Iomega has announced the worldwide launch of the Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station, a powerful yet inexpensive device that provides a simple way to bring all USB storage into a network, allowing a user to connect, share and access files anywhere, even over the Internet.

Displayed recently at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the iConnect Wireless Data Station has no onboard storage, instead allowing users to bring all of their desktop and portable USB storage into their network.  Connect the Iomega iConnect device to a router in either a wired or wireless configuration, and it is as easy as plugging any brand of external USB drives or USB Flash drives into any of the four USB ports on the Iomega iConnect device, making the drives automatically connected to and accessible from any computer on a network or remotely via the web.
With that simple set up, users of the iConnect Wireless Data Station not only have 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.
“For computer users with plenty of USB-connected storage devices, the new Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station is great way to save money and make your USB storage drives ‘smart’ at the same time,” says Michelle Kasselman, Key Account manager for Iomega in South Africa. “Users now have an inexpensive NAS device that offers everything from remote access to torrent download capability to a built-in iTunes and media server.  The iConnect Wireless Data Station is a great way to use what you already own in a whole new way.”
The new iConnect Wireless Data Station uses the acclaimed EMC LifeLine software, a fully-developed Linux operating environment and suite of applications that is designed for cross-platform support with Windows, Mac and Linux computers.  Users of the iConnect device interact with an easy-to-understand interface that provides all the latest in multimedia serving as well as remote access features, making it easy to access data, whether in the office, the home, or anywhere else in the world.
The many value-add features of the iConnect Wireless Data Station include easy file sharing, data backup and print serving from any networked Windows PC, Mac or Linux workstation; Gigabit Ethernet and wireless connectivity by connecting directly to a router in either a wired or wireless (802.11b/g/n wireless protocol) configuration; remote access that allows a user to connect securely from anywhere in the world and get full access to pictures, videos, files, or everything stored on the connected USB drives; and as an added bonus, users can remotely access and administer the iConnect device through a personalised web address.
“Simple expandability means you can add storage capacity by simply connecting more or larger external USB drives,” says Kasselman. “Device-to-device replication for data protection allows you to define a job to copy and/or synchronise files to and from the connected USB drives or any other shared storage on your network, and  Iomega makes it easy with one-touch copying with the QuikTransfer button on the front of the iConnect device.”
The iConnect also offers Print Serving with intelligent print sharing capability for up to two USB printers; Time Machine support that allows Apple users to easily backup any Mac computers running OS X (10.5 or later); UPnP DLNA Certified AV Media Server that provides the ability to stream photos, audio content and videos to a variety of media devices, such as game consoles, audio bridges, iTunes® players, networked digital picture frames, Iomega ScreenPlay products and more; photo slideshow capabilities with an integrated utility based on the Cooliris technology for quick browsing of pictures stored on the connected USB drives. Torrent download manager allows the iConnect device to manage peer-to-peer file transfers without the need of a dedicated PC; while Picture Transfer Protocol provides no touch, automatic transfer of photos from digital cameras via one of the four USB ports on the iConnect device.
The new Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station comes complete with a portfolio of backup and security software, including native security support with robust username and password authorised access.  RSA BSAFE encryption security technology is included too for protecting installs and upgrades from viruses or malware.  RSA is the security division of EMC that protects digital data at many of the world’s largest banks.
Also included with the iConnect Wireless Data Station is the Iomega Protection Suite of software.  Available via download, the Iomega Protection Suite includes Iomega QuikProtect for simple scheduled file-level backup; a choice between EMC Retrospect Express or Express HD to back up data, plus applications and settings; and a free subscription to a market-leading software that protects a PC with anti-virus, anti-spyware, and web security protection.
The iConnect Wireless Data Station is compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux PCs.  The interface is localised for 11 languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, German, and Russian.