Introduction + Setup
Your Media Library in a Pocket
The problem that plagues most mobile devices, apart from battery life, is storage space. This is especially true for iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad, which have no options at all to increase their storage capacity. On the other hand, this affects Android devices to a lesser extent because many of them have the ability to increase their storage capacity by means of a microSD card.
Seagate thinks they have the solution and that is to go wireless. Enter the Seagate GoFlex Satellite. Although this product has been in the market for some time, Seagate has recently provided a firmware update that includes new features that makes it even more usable.
In a nutshell, the Seagate GoFlex Satellite is a portable hard drive with Wi-Fi capability. Media that is stored onto the GoFlex Satellite can be streamed to any device so long as it has an internet browser. There’s also an app for iOS and Android devices for more direct functionality without having to to launch an internet browser.
Wireless media streaming devices can be tricky to setup but the GoFlex Satellite bucks this trend and is very straightforward to setup and get it up and running. First you’ll need to transfer your media onto the device and it works here like any other portable drive. PCs will read and write to the drive out of the box but Macs will need to install a special app as GoFlex Satellite is formatted in NTFS, which Macs, by default, can only read from but not write to.
Since the drive's design is similar to their existing FreeAgent GoFlex portable external drives, the GoFlex Satellite also has detachable ports. The special adapter that comes with the drive supports both USB 2.0 and the faster 3.0 standard. For those who want speedier transfers, optional adapters supporting both FireWire 800 and Thunderbolt are also available for purchase.
Once the transfer is done, you can unplug the GoFlex Satellite and let it run on its own power. Incidentally, the built-in battery pack is good for around five hours. Once the GoFlex Satellite has powered up and its wireless indicator turns green, simply look for its wireless signal on your PC, Mac or mobile device and you're good to go
Previously, connecting to the GoFlex Satellite would mean losing your Internet connection. But the recent firmware upgrade rectified this and the device can now connect to any existing Wi-Fi network and act as a Wi-Fi bridge. This way, any devices connected to the GoFlex Satellite will be able to enjoy access to that particular Wi-Fi network too. Furthermore, the firmware upgrade also increased the number of devices that can be logged onto the GoFlex Satellite at any one time from three to eight.