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Wireless NAS gadget dumps Windows for Linux

May 18, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Iomega has switched its wireless network attached storage (NAS) system from Windows Storage Server 2003 to Linux, and dropped the price from $1,300 to $900. It has also reduced RAM from 256MB to 64MB, and added wireless access point capabilities and automated USB camera downloads, reports ExtremeTech in an in-depth review of the “StorCenter 1TB.”


Buffalo TerraStation

Infrant ReadyNAS

The ExtremeTech review finds the StorCenter 1TB to be marginally slower and slightly louder that Buffalo's TeraStation, another comparably priced Linux-based NAS server for home/small office use. And, neither the Iomega nor Buffalo NAS gadgets come close to the throughputs measures for Infrant's slightly pricier Linux-powered ReadyNAS servers. However, the Iomega device's advantages include being able to function as an encrypted wireless access point, along with its USB camera support. Plugging in a supported camera initiates image downloads to a subdirectory named for the date of the download, ExtremeTech says.

The ExtremeTech review of Iomega's StorCenter 1TB can be found here. More about the Buffalo TeraServer can be found here. More about the Infrant ReadyNAS is here.


 
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