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The ASUS WL-700gE Wireless Storage Router
Now you can share without the need for a PC

BitTorrent Inc. today announced it is collaborating with a number of global hardware manufacturers on BitTorrent-embedded consumer products. ASUS, Planex and QNAP are among the first CE manufacturers to implement the BitTorrent download manager into their digital home devices.

We are thrilled to announce new CE devices enhanced with our technology, enabling consumers to enjoy a world of digital content even when they are away from their PCs, said Ashwin Navin, president and co-founder of BitTorrent. While already synonymous with efficient file delivery, BitTorrent is extending our reach beyond the PC and into a number of products and services to further strengthen the bridge between content and devices.

ASUS, Planex and QNAP are the first to announce plans to embed BitTorrents download manager and client into their respective digital home products. Products include wireless routers, media servers and network attached storage (NAS) devices. A BitTorrent-based router will enable users to connect to the Internet, schedule and download files all without the need for a traditional PC to be used.

Available products supporting BitTorrent:

  • ASUS WL-700gE Wireless Storage Router
  • ASUS WL-500gP Router
  • ASUS WL-500gW Router
  • Planex BRC-W14VG-BT Router
  • Planex BRC-14VG-BT Router
  • Planex BRC-W14V-BT Router
  • Planex BLW-HPMM-U Router
  • Planex BLW-HPMM-G Router
  • QNAP TS101 NAS Server
  • QNAP TS-201 NAS Server

BitTorrent technology is clearly going to be the default platform for downloading high-quality digital entertainment, which makes them a key partner for us and a key ingredient in our product roadmap, said TenLong Deng, Associate VP, Wireless Device Business Unit of ASUS. BitTorrent is an integral solution to connect the divide between popular content and our devices.

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By OrSin on 10/23/2006 2:27:11 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't metion pricing here but I think at 200+ its a bit high. But consider you dont have to open ports on your pc it might be worth it. And most come iwth USB that you can even more storage, it can functon as a NAS its not too bad. Also for the PC crippled the client for this should be pretty simple to set up.

RE: Pricing
By ceefka on 10/23/2006 3:01:55 PM , Rating: 2
I have seen pricing in Europe. I am very interested in a QNAP TS-101. A 250GB version is about EUR 375,00, 320GB EUR 395,00. I'd consider that affordable. It is so much better than your old PC doing all that hard work ;-)

RE: Pricing
By Googer on 10/24/2006 1:26:04 AM , Rating: 2
There is almost no point in purchasing one of these, that is untill our ISP's stop being so greedy with our upload bandwith. We need at minimum 15 mb/s upload and just as much down. Idealy they should start giving us just as much upload as download speed. I believe it's one of the biggest reasons why most people leech and choose not to seed and when you only have 500k up, you really can't blame them for being greedy. With out seeders, bittorrent will remain a lazy horse (works when it wants to).

RE: Pricing
By Funksultan on 10/24/2006 4:43:07 PM , Rating: 1
"We need at minimum 15 mb/s upload and just as much down."

I dunno who the "we" you're referring to are, but statements like the above just make you appear ignorant, and at least as greedy as the ISP's you think are the culprits.

If you NEED that much bandwidth, then you NEED to buy a dedicated T1. Myself, I am drawing about 4-5mbit down, and 750k up, and can watch almost all video content being downladed in realtime (350 meg/hr video).

Sorry, didn't mean to slam ya. I just hate hearing the...

"ZOMG ZOMG! I need 50 terabyte hard drives and everyone should get OC3 connections for free! It's a conspiracy!"

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