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
$117.16
Apple Inc.
-1.74
GOOG
$534.52
Google Inc.
+23.86
MSFT
$40.40
Microsoft Corpora
-1.61
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

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

Playworld Superheroes Review
Playworld Superheroes Review By Tre Lawrence on January 30th, 2015 Our Rating: :: HERO CRAFTINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad It’s all about the imagination, fighting bad creatures — and looking good while doing so.   | Read more »
Join the SpongeBob Bubble Party in this...
Join the SpongeBob Bubble Party in this New Match 3 Bubble Poppin’ Frenzy Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 30th, 2015 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Handpick Review
Handpick Review By Jennifer Allen on January 30th, 2015 Our Rating: :: TANTALIZING SUGGESTIONSiPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad Handpick will make you hungry, as well as inspire you to cook something new.   | Read more »
Storm the Halls of Echo Base in First St...
Storm the Halls of Echo Base in First Star Wars: Galactic Defense Event Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 30th, 2015 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Contradiction Review
Contradiction Review By Tre Lawrence on January 30th, 2015 Our Rating: :: SPOT THE LIEiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Contradiction is a live action point and click adventure that’s pretty engaging.   Developer: Tim Follin Price: $6.99 Version Reviewed: 3 Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini 2 | Read more »
Unlock Sunshine Girl in Ironkill with th...
Unlock Sunshine Girl in Ironkill with this special 148Apps code Posted by Rob Rich on January 29th, 2015 [ permalink ] Robo-fighter Ironkill has been out on iOS a | Read more »
Crossroad Zombies Review
Crossroad Zombies Review By Jordan Minor on January 29th, 2015 Our Rating: :: CROSSWALKING DEADiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Crossroad Zombies is a rough draft of a cool genre mash-up.   | Read more »
Blood Brothers 2 – Tips, Cheats, and Str...
War is hell: Is it the kind of hell you want to check out? Read our Blood Brothers 2 review to find out! Blood Brothers 2, DeNA’s follow-up to the original Blood Brothers, is an intriguing card collecting / role-playing / strategy hybrid. There’s seemingly a lot to take in at first, but with 148Apps’ help, you’ll soon be able to effortlessly smack... | Read more »
Blood Brothers 2 Review
Blood Brothers 2 Review By Nadia Oxford on January 29th, 2015 Our Rating: :: AN AGGRAVATING RELATIVEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Blood Brothers 2 is built on a simple, solid foundation, but its free-to-play system doesn’t play fair.   | Read more »
I AM BREAD, the Toast of the Town, is Ro...
Have you ever dreamt of being deliciously gluten-y? Do you feel passionate about Rye and Wheat? The guys at Bossa Studios do and that is why they are bringing I AM BREAD to iOS soon. The loafy app will feature all the new content that is being included in the Steam Early Access version. You’ll get the all new garage area and Cheese Hunt mode... | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.