Linksys turns USB harddrives into networked attached storage

San Jose (CA) - Linksys announced Network Storage Link which allows users to wirelessly network external USB harddrives.

The device, carrying the model name NSLU2, is attached to a router or switch through the built-in 10/100 Ethernet RJ-45 port. According to Linksys, users may also set up the Storage Link so that USB drives can be accessed from the Internet - files can be easily downloaded via a web browser. Files can be public, or password-protected for authorized users.

Targeted at the home and SOHO market, the Storage Link supports USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 as well as Sony’s memory sticks. The NSLU2 comes with built-in disk utilities which can be accessed through a web browser. For example, users can format new disk drives and scan drives for errors. The built-in backup program lets users schedule full, incremental, or synchronized backups of the network drives to the Network Storage Link, or vice versa. Email messages can be sent when a hard drive gets nearly full, completely full, or has an error.

The Network Storage Link (NSLU2) is immediately available through resellers, distributors for $99.

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