Apple's new Time Capsule is basically the new true dual-band Airport Extreme Base Station with a hard drive permanently attached to it.
Coming in a great design, the new Time Capsule's good looks can't make up for its lackluster set of features, unfortunately.
A lot of networking functions, such as Web filtering, DDNS, and Wi-Fi-protected setup, commonly found on many other routers, are missing. With the Time Capsule, you won't have very good control of which band--2.4GHz or 5GHz--you want the router to work in, either.
Its wireless performance was also a mixed bag. In … Read more
Casual home users might not need something like this, but the business world will definitely want the new NAS server from D-Link.
Last week, the company announced its all-new Stack DSN-1100 iSCSI SAN Array NAS server, which offers up to 7.5TB of storage and 425MBps of bandwidth. It achieves this high throughput speed thanks to IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregate Groups technology that combines the speeds of the device's four Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The NAS server include five bays, each of which can take a 3.5-inch SATA (or SATA-II) hard drive of up to 1.5TB. The … Read more
The company announced Tuesday that its WD ShareSpace network storage server now offers up to 8TB of capacity, DLNA2 media-streaming capabilities, and more importantly, up to 30 percent faster transfer speed.
This is really good news if the new WD ShareSpace offers the same speed as the recently reviewed My Book World Edition; it would be a huge improvement from the predecessor.
The new WD ShareSpace NAS server … Read more
Having your network storage device automatically back up data onto a remote server is a great idea, and so far I've seen it implemented only by Datto. But given the increasingly popularity of cloud NAS, this won't be for long.
Netgear decided to join this small crowd Monday by introducing its new online backup and disaster recovery service, called ReadyNAS Vault, for consumers and small to medium-size businesses (SMBs).
The ReadyNAS Vault is designed to be a simple, enterprise-class solution for Internet- or "cloud-based" data protection and will be available for all versions of Netgear's family of ReadyNAS products.
ReadyNAS Vault will be built right into all ReadyNAS servers. Consumers then can regularly and securely copy data to a remote storage facility and recover or access data from anywhere in the world via the Internet.
The new solution also allows for managing multiple individual ReadyNAS servers and a centralized online console. Users can do this regardless of where they are, as long as they have access to the Internet.… Read more
You buy MP3s, take photos, write long love letters to Cloris Leachman, and you keep it all on your hard drive. If that hard drive crashes, you're done for. Unless you backed up. But what's the best way to back up? There are several ways to do this. We're going to discuss three. You can see some of them in action in our video.
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Let's start with the external hard drive. Obviously, you don't want to back up to the same hard drive where the original files are. That's just silly.
The simplest method is to buy an external hard drive and back up to that. Our favorite here at CNET is the ClickFree portable backup. It makes the process of backing up as simple as you can imagine. The software is stored on the drive, so you just plug it in and tell it what to back up.
You can also do it yourself. If you have an old hard drive lying around, say from upgrading a notebook, just put it in a case. We show how to do it in this video on upgrading your hard drive.… Read more
I've complained before that network-attached storage (NAS) devices are just not easy enough to use. Most NAS servers further complicate the matter by offering a lot more than just simple plug-and-play network storage, which is what novice home users look for.
So far, I haven't seen any vendor do this right; however, Western Digital's newest NAS server might just be the first one.
The company introduced on Wednesday its newly redesigned, updated version of the My Book World Edition NAS server that offers plug-and-play installation and automatic continuous backup.
The new My Book World Edition comes in … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Network-attached storage for the home has been around for a while. It typically consists of an external disk drive surrounded by technology to connect it to a router so it can be accessed anywhere on your network or, via the Internet, from anywhere in the world. At the Consumer Electronics Show here, Daniel Putterman of Cloud Engines showed off a new device that allows you to inexpensively turn any external drive into a network-attached drive.
The $79 Pogoplug is a small plastic box with an Ethernet plug for your router and a USB plug for an external drive. With … Read more
During 2008, I complained about all of D-Link's wireless routers, such as the DIR-825 or the DIR-855 because of their common, old-school, bulky designs. Thursday, however, I was more than impressed by the all-new Xtreme N Storage DIR-685 wireless router.
It's possibly the first router that really offers a lot more than just routing.
First off, the DIR-685 is the first router from D-Link I know of that features the internal antenna design, which is not new, as Linksys and Netgear have done this for a long time. Nevertheless, the DIR-685 is now much more compact and eye-catching … Read more