Iomega brings USB storage to the network

Storage technology

Iomega today launched a new device to incorporate USB storage into a network, be it wireless or wired.

The iConnect Wireless Data Station is not a storage itself but instead a device that plugs into a router and has four USB ports for a user to plug their data into, regardless of the make of USB storage.

Once attached, the data can then be accessed straight through the network at home or work or remotely from any location.

Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega and the consumer and small business products division at EMC, said in a statement: "For computer users with plenty of USB-connected storage devices, the new Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station is great way to save money and make your USB storage drives "smart" at the same time."

The device comes with UPnP DLNA Certified AV Media Server that can stream photos, audio content and videos to a variety of media devices as well as a torrent download manager, Time Machine support for Apple users, device-to-device replication and print serving to the network.

It is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux PCs and is available in 11 languages.

The kit comes with a price tag of 69.99 and whilst it is on display this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it will not be available in the UK until February.

"For about 70, users now have a NAS device that offers everything from remote access to torrent download capability to a built-in iTunes and media server," added Huberman.

"The iConnect Wireless Data Station is a great way to utilise what you already own in a whole new way."

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