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Seagate GoFlex Satellite – 500GB of Storage with its Own Wi-Fi

By Lito Carasig - Monday, September 19, 2011

Extra storage space is always welcome – but extra storage space with its own battery power, Wi-Fi and media streaming capabilities would be like an early Christmas present to me.

All of us could do with more space to store every bit of data we have and take it with us wherever we go. Most people also want a way to access the data anytime, without the need for anything too complicated. 

The Seagate GoFlex Satellite offers just that – a simple way to store and retrieve data without any complications.  With 500GB of storage space, up to 5 hours of battery time and its own Wi-Fi network, the GoFlex Satellite makes it easy to access anything you put in it – video, music or raw data. The best feature of the Seagate GoFlex Satellite is that you can access its data from any device – iPhone, iPod, iPad, Smartphone, laptop, desktop, PC or Mac – all of which can connect to the GoFlex via its own Wi-Fi network.

Simply charge the GoFlex Satellite using the included cable (via USB) and you’re all set.  Power it on, load it up and you’ll instantly find your device’s available Wi-Fi connections.  This is where the fun starts.

You can connect to the GoFlex through the app especially built for your specific devices (at least if you’re running iOS or Android), but if the device you’re using doesn’t have the GoFlex app installed, you can still connect to it by simply connecting to the GoFlex Wi-Fi network, just open a browser window and type in any address.  Instead of going to the site you typed in, you’ll be presented with a web interface almost exactly like the GoFlex app and you’re ready to dig into your files.

You can also connect the unit to a Mac or a PC and it works just like an ordinary portable hard drive.
Some gripes I have about the almost-perfect GoFlex Satellite is that it uses a non-standard USB cable so if you lose the cable, you lose your charger. There is also the very small installation issue with the Mac, but after the software was installed, I was able to connect to it flawlessly. Also, you won’t be able to surf the net while connected to the GoFlex since opening a browser will only take you to the default GoFlex media interface.

So just how much would this portable solution set you back? About $180 from popular online resellers. Which makes it a bit pricey when compared to the readily available portable drives out there. But considering the convenience of having its own power and its own Wi-Fi network to connect to – it balances out the difference in the long run.

Get yourself one today.

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