Seagate Wireless Plus is an external hard-drive, but it’s different: It’s Wi-Fi enabled and is powered by a Li-Ion battery. This Wi-Fi hard-drive is an excellent way to increase the limited storage capacity of your smart phone/tablet, albeit externally, without losing mobility.
Highlights of Seagate Wireless Plus:
- External Hard-drive (1 TB capacity).
- Built-in Wi-Fi + Li Ion battery (10 hours backup).
- Free Seagate media app for major mobile platforms (Android, iOS).
- Transfer media/files over high-speed USB 3.0 port (backwards compatible with USB 2.0).
- Streams/transfers content over Wi-Fi to supported Smart phones, Tablets.
- Connects to any DNLA-enabled device over the Wi-Fi network.
- Connects to your Computer like a regular USB-based hard-drive or over the wireless network.
- 3-year limited warranty.
Advantages of Seagate Wireless Plus:
- When compared to Cloud-based storage options that give you limited capacity and requires ‘always-on’ Internet connection to access your media/files, this external hard-drive doesn’t require Internet. It is your private cloud that you can carry anywhere!
- Wi-Fi range is up to 150 feet – multiple users can connect to this Wi-Fi hard-drive at the same time.
- USB wall charger is included.
- You can extend the storage capacity of your mobile phone/tablet up to 1 TB using this portable device and also use it like a regular external hard-drive.
- Using the Seagate app, you can back up all your media/files from your mobile devices, on the go.
- It is possible to sync. media/files between your device and this Wi-Fi hard drive. You can even choose to sync. only those files supported on your mobile device, if required (custom sync).
- You can connect multiple devices and stream content to all of them simultaneously.
- Approx. “practical” file transfer speeds: 60 Mbps (USB 3.0); 8 Mbps (Wi-Fi).
- Small size, light-weight, highly portable.
- Plug and play functionality, easy set-up.
- Concurrent Wi-Fi mode allows you to connect to the Internet and to this Wi-Fi hard-drive, simultaneously.
- Doesn’t get heated up, even with Wi-Fi & battery ON continuously.
- Browser-based access to files is supported. Major computer, mobile browsers are supported.
- This device automatically goes to standby mode after 5 minutes of inactivity.
- If you want to stream HD movies, especially to multiple devices, Wi-Fi may not be a good choice.
- The charger cable is proprietary, remember to take it where ever you go.
- Files that are not natively compatible with your mobile device OS may not play through the app.
- Non user replaceable Li-Ion battery is used. Every battery has a life of certain fixed charge/discharge cycles.
- The Seagate Wireless Plus hard-drive can be turned off, if not required. There is a physical button that you can use or you can turn it off/on via software.
- This device creates its own wireless network. To control Wi-Fi access to the device, remember to change the name of the default wireless network and set a password. This is essential for security.
- When you connect the device to your computer (via USB), the Wi-Fi is automatically switched off. If you want to manually disable Wi-Fi, locate some other Wi-Fi network in the area and select it.
- LED: Green/Blinking ~ Starting up. Green/Steady ~ Wi-Fi ready. Blue ~ Broadcasting. Remember: It may take up to a minute from start-up for Wi-Fi to be enabled.
Further Information: Manufacturer’s web-page (Seagate).
User guide: Seagate Wireless Plus.
The Seagate Wireless Plus Wi-Fi hard-drive is more expensive than normal USB-based hard-drives because Wi-Fi adapter & battery is built-in. If you are just looking for an external USB-based hard-drive and don’t plan to use it with your mobile devices, you can buy a normal external hard-drive. Also, streaming multiple HD movies simultaneously over the Wi-Fi maybe difficult.
But if the limited storage capacity of your mobile device is bothering you and setting up an immobile NAS box doesn’t appeal to you, the Seagate Wireless Plus could be the right choice!
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*** Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB Mobile Device Storage with Built-In Wi-Fi Streaming (STCK1000100).
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