Hitachi Announces G-Connect storage, backup device, wireless access


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Want your iPod or your iPad could hold more media? That your hotel room Internet connection was wireless? You had a disk of time Machine laptop when you travel? Upcoming G-connect wireless storage Hitachi with access to the Internet for iPad, announced Wednesday, offers a solution to all these challenges, even more in a compact package.

White, Pocket-size G-Connect computer contains a 2.5-inch 500 GB hard drive to store your files, but the device is much more than a portable hard drive. To begin with, the G-Connect includes Wi - Fi equipment for the creation of a local wireless network and a software allowing access to the contents of the network drive. Connect your computer to the network, and G-Connect shows (with the Bonjour networking support) as a network drive and a file server accessible by browser with the public and private records; Connect an iOS device to the network and, using a free application available on the App Store of iOS, you can stream on your device iOS photos, music and video stored on disk. Claims of Hitachi on G-Connect can stream simultaneously to five videos of standard definition (SD) or three high-definition (HD) videos.

G-Connect software automatically indexes the contents of the disk; When you connect via a browser Web or app iOS, these contents are automatically classified as music, video, photos or documents, making it easier to browse the selected items. G-Connect also supports iTunes sharing, presents itself as a shared library in iTunes and the Apple TV for practice media streaming and it can also stream to DLNA-Certified players.

Unlike similar products which have recently been announced, G-Connect can also be connected via Ethernet, a wired network, acting as a bridge between this network and devices connected to the network to Connect G wireless. In other words, if you connect a G-connection to a network via Ethernet, any device connected to the network wireless G-Connect will be able to access other computers and volumes on the network - and even access the Internet. When you travel, this means that G-Connect can transform the Internet connection cable in your hotel room or meeting in Internet access wireless WPA-2-protected for all your computing devices. (Hitachi, said that the G-Connect wireless network has a range of 150 feet.) Company PR said the devices hardware supports wireless devices "up to five", but said Hitachi Macworld that G-Connect in fact more - supported five-computer limit is the number of devices that can stream simultaneously.)

Finally, if you connect the G-connect directly to your computer via a USB cable, G-Connect acts as a standard hard drive on the USB compatible with Time Machine for backups on the go. When it is connected via the USB port of your computer, G-Connect is powered by the USB connection. otherwise, you can connect the g using the included USB adapter.

You can configure G-Connect Wi - fi network settings using any Web browser. The G-Connect WiFi and indexing software resident on flash memory, so you can reformat G-Connect hard drive without losing this software or all parameters.

G-Connect will be available in July for $200.

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