August 30, 2010 by Robert Archer
Increasingly, the idea of adding an external drive to a computer to expand its storage capabilities is becoming a thing of the past. Instead more people are adding network attached storage (NAS) devices, which provide additional storage and backup opportunities with remote access for multiple users. Plus the capability of being accessed if you have electronics devices that can tap into such storage.
Netgear recently went as far to proclaim the death of local media storage when it announced its ReadyNAS line of networked storage devices. The manufacturer says its new Ultra family of two-, four- and six-bay NAS units are designed to fill needs of networked homes, small- to medium-sized businesses and larger companies that need secondary storage options.
What makes the DLNA-certified line a natural complement to home use is its media-shifting options that allow you or custom electronics pros to set up a home media network that offers a centralized location for media and file storage, and the ability to stream HD content to TiVOs and mobile devices.
Netgear says the line employs its drag-and-drop file management technologies, as well as X-RAID2 functionality.
Pricing varies with the different storage options and quantities.
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