[Cu-wireless] wireless storage:

Illustrious niteshad niteshad at linuxmail.org
Wed Mar 12 19:30:21 CST 2003

About half of that $400 _has_ to be profit.  A quick scan of pricewatch for the noted components gives me a price of a little over a hundred dollars, and that doesn't include the microprocessor, ROM for the BIOS and control software and any RAM that it might need, as well as its (presumably custom-made) main board.  If space isn't a great concern, you could make one yourself out of retail components for less than what they're selling them for.  If power consumption is a concern, use an older microprocessor and motherboard and cut way back on the power supply spec (CD and DVD drives are usually the biggist power drain; this counts double or quadruple for burners.)  Unless it's packaged in a cute, adorable container like the i-Mac, this is a non-starter in the market.  

> An interesting concept -- a bit pricy yet, but certainly a step towards
> wireless distributed storage.
> --Sascha
> ----------
> Martian debuts wireless network storage drive
> Martian Technology today announced the release of the Martian NetDrive
> Wireless file serving device. The $400 device adds 40GB of file storage to
> any network; it combines a 40GB hard drive with a small, silent, low-power
> case and an 802.11b wireless network interface, making it :the world's
> first wirelessly-connected network storage device. [It] allows users to
> share music, digital photos, and other documents over a network without
> the expense and noise of leaving a PC on at all times acting as a
> fileserver." It also includes a 10/100Mbps Ethernet port which can be used
> to attach the device to a wired ethernet network. Martian Technology also
> offers the Martian NetDrive Basic ($380), a version of the device which
> contains only the 10/100Mbps Ethernet port
> http://www.martian.com/whatisit.html
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