Nology, a distributing agent of broadband and networking products, has introduced AirLive's WMU-6500FS, a wireless hard drive and downloader that incorporates the latest Turbo-G wireless and BitTorrent technology.
Says Riaan Leuschner, MD of Nology, "The wireless hard drive frees PCs from file sharing and downloading, featuring a 3.5-inch hard drive bay and 2 USB 2.0 ports. Users can install any 3.5-inch SATA or IDE hard drive and share it instantly on the network. The hard drive can be accessed by using 'My Network Places' or setting it as a network drive."
With the WMU-65000FS a username and password can be set to limit access to certain users. Furthermore, Internet users can access the device through a standard FTP client.
In addition to wireless file sharing, the device features an Internet Download Agent which supports BitTorrent, HTTP, or FTP formats. The BitTorrent component is particularly useful as it allows users to download directly to the hard drive without a PC and can limit the download and upload speed to ensure that the agent does not use more bandwidth than required.
In addition, the BitTorrent agent provides stability, so if the download connection is interrupted, the download continues as soon as it is resumed.
"The WMU-6500FS is equipped with the ultra fast Turbo-G wireless technology.
"It can essentially transfer data at 1.5X the speed of normal Wireless-G when used in conjunction with other Turbo-G devices. It also supports 802.11g and 802.11b standards making it compatible with most wireless devices," explains Leuschner.
Furthermore, the multi-function wireless AP offers four separate wireless modes: Access Point (AP), Wireless Distribution System (WDS), Bridge and WDS Repeater Ethernet Client. "Users can therefore build a new wireless network or integrate the device into existing wireless environments," he adds.
USB storage or Memory Cards can also be shared with relative ease. Users can utilise the built-in 2 x USB 2.0 ports by connecting a USB pen drive or Card Reader – the WMU-6500FS will then share the data on the network using Samba software, an open source suite that function which allows for interoperability between Linux/Unix based servers and Microsoft Windows based clients, or share it on the Internet using FTP.
Lastly, due to the device's fast IDE throughput it operates as a complementary companion to users' Audio Video (AV) Streaming Media Players. Audio and video clips can be downloaded directly onto the WMU- 6500FS; an AV Streaming Player can then play the audio/video directly from the device. This functionality also resides in the MU-7000AV.
At 48Mbps throughput, users can play any MPEG, MPEG2, MPEG4, RealAudio, QuickTime, and other video files fast and smoothly.