LaCie Wireless Space offers the Time Capsule some competition
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

LaCie Wireless Space offers the Time Capsule some competition


LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has introduced its first network-attached storage solution to feature Wi-Fi. Basically, it's the company's version of the Apple Time Capsule. It's not quite as easy to set up as Apple's product, but it's still a serious competitor.

The LaCie Wireless Space can operate as a file or media server for multiple Mac and PC users, from anywhere in the home – making it the most compatible and multifunctional network hard drive on the market. The Wireless Space is bundled with LaCie Network Assistant, a application that provides device details for all LaCie network drives. Administration takes place in the Dashboard, a web-based administration tool that's available on any system connected to the network or from a remote location.

On the back there are three Gigabit Ethernet ports that work as a switch and an upstream gigabit port. Also on the back are a pair of USB 2.0 ports for hooking up external drives or printers. Another USB 2.0 port is on the opposite edge, while inside there’s 2.4GHz single-band WiFi b/g/n and either a 1TB or 2TB hard-drive (I test drove the 1TB model).

Like Apple's Time Capsule, the Wireless Space has one WAN port and only three LAN ports, as opposed to four ports as found in most other wireless routers. Unfortunately, unlike the Time Capsule, it doesn't support dual-band, which the Time Capsule does.

That said, it is less expensive than Apple's 1TB Time Capsule ($299) and 2TB Time Capsule ($499). The LaCie solutions, in the same configurations, are $229 and $349, respectively.

Unlike some network attached storage (NAS) devices, the LaCie Wireless Space can be integrated into a network in several ways. Foremost, it's a network drive with a large capacity for data and media. But it's also a router, a server, a Wi-Fi access point, and more.

The Wireless Space offers different configurations to work with most networks. No matter how it is used, the Wireless Space disk drive is always available to share files or backup on the network. You can choose the configuration of your choice, and opt to have the LaCie device:

° Creates its own network and connects directly to the existing wide area network (WAN) for access to the Internet.

° Join an existing wired network by connecting to the router, server or Internet provider;

° Join an existing wired network and having it manage its own Wi-Fi network;

° Join an existing wired network and having it manage its own wired network;

° Join an existing wired network and having it manage its own Wi-Fi network AND wired network;

° Join an existing Wi-Fi network.

In other words, leveraging Wi-Fi technology, the Wireless Space can connect to your existing Wi-Fi network, allowing you to access files wirelessly throughout the home, and can serve as a central storage solution for your back-ups. If you wish to increase your Wi-Fi performance, the Wireless Space can also act as a B/G/N access point, and even serve as a router.

Some of the configurations are no-brainers to set up. Others take a bit of work. I used the LaCie Wireless to creates its own network and connect directly to the existing wide area network (WAN) for access to the Internet. I actually to read the instruction manual to do this -- and I urge you to, as well.

For users with a large media library, the Wireless Space can also act as a media server. It’s compatible with UPnP/DLNA and iTunes, and you can stream music, movies and photos from a central location and play them on any device.

You can use it as your network router. With static and dynamic port forwarding and PPo# connections, it performs even better than most cable routers, thanks to Wi-Fi n and Gigabit Ethernet performance. Additionally, the Wireless Space is Time Machine compatible.

Designed exclusively for LaCie, Neil Poulton’s black design is engineered for natural heat dissipation and near-silent operation. The LaCie Wireless Space is currently available in Europe in 1TB and 2TB capacities. Both models are available in the US through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner, and LaCie Reseller+ starting at $229.99.

Macsimum rating: 8 out of 10

-- Dennis Sellers

 
AAPL
$100.96
Apple Inc.
-0.83
GOOG
$596.08
Google Inc.
+6.81
MSFT
$47.52
Microsoft Corpora
+0.84
MacNews Search:
Community Search:

Latest Forum Discussions

See All
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

View Source – HTML, JavaScript and CSS...
View Source – HTML, JavaScript and CSS 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Utilities Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: View Source is an app plus an iOS 8 Safari extension that makes it easy to do one key web developer task: view the HTML, JavaScript and CSS source of any web page, with beautiful and customisable... | Read more »
Avenged Sevenfold’s Hail To The King: De...
Avenged Sevenfold’s Hail To The King: Deathbat is Coming to iOS on October 16th Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 19th, 2014 [ permalink ] Just in time for Halloween, on October 16 Avenged Sevenfold will be launching | Read more »
Talisman Has Gone Universal – Can Now be...
Talisman Has Gone Universal – Can Now be Played on the iPhone Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 19th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Tap Army Review
Tap Army Review By Jennifer Allen on September 19th, 2014 Our Rating: :: SHOOT EM ALLUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Mindless but fun, Tap Army is a lane-based shooter that should help you relieve some stress.   | Read more »
Monsters! Volcanoes! Loot! Epic Island f...
Monsters! Volcanoes! Loot! | Read more »
Plunder Pirates: Tips, Tricks, Strategie...
Ahoy There, Seadogs: Interested in knowing our thoughts on all this plundering and pirating? Check out our Plunder Pirates Review! Have you just downloaded the rather enjoyable pirate-em-up Plunder Pirates and are in need of some assistance? Never fear, for we’re here with a few tips and tricks to make your early days as a bloodthirsty pirate a... | Read more »
Goat Simulator Review
Goat Simulator Review By Lee Hamlet on September 19th, 2014 Our Rating: :: THE GRUFFEST OF BILLY GOATSUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Unleash chaos as a grumpy goat in this humorous but short-lived casual game.   | Read more »
A New and Improved Wunderlist is Here fo...
A New and Improved Wunderlist is Here for iOS 8 Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 19th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Evernote Update for iOS 8 Adds Web Clipp...
Evernote Update for iOS 8 Adds Web Clipping, Quick Notes, and More Posted by Ellis Spice on September 19th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Apple Names Ultimate Productivity Bundl...
Apple Names Ultimate Productivity Bundle by Readdle as the Essential Bundle on the App Store Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 19th, 2014 [ permalink | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.