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HP MediaSmart Server LX195 - Intel Atom 1.6 Ghz 1GB DDR2 640GB (Upgradable)Windows Home Server, Mac Compatible

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HP aims at the top niche of the home server market and hits the spot with the MediaSmart series. This compact box is more than just a drive controller and some connectors. It's powered by an energy efficient Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor with 1GB of DDR2 memory. Windows Home Server operating system helps you easily store, access, share and protecting your digital files.

The LX195 features a 640GB SATA drive for expansive storage. If that isn't enough, 4 external USB 2.0 ports and a Gigabeit Ethernet port offer connectivity for external storage devices. It supports both Windows and Mac for added usability!

Automatically manage files, back up multiple computers and deliver security protection. Enjoy the functionality home server system with HP MediaSmart LX195!

  • newegg High-performance Home Server The HP MediaSmart LX195 provides a versatile platform for a home media server system based on the powerful Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor 230, 1GB of DDR2 memory and Windows Home Server operating system.
  • newegg Automatic Backup The HP MediaSmart LX195 automatically backs up multiple computers including Macs in your home every day, and it also provide daily virus protection, media collection and power management to satisfy your security needs.
  • newegg SATA Hard Drive Support The HP MediaSmart LX195 features a large 640GB hard drive. And with four USB 2.0 ports on the back, add external HDDs or flash drives for easy storage expansion.
  • newegg Gigabit Network Connection The HP MediaSmart LX195 features a Gigabit Ethernet port for up to 10X the speed of most 100M network connections and excellent usability for home networks.

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Minimum System Requirement
Automatic backup of computers running Microsoft Windows Vista (32 & 64 bit), XP Home (SP2), XP Professional (SP2), Media Center Edition 2004 (SP2) or later, and Macs running Apple's Time Machine.

File sharing for computers running Microsoft Windows Vista (32 & 64 bit), XP Home (SP2) or XP Professional (SP2), Media Center Edition 2004 (SP2) or later, Mac OS X, or Linux.

Remote access to computers running Microsoft Windows XP Professional (SP2), Media Center Edition 2005 (SP2), or Vista Ultimate.


CPU Type
Intel Atom 1.6 GHz Processor 230


Installed Memory Size
Memory Type


Hard Drive (Installed)
640GB, 7200 RPM
HDD Interface
Max HDD Capacity
Only limited by the internal hard disk drive capacity and storage added using the four USB 2.0 ports on the back of the product. Internal hard disk drive can be replaced with any internal SATA I or II hard disk drive for increased capacity.


LAN Ports
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).

Expansion & Ports

Other ports
4 USB 2.0 ports (4 back)


Operating System
Powered by Microsoft Windows Home Server software


Network-based backup of PCs using Windows Home Server and Macs using Apple's Time Machine

Remote access to digital media and files from any Internet connected PC or Mac

Media streaming to PCs, the entertainment center and popular gaming devices

Automatic digital content organization across all PCs

Expand with the four USB 2.0 ports on the back of the product

Dimensions & Weight

3.9" x 8.2" x 8.0"

Package Contents

Package Contents
HP MediaSmart Server
Power adapter and cable
Ethernet cable
Software installation disc
PC restore disc
Server recovery disc
Setup Poster and HP support guides

Additional Information

Date First Available
April 30, 2009
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Best $200 I have spent in a long time 1/15/2014 1:01:04 PM

Pros: Easy, easy set up
Feature set matches needs of home user

Cons: 1 GB RAM

Overall Review: Upgrade to 2GB RAM and your performance will improve significantly. Server is still going strong and does everything I need of it for a small home network (running 5 Windows 7 PCs). Easy local backups and automated online backup third party provider for pennies a month gives us piece of mind. WHS 2003 not the most up-to-date OS, but I have no complaints.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Got a Lemo 7/6/2010 11:14:54 AM

Pros: Started out as a great inexpensive server. My needs were backup, remote access and centralized storage of pics, videos,music for the family (7 PCs). Easy for me to setup, even the server restore went better than I thought it would. Support was good (during warranty period)...

Cons: Hard Drive Controller/Cable issues. I have researched, worked with support on this nagging issue. No one seems to have any answers. Event Viewer shows Parity Errors in the Disk and Controller errors all leading up to a system lockup. real intermittent. HP replaced the Drive....problem came back after 2 months. Then HP replaced the whole system...problem came back after 3+ months. Now that my warranty is out, I'm stuck with a door jam.

