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Seagate Wireless Plus Reviewed

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Wireless Plus
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ProductSeagate STCK1000100 Wireless Plus   [Website]
SummaryCompact mobile hard drive with built-in N150 wireless and media server
Pros• 3-year warranty
• Great performance sharing media
• Connects to device and local network simultaneously
Cons• Does not auto connect to remembered networks
• Can't password protect device, files or folders
• Battery life is closer to 5 hours vs. the specified 10

Typical Price: $172  Compare Prices  Check Amazon

Introduction

I like when I get to look at products that compete with products I've looked at before. In this case, about this time last year I took a look at the AirStash. The AirStash is a little device slightly wider than a USB stick with its own wireless AP built-in.

I liked the AirStash, but in the end I had to wonder what's the point. When you wanted to use it, you had to disconnect from your wireless network to connect to the AirStash's. But then you had no internet access. For simple file and media sharing it worked well. But beyond that, I was always switching back and forth between networks.

So when the Seagate Wireless Plus showed up on my doorstep promising to do the same things and more, I was excited. The Seagate Wireless Plus is the next-generation replacement for Seagate's GoFlex Satellite. It sports 1TB of storage, 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity, a three-year warranty and a big list of features.

Inside

The Wireless Plus is easier to take apart than the GoFlex Satellite. But the folks over at Hack Seagate Satellite did it already, so I didn't have to. Here is their photo of the inside.

Inside the Seagate Wireless Plus
Inside the Seagate Wireless Plus
(photo credit HackSeagateSatellite.com)

For comparison, here is the FCC filing photo of the GoFlex Satellite's board closeup.

Seagate GoFlex Satellite board
Seagate GoFlex Satellite board

The designs appear to be very similar, but use different boards. Both are based on the same T.I. AM3703CUS100 Sitara ARM processor and AzureWave AW-NH630 N150 802.11b/g/n wireless module. The table below summarizes the key components of the two products.

  Wireless Plus GoFlex Satellite
CPU TI AM3703CUS100 Sitara ARM TI AM3703CUS100 Sitara ARM
Wi-Fi AzureWave AW-NH630 802.11b/g/n WLAN module AzureWave AW-NH630 802.11b/g/n WLAN module
RAM 128 MB (?) 128 MB
Flash ? ?
Battery 2900mAh / 11Wh 2800mAh / 10.36Wh
Drive Seagate Momentus 1 TB (ST1000LM024) Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500 GB (ST500LM012)
Table 1: Component summary

Note that the Plus' battery is essentially the same size as the GoFlex Satellite's. So I'm not sure where the extra 5 hours of battery life is coming from on the Plus (the Plus is rated at "up to 10-hours", while the GoFlex Satellite's data sheet states "up to 5 hours").

Setup

The Wireless Plus comes in a very unassuming box with a small Quick Start Guide, a 2A wall-wart charger with a USB power cable, and another USB 3.0 data cable that connects to a removeable USM SATA-to-USB adapter at the drive. No manual is included and it took me quite awhile to find it on Seagate's site. Page 42 of the User Guide also references additional support content, but I received a Page Not Found when I went there.

Setup was pretty easy. First, I loaded the iOS Seagate Media app onto my iPad. Once the app was installed, I then connected to the Wireless Plus' wireless network, called Seagate Wireless AFL. No wireless security was enabled out of the box. But once setup was completed, a wireless password could be added, which then protected the network with WPA2-PSK encryption. The wireless channel appears to be set to channel 6 and cannot be changed.

Once connected to the Plus' wireless network, I just followed the prompts within the Seagate Media app. The first couple of prompts were to test if I could play a video. Just starting up, there were only the Seagate sample videos on the drive. These are 960x540 SD videos in an MP4 format, so they were a good test. Video playback is dependent upon the encoders of the device and almost every device can play an MP4 file.

Wireless Plus Video Test During Setup
Wireless Plus Video Test During Setup



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Reviewed by Michael OKeeffe
March 30, 2014
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There are a few reviews of this device around, and they all suggested that this device would solve my storage problem for my ipad, and allow access to files via a pc as well. What a great idea. Too bad the gadget doesn't work reliably. I wish I had been aware of all the complaints about this gadget on user forums. I could have saved myself a lot of aggravation and $220. The problem is that the device repeatedly 'hangs' and won't shut down. When the device is in this state, it can't connect to either an iOS device or a pc. You can try switching off and pressing the tiny reset button simultaneously, and if you are lucky, you will get it running again. If you do, get all your files off the device, and store them somewhere else. You might get lucky and have the gadget work sporadically, or you might find you can't get it to operate again. Then, like me you will have an expensive paperweight to remind you to ignore product hype and do some very serious research before you put valuable data at risk. And don't expect any answers from Seagate. The forums are awash with people that have the same problem, but receive no answers from Seagate about a fix. I won't be recommending this product to anyone, and I won't risk using another seagate product.