Versatile network Hard Disk: ASUS WL-WDD

The ASUS WL-WDD is an external hard drive designed to be used over a wired 10/100 Ethernet or 802.11b/g wireless network.

Ideal for business or home users, it provides a location all computers can access to dump files (data, music, videos etc), possibly eliminating the need for a file server. In effect, it's a simple NAS (network attached storage) device.

The WL-HDD is sold without a hard disk, so you're able to add a notebook hard disk of your own choice and capacity. The device can also act as a wireless access point and allow a wireless Internet connection to be shared over a network. Both WEP and WPA encryption are provided to help secure the connection and files. For feedback, four LEDs indicate the status of active connections.

The WL-WDD is also equipped with a USB 1.1 connection primarily designed to automatically copy data from USB storage devices. Gigabit Ethernet would have been nice, as would have USB 2.0, but as things stand, this is fantastic little device that could be extremely useful for a wide variety of users.

PRICE: $249 (without hard disk); VENDOR: ASUS; PHONE: (02) 9683 3488; URL: http://au.asus.com