What's the perfect NAS device? One ZDNet reader comes up with the spec

On very rare occasions do I take a Talkback from a ZDNet reader and elevate it to a blog entry itself. But, in this instance, I felt it was warranted given the nature of the TalkBack itself.

On very rare occasions do I take a Talkback from a ZDNet reader and elevate it to a blog entry itself. But, in this instance, I felt it was warranted given the nature of the TalkBack itself. Late last night (somewhere near midnight while my Thinkpad's power charger was literally melting), I posted the first of a bunch of videos that we're taping while I'm in NYC for Digital Life.  One of those was of Iomega's  $349 1 terabyte network attached storage (NAS) StorCenter. In response, ZDNet reader Terry Flores wrote to say he's got something similar from Maxtor that costs slightly more ($400) and then went on to say that, if he could have it his way, there'd be a different kind of NAS on the market.  Here's what he wrote:

I'm still looking for my "dream" unit, which would combine the best aspects of several units on the market. Between Maxtor, Linksys, D-Link, LaCie; all of them had at least one major flaw somewhere.

Dream NAS unit:

- 2 or 4 bay models, with RAID 0/1 for 2 unit and 0/1/5 for 4 bays - Gigabit Ethernet interface, with 802.11 b/g/n option - minimum 2 (4 is better) USB ports with disk and printer support - HTTP/FTP/uPnP servers - FAT32 and/or NTFS format support - email alarming/notification - firmware upgradeable - Reasonable performance - $200 or less for 2-bay model, $350 or less for 4 bay model

So, who's going to build it first?

Great question.  Maxtor, Iomega, someone else.....any takers?

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