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iomega 35541 2TB EZ Media & Backup Center

  • Desktop
  • Usage Backup & stream media through personal cloud
  • 2TB
  • Dual core CPU at 1.2GHz Processor
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
  • 1 x USB2.0
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Learn more about the Iomega Corp 35541

General

Brand
iomega
Model
35541
Standards
IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u

Interfaces

Port RJ-45
1 x 10/100/1000M
Port USB
1 x USB2.0
HDD Interface
1 x SATA (1 x Bay)

Configuration

Form Factor
Desktop
Operating System
Client computers for file system access: Windows PC, Mac OS, Linux
Processor
Dual core CPU at 1.2GHz
Default/ Max. Memory
128MB DDR3

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
2TB

Features

Features
Ease of Use:
- Simple three step setup has you up and running in minutes
- User friendly web-based management interface
- Web interface accessible in 16 supported languages

Simple Content Sharing:
- Access files from any networked Windows, Apple or Linux computer for easy file sharing.
- Easily share content with friends and family outside of your home using the Iomega Personal Cloud feature. Invited guests will have access to read and write to files and folders on your network drive. No need to email file attachments.
- File distribution made easy. Drop files into a designated distribution folder, and all of those on the distribution list automatically get an email with either the file itself or a link to download the file(s).
- Whole home media aggregation: Easily consolidate all the media files on all your home computers to a single location and stream content to your media devices with Twonky Media.

Access Anywhere:
- Access files from any web browser via Iomega Personal Cloud.
- Stream media to your iPhone, iPad, Android and other mobile devices while on the road. (Android app available in Q2 2012)
- Upload and share files and folders directly from iPhone, iPad, Android and other mobile devices. (Android app available in Q2 2012)

For more features, please visit the official website.
Usage
Backup & stream media through personal cloud

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions
7.8" x 5.04" x 1.84"
Weight
2.77"

Package Contents

Package Contents
Iomega EZ Media & Backup Center
Ethernet cable
Power supply
Printed Quick Start Guide
Software Download (with):
- StorCenter Manager software
- Iomega Quik Protect backup software
- User Help Documentation

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


Customer Reviews of the Iomega Corp 35541

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  • Jason V.
  • 8/8/2013 3:43:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Product - Better Price

Pros: Easy to setup (basic understanding of networking will ease things, but it is not required).

Large amount of storage

Quiet

USB Ports to add even more storage!

THE PRICE! I don't know if it was a mistake or some crazy special, but I got the 2TB unit for only $69.99! Newegg advertised this unit for $79.99 and at the time there was a $10.00 off "For new customers" special going. I created an account and purchased it on the spot!

As of this writing it is back to it's "regular" price of $189.99, which was it's advertised "regular" price during my purchase. I looked up the prices at other web retail outlets and the lowest I foud was $139.99, so snagging this baby for $69.99 (with free shipping to boot!) was AMAZING!

I was able to get this setup on my laptop and my wifes laptop in no time. I have access to all file shares (I'm the admin) and my wife can only see the folder I labled with her name for her storage needs.

I like the bit torrent client. Just create a share and mark the drive as a media share and select the bit torrent feature. Just drag a torrent into the folder and the NAS will complete the download on it's own! No need to leave your computer(s) on. The next time you boot up your machine, just the torrent drive and the download will be there!

My only regret was not purchasing more than one!

Cons: Although I can stream video (HD or otherwise) from this unit to my laptops and DLNA devices without issue (no skipping or buffering), I cannot do more than one stream without skipping and buffering on each stream.


I purchased this unit as a central storage location for all my computers. I do wish the thruput to and from the drive was better. I'm on 300mbps 802.11 network and the best I'm able to get is 20mbps MAX of sustained thruput. It's typically less than that though.

Other Thoughts: Again, great...no amazing drive at the price I paid. I would not have purchased it for $190.00 though. It's only worth about $100.00 in my opinion.

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  • Tom B.
  • 8/6/2013 7:40:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGrammar Correction to prior Review

Pros: Works as advertised (eventually)
Nice Price

Cons: Clunky web interface
Clunky and unreliable Apple App

Other Thoughts: I wanted to review this hard drive while my experience was fresh on my mind. If I have future major issues not covered in this review, I will come back and update my review.

SUMMARY:
I like this drive, it does what it claims, but it takes some tinkering and tweaking.

MY SETUP:
Network is a Comcast high speed connection (50Mbs down/10Mbs down). My Motorola modem is connected to an Apple Time Capsule = TC (2nd generation). The iOmega 2TB Media & Backup Center Hard Drive is attached to the TC by Ethernet cable. My clients (the devices that I am using in my home network) are a MacBook Pro, MacBook, iPad, and two iPhones (iPhone 5 and iPhone 4).

USAGE:
Used for Time Machine Backups; iTunes Server; Network Drive to copy/move files within home network; and a server of music, movies and files to my devices from the internet (outside my home network). Pretty much everything as advertised.

