Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.

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Signing off from the SOHO Networking blog

This is my final post for the SOHO Networking blog. It's been fun handling the blog over the last several months, and I plan to continue covering networked media solutions over at the ZDNet Home Theater blog, since the lines between many home networking and home theater devices continue to blur.

March 29, 2009 by


Seagate matches Western Digital with 8TB BlackArmor NAS devices

The NAS wars continue to heat up, with Seagate launching the latest salvo with an expansion of its BlackArmor line to cover small businesses (as well as those hardcore storage enthusiasts who don't mind dropping a grand for their own NAS unit). The model numbers are a bit deceiving as the 420 and 440 don't correspond to the number of drive bays—each has four—but the amount of bays that come filled from Seagate.

March 25, 2009 by


iPhone OS 3.0: What new Wi-Fi improvements and features do you want?

For iPhone users, the good news about tomorrow's event debuting the latest version of its OS appears to be that cut and paste will finally be implemented, thanks perhaps to the upcoming competition from the Palm Pre. The bad news is that running background apps beyond Apple's own may still not available, even though it was promised to arrive several months ago.

March 16, 2009 by


Netgear introduces "cloud backup" service for its ReadyNAS network drives

Cloud computing is one of the buzzwords for 2009, so I guess it's no surprise that Netgear is jumping on the bandwagon with its announcement that its ReadyNAS Vault service is bringing "cloud backup" to its network storage devices.On its surface, ReadyNAS Vault doesn't sound so different from the online backup features that some NAS manufacturers make available to their customers.

March 7, 2009 by


Western Digital's updated ShareSpace NAS device can handle 8TB of storage

It was only a couple of weeks ago that I posted about storage giant Western Digital updating its My Book World Edition network drive, but the company is upping the NAS ante with its refresh to its ShareSpace four-bay device, now offering up to a massive 8TB of storage.As with the My Book World, that new capacity comes in the form of WD's Caviar Green drive, which run quieter and consume less power than conventional hard drives.

March 4, 2009 by


Apple delivers refreshed networking lineup today, too

Turns out you won't need to wait to find out what Apple's plans are for those new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule units it recently delivered to the FCC. In addition to freshening up its desktop lineup, the company has put the new simultaneous dual-band networking products on sale today.

March 3, 2009 by


Apple readying new simultaneous dual-band AirPort Express, Time Capsule?

No sooner is there a rumor that Apple is planning an event (in this case, a March 24 one) than speculation begins on what the company is going to announce during its presentation (presumably a Jobs-less one this time). Already there's talk of fresh versions of Mac desktops, and Engadget is reporting that new versions of Apple's AirPort Extreme router and Time Capsule router/network storage have reached the FCC.

March 2, 2009 by

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