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Sep 17, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 5 views

LaCie is shipping a network-attached storage (NAS) product users can share wirelessly. The LaCie Wireless Space can be purchased with 1TB or 2TB, and is equipped with an 802.11b/g/n access point, three gigabit Ethernet ports, a 10/100 Ethernet port, three USB 2.0 Host ports, plus UPnP/DLNA and iTunes support, says the company.

The Wireless Space connects to existing Wi-Fi networks, becoming a wireless hard drive all users can share. In addition, the Wireless Space can also act as a 802.11b/g/n access point and a "full-featured" router, says the company.

LaCie Wireless Space

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The device is also said to act as a basic media server, offering UPnP/DLNA and iTunes media streaming. Time Machine compatibility is available for Mac users who need automatic backups, and the device is said to ship with Genie Timeline software for scheduled backups on the PC.

LaCie did not list the embedded operating system for the device, but its previous NAS and media center devices — such as last year's d2 Network, Big Disk Network, and LaCinema Black Record — have all run on its embedded Linux "LaCix" distribution. The Wireless Space is said to support connections to networked PCs running Linux 2.6, Mac OS X 10.5/10.6, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. 

Measuring 7.6 x 4.6 x 1.8 inches (193 x 117 x 45mm), the device weighs two pounds (950 grams), says LaCie. Like a number of recent LaCie products, the Wireless Space is designed by Neil Poulton, and is engineered for natural heat dissipation and near-silent operation, says the company.

Wireless Space ports

Processor and memory details were not offered for the Wireless Space. However, the device is equipped with three gigabit Ethernet ports, a 10/100 Ethernet port, and three USB 2.0 host ports, says LaCie. There appears to be only one storage bay, which is offered with a 1TB or 2TB hard disk drive (HDD).

Stated Julien Ott, product manager for Network Attached Storage, LaCie, "There are a variety of network devices you need to buy to have a full solution to connect your computers, share media and back up your files. LaCie is thrilled to bring Wi-Fi connectivity to the Wireless Space and deliver a truly all-in-one solution for the varying different network needs of any home."


The LaCie Wireless Space is currently available in Europe, and will be available in the U.S. this October through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner, and LaCie Reseller, for $230 (1TB) or $350 (2TB), says LaCie.

More information may be found here.

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