Overall Review: Going get what you pay for. I am now going to buy a superior HW setup (Low End Server) and do my own install. I'll spend 70-90 bucks less than a new HP EX490

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Pretty OK, so far 6/15/2010 11:09:06 AM

Pros: Small, very quiet, reports it has backed up all our PCs, though you're never sure about back ups until you have to restore

Cons: Sends annoying red security alerts to any active PC about AV and firewall security risks when other networked PCs can't be found, i.e., when they're powered down. The alerts say the AV and/or the firewall protection is turned off on those powered down PCs.

Overall Review: As you would expect, very first backup of any PC takes a while. Subsequent backups are painless. As mentioned in the Cons, the security warnings are annoying. There must be some settings that allow this to be toned down or otherwise managed, but I haven't been bothered to go hunting - yet.

Streaming music to my PC (over a Netgear N router) has worked like a charm.

I knew the specs going in, but still wish it had an eSata connector. The supply of USB ports is more than adequate, though. I've added a 500 GB port-powered USB drive that was laying around the house and it works just fine. I also have a 2 TB SATA drive I'd like to add. Guess it'll have to go into a SATA to USB case.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Mac compatible? Not exactly. 6/14/2010 7:15:17 AM

Pros: Small footprint; Windows setup is easy; remote access feature is useful despite clunky interface.

Cons: Doesn't play nicely with Snow Leopard; Mac interface is not good; Time Machine backups stopped working after two months.

Overall Review: I bought the unit knowing that I would have limited control over server functions from my Mac and that I wouldn't be able to restore from Time Machine backups, so I have no real complaints about that. What I can complain about is that though I was able to set up the unit to serve as my Time Machine backup drive (albeit with some difficulty--the process of getting the backup partition to the size I needed was ridiculous, requiring a time-consuming workaround), after a couple of months, I was no longer able to see the server from my Mac on my home network. I hadn't changed anything about my network configuration; the server just disappeared, and nothing I've tried has gotten it back. In fact, after I uninstalled and reinstalled the software at someone's suggestion, I couldn't even get past the login screen, despite using the correct server name and password--I just kept getting validation errors. I'll be eBaying this and getting something that works with my setup.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
5/ 5
Good for the basics 5/11/2010 2:17:59 PM

Pros: It does what it's meant to do rather well. The set-up was quick and mostly painless and I've yet to run across any real issues backing-up data or streaming media. It also takes up very little space and is very quiet.

Cons: It'd be nice to have additional room for another internal drive or two, but that's what you sacrifice for something as small as the LX195 is. The only other "complaint" is that it at times struggles streaming 1080p video, but it's a small Atom processor pushing the video through a network. It's likely a tad bit on the unreasonable side to expect seamless streaming with content like that. For music and more reasonable video though it's fine.

Overall Review: Unless you must have additional internal storage and/or hate the thought of USB expansion there's really no reason not to consider this small media server. As long as you're using it for back-ups and reasonable media streaming you should be fairly pleased.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
decent little box 3/11/2010 8:02:00 AM

Pros: - Not too loud
- promo price is spectacular
- 4 USB
- Fast for an Atom processor, emulates/has 2 cores

Overall, it's performed well.

Cons: No VGA/Audio out if you want to physically manage it.
only a 320GB drive included (should probably have been a 500)
It's actually a solid little box, and for the price you can't really complain about anything.

Overall Review: I got this little server in order to stream music to my local network, and also to have something which works with time machine. Time machine backups are not incredibly fast over 802.11g
I had issues getting remote access set up, and still have not been able to log into my server remotely.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Solid little performer 3/2/2010 6:32:47 PM

Pros: -if you can get this at the promo price
-software as simple as humanly possible
-quiet operation
-very low power requirements. easy auto suspend mode.
-Window Home Server can duplicate all files to another hard drive (has to be external for this unit)
-4 usb ports for external hard drives

Cons: -biggest con, can only handle one internal hard drive.
-no esata
-RAID setup not possible.
-640GB is "Blue" series, not "Green".

Overall Review: Immediate upgrade to 2TB Seagate Low Power model hard drive.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
HP happiness 2/18/2010 5:56:43 PM

Pros: Streams my videos to my XBOX 360
Backups my computers
very fast for a atom pentium cpu
windows home server

Cons: none

Overall Review: it has 4 usb ports so you can add more hdds

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