Iomega StorCenter Wireless Network Storage

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
Iomega StorCenter Wireless Network Storage
  • Iomega StorCenter Wireless Network Storage
  • Iomega StorCenter Wireless Network Storage
  • Iomega StorCenter Wireless Network Storage
  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5


  • Built in wireless access point, print server, USB ports for add-on drives.


  • Wireless functionality a little sluggish

Bottom Line

The StorCenter Wireless Network Storage one of the Iomega's more interesting 1TB propositions. Its wireless functionality worked well in our tests, albeit a little slowly, and its user and server functions didn't give us any problems.

Would you buy this?

The Iomega StorCenter Wireless Network Storage is a fairly elaborate network hard drive that's packed with features for the SOHO environment. Multiple users and user groups can be created, and shared folders can be set up for each group or user. Additionally, quotas can be set for each user, so they don't hog the entire 1TB of space, and full or partial access rights to folders can be implemented.

Unlike many network attached storage devices, this one actually has built-in wireless capabilities that allow it to be used as an access point, or simply as a client on an existing wireless network. It supports 802.11g networking and has a dual-antenna configuration. It has a built-in DHCP server, which can assign an IP address to any wireless clients that connect to it and it can support WEP, WPA or WPA2 data encryption.

As an access point, it connected without any glitches to Intel Centrino-based notebooks running at 54Mbps and using WPA encryption. Transferring data from a distance of 10m averaged a sluggish rate of 2.01MBps.

In addition to wireless networking, the StorCenter can be plugged in to an existing router using a gigabit Ethernet connection, which can yield transfer rates close to 17MBps, as long as the router that it's attached to also has gigabit Ethernet capability. Two USB ports on the back of the unit can be used to connect more hard drives or a printer. Data can be backed up from the StorCenter to other drives plugged into the USB ports, and this is easy to set up and use through the StorCenter's Web interface.

By default, the unit is set up in RAID 5 mode, which stripes data across its four 250GB hard drives, but includes parity information, which can be used to rebuild the array if one of the drives fails. Other raid arrays can be implemented, however, including RAID 0 and 1. Physically, the StorCenter is quite large, but it runs fairly quietly (it has one cooling fan for its four parallel ATA hard drives).

The drive ships with management utilities, which can be used to easily map network drives from each PC on the network. As for setting it up, the easiest way we found is to plug it into the Ethernet port of a PC, making sure the PC's network card is configured with a relevant IP address (such as and with the StorCenter's IP as the gateway address ( From here, the supplied 'discovery' software can be used to discover the drive and log into it (we weren't able to log into it until we manually configured our network adapter with the aforementioned IP addresses). All of the unit's network and user settings can be changed from the Web interface, and is reasonably well laid out.

Users that don't have experience with networking may find this type of setup procedure to be a bit of a challenge, but in saying that, this device is aimed at power users who require a manageable network storage unit for multiple users.

At the time of writing, Iomega was in the midst of launching a slew of new storage products, but this remains one of the company's more interesting 1TB propositions. Its wireless functionality worked well in our tests, albeit a little slowly, and its user and server functions didn't give us any problems.

Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?