Lako Pacific has taken further steps into the home networking space, announcing a new distribution deal with Taiwanese IT hardware vendor, Synology.
Managing director, Evan Kourambas, said the 6-in-1 Disk Station 101g+ boasted of file, print, gateway, backup, image and Web hosting functionality. The product is available either in a LAN or gigabit configuration, compatible with an IDE or SATA drive respectively. Neither model comes with a built-in hard drive.
The product would be suitable for home users looking for a way to connect multiple PCs, or have simultaneous access to photo and music libraries, Kourambas said.
Lako joins NSW-based hardware assembler and distributor, Compucon, in stocking the products.
Synology spokesperson, Dennis Tang, said the vendor had been looking for distributors addressing PC and networking-related market segments.
Synology did not currently have a strong presence in the Australian market, Tang said, and would be relying on Lako to develop a marketing plan for its products.
"At present, our Australian sales are quite small," he said. "We think there are more potential customers in this market and Lako will be helpful in finding them."
Kourambas said Lako would be targeting the product at key retail partners including Harvey Norman and Dick Smith. Because the product lacks a hard drive, resellers would also have bundling opportunities.
"We won't be bundling these hard drives at this stage, but we will see how we go," he said. "This could be a value-added sale for our IT resellers."