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CeBIT 2005 Day 3

My time at CeBIT will soon be over, but there is still quite a lot to report on. So, expect some interesting news from Benny who will be taking over from tomorrow.

Buffalo really surprised me with the introduction of the LinkTheatre which, at first sight looks like a pretty standard DVD player. However, when you spot the USB port on the front of the player, it's clear that this player is a bit special. The USB port allows you to connect any USB storage device to the LinkTheatre (as long as it doesn't require Windows XP drivers) and you can playback any compatible media that's residing on it. Add to this the ability to stream video and audio via the integrated 802.11b/g wireless card or the 10/100MBit Ethernet interface and you've got a very interesting product. The LinkTheatre does of course support AOSS for easy wireless setup with other Buffalo AOSS products. The DVD player offers progressive scan output and it's DivX certified, although it will also play back a wide range of other formats. We are expecting a review sample to arrive shortly so stay tuned to find out more.

Buffalo also showed its new AirStation, the WZR-RS-G54 – this has a built in SPI firewall and supports VPN for up to 100 users. It doesn’t have a built in ADSL modem, but apart from this it has all the features you would expect to find in a high-end wireless access point.

A range of new storage products was also on display, including some next external USB hard drives. But what caught my eye was the TeraStation, which is aimed at small businesses and home users that need one terabyte of storage. The four 250GB hard drives in the TeraStation can be configured differently depending on your needs. It also has four USB 2.0 ports for further expandability and a built in print server. The icing on the cake is the Gigabit Ethernet interface allowing for lightning fast access over your LAN.

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