I came across this product after a friend of mine told me about his network hardrive. It sounded like the perfect thing for me as I love to digitize all of my films but hate wires hanging out of my laptop. The product is as sleek and minimalist as it looks in the pictures, fitting nicely into any modern surrounding.
Its really simple to set up. You merely plug the box into the back of your network router using the included cables and thats it. Oh and of course the mains plug but thats pretty self explanitory. Then to access the drive you simply insert the included disk into your computer and activate the network assistant, job done. This is a brilliant system as you can then put anything and everything you wish to share between computers on the same network onto it and they can be accessed immediatley.
Now everytime I or anyone else in my family gets a new computer we merely install the drive onto it and they can instantly access everything. It also works for both PC and Mac which is a huge advantage.
Another feature of this product that I absoloutly love is it's streaming ability. Mine currently has around 400 GB worth of film on it and this cannot only be accessed by every computer in the house but also by both Playstation 3's, which need no installation at all. However, if you intend to do this I would recommend that you use a programme called handbreak to condense your films to around 700mb per movie, as anything over this amount can have streaming difficulties due to the sheer size.
But all in all this device has proven to be one of my greatest purchases to date. Plus for only £90 it was an absoloute bargain.
Centralize all of your files and share them among networked PC/Mac computers or UPnP AV certified players. Transfer and back up files from your computers easily, and connect a hard disk or digital camera through the extra USB port for directly storing your data or pictures. No setup is required; just connect the LaCie Network Space to your network and enjoy using it immediately.
The included LaCie Ethernet Agent software enables direct access to shares: one public that anyone can access locally and another password-protected private share. The LaCie Network Space is also accessible remotely via FTP for when you're away or when you want to share content with friends. The elegant, compact design blends beautifully into your environment and its fanless for near-silent operation.