Macworld 08: Apple launch Time Capsule wireless NAS

First up from Steve Jobs’ Macworld 08 Keynote is a wireless NAS: Time Capsule is an AirPort Extreme complete with a server-grade hard-drive that works seamlessly with OS X’s Time Machine backup software.  Available in two capacities, 500GB and 1TB, Time Capsule resembles an Apple TV unit with 802.11n WiFi, and will be priced at $299 and $499 respectively.


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.


LaCie upgrade NAS to Home Edition with online sharing interface

Back when I reviewed LaCie’s Ethernet Disk mini I was particularly taken by its UPnP media funnelling capacities (which still form the core of my home media setup); now they’ve upgraded the range of compact network-attached storage with the Home Edition, which adds remote access, iTunes media server functionality and Axentra HipServ for drag’n’drop file sharing.



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

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

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

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

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.



Philips shows off simple NAS device

If you’re looking for a simple NAS (Network Attached Storage) solution, Philips has you coverd.


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

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

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]

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