Cool new Netgear products

by Volker Weber


SPH200D - Dual mode DECT cordless phone with Skype

Battery life ought to be much better than with the WLAN Skype phone. You connect the base station to phone line and LAN, and the phone talks via DECT to the base station like any other cordless phone.


SC101T - Storage Central Turbo

Now with Gigabit Ethernet and SATA support. But still Windows only. Bummer.


I have the older IDE and 100mb/s ethernet version of the Netgear Toaster - its really nice and boringly reliable.

A SATA/Gigabit one ? Ohh yes please!

---* Bill

Bill Buchan, 2007-01-08

That phone looks pretty good. It doesn't look to be available yet though (in the UK) but you can buy one stateside (well at least are stocking it). I use Skype and normal land lines equally as much during my working day, and not having to use the pretty rubbish headset I have would be a relief, as would the extra desk space I would get. I did consider the wifi version, but decided to wait as the price was too high. It will be interesting to see the price. The dollar price would make the phone the same price as an average cordless phone in the UK (taking into account the great exchange rates between the Dollar and Sterling, but not the probable price hike that would happen!).


chris lindley, 2007-01-08

How does the handset talk to the base station? CEPT or DECT? What protocol is CEPT, if it's not the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations? (Sorry for being so ignorant...)

Ragnar Schierholz, 2007-01-08

DECT. Thanks.

Volker Weber, 2007-01-08

"SC101T - Storage Central Turbo

Now with Gigabit Ethernet and SATA support. But still Windows only. Bummer."

Ever seen/used freenas?
Running here rocksteady stable 2x RAID5 sets (PATA & SATA2) on Gigabit network for many months on limited hardware (CIFS, FTP, NFS, RSYNCD, SSHD, AFP).
Nice detail: Freenas runs from (bootable) USB memory stick

Boudewijn Kiljan, 2007-01-08

Thanks for the hint. But I am currently not looking for a PC based storage, mainly because they are too noisy. SC101(T) on the other hand is not NAS, but a SAN device which requires client software.

Volker Weber, 2007-01-08

I used to have a Terastation, but sold it after it became clear that Buffalo does not support tinkering with the firmware and does not offer sources for its GPL-based stuff. There are some other ARM-based NAS systems that are more friendly for customization: iop and nslu2.

However, I found them quite expensive and for the IOP it is not quite clear if the disks are cool enough while in use.

Right now, my NAS is a Linux PC based on an EPIA mainboard.

Hanno Zulla, 2007-01-08

I got my Infrant ReadyNAS NV+ two weeks ago, put 4x750GB in it, and I'm a happy camper! :-)

Frank Dröge, 2007-01-08

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