Iomega has announced the launch of the iConnect Wireless Data Station, a device that provides a simple way to bring all of your USB storage into your network.

The iConnect Wireless Data Station has no onboard storage. Users just connect the Iomega iConnect device to their router in - wired or wirelessly - and then plug up to four external USB drives or USB Flash drives into any of the four USB ports on the device.

Once connected the Data station makes the USB drives become network drives accessible from any computer on your network or remotely via the web.

Features include the ability to act as UPnP DLNA AV Media Server for streaming photos, audio and videos to a variety of media devices; a torrent download manager for managing peer-to-peer file transfers; Time Machine support for Apple users; device-to-device replication for data protection; and print serving to the network.

Device-to-device replication for data protection allows users to define a job to copy and/or synchronize files to and from the connected USB drives or any other shared storage on your network.

The Data station uses the EMC LifeLine software, a fully-developed Linux operating environment and suite of applications that is designed for cross-platform support with Windows, Mac and Linux computers.

The Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station will be available in February and is expected to sell for $99 U.S.

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