updated 03:25 pm EDT, Wed September 26, 2007
LaCie Ethernet Disk Mini
LaCie today unveiled its Ethernet Disk mini Home Edition, a 500GB personal media server designed to save, show, sync, and share personal digital media. The server is the first commercial device to combine remote access through the internet with the ability to stream multimedia files through DLNA-compatible UPnP (Universal Plug-and-Play) media players while acting as an iTunes music server, according to the company. The Home Edition also includes specialized applications like DesktopMirror that can backup as well as restore files to the device for sharing or remote access. The device is due to ship in late October for $200.
The Home Edition comes pre-configured for drag-and-drop sharing of documents, music, photos, and videos. Powered by Axentra HipServtm, users can set up free remote access to personal information via LaCie''s media portal, HomeLaCie.com, thus enabling the viewing of files securely via any Web browser. A HipServ's easy-to-use menu allows users to grant customizable-access to friends and family through email invitations, and users can share as well as view photos locally on any UPnP TV or from any Microsoft Xbox 360 or Sony Playstation 3.