CES 2009: Cisco announces Internet-connected Media Hub: get your music and video organised

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Cisco has announced its new Media Hub (well, the Linksys by Cisco Media Hub, but that’s a bit of a “my company owns your brand” mouthful) which allows users to consolidate their home multimedia libraries and access them from their network or over the Internet.

The Hub comes preloaded with a general media server as well as an iTunes server, and automatically searches the network for other media devices, presenting music, pictures and video within a simple web browser.

Music albums are shown with album art, while photos and videos are displayed as thumbnails.

Remote access is a breeze to set up, with the hub then accessible via the CiscoMediaHub.com web site.

The Media Hub can be set to automatically back up media files, while the design is such that you probably won’t mind it hanging around your living room. It features two hard drive bays and external USB ports, offering plenty of future expansion possibilities.

The NMH305 500GB capacity Media Hub will cost £299.99. The same capacity NMH405 Hub which also contains an LCD and 6-in-1 card reader will cost £349.99, while the one terabyte version will set you back £429.99. Availability is sometime early this year.

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Andy Merrett