Seagate Launches the GoFlex Satellite Mobile Storage and Wireless Media Server


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I’m not sure what to make of the $199 GoFlex Satellite… but if you’re looking for a USB 3.0 hard drive that can double as a wireless media server for your mobile devices or computers — up to 3 in total — via Wi-Fi, then this drive is for you. Engadget posted a walkthrough of the GoFlex Satellite (see below). The reviewer was impressed by the limited things it can do, but it just seems odd in my humble opinion. The hard drive offers a companion iOS app and a web app that any browser can access once you’ve selected the device over Wi-Fi. Yup, that means you actually have to disconnect from the Internet when you want to access your stored files wirelessly. Odd, right? On the bright side, the 500GB GoFlex Satellite drive has a rechargeable battery that can last up to 25 hours in standby or 5 hours in use.

Note: this product, for better or worse, does not include SMB file sharing or DLNA/UPnP support so you can stream files to networked media streamers like you game console. It’s ideally suited to be a piggyback storage device for your portables.

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