Are you a PC user and still want something similar to Apple's Time Capsule? You have it now--and possibly more.
LaCie, the maker of stylish storage devices, announced Thursday what could be considered a rival for Time Capsule, the LaCie Wireless Space. Similar to the Time Capsule, the Wireless Space is a combined wireless router and NAS server.
However, while the Time Capsule's network storage function is not much more than a backup space for Time Machine, according to LaCie, the Wireless Space can do a lot more.
In a nutshell, it has the same feature set as LaCie's recently reviewed Network Space, which includes the ability to back up, stream digital contents to UPnP/DLNA-compliant network players and
iTunes and more.
The Wireless Space also has support for Apple's Time Machine and comes with Genie Timeline Software, which provides similar backup features for Windows users.
The Wireless Space comes with either 1TB or 2TB of built-in storage and has three USB ports to support more via external hard drives. Designed by Neil Poulton, like many other devices from LaCie, the Wireless Space comes in the distinctive squarish yet stylish shape.
As a wireless router, the Wireless Space shares one feature with the Time Capsule: it has one WAN port and only three LAN ports, as opposed to four ports as found in most other wireless routers. The device supports the N wireless standard and, unfortunately, it doesn't support dual-band, which the Time Capsule does.
The Wireless Space will be available in October, with its 1TB version costing around $230. Remember to check CNET.com for a full review of the product then.