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Linksys WRT600N

Linksys WRT600N

Oh, all this WiFi N business makes me chuckle, they don’t even have a set standard, its still in draft stages, and they have been selling the hardware for like a year or something like that, so dumb. Anyways, Linksys is bringing you the latest from Draft 2.0.

It uses a Broadcom chipset for dual-band 802.11n goodness and even had gigabit Ethernet ports. You can even hook up an external USB drive and make it into and NAS as well.

Iomega releases a few good NAS solutions

Iomega releases a few good NAS solutions

There is the StorCenter Pro NAS 200r, StorCenter Pro NAS 200r with Print serving, and the StorCenter Pro NAS 150d. All three are new, and all three are aimed as small to medium businesses.

The 200r models are both rack mountable and have one terabyte of storage as well as support for tons of server level technologies making them easier to manage. They will be retailing for $1899 for the one without print support, and $2499 for the one with print support.

Sans Digital MN2L NAS sports iTunes support

Sans Digital MN2L NAS sports iTunes support

There are 2 sata drive bays, an a Mac-like design to the device. On top of that there is USB 2.0 support and gigabit Ethernet with FTP support.

Not too terribly big of a deal, but the iTunes support is what tops it all off. I gather that what it does is dupe iTunes into thinking it is actually another entire PC so iTunes will stream music from it.

HP MediaSmart Home Server

HP MediaSmart Home Server

So how does a run of the mill NAS on steroid sound? Well, that’s basically what Microsoft and HP have thrown together.

First, it has a faster processor than my HP laptop, with the server packing a 1.8GHz Sempron. Then it adds on 4 SATA drive bays and 4 USB ports for adding more. There are two models, one that comes with a single drive 500GB configuration and one that takes up 2 drive bays for 1TB.

IFA 2007 – Netgear introduce ReadyNAS networked RAID storage

IFA 2007 – Netgear introduce ReadyNAS networked RAID storage

Netgear introduced a little industrial chic to their Network Attached Storage (NAS) range at IFA 2007 with the ReadyNAS NV+; up to 2TB of X-RAID protected backup, in the shape of a hot-swappable quad-caddy drive.

Check out the exclusive SlashGear video of the Netgear ReadyNAS after the cut

cineDISK NAS is fully-featured media player

cineDISK NAS is fully-featured media player

This swollen little bugger has an excuse for being so chunky - not only is he packing a 3.5-inch SATA hard-drive but more connectivity than you could shake a drunken otter at.  Ethernet and USB 2.0 are the obvious place to start - meaning the SavitMicro cineDISK works as both a directly-connected and network-attached storage unit - but then there's DVI-I, DVI-D (with 1080p output), component (for 480p, 720p and 1080i), coaxial, stereo audio and an optical audio port, together with a USB host port for plugging in extra storage.

 

Buffalo Technology announces Web Access feature for LinkStation Live NAS

Buffalo Technology announces Web Access feature for LinkStation Live NAS

I do my fair share of traveling, and one of the worst parts about it is leaving all of my data at home. Yes, I could carry around external hard drives, but that's a pain. I usually keep a lot of files that I might need on my laptop, but it never fails, there's always something sitting on my NAS at home that I need.

Now Buffalo has introduced it's new Web Access feature for their LinkStation Live NAS devices. This allows you to connect to your NAS from anywhere in the world over the internet. The entire process is set up using a basic web browser interface, so it's a piece of cake to set up. You can even allow other users access to your data with little effort.

SlashGear Review: LaCie’s Ethernet Disk mini, low-cost multi-function NAS

SlashGear Review: LaCie’s Ethernet Disk mini, low-cost multi-function NAS

Backup is boring, let's admit it, but a shiny chunk of Network Attached Storage can lend a little of its new-toy glee to the procedure. My time with LaCie's Ethernet Disk mini might not exactly be the stuff of fairy-tales - boy meets NAS, boy falls in love with NAS, boy takes NAS home - but despite mixed first-impressions you'll be pleased to hear there's a happy ending.

Planex BitTorrent NAS gets more room for downloads

Planex BitTorrent NAS gets more room for downloads

External storage, particularly with network connectivity, is getting cheaper and cheaper, and manufacturers are obviously looking around for value-added features that make their own products stand out in the crowd.  Planex caught some headlines last year with a 500GB NAS that not only supported a variety of media streaming and remote access standards but also had in-built BitTorrent support.

 

Well, obviously 500GB wasn't enough for some people's voracious downloading, and so Planex is bringing out a 750GB version.  TCP/IP, HTTP, SMB, FTP, DHCP, UPnP and NTP protocols are all supported, and there are two USB 2.0 ports for plugging in supplementary external hard-drives or hosting USB printers.  Gigabit ethernet makes transfers nice and snappy, and there's an easy-to-use built-in webserver to host your own site.

No word on price or availability yet.

Planex [via Akihabara News]

Buffalo NAS on test

Buffalo NAS on test

I'm a firm believer in Sunday being the day for reading the paper and a couple of tech reviews, so here's one for you.  Network Attached Storage (NAS) might not be as sexy as the latest iPod or as fun as a remote control helicopter, but if it means your data is saved when your favourite laptop bites the dust then it's perhaps more important than both of those put together.  Plus with the increasing variety in media streaming devices it's always good to have a central store of music so that you don't have to leave your energy-guzzling PC on (I'm assuming it's not just the UK that's facing rampant energy price hikes?)

Pocket-lint have taken a looksie at Buffalo's LinkStation Pro NAS, a combination of the company's basic LinkStation gigabit ethernet hardware and top-of-the-line TeraStation Pro NAS software, that hooks up to your router and shares its joyous memory with all.  Priced from £130 ($255) for a 250GB SATA version and with storage options up to 750GB, there are also two USB ports for external hard drives (although sadly not printers) and a neatly built-in power supply.  Worth a look if you were considering a new hard drive this Christmas.

Buffalo LinkStation Pro Network Shared Storage Device Review [Pocket-lint]

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