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The LaCie Wireless Space is an original NAS as much for its Neil Poulton design as its range of functions. In fact, as well as the regular host of services typically found in network-attached storage systems (UPnP server, DLNA, iTunes, Time Machine etc.), this NAS also features Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity and an Internet router mode. But has LaCie sacrificed quality in favour of quantity? We'll be putting the 2 TB Wireless Space through its paces to find out (1 TB model also available). LaCie has a wide selection of products designed by Neil Poulton which, we have to admit, are all sleek, stylish and attractive devices. Thankfully, the Wireless Space NAS is no exception. However, the compact casing only contains one hard drive, so you can't back up one drive's contents onto another for extra peace of mind. You should therefore make sure all the files you save to this NAS are already stored somewhere else. For example, you can copy files stored on the Wireless Space NAS to an external hard drive connected to one of its three USB 2.0 ports (one on the front and two at the back). On the back of this NAS you'll also find three Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps sockets and a Gigabit Ethernet port for connection to the Internet.
Sharing the same physical design as Lacie's Network Space 2 NAS server , LaCie's Wireless Space adds one more major function: it's also a wireless router. The device rivals Apple's Time Capsule , and despite the lack of support for dual-band, it outdoes its opponents both in terms of features and performance. It's also good looking and much cheaper at just around $230 for the 1TB (or $350 for 2TB). It also offers support for Apple's Time Machine backup solution. The Wireless Space could still use some big improvements, however, especially in range throughput speed. Like the Network Space 2, it doesn't offer as many features as other dedicated NAS servers, and its Web interface is somewhat esoteric. If you're looking for a simple and affective combo of network storage and wireless router for your home, or just want to replace your Time Capsule, the Wireless Space is a good bet. Otherwise, for better performance and more features, it's a better idea to get a separate wireless router and a dedicated NAS server. The Wireless Space is shaped like a brick, but still manages to remain aesthetically pleasing, thanks to the sleek surface and the blue bottom-facing indicator light on the front. Also on the front, you'll find a USB port to host a USB external storage devices or printers.
The LaCie Wireless Space is an ambitious device - a NAS that can be used as file sharing, as a multimedia player, and for backup; plus it's a wireless router. It's LaCie's answer to Apple's Time Capsule; a hybrid NAS and router. Like the Time Capusle, the Wireless Space is a beautiful device. It's got the elegant-yet-simple trademark design of LaCie's direct-attached drives, thanks to product designer Neil Poulton. The device is a high-gloss small black box that almost looks like a piece of industrial art. The high-gloss leaves a lot of smudge marks. You really shouldn't need to handle a NAS device much anyway, however, and it cleans easily. Unfortunately, the beauty of this NAS masks the ugly user experience I encountered during testing. Difficult setup and reboot process; lousy bandwidth and a buggy interface are some of the major problems I ran into. At a price of $229 for the 1 TB model and $350 for the 2 TB; it's not a pricey as Apple's Time Capsule. If it worked well, the combined NAS/router functionality would be worth the price, but that isn't the case. The Wireless Space is aimed at the consumer market. That means one single, encased drive. Since it's not geared for business, I'm not going to fault it for lacking RAID capabilities.
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