Iomega has launched the iConnect Wireless Data Station which it bills as a “powerful and yet inexpensive device” that provides a simple way to bring all of your USB storage into your network, allowing you to connect, share and access files anywhere, including over the Internet.
So far we only have a US price ($79) but it’s available worldwide from next month and for those sick of copious wires everywhere this should put a dent in that problem at the very least. The rub of the green is that once you pocket the pretty darn light (there’s no onboard storage so it’s a handy size) iConnect, you then hook it to your router in either a wired or wireless configuration, and it’s as easy as plugging external USB drives or USB Flash drives into any of the four USB ports on the device, making the drives automatically connected to and accessible from any computer on your network or remotely via the web.
Say the Iomega bods: “This not only means incremental storage on their network to save, share and enjoy, they also enjoy such capabilities as a UPnP DLNA Certified AV Media Server that streams photos, audio content and videos to a variety of media devices; a torrent download manager for managing peer-to-peer file transfers; Time Machine support for Apple users; device-to-device replication for data protection; print serving to the network and much more.”
It works from any networked Windows PC, Mac or Linux workstation and may be worth a punt if the generally positive reaction from those who tried it out at CES 2010 is anything to go by.