Martian Technologies LLC is aiming squarely at home networks with its new Martian NetDrive, a cross-platform, networked storage device that provides about 40GB worth of file sharing capacity along with integrated wireless networking.
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Network Attached Storage (NAS) eschews the traditional dedicated computer model for a file server with a consolidated, sole-purpose device that typically occupies less space, consumes less power and costs a lot less than the traditional server. NAS is certainly nothing new — several vendors offer solution for SOHO, workgroup and enterprise environments — but what makes Martian’s solution special is its out-of-the-box support for IEEE 802.11b, the same protocol used by Apple’s AirPort products. The company claims the Martian NetDrive is the first wirelessly-connected network storage device.
The Martian NetDrive supports Macs, PCs and Linux boxen with the ability to share files or make backups. The device is self-configuring with DHCP, and uses a Web-based interface that makes it possible for you to configure it from a standard browser. You can also add password protection for extra security.
The Martian NetDrive measures about 2.5 inches high, 11.5 inches wide and about 10.5 inches deep. It works without a fan, also. If you’re not on a wireless network but you’re planning on adding one soon, there’s a built-in 10/100Mbps Ethernet port that can jack into a wired network. What’s more, the company makes available a “Basic” model without the wireless networking all together.
The Martian NetDrive Wireless costs US$399, and the Martian NetDrive Basic is $379. Both are available now; visit the Web site for details.