Netgear has announced ‘Stora’ at CES, an easy to use Network Attached Storage device packing a friendly 1TB drive.
Netgear describes it as the device for “first-time users who don’t want to learn server administration as a hobby,” and it is certainly simple to use.
It supports gigabit internet, has a USB 2.0 port, is DLNA certified so can stream media to compatible devices, and also has an in-built iTunes server.
The ease of use, decent size disk space, and ability to stream media also makes it double as a entry level media extender allowing you to watch video and listen to music on different devices on your home network.
Setting It Up
Simply connect the included Ethernet cable to the Stora box and your router, plug in the power, and turn it on. A lengthy install process on your computer is needed, but its simple enough.
The installed software allows you to transfer files and even play music and video directly within the app, although the only formats supported are MP3, MPEG-4, MOV, and FLV.
A premium Stora service is available for $20 a year which offers remote access features. These include managing your media files over the internet, downloading files remotely and playing media files using the embedded media files giving it a simple Slingplayer-esque functionality.
It retails at $230 device.
Netgear Stora Marketplace & Deals
Available to buy from Amazon
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