Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

Storage

Introduction

Seagate GoFlex Home

At a Glance
Product Seagate GoFlex Home (STAM2000100)
Summary Relatively low-priced consumer-focused single drive NAS with remote file sharing and access features
Pros • Gigabit LAN
• Media files playable through web browsers
• Upgradeable, swappable storage
• Easy remote web access setup and use
• Quiet and low power
Cons • Subscription required for premium features
• Not all media types played in browser-based interface.
• Much lower write than read speed
• No media import application

According to Seagate, the average household currently has 2.33 computers.  If you're a typical consumer faced with increasing demand for storage for those multiple computers, the latest crop of consumer-oriented NAS products provide a perfect solution. 

Previously, we reviewed the Seagate Dockstar, a networked docking station for Seagate's 2.5" FreeAgent Go drives and Seagate's FreeAgent GoFlex Net Media Sharing Device, which is replacing the Dockstar. This time, I'm looking at the Seagate GoFlex Home

You can think of the GoFlex Home as a single-drive version of Seagate's GoFlex Net Media Sharing Device that works with its GoFlex Desk drives, which use 3.5" Seagate Barracuda drives. Both the GoFlex Net and Home get their respective drives onto your network for sharing with MacOS and Windows machines and any other devices that support SMB/CIFS networking.

But instead of basing the GoFlex Home on the Pogoplug platform that the GoFlex Net and Dockstar use, Seagate for some reason decided to give Axentra's HipServ 2.0 OS a spin for the GoFlex Home. If HipServ rings a bell, that's because NETGEAR uses it on its Stora. And, as you might suspect, this gives the GoFlex Home and Stora very similar feature sets (except for the Stora's ability to support mirroring to a second drive).

The GoFlex Home consists of a networked docking station and, depending on the model you purchase, either a 1 or 2 TB GoFlex Desk drive.  The drive mounts into the dock using an SATA connection.  Figure 1 shows a front view of the GoFlex Home.  On the front panel there's a "GoFlex Home" status indicator as well as an indicator for status.  The drive status does not show disk activity - only whether the drive is ready.

Seagate GoFlex Home Dock and Drive

Figure 1: Seagate GoFlex Home Dock and Drive

Figure 2 shows a rear view.  The rear panel has a power button, power port, a Gigabit Ethernet port with