Linksys unveils storage and vision solutions

Linksys has brought two new wireless devices to the market with the launch of its Wireless-G Internet Video Camera and Linksys Network Storage Link.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  October 20, 2004

Linksys has brought two new wireless devices to the market with the launch of its Wireless-G Internet Video Camera and Linksys Network Storage Link. The firm’s Wireless G Internet Video Camera is the latest addition to its series of products based upon the 802.11g wireless standard, which can transfer data at rates of up to 54Mbps. The compact, slim, self-contained device is unlike many web cameras in that it contains its own IP address for easy connection to existing ethernets or wireless networks. The Internet Video Camera is targeted at both home and office network users and can be mounted either on a wall or positioned on a desktop in its own stand, allowing users a view of their office or any room in the home. This, claims Linksys, makes the device suitable for security usage as well as business and entertainment. “This really is an ideal device for keeping track of the workplace or children or pets, from inside or outside the home or office,” explains Robert Auci, director of sales, Linksys EMEA. “The audio video stream is secured from the outside world when the user is inside the home but easily accessible once outside the network, by simply opening an appropriate port on the router to create password-protected accounts. Up to four users can view the camera’s live images or hear audio from outside the network at the same time.” The Internet Video Camera (product code WVC54G-UK) features a security mode that begins recording when the camera detects motion, while simultaneously sending the user an e-mail alert. Up to three e-mail alerts can be sent simultaneously, including a short video clip e-mail attachment, so that the user knows immediately when it’s vital to log on and watch. The Internet Video Camera is available for $229. Linksys’ new Network Storage Link (product code NSLU2) meanwhile enables users to add gigabytes of storage space to home or office networks. The Storage Link is a USB connectable device with two ports for connecting fast USB 2.0 and older USB 1.1 external hard disk drives. When the Storage Link is attached to either a router or a switch through its built-in 10/100 Ethernet RJ-45 port, each user on the network can share the drives. Users can also set-up the Storage Link so that USB connected drives can be accessible from the Internet, with files being downloaded via a web browser. These files can be made public or password-protected for secure, authorised use. “With the Storage Link, not only can users add additional storage quickly and affordably, but now everyone on the network can have access to the external hard drive,” said Robert Auci. “For the first time laptop users can easily expand the storage capacity of their mobile PC by accessing the external hard drive connected to the Storage Link. Families or office networks can share documents, content, photos and more.” The NSLU2 features built-in disk utilities that let users format new disk drives and scan drives for errors. It also includes a built-in backup program that allows users to schedule full, incremental, or synchronised backups of network drives to the Network Storage Link, and vice versa. The Network Storage Link is available immediately for around $94.99.

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