Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless StorageThis is discussed in my articles a couple of times but I want to bring to your attention again since there was a major firmware upgrade early this month. This upgrade enhanced its capabilities on supported file formats and addressed a major drawback of loss of internet connectivity in iPad while connected to Satellite. This was discussed in length on the cyber circuit. So Seagate took pains to reconnect to any Wi-Fi network after establishing connection with Satellite storage giving us uninterrupted Internet connectivity while watching your movies in your wireless storage.
It comes with 500GB storage and can be used for sharing media files (Video / Audio / Photos) and documents (PDF, ePub / Mobi / Chm etc...). It has a built-in battery life of 5 hours or 25 hours of standby. Its Wi-Fi supports g/n and has a range of 30 ft. which directly connects with your Wi-Fi device (in adhoc mode) and stream media using an app with full functionality or a browser with limited functionality. For iPad or iPhone you can download GoFlex media, free apps from iTunes stores and connect it to Satellite Mobile storage. Goflex Satellite can connect up to 3 devices to so while on the road your entire family can share media from a single satellite which will be charged using the car charger provided. The car charger which comes with the package can also be used for charging your iPad or iPhone with suitable cable.
How does it work?First you need to transfer the content you want to carry from your computer to GoFlex Satellite storage using a USB interface. You need to remove the side flap and attach the USB 3.0 USM adaptor supplied to the device as shown below and connect it to the USB port of computer. Just treat it as an external HDD while transferring files - you can drag drop files. Once the transfer is over, disconnect the USB USM adaptor and put back the flap cover. Charge the Satellite using the power adaptor supplied. Now you are ready to go. Put on the Wi-Fi and connect your iPad (or any other device) directly to the Satellite, no need for Wi-Fi routers.
The following picture shows menus given by GoFlex Media apps. The media files will be shown as thumb nails and can be played by clicking on any of them. Most of them are played directly within the apps, almost seamlessly the Apple supported formats. But for playing .divx and .Mkv you need to either convert these files to MP4 using third party programs like handbrake (handbrake.fr/) or open it within the media player which supports web access (ex: OPlayer) . The browser based players can handle only low bit rate videos and it is almost useless when it comes to HD videos. It is better to copy the movie from your collection to the iPad and play it using AV
Documents in ePub or Mob or PDF can be “open in” iBook / Kindle or any other supported reader.
There are a couple of drawbacks with the present solution of Goflex Satellite. Once it is connected you cannot access Internet since it uses a private network. One of the biggest irritant is that it cannot play .mkv or .divX files. I bought it for Rs. 11800 from Bangalore.
- Large Storage 500GB
- Easy to setup and use
- Good GUI for Goflex Media Apps
- Good Battery Life, enhanced the battery life with latest firmware upgrade by copying the movie locally while watching instead of fetching it from the wireless storage continuously.
- Cannot play .mkv and .divx video files within the Goflex apps
Over all I do not recommend this over Seagate Satellite which is a far more useful device for the price we pay.
- Supports up to 32GB SD card
- Streaming media files using Wi-Fi (adhoc mode no need for Wi-Fi router support)
- Supports documents sharing among users (up to 5) wirelessly
- It uses standard USB for charging the battery and file transfer
- Supports 7 hours of continuous operation
“AirStash brings together the portability of a standard USB flash drive, the flexibility of SD flash media, the power of a media streamer, and the extreme convenience of 2-way wireless file transfer--all in one compact device. It utilizes a standard USB connection, so there's no need to carry around a special cable or power adapter to use or recharge the drive. SD card support offers virtually limitless expandability, as well as the capability to exchange files and media with millions of existing SD-card based products. AirStash brings standard SD/SDHC and microSD/SDHC cards to the iOS devices for convenient, hot-swappable access to flash cards on-the-go. Download photos to the gallery with one tap and use your favorite apps to edit and upload. This act as a Wi-Fi access point to storage devices and connect to your iPad wirelessly”
Share documents wirelessly between iOS devices using Airstash
One thing you should keep in mind that these devices works on Wi-Fi and may not be allowed to use in a flight. But you can happily use it while travelling in train or car