Meet Lima – The Personal Cloud

Last fall I read an enticing item on Facebook about having the ability to have my own cloud storage using a device from Lima. This intrigued me. The Lima was not yet shipping, but would soon be available. It is a small device that is powered and would be connected to my router and a USB external drive. It would allow me to have any size storage available to read & write files locally from my desktop and be available at home and away, to be accessed by my laptop, my iPhone & iPad. I would be able to download or view the files from the cloud.

This was in late October 2016. I ordered the Lima [ ]with a special of $20 off for Halloween, to get the cost to $80 plus $6 shipping. The item was not yet shipping, but I would be included in the early shipments. I took advantage of special pricing on a 4 Terabyte external hard drive for $89 which arrived the end of November. On November 13th, I got a message from the Lima company, that they just made available the Lima Ultra and I could have the much faster version for just $10 more. So, I bit on that offer.

I received the Lima Ultra on January 6, 2017. It was easy to install. The Lima connected to my router and the hard drive connected to the Lima. There was special software that I had to load on my Windows computer. Once connected to the Lima and the software installed, the 4TB hard drive was Drive L on my desktop. I started to copy some files and folders to the new drive, which went quite smoothly. Once I had pictures, documents and video tutorials on the “cloud drive,” I installed the Lima app on my iPad & iPhone.

The Lima Ultra setup. 1 cable to Router, 1 to Hard Drive, & a power cable

I loaded about 90GB of data. Most of the files were documents, photos, clipart, PDFs, and videos, mostly tutorials. I use my iPad a lot and having all of these files available when I want them seemed possible. Once I copied the files to the external hard drive from my desktop, I ran the app on my iPad Air. It took a while to sync. The instructions while syncing stated not to allow the iPad to shut off, so I had to change my auto-lock setting from automatically shutting off at 2 minutes to “Never”. Once it completed syncing, I could access all 90GB with my iPad. I could open & view photos, PDFs, audio & video files, and even Word doc & docx files. I was impressed.

Of course, this was from home on my own wi-fi. The next test was to try accessing the files away from home. I wanted to show some photos to a friend. When I opened the Lima app, it said it was syncing and after a while my friend & I lost patience and stopped waiting. When I got home, I tried again to access the files on my own wi-fi, which I know is high speed. I found that it took nearly 4 minutes to sync to be able to access any files. I also tried copying a few new files to the Lima drive. It consistently took almost 4 minutes to sync and over 30 seconds to update to show any additional or remove any deleted files.

I then installed the Lima app on my iPhone 5. I changed the auto-lock to never and ran the app. In fact, I ran it for well over an hour. The phone got quite hot and it never could sync. I recently purchased a Chromebook and installed the Android version of the Lima app on it. It errored out before it even would try to sync and said that it could not load Lima’s core. I sent a message through Lima’s website about these issues. I received an automated reply immediately and a personal reply 10 minutes later, with some suggestions before digging deeper. The first suggestion was to uninstall the app & reinstall it. I did that on both my iPad & my iPhone. After the normal syncing, I restarted both devices and now it takes just a few seconds for me to have access to my personal cloud. Lima is now working as expected.

I still have a problem with my Chromebook but it was just recently that some Chromebook models could even use Google Play apps, so I will need to work with Lima’s tech support to resolve the issues on that device & OS.

To me, the main advantage of having the Lima is that no one else has access to the drive, which is located in my home. I do not have monthly or yearly charges, nor do I have to worry if my cloud provider is going away. Hard drive failure is my only concern, and Lima does provide the ability to purchase an additional unit and along with a second drive, mirroring the first. I don’t think that I need that, but am glad that it is an option. My bottom line is that my Lima Ultra is a keeper and provides an extra 4TB of storage for my mobile devices.