NETGEAR, purveryors of quality Network Attached Storage devices, has announced NETGEAR Stora for the Australian market. Setting it apart from other NAS products is it has been designed to not only make home media sharing a snap but to send your fun stuff over the web, too. But you'll have to wait a few weeks to get your paws on it.
Stora lets consumers easily share their photos and videos with friends without having to upload to internet sites or transfer them by email. By serving via www.MyStora.com, users and their designated friends and relatives can remotely access their media files from any internet-connected device, such as laptops, PCs and smartphones. That's the good news. The bad news is you'll have to wait until late October to get your hands on it from selected Australian retail and e-commerce stores. Perhaps it would be worth putting off a NAS device purchase until this baby lands.
“With the amount of music, movies and photos we increasingly download, storage is quickly becoming a necessity and the Stora really is a device that everyone can use. It sports an incredibly user-friendly interface, is compatible with any platform, affordable and comes with one terabyte of storage. You can share any of your files remotely with family and friends, such as photo albums of your latest holiday, by simply sending a link which can even be accessed on a mobile smartphone so no need to force anyone to join Facebook. It’s changing the face of storage in the home,” said Ryan Parker, managing director, NETGEAR Australia and New Zealand.
NETGEAR’s Stora is compatible with Mac, PC and Linux systems, according to the maker.
It's got DLNA, too Stora is also DLNA-certified, so it can serve content to other networked devices that are Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)-enabled. This includes photo frames, XBox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles, as well as iPhone and Blackberry mobile phones. Don't know about DLNA? Learn more here.
Turning to the tech specs, we see the Stora (MS2110) comes with a 1TB disk and one extra drive bay that can be used to insert an optional disk for mirroring. NETGEAR provides a three-year warranty and 24/7 technical support. The Stora carries a $399 price tag.
An optional yearly premium service, to support additional remote access and third-party service integration such as Flickr and mobile phones, will be available for about $20 after an initial 30-day trial period.
For more info, head on over to the NETGEAR site.