When I purchased the drive, it as cheap enough that I figured if I couldn't get everything to work it would still be worth the purchase just to use it for an in house network/iTunes/Time Machine server.

After trail and error, trying and re-trying, I have been able to get everything to work. There is some limited instructions, but both manuals that are included consist of one page (or less) of english directions, and many, many, pages of the same instructions in every language you can imagine. So, don't count too much on the manuals.

CONFIGURATION OF DRIVE:
After physically connecting the power and Ethernet cable to the TC, I launched my web browser, and connected to the setup page of the drive by typing in the URL given in the manual. From here you can change the name of the drive, set up security, set up your personal cloud, set your energy settings, check for software updates and monitor system usage, status and drive capacity. The web interface is kind of clunky and slow—moving from screen to screen, involves some wait as the page loads in your browser window.

Everything was fairly straight forward except the following:

(1) at first I could not get my laptops to see the attached drive to the TC. I launched the Time Machine program to look there, looked for the drive under servers in a finder window (left panel), I might have even restarted one of the laptops. Somewhere along the way, the drive appeared in the finder panel as a server. I wish I could give you step by step instructions or assure you that it will show up, but this was more of an art than a science. In fact, after I had everything "seeing" each other, I found that I had a firmware update. After installing that, the drive had to reboot itself and I had the same problem again. After trying what I had tried before, I ended up trying to unplug the power from the drive. When it came back up, it finally showed up on one laptop and then after rebooting the other laptop, it showed up. So again, it worked by kind of "iffy."

You can drag and drop and copy from one window to the

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  • Tom B.
  • 8/6/2013 7:24:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsThrough Review

Pros: Nice Price
Nice Size
Does what it says it will do (eventually)

Cons: Clunky and slow web interface
Old outdated Apple App
Hit and miss internet accessibility

Other Thoughts: I wanted to review this hard drive while my experience was fresh on my mind. If I have future major issues not covered in this review, I will come back and update my review.

SUMMARY:
I like this drive, it does what it claims, but it takes some tinkering and tweaking.

MY SETUP:
Network is a Comcast high speed connection (50Mbs down/10Mbs down). My Motorola modem is connected to an Apple Time Capsule = TC (2nd generation). The iOmega 2TB Media & Backup Center Hard Drive is attached to the TC by Ethernet cable. My clients (the devices that I am using in my home network) are a MacBook Pro, MacBook, iPad, and two iPhones (iPhone 5 and iPhone 4).

USAGE:
Used for Time Machine Backups; iTunes Server; Network Drive to copy/move files within home network; and a server of music, movies and files to my devices from the internet (outside my home network). Pretty much everything as advertised.

When I purchased the drive, it as cheap enough that I figured if I couldn’t get everything to work it would still be worth the purchase just to use it for an in house network/iTunes/Time Machine server.

After trail and error, trying and re-trying, I have been able to get everything to work. There is some limited instructions, but both manuals that are included consist of one page (or less) of english directions, and many, many, pages of the same instructions in every language you can imagine. So, don’t count to much on the manuals.

CONFIGURATION OF DRIVE:
After physically connection of the power and cable to the TC, I launched my web browser, and connected to the setup page of the drive by typing in the URL given in the manual. From here you can change the name of the drive, set up security, set up your personal cloud, set your energy settings, check for software updates and monitor system usage, status and drive capacity. The web interface is kind of slow, moving from screen to screen, involves some wait as the page loads in your browser window.

Everything was fairly straight forward except the following:
(1) at first I could get my laptops to see the attached drive to the TC. I launched the Time Machine program to look there, looked for the drive under servers on a finder window (left panel), I might have even restarted one of the laptops. Somewhere along the way, the drive appeared in the finder panel. I wish I could give you step by step instructions or assure you that it will show up, but this was more of an art than a science. In fact, after I had everything “seeing” each other, I found that I had a firmware update. After installing that the drive had to reboot itself and I had the same problem again. After trying what I had tried before, I ended up trying to unplug the power from the drive. When it came back up, it finally showed up on one laptop and then after rebooting the other laptop, it showed up. So again, it worked by kind of “iffy.”

You can drag and drop and copy from one window to the other. All seems to work fine, fast

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  • Herbert S.
  • 4/11/2013 12:26:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHad several issues

Pros: Compact

Cons: Had several issues such as a screeching noise, seems like every time the platters stopped, there was a constant hum that really got to me, vibration was also a problem. It would go on standby mode whenever it felt like.

Other Thoughts: I returned this product and got a Synology NAS and problems solved.

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  • Thomas L.
  • 4/10/2013 8:11:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate to Previous Review

Pros: Works great once you get the kinks worked out. Fast.

Cons: Web interface is slow to respond.

