Slim Devices has bundled its Squeezebox and Infrant's ReadyNAS NV to go after Sonos in the high-end, whole-house audio market. Jim Buzbee looks at the odds of their success.
Jim Buzbee found that Synology's latest disk station does just about everything that you'd want a single-drive NAS to do.
Jim Buzbee finds a lot to like in D-Link's HD digital media player, despite reoccurring hassles with MP3 files that have album art.
RAID Level 1 isn't as robust as RAID5, but requires only two drives and can cost significantly less. Jim Buzbee took Thecus' two-SATA drive N2100 for a spin and found a lot to like.
Manufacturers continue to play with NAS configurations in their fight for marketshare. Jim Buzbee takes a look at a D-Link NAS that aims to please with a combination of media serving, gigabit Ethernet, wireless and BYOD features.
Iomega's StorCenter Network Storage Drive sports a nice feature set, including a built-in UPnP AV server. But Jim Buzbee found that its file system performance while good, doesn't quite live up to the promise implied by its gigabit Ethernet port.
What PVRs did for TV program time-shifting, Sling Media's Slingbox hopes to do for "place-shifting" any video content to anywhere there's an Internet connection. Jim Buzbee takes a look.
Iomega's 200d series NAS products are aimed more at the small business than SOHO buyer. Jim Buzbee takes a look at a relatively new member of the 200d family and finds that its premium pricing and Windows Server 2003 core don't necessarily mean a superior user experience.
Low-cost hard drive enclosures have extended the useful life of many a spare hard drive by turning them into USB or Firewire-attached external drives. And now similar products are arriving to perform the conversion to Networked Attached Storage (NAS). Jim Buzbee takes a look at two low-cost offerings and finds sometimes you get what you pay for.
Consumer Networked Storage is hot and a logical product line extension for a hard drive maker. Or at least Maxtor thinks so with its Shared Storage Drive line. Jim Buzbee puts the MSS through its paces.
The Buffalo Technology LinkTheater combines a progressive-scan DVD player, and networked multimedia adapter capable of handling streaming music and HD display of photos and movies. Jim Buzbee takes it for a spin and finds a lot, but not everything, to like.
The DS-101 Disk Station is a SOHO NAS that gives buyers the option of supplying their own 3.5 inch drive. Jim Buzbee put it through its paces and was pretty impressed, except for one key feature.
ViewSonic recently decided to expand into the home networking space with a line of products aimed at multimedia networking. The WMA100 Media Adapter can play digital audio, video and still image files, but Jim Buzbee found that it took some getting used to the product's way of doing things.
Anyone who has used Apple's AirPort Express to connect to a remote iTunes server knows the frustration of having to trot back and forth to change playlists or even advance to the next tune. Fortunately, Keyspan's Express Remote lets you stay put and let your fingers do the walking.
Roku Labs' SoundBridge Network Music Player has been getting rave reviews, so we decided to check it out for ourselves. Jim Buzbee found a lot to like beyond its unique and elegant styling, though it, of course, still has room for improvement.
In the second installment of Jim Buzbee's explorations of Linksys' little NAS-enabling marvel, he explains how to get set up to do your own hacking and walks us through adding NFS support.
Once in awhile a product comes along that you just know is going to spark the imagination - and hacking skills - of enthusiatic tweakers. Linksys seems to have done it again with its Linux-based NSLU2 Network Storage Link. Our correspondent Jim Buzbee has agreed to chronicle his adventures with this little wonder for TomsNetworking readers in a multi-part series. Part 1 describes how Jim managed to get a root login.
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