shared storage

LaCie LaPlug promises simple USB HDD network shares

LaCie LaPlug promises simple USB HDD network shares

LaCie has unveiled the LaPlug, a straightforward network bridge that can get USB hard-drives and printers shared across your local network and set up for remote access across the internet. Packing four USB 2.0 ports, gigabit ethernet and a WiFi b/g/n connection into one of LaCie's typically discrete boxes, the LaPlug offers DLNA/UPnP streaming to send multimedia content from hooked up drives to your PS3, Xbox 360 or smartphone/tablet.

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LaCie CloudBox Review

LaCie CloudBox Review

Backup devices are generally at the "less glamorous" end of the gadget scale, but ironically some of the most important. Not having the very latest smartphone or gaming device may be frustrating, but not as much as discovering the hard-drive in your computer has crashed and taken with it all your files, multimedia and other content. LaCie is hoping its CloudBox will prevent some of those headaches, a local/cloud double-act that pairs a simple network drive with a companion web backup service. Setup is, so the promise goes, simple; problem is, you pay for that convenience. Is the CloudBox heaven-sent or an unwelcome stormfront? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Synology DiskStation DS2411+ offers up to 36TB of storage

Synology DiskStation DS2411+ offers up to 36TB of storage

Synology has outed its latest NAS, the capacious DiskStation DS2411+, offering a full twelve bays for 2.5- or 3.5-inch hard-drives. The chunky enclosure sports a dual-core 1.8GHz processor paired with 1GB of RAM (user-upgradable to 3GB), twin gigabit ethernet ports and optional WiFi. If up to 36TB of internal storage isn't enough for you (or, more likely, your small business), then you can hook up four external drives to USB 2.0 ports, or even throw in a dedicated Synology DX1211 expansion unit to double capacity to 72TB.

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Pogoplug Software Review

Pogoplug Software Review

Pogoplug has launched its latest product, and now you don't need a big pink box in order to share your files. Pogoplug Software replicates the personal-cloud experience in app form rather than demanding hardware, and with service starting from free - and multi-platform mobile apps already available - it comes out the gate with advantages over cloud storage systems from Apple, Amazon and others. We've been playing with the app ahead of its official launch today; check out the SlashGear review after the cut, and how to get a discounted premium upgrade.

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Seagate GoFlex Satellite: 500GB of WiFi-drive for your iPad

Seagate GoFlex Satellite: 500GB of WiFi-drive for your iPad

Seagate has unveiled the GoFlex Satellite, the company's latest external drive, and the first from its range to pack a battery and integrated WiFi connectivity. The Seagate GoFlex Satellite is a 500GB portable HDD, capable of sharing content either via USB 3.0 (using Seagate's interchangeable GoFlex connector) or with its WiFi b/g/n radio to your iPad, iPhone or Android device.

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Synology DiskStation DS1511+ packs 15TB (or 45TB with booster drives)

Synology DiskStation DS1511+ packs 15TB (or 45TB with booster drives)

Synology has outed its latest NAS, and the DiskStation DS1511+ certainly doesn't skimp on storage space. The five-bay box can store up to 15TB alone, but will also link up with Synology's DX510 expansion units for a total of 45TB. Meanwhile data is shuffled in and out fast, with Synology using link aggregation for up to 197MB/s read rates and 165MB/s write when in RAID 5 configuration.

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