Linksys has rolled out a network storage system aimed at home and small office users. The news comes just hours after Microsoft announced its Windows Home Server device, manufactured by HP, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Linksys' NAS200 Network Storage System, which will retail at $179.99, will not use the new Microsoft Home Server software.
It will not rely on any PC-based client software, but will instead be controlled through what the company calls "a web-based management utility". The NAS200 has a pair of 3.5in Sata hard drive bays and two USB ports, but no built-in storage devices. Customers will have to purchase and install hard drives separately.