LaCie is known for their grand designs as well as their high-end storage solutions. Here the two meet again to help put all of your USB storage devices onto your network, making them accessible from any computer. Like most of LaCie’s product range, the LaCie LaPlug supports both Windows and OS X users.
The LaPlug isn’t the first device we’ve seen that puts your pre-existing drives and printers onto the network, but it’s certainly the prettiest. Outside, the box measures under five inches on a side, and less than two inches tall. It weighs just 10.6 ounces. It comes with four USB ports – that’s more than most possible competitors offer.
Hook up your USB keys, USB hard drives or even PostScript-compatible printers, and you’re good to go – that stuff’s all on the network, now. You can access the connected devices from any of your networked devices, like a notebook, desktop or possibly even tablet stuck in another room. If you’re not at home, the LaPlug can help you there, too. LaCie walks you through setting up a custom web address; after that, your files will be accessible from any web browser on the planet, as long as you have the proper credentials.
The filesystems supported by the LaPlug are not infinite, but all the common ones are here; you’ll be able to use FAT32, NTFS, HFS and HFS+ file systems. No need to worry if you’re a Mac or PC user, or, ever more commonly, some mixture of the two. For Mac users specifically, LaCie made sure that the LaPlug can also support Time Machine.
Media hounds will also enjoy the device’s DLNA compatibility, which sends your files to any similarly capable device, such as a PS3, Xbox 360, or even television.
Available now, the LaCie LaPlug will set customers back $74.99. It seems a bit pricey, but it’s an excellent way to increase the capabilities of simple, non-networked storage devices and printers. With four USB ports, that comes out to just $18.75 per device.