In a recent column on the problems facing the home network storage market (see editorial link below), I mentioned Ximeta, a hardware vendor that sells a network storage device called NetDisk starting at around $100 for the 80G-byte version. (There are also 120G-byte, 160G-byte and 250G-byte versions.) The product is based on the company\u2019s patented NDAS technology, part of why it can keep the cost low.NDAS, or Network Direct Attached Storage, saves the cost of adding a processor to a networked hard disk by using the processing power of the PC. So instead of putting a dedicated processor and operating system on the disk, the company treats Ethernet, or 802.11, as another local bus, such as USB. In other words, you can connect the NetDisk to your network directly via Ethernet or through your PC via USB.When you connect the NetDisk to your PC, it appears as a local drive in Windows My Computer rather than a device in My Network Places. Of course, to network the device, you need to load the software client on all your PCs, but that only took me about 10 minutes to load and configure; not a big deal. The software offers pretty much the same functionality as basic NAS devices, including mirroring and automated backup.\u00a0In testing, I found it\u2019s faster than some devices, too. In my own network storage \u201cbake off,\u201d I tested a Ximeta NetDisk against a more traditional NAS, the D-Link Central Home Drive. To test data throughput, I connected both drives to Fast Ethernet ports on my Linksys router, then saved a 750M-byte file to each.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0The results? The NDAS disk beat the D-Link Central Home Drive by a minute. Good, but probably not enough to influence your purchase decision. What is enough is the (at least) $100 difference in price.Editor\u2019s note: This marks the last installment of Mike Wolf\u2019s column. Next time, Network World\u2019s Keith Shaw debuts his home networking column.