Other Thoughts: This is a follow up on my previous review of this item. I still stand by everything I said, but that's not the end of the story. After shelving this thing for weeks, I saw that there was a new firmware update, so I decided to give it one more go before harvesting the hard drive and chucking the rest. It took several tries for the "upload" to complete and start the update, but after this process was over, and a reboot later, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the activity light had stopped its incessant blinking. This gave me hope. So I tried to connect to the drive using the software, and it was better by far, but still slow. No problem, I won't be needing that often anyway. I did set the workgroup and disabled all of the features that I won't be using. Now I could connect to it easily through Windows, just like any other share on the network. To my astonishment, I was able to actually transfer files! Large ones, even! Quickly! Transfers of DVD images to and from only took a minute. Now I am happy with this unit. I don't know why they couldn't have gotten this right before coming to market with this device. If you're up for a little work, you may be interested in this item. If you're faint of heart, can't stand it when things don't work right out of the box, then you may want to pass on this. On the other hand, as time goes by, you probably will have a good chance of getting one with the updated firmware, so it may work great for you right out of the box.

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  • Thomas L.
  • 3/21/2013 5:17:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMasochist's Dream

Pros: Price WAS cheap. Case is OK.

Cons: If you're into self inflicted misery, by all means buy a couple of these jewels. I've had good Iomega products over the years, but Honey, this ain't one of them.
Mine works for a few minutes after rebooting it, which itself takes a few minutes. So slow I could probably type a file's machine code faster than it transfers. Seriously, steer clear of this little devil.

Other Thoughts: I will say that it does better at some times than it does at others. But the activity light just flashes constantly, regardless of whether you are trying to transfer files or not. I will also say that I didn't even try the other features besides as basic network storage because of my disgust with it's dismal performance.

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  • James A.
  • 3/14/2013 7:22:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsVery Unhappy

Pros: Fast setup

Cons: Slow interface, Very Clunky GUI, Not user friendly for Web interface. Slow network speeds, Doesn't recognize most video files through the DLNA share method. Files shared on this would not play through DLNA to several devices where the same files would play through a different DLNA server on those same devices. Torrent capabilities are very archaic and cumbersome to work with.

Other Thoughts: Had to return the first one to the manufacturer, it barely functioned right out of the box. Its replacement functions fine, but it took a month to have it returned from the manufacturer, their RMA and shipping and customer service departments are not connected to each other and none of them know what each other are doing.

If I had known the device would not have managed my files properly in the first place, I would have just returned it for a refund instead of trying to get it replaced from the manufacturer.

Worst Iomega device I have ever had.

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  • Scott B.
  • 2/26/2013 10:35:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHDD failing after 2 months

Pros: The software is not as bad as people say it is, simple to setup and easy to use - if your are having trouble with either of these, then you probably also have trouble setting the clock on a microwave. It's really that easy.

Cons: HDD showing early symptoms of "the click of death" after only 2 months of light 24x7 use over 2 months. The software is slow at times, but I found it more to do with bad HDD performance than the embedded hardware for the OS side of the device. Cloning the HDD to a better performing HDD will more than likely fix any speed issues you are having that's related to the device itself and not something else like over ethernet or USB - But swapping the HDD really defeats the purpose of buying this to begin with.

Other Thoughts: I bought this as an alternative to building an HTPC/file server, it seems I can't get lucky and get these types of devices to just work reliably. Finding a mix of good software, decent speed, reliable hardware is proving quite the task - thinking about going the ODROID-U2 + xbmc + external 2TB HDD route.

I've also used IOmega's mediadrive which is somewhat simliar with opposite issues; good HDD, ridiculously laggy buggy software.

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  • Keri E.
  • 2/14/2013 5:20:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsSlow and problematic

Pros: Easy setup

Cons: After setup it was all downhill. It performs very slowly. Sometimes not at all and as another reviewer said I had I reboot it. It absolutely refuses to do a factory reset so I can't even start over from scratch. I had high expectations but was very disappointed! FTP feature is pretty klunky.

Other Thoughts: Maybe it's just this particular model and just needs some kinks worked out. But I would look for something similar from another manufacturer.

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  • Tim D.
  • 2/12/2013 10:16:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsKind of useless; slow; not user-friendly

Pros: Looks good, physically nice, high quality on the outside, quiet, very inexpensive.

Cons: Software is really bad. The device worked briefly out of the box, but has been intermittent since and I had to often reboot to just get it to be recognized again on my network. I would try to enable some features and it would hang-up and not be responsive again. Not a good product. Not ready for production.

Other Thoughts: The device is a bit of a useless product for me. After updating the firmware (which was over 200MB large), it didn't help with any of the issues I had with it. I was hoping it could at least host my ~150GB of music and ~200GB of photos for home use at a slow rate maybe 2mbps (nevermind remote access), but it couldn't do that either. This has to be one of the cases where you get what you pay for (hoping that IOmegas could somehow win me over, but it didn't).

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