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Review: Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 200d/320 GB with REV built-in

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Setting up the 200d was straightforward. As I was unpacking it, I was a bit surprised to find a choice of six different power cords. No matter which continent you're located on, Iomega likely has you covered. Once I found the correct cord, it was just a matter of connecting the power, a network cable and turning it on. Since I run a DHCP server on my network, the 200d acquired an IP address and started up without any manual configuration. The unit ran fairly quietly, but occasionally one of the fans would kick in and raise the noise level quite a bit.

As typical of these devices, installation software was provided. But its main function was to locate the device on the LAN and then spawn a web browser to use for the real setup. Even though Windows, Linux, Macintosh and Netware are supported operating systems, due to the use of Active X, the configuration web pages work properly only under Internet Explorer running under Microsoft Windows.

The first thing you'll notice when you access the secure (HTTPS) web configuration page is a security certificate browser warning, which you can just ok and move on. I found the web interface (Figure 2) a bit confusing to use. Although it had a lot of options, it wasn't always clear to me under which sub-menu I would find any particular feature. And as I'll discuss later, some configuration options aren't on the web interface at all, but require logging into the device directly.

Along with standard configuration items such as TCP/IP settings, workgroup, name, etc. there is a very extensive set of options for such functions as running reports on usage, scanning for viruses, setting the allowable file types, checking log entries, setting up an email address for alerts, scheduling a disk de-fragmentation, time etc.

The de-fragmentation feature found on the Volumes page (Figure 3) is unique among all the other NAS devices I've worked with, as the file systems used under Linux-based NAS devices don't seem to require (or at least, provide) it. One thing I didn't see was a way to set the drive spin-down times so that if the drives hadn't been used for awhile, they would turn off, reducing noise and power. But since this device is marketed toward small businesses, perhaps that's not as big of an issue as in the home market.

Figure 3: Volume Management