Iomega StorCenter ix2 NAS device features Bluetooth, EMC software

The battle to be the top network hard drive solution for home networks continues with Iomega's latest salvo. The new StorCenter ix2 NAS device adds a new wrinkle with its Bluetooth support—allowing you to transfer files from a cell phone—and implements more software from parent company EMC.

The battle to be the top network hard drive solution for home networks continues with Iomega's latest salvo. The new StorCenter ix2 NAS device adds a new wrinkle with its Bluetooth support—allowing you to transfer files from a cell phone—and implements more software from parent company EMC.

Iomega StorCenter ix2
The ix2 resembles previous StorCenter units, which means it won't be winning any design competitions. Iomega touts a four-step setup process and offers EMC Retrospect Express for backup duties. Iomega promises to update its Linux-based LifeLine operating software with new functionality including remote file access, something many NAS drives offer out of the box these days. That aside, the ix2 offers a nice bundle of features, including a pair of USB ports, printer server capability, UPnP and DNLA support, integrated iTunes server, RAID Level 1 support, and top-grade security from EMC's RSA division to protect the device during firmware upgrades.

The ix2 comes in two flavors: a 1TB version for $299.99, and a 2TB model for $479.99. Though Iomega says the ix2 is available now, its online store states that it will start shipping on October 30.