Iomega is soon expected to ship its first network-attached storage (NAS) device based on wireless networking technology.

Called the NAS 100d, the product will be marketed as an entry-level NAS device designed for small office and home office users looking for an inexpensive storage device to put on their networks, Iomega said.

Iomega has been developing the device since spring this year, and the device was discussed in general terms by company representatives at that time, Macworld UK can confirm.

The NAS appliance, which is already listed as available for order on a number of online retailers, will come in 160GB and 250GB configurations and will have built-in support for the 802.11g wireless networking standard, marketed by Apple as AirPort Extreme.

It will feature a simple user interface that will allow users to do automatic backups and "drag-and-drop" file restoration. The device will also offer two USB 2.0 ports so that additional storage can be added to the appliance, Iomega said.

The 160GB version of the device has a retail price of $499 according to a listing on computer seller PCNation's Web site.

Iomega declined to provide further comment on this story.