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Sunday, July 10, 2005

WiFi External Hard Drive

Someone asked if I knew of a WiFi external hard drive which works just like a USB external hard drive except for that that it's WiFi.

A few months ago I had asked myself the exact same question, as a solution to the limited internal storage capacity of the Zipit Wireless Linux WiFi IM device, available from amazon here. The problem with the Zipit, if you want to run your own customised version of Linux on it, is that it has very little internal storage space. The solution which I found was an external WiFi hard disk from ASUS called the WL-HDD 2.5, the 2.5 is in reference to the fact that it uses a 2.5 inch hard drive.

The WL-HDD is actually a complete PC, running Linux, which allows it to not only act as a USB external hard drive but also as a wired and wireless file server through 100 Base T ethernet and 802.11g respectively. In addition to fileserving the WL-HDD can also act as a WiFi Access point. There is also an opensource alternative Linux firmare which you can install on the device which provides even more features. The WL-HDD is available from amazon here.

Have fun with WiFi and remember to secure your WiFi traffic, if you have any comments please let me know and if you have any other questions which you'd like me to answer for free please send them to Ben Dash at


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