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Adding Storage to Your Home Network

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Adding storage to your home network. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. The hard drives that come with desktop or even notebook computers these days are enormous in comparison to those of a few years ago. But once you start playing around with digital music, digital photos….and especially digital video….all of that hard drive space can fill up pretty fast. If you have multiple PCs, one of the best solutions is to add network attached storage. A drive that plugs into a router that can then be used by all of your computers. Iomega's new Network Hard Drives are designed to make the job easy. Product manager Brian Still…

"It's actually plug and play. So the drive has discovery tool software that will go out and discover the PCs and assign a drive letter to the PC."

So the various PCs can access MP3 music files or photos for instance. A 160 gigabyte drive sells for 249 dollars. Iomega is also creating the same kind of drive with a wireless network connection built in. It can also double as a wireless access point… The company's Steven Mudrow…

This is the only NAS box on the market today that gives you a wireless access point in this form factor. So we've got a brick here no bigger than my hand that gives you wireless access points up to 100 meters indoors, 400 meters outdoors."

But the wireless capability doubles the price of a 160 gigabyte drive to about five hundred dollars. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.