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1st UPnP Home Network Storage, DSM-602H Central Home Drive.
Sept 30, 2003 by Keith Benicek, Editor
in the S/MB or Enterprise Business world, you know this device’s
name as a NAS (Network Attached Storage), a nearly nondescript term
for a processor controlled Hard Disk Drive storage device that is part
of your company LAN. It is usually housed in a somewhat unattractive
“rack mount” chassis cuddling up with the companies many
racks of network routers, hubs and switches.
At the Intel
Developer Forum in San Jose California last month, D-Link brought business
network sophistication to your cozy home or small business. Fortunately
for those of us that want this level of network capability, D-Link has
shrunken the NAS into a small attractive enclosure that will blend with
your other D-Link broadband and WiFi Router or Hub/Switches.
The D-Link DSM-602H
is powered by the Intel® XScale® Technology-based Network
Processor and contains a single 20GB 2.5-inch (notebook) Hard Disk Drive.
While we would suspect that larger HDD versions might eventually arrive,
this 20GB size is ample for any home users MP3, Video and shared files
storage needs. Same goes for the shared file needs of a small business
like a Doctors, Real Estate or even a small retail shop. And, this Universal
Plug-n-Play device is full computer platform independent for all the
Windows, Mac, Linux, etc. users.
forward to doing a full review of the D-Link DSM-602H and including
it in our Hardware segment of the Ultimate Guide: Networking PC and
excerpt information from the D-Link Press Release:
Forum, San Jose, CA, September 16, 2003 - D-Link today announced
it is working with Intel to develop the new D-Link Storage Media Central
Home Drive (DSM-602H) featuring the Intel IXP420 network processor based
on Intel® XScale® technology. At the heart of the digital home,
the D-Link DSM-602H delivers the industry's first Universal Plug-n-Play
(UPnP) network attached storage device that is designed specifically for
the home user. With an easy to use graphic user interface, the D-Link
home centralized drive integrates a robust 20GB embedded slim hard drive
for consumers to share and store information, play music, and archive
The UPnP interface
on the D-Link Storage Media Central Home Drive provides a true consumer
out-of-the-box solution that is immediately available to the user by introducing
a folder that can be simply accessed by double clicking the mouse. The
D-Link DSM-602H features cross-platform support for Microsoft Windows
2000 and XP, Apple Mac OS and Linux operating systems. The high-speed
5400rpm hard drive delivers quick access to MP3s, digital images and other
content from the network. The 20 Gigabit drive can handle approximately
250 CDs of audio content or 20,000 jpeg images. "The highly integrated
Intel IXP420 network processor provided the architecture and LAN/WAN capabilities
that D-Link required for the latest home networking product," said
Doug Davis, general manager, Intel Network Processor Division.
home can really benefit from centralized seamless storage in the home
for sharing of large multimedia files, and the D-Link Central Home Drive
delivers that in one easy to install device," said Steven Joe, President
of D-Link. "With Intel's high-performance XScale microarchitecture
application processor, we are able to develop a powerful, seamless and
affordable device that can be the cornerstone for storing digital content
in the home."
The D-Link DSM-602H Storage Media Central Home Drive will be available
in mid October through authorized retail, reseller and distribution partners
at a Manufacturer's Suggested Price MSRP of US$249.99. The D-Link DSM-602H
comes with a One Year Warranty and absolutely FREE 24/7 Technical Support
including firmware updates.