During the Macworld Expo 2008, just few days ago, Apple announcing a product called Time Capsule. A Hard disk plus a wireless router.
Looking this idea would make Time Machine user’s on Leopard even happier while they can use the wireless plus without having to get caught plugging in and out the external Hard drive. Time Machine will be able to back up your machine to Time capsule, wirelessly, no hassle. Just every time your computer connects to the Time Capsule Wireless router, your Mac will automatically doing its backup job. You can actually forgets whether your computer is backed-up. Brilliant idea, isn’t it?
One thing is probably missing. I said probably because we have not see the real Time Capsule out on the market yet.
Currently my Linksys WRT54G is 24/7 on, faithfully serving my mac day in – day out. If I have Time capsule, of course, I would have my wireless router activated 24/7, right? The question is, will the Hard disk survive?
I don’t read and see any article mentioning that Time Capsule will have an active cooling system for its Hard disk and that could definitely kills the Hard disk inside.
My Linksys WRT54G will survive without internal FAN, even when my room reaches 35C during summer. It really rocks!
On the contrary, when I turn it on my external Hard disk for more than 6 hours without having an internal FAN, it gets really hot!
Still thinking to use Time Capsule 24/7?
And I’m not finished!
I am actually expecting Apple to release better product than Time Capsule. A product that can store your file wirelessly and play your video and photo files to TV. A rather mix between Time Capsule and Apple TV with more features. Much have been better off if it can play HD/Blu-ray DVD. It’s called a media center.
Similar product has been out on the market called Mediagate MG-350HD. Although it does not play DVD but it stores your files and plays it to your lovable TV. Can Apple make one of these? Yes. Does Apple make one of these? No!
It is not about whether Apple can make it or not but it is merely whether Apple see this the needs of a media center as an opportunity or not.
Linksys also have several similar NAS and media center products but none really answer my prayer.