Iomega Personal Cloud – Now in your pocket
In my co-located vSphere lab, I have an Iomega IX4-200d Cloud Edition performing the role of shared storage.
One of the great features of the Cloud Edition is that you can connect to it securely using the Iomega Storage Manager from a Windows, Mac, or Linux system. This makes it very easy to upload files, such as ISOs & virtual machines, securely & easily. Much like online storage offerings, the Personal Cloud allows remote access to files, but from within your home or business.
When Iomega announced the Personal Cloud features of the Cloud Edition products, there was a promise of an Apple IOS client sometime in late 2011.
The Iomega Link application was released to the App Store on September 30, 2011. Just like Mozy, Oxygen, DropBox, CrashPlan, & others, Iomega now has an app for remote access to your data.
Here are a couple screenshots (from the App Store) of the Iomega Link application:
I had a couple issues initially getting the application working on the iPhone & iPad. When I was at the co-lo, I could easily access the IX4 over a WiFi connection, but I couldn’t access it over either the AT&T or Verizon networks. I had to do a little digging to figure out what the problem was…
I couldn’t find any specific documentation on where the issue was. Typically to connect Iomega Storage Manager, to a Personal Cloud, port 50500 is setup on the Iomega NAS, and then port forwarding is configured to allow 50500 from outside the network to the NAS.
Using the Iomega Link app, port 443 is used instead. I figured it out by looking at the Personal Cloud settings on the NAS, and realizing the answer was in plain sight.
Notice that there is not a port number on the Documents URL, only a URL with https, denoting port 443. Also if you intend to stream media, then port 50599 will be required.
I like the way that you can specify the port for the Personal Cloud, which is leveraged by the Iomega Storage Manager, but… I don’t like the way that you can’t specify the port for mobile devices.
I guess the reason I had so much trouble initially, was because I expected Iomega Link to use the same port as the ISM. Unfortunately not.
That is my only gripe with the app and/or Personal Cloud configuration. I’d prefer to be able to change the port.
I do really like the fact that if Media Services are enabled, it is very easy to stream video from the NAS to an iPhone/iPad over the network. In a home environment this is a pretty cool addition.
The app works pretty well, and is easy to navigate through.
I also need to mention that the application can easily connect to multiple Personal Cloud enabled devices, on one or many networks. The Personal Cloud name, and IP address, or a TZO.com DNS name can be used to connect to these devices.
And one more thing… As I understand it, an Android client is in the works.
*Important note: You must be running firmware version 3.1.x to use Iomega Link.
Update: List of ports required (will require port forwarding)
- 50500/UDP – Iomega Personal Cloud (default port)
- 50599/not sure – Iomega Link media streaming access (not documented)
- 443/TCP – Iomega Link file access