve the EULA; assign the server a name (we called ours THGHIPSRV) and create an administrative account and password. After that an automated test checks for blocked ports, then you’re taken to the LaCie site to register your unit and obtain a domain name for remote access (ours was thghipsrv.homelacie.com) via the Internet. After that, you use a Web interface to log into the unit (we used the IP address format URL http://192.168.1.6 to access the unit). From there you can navigate around the various aspects of the HipServ interface by selecting among the tabs at the left of the unit’s “home page.”
- FamilyLibrary: shared media and other files, categorized as FamilyDocuments, FamilyMusic, FamilyPhotos and FamilyVideos. As the prefix indicates, anyone who can access the drive can access any or all of these files.
- MyLibrary: personal, password-protected media and other files, categorized as MyDocuments, MyMusic, MyPhotos and MyVideos.
- MyBackup: permits files and folders to be copied from the user’s PC to the drive, then kept synchronized between the two copies (a simple form of two-way replication, wherein the version with the most recent timestamp always becomes the new master copy).
- MyContacts: permits address book data from Mozilla or Outlook Express to be copied to the drive, and for email address records and mailing lists to be created and managed on the drive. This information may also be used to apply access controls to files on the drive as well.
- MySafe (USB): this is where the USB port on the back of the drive finally comes into play. You can attach a drive to that port, then use this tab to copy files from the LaCie Ethernet Disk mini – Home Edition to the USB drive.
- Settings: provides access to user account features, including display name, password and interface language.
The HipServ home page offers access to shared and private files, backup, contacts data and more.
- The Triumph of Streaming Media
- Introducing the HP EX475 MediaSmart server
- Installation and Setup
- Pros, Cons, and Reflections
- For the LaCie Ethernet Disk mini – Home Edition, software makes the difference!
- Introducing Axentra HipServ Home Server
- Installing and Configuring the LaCie Ethernet Disk mini Home
- Using the LaCie Ethernet Disk mini – Home Edition
- Pros, Cons and Reflections
- Conclusions and Recommendations