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PowerMacMan
Jun 16, 2004, 12:34 PM
If hard-drive maker Maxtor and networking company Linksys have their way, your external hard drive is about to become very external.

On Tuesday, the companies announced a partnership featuring a $99 Linksys device that lets an external hard drive connect to a wireless router, allowing PCs to tap into the storage and share files without any physical link to the drive.

The joint effort is geared toward small offices and homes. The latter is a crowded market, overflowing with companies pitching home-networking technology. Maxtor and Linksys--a Cisco Systems unit--are marketing products together and tout a common set of instructions for tying drives to routers with what's dubbed the "Linksys Network Storage Link."

The Linksys Network Storage Link connects to an external hard drive through one of two USB ports and includes a file management system, the companies said. It is designed to work with a wired or wireless network, and to work with other external drives apart from Maxtor products.

Source (http://news.com.com/Maxtor%2C+Linksys+to+unveil+wireless+hard+drive/2100-1040_3-5233525.html?tag=cd.lede)

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This looks awesome, it would be so much easier to share files without actually having the actual computers linked in any way... :eek: :D

I like this!

kgarner
Jun 16, 2004, 12:50 PM
I'll wait until they do it with wireless Firewire. While 802.11g is okay, I think that I just couldn't get used to the slower speed. I like my Firewire drive.

Although...a drive like this incorporated with Airport Express and AirTunes, would be great for keeping all my music off my main drive.

jsw
Jun 16, 2004, 12:54 PM
I'll wait until they do it with wireless Firewire. While 802.11g is okay, I think that I just couldn't get used to the slower speed.

I'm pretty sure that Wireless Firewire isn't all that much faster than 802.11g. I think it's somewhere in the 50-60Mbps range. It's nowhere near even 400Mbps wired Firewire speeds. AFAIK.

And, yeah, it'd seem slow for some things, and it seems like it'd be easy enough to mount a drive physically on one computer and access it from everywhere (but that system would always need to be on), but it might be nice to have an always-on wireless drive. If - if - it could be secure.

michaelrjohnson
Jun 16, 2004, 01:08 PM
Good idea in theory, but in reality, what if your wireless connection drops out? Then you lose access to all your files? I don't think most people will go for that.

PowerMacMan
Jun 16, 2004, 01:10 PM
Good idea in theory, but in reality, what if your wireless connection drops out? Then you lose access to all your files? I don't think most people will go for that.

Well then it'll probably have a usb/firewire cable cord that you can hook up to your computer in case of network failure.

jknight8907
Jun 16, 2004, 01:43 PM
Ever heard of attached storage? Or a file server? Just hook them to your wireless network and away you go.

kgarner
Jun 16, 2004, 01:54 PM
I'm pretty sure that Wireless Firewire isn't all that much faster than 802.11g. I think it's somewhere in the 50-60Mbps range. It's nowhere near even 400Mbps wired Firewire speeds. AFAIK.

That's what I thought at first too. But, according to this article (http://www.eetimes.com/sys/news/OEG20030502S0060) they plan for it to be 100 Mbps initially and then upgraded to 200 and then 400 Mbps. Unfortunately, thhose speeds or only within a 10 meter range.

jeremy.king
Jun 16, 2004, 01:55 PM
Wasnt this already posted once?

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=75608

Still pretty cool.

PowerMacMan
Jun 16, 2004, 01:56 PM
Wasnt this already posted once?

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=75608

Still pretty cool.

oops... My news source is always a day late :(

cr2sh
Jun 16, 2004, 02:44 PM
Sure sure.. external data storage... what a bore. This is just the amount of innovation I would expect from maxtor and linksys. What I really want is internal storage... like, inside my arm.

Or, at the very least, I want micro drives that are wirleless that I can carry in my pocket.