LG's 1TB/2TB NR21 NAS Grows A DVD Writer

LG's 1TB/2TB NR21 NAS Grows A DVD Writer

Seeing an LG HDTV or an LG notebook won't turn any eyes up in curiosity, but an LG NAS? Yeah, LG is evidently in the Network Attached Storage business now, and it's entering in a big way. The new N2R1 is a rather robust device--clearly LG thought long and hard before jumping in a market already saturated with entries from QNAP and the like.

The box ships with up to 2TB of hard drives within, but aside from just providing redundant storage for those with incredibly precious files, there's also a built-in DVD writer and playback feature for backing things up on optical discs. It's compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems, and naturally, the files on it can be retrieved from anywhere so long as you can track down an Internet connection. Finally, the iTunes server function lets you stream tunes from the box rather than a PC, so you can keep all of your music in one central location and access them anywhere.



The NR21 should hit retailers nationwide this Fall for $299 (1TB) or $399 (2TB).
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This is a pretty interesting device. I'd like to find out more about the hardware specs and firmware. Particularly, whether or not the firmware is upgrade/replaceable. I also wonder if the specs are good enough to run an http service.

That USB port adds a lot of possibilities. If the firmware could be replaced, you could throw on non-storage devices: webcam or other video capture, printers, USB audio, USB video out...

I read in their press release that it also supports 802.11g connectivity.

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That has got to be one of the cooler NAS boxes I have seen. Most bore the heck out of me. They are all over priced and don't stand out above the crowd.

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