Not everyone is an ace at working with home networks. Most of us just want something simple, that's mostly plug and play. Even though home servers are great to have, not everyone can set them up easily. It takes a bit of technical know-how in order to do that. This is where SimpleNet comes in. It's an easy way to share a hard drive over a home network.
This simple little device from Hitachi turns any USB flash drive or USB hard drive into network storage, meaning that if it's plugged into your network, it can be used by more than one user on different computers at the same time. This is really convenient since you don't want to buy a bunch of different HDs just so you can plug them into each different computer. This kind of functions like a basic server, letting you archive your data over your home network without worrying too much about how to set it up.
This makes periodic archiving of photos, videos and other data that you wish to keep securely a cinch. Since the data is kept remote from your actual computers, it's just one step safer than if it was only on your computer's HD. With today's high capacity hard drives, we could easily see a system that works with an HD of a few terabytes to service a home. What's neat is that with new HDTVs and network solutions, you'd probably be able to stream this quite easily to different monitors. The other great thing is that it makes data sharing quite easy across multiple computers. No more plugging and unplugging drives. SimpleNet is available for $79 and needs to be plugged into the router of your home in order to function.
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