HP MediaSmart Server LX195 Review

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It might be difficult to judge the size of the HP MediaSmart Server LX195 from photographs, but it's actually a relatively small device, sitting only 8.2-inches high, 8.0-inches deep, and 3.9-inches wide--it shouldn't take up too much room wherever you decide to place it. As it only requires power and an Ethernet connection, the options for where it will reside are plentiful--although the LX195 is a headless device (you don't attach a keyboard, mouse, or display to it), you'll still want to make sure it is placed in a well-ventilated area.


The entire chassis is made of plastic with a flat-black, matte finish. The front of the device includes three status lights, product labels, and a "recessed Status/Recovery button," which is accessed with the end of a paper clip. The three status lights are for power, hard drive, and health. As long as the device is operating as expected, all three lights glow green; if there are problems, the respective status lights will glow red.

The sides of the unit have a serrated look to them. The back of the server has an RJ-45 Ethernet jack, four USB 2.0 ports, the power input jack (the power supply is housed a small external power brick), the power button, and a Kensington Security Slot. The bottom of the unit includes the device's serial number and the OS product key--we were disappointed that the device's MAC address was not printed anywhere on the device.

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dizowned 5 years ago

I have one question, and it would be really awesome if you guys could answer this for me. I so want to buy this but if it doesnt support "any" codec then its a lost cause. I see that it has the twonky server installed, which is great, but my problem with the twonky server is that you can't add codec support to it. The hope i see is in the Windows Server which I assume to be a kin to Windows Media Player which should allow transencoding of video that I can process with pretty much any installed codec -- being that this is windows. So my question is, have you guys tested this ability out if it exists? Without this it's just easier and more practical for one to just build a dedicated windows xp streaming box. Thanks for any replies.

newyorkdan 5 years ago

The LX195 does not currently support video streaming through any of its interfaces. You can, however, stream video from it as a file server--which means that the appropriate codecs will need to be installed on the client. There will be an update to the software this fall that will add integrated video streaming.

Dave_HH 5 years ago

Yeah, what he said! :) Seriously, nice work on this one, Dan. I'm sort of jonesing for one but will wait for the update to be pushed out.

dizowned 5 years ago

As to not to beat a dead horse, just for clarification -- the type of streaming your talking about here as far the update is concerned is trans-encode streaming?

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