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The HP MediaSmart Server, when connected to your home network, will make automated backups of all of your computers.

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Pros

Good backup functionality (incremental backups)

5 agree

Easy to setup

5 agree

much more expandable than a network drive

4 agree

small enclosure

4 agree

clean, logical port layout on front and back

4 agree

easy to add storage

4 agree

Supports and streams MP4

3 agree

excellent ventilation

3 agree

System restore functionality

3 agree

"folder duplication" allows for redundancy is more flexible than a RAID 1 mirrored setup

3 agree

reasonably priced

3 agree

runs Windows Home Server which is a standard Media Connect Client (make sure to turn on Media Sharing in WHS)

3 agree

easily stream to Xbox 360 out of the box

2 agree

Consolidates iTunes from all the computers on the network

2 agree

Serves more than 2 streams of Hi-Def Video easily

2 agree

Works well with PS3

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Cons

No connectivity to a AV system

5 agree

no native RAID

2 agree

price availability

2 agree

more expensive than other media streaming alternatives

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The HP MediaSmart Server, when connected to your home network, will make automated backups of all of your computers, share files with everyone on your network, and make those same available from any Internet connected computer. It features a small enclosure, with ports, connectivity, and included software optimized to operate as a home network media server. To view media content in your home theater, you will need an additional media streamer that is connected to your home theater with A/V hookups; which the MediaSmart Server does not have. There are two models of the MediaSmart Server with different included storage capacity: 1) the EX470, which features a single 512 GB drive, and 2) EX475, that includes 1 TB of storage (2 x 512 GB). Other than the initial drive capacity, the features and capabilities of EX470 and EX475 are the same. These servers retailed for $500 and $650 respectively. HP replaced EX470/475 with EX480/485, and then, EX490/495 - featuring more RAM and a better CPU.

HP EX470 and EX475 MediaSmart Server specifications
  • Processor: AMD 1.8 GHZ 64-bit Sempron processor
  • Memory: 512MB DDR2 DRAM
  • Network support:
    • Connects easily to the home network through a built-in Ethernet port. 10/100/1000 (Gigabit) RJ45 Ethernet
    • Supports both wired and wireless PCs (via a wireless router)
  • Interfaces: 4 USB 2.0 ports (1 front, 3 back), 1 eSATA port (back)
  • Storage:
    • 1x SATA 7200 RPM, 500GB for EX470
    • 2x SATA 7200 RPM, 1 TB (2 x 500GB) for EX475
    • Four hard drive bays for easy expandability
    • Additional off the shelf SATA I or II hard drives can be added to expansion. No tools required.
    • Maximum storage capacity: Only limited by number of hard drive bays (4) and USB ports (4). Example: Using 500GB hard drives, maximum 4 terabytes (total supported capacity of all internal and external drives connected to HP MediaSmart Server).
  • Power: Internal universal power supply
  • Chassis: Black micro-tower designed for office or living room. Perforated steel on front and back for quiet and cool operation.
  • Dimensions: 5.5”(W) x 9.8”(H) x 9.2”(D) (approx.) (14 cm (W) x 25 cm (H) x 23 cm (D)
Redundancy

The HP MediaSmart Server does not include a RAID option natively. However, it does have an alternative to ensure redundancy called "folder duplication". Essentially, any folder can be duplicated to any other drive (internal or external) of the user's choosing. HP claims this to be superior to RAID since it gives the user more control on what you back up.

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Sandman
01/18/2008 01:20

I just got one a few weeks ago from the HP.com and I paid $750 for the EX 475. Ebay is selling them for $600 :(

Sandman
09/10/2007 02:24

Press reports suggest that it will retail for about $750 and is expected to be released in Nov 07

Waltm
04/10/2007 04:42

Article should have price and availability date

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