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LaCie Wireless Space takes on Time Capsule with UPnP, more

updated 08:40 am EDT, Thu September 16, 2010

LaCie Wireless Space merges router and NAS

LaCie today became one of the few to follow Apple into the combination of a router and network-attached storage by launching the Wireless Space. Like the Time Capsule, it can share both an Internet connection over 802.11n Wi-Fi and to three Ethernet-linked computers, though with more sharing features. The NAS can serve content to other devices with DLNA or UPnP as well as serve as an iTunes host for a device like an Apple TV.

The disk is eligible to be used as a Time Machine backup by Mac owners and has two back USB ports and one front to add more storage, although support for printer sharing over the link isn't known. LaCie's unit is mostly limited by its dependence on single-band 802.11n instead of the Time Capsule's dual-band wireless support.

Versions of the Wireless Space will come with 1TB or 2TB of storage and start at $230. Shipments should start in October.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. JeffHarris

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 1999

    0

    Which File System?

    I've set up some clients with Western Digital and LaCie NAS RAIDs. They work well, but there's a problem with whatever file system the drives use and incompatibility with common characters in file names that we Mac users take for granted. Everything but colon and backslash is the norm, but even file names peppered with periods, instead of spaces or dashes were a problem. Truncated file names were common.

    I had to spend days with a file renaming utility changing characters, so they could be copied to the drives. This was a major pain in the a**! Worse was trying to force file naming offenders to change their ways: NOT to insert periods everywhere.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +1

    I always thought periods looked nice

    when naming files. That's how most of the media pirates set up their file names, with periods. Underlines look ugly.

  1. Gazoobee

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Feb 2009

    +2

    LaCie is a joke

    While they used to be the best, LaCie is basically a joke nowadays in terms of device reliability. Apple (deservedly) got some very bad press for the reliability of their enclosures for AppleTV and the Time Capsule router/print server, how does LaCie get a pass?

    I've had to deal with several complete severe failures of LacCie backup enclosures recently where the people in question lost every piece of data they had. They take a backup drive and put it in a case with an undersized power brick, poor to no ventilation, and connected with an ungrounded delicate little plug more suited to a cheap lamp than backup hardware. Then they blame the user when it fails.

    LaCie anything is absolute shite to me.

  1. MyRightEye

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2008

    0

    I saw the headline and was coming

    to say the same thing as Gazoobee.

    Pass on anything LaCie. They are overpriced cr@p.

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