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Belkin preps Wi-Fi gadget-sharer

Nas-style adaptor for a variety of kit

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We've been waiting for one of these. Plenty of wireless routers will let you hook a printer up to them in order to share it on the network. That's fine - provided your printer is proximate to your router. If it's not, you're out of luck.

Belkin Home Base

Belkin's Home Base: push-button security

Enter, now, Belkin with Home Base, essentially a wireless adaptor and sharing system that connects directly to your printer and wirelessly to your 802.11n or lesser WLAN.

If you want to go wired, there's a 10/100Mb/s Ethernet port on the back - along with four USB connectors, so you can attach more than one printer, or a couple of hard drives and a camera to the Home Base.

Belkin Home Base

Hook up to four devices to share

If you choose the latter, Home Base can be configured to automatically back up new snaps to the likes of Flickr and Picassa. The unit's Nas-like abilities allow connected hard drives to be shared. If they contain media content, that gets shared too, using DLNA.

Available now in the US, the Home Base costs $130. It launches in the UK next week at £100. ®

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