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Soho Storage Strikes A Chord At CES

The International Consumer Electronics Show, held this week in Las Vegas, has become a primary venue for the introduction of new storage products, thanks in part to the demise of Comdex and storage vendors' efforts to expand the range of storage devices for consumers and small businesses.

Several vendors used the show to unveil storage devices for home and small-business networks, including products that can serve stored data across wireless networks.

On the wireless side, Austin, Texas-based Buffalo Technology took the wraps off its Wireless LinkStation Network Storage Center. The device, available in capacities of 120 Gbytes to 300 Gbytes, is similar to the company’s wired LinkStation product but includes built-in 802.11g capability, an Ethernet connector and two USB 2.0 connectors.

With those connectors, the Wireless LinkStation can serve files plus act as a wireless access point and a print server, said Morikazu Sano, vice president of product marketing at the company. Wireless LinkStation’s FTP server functionality also helps SOHO users who need to share large files, he added.

The Wireless LinkStation, expected to ship next month, is one of Buffalo's first products aimed at solution providers, Sano said. The company has been distributing its products through Tech Data and through Syracuse, N.Y.-based Wynit, and it has just signed on with Ingram Micro and D&H Distributing, he said.

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