iTunes, therefore I am
Posted by metaphorical on 31 December 2006
Via Gizmodo, a 160 GB Wi-Fi Router with iTunes and BitTorrent built in:
Asus WL-700gE WiFi Router
It has a built in network iTunes client, so it’ll show up as an iTunes client to your PCs. And it has a BitTorrent client that can rip down 7 streams automatically (and 10 FTP or web streams at the same time.) That’s with your PC off, all downloads handled by the router.
It can act as a network storage device, UPnP/DLNA server for sharing music with compatible streaming devices, and can be turned into a RAID configuration with another drive, so you can have a backed up version of all your data. It can network USB printers, drives. Has 5 Ethernet ports. And encrypts in 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2 supports TKIP, AES, WPA, WPA2 and MAC.
This morning, I called Rachel from the car to tell her to put on 104.3 FM, because they were having a concert-versions-only, all-Beatles marathon. We had no radio in the house for her to tune in, and anyway, our only good speakers are connected to the Airport Express router. Dumb. Still, we’re okay, 98 percent of the time, playing only what we can through iTunes. This might make it 99 percent. She put on some Pink Floyd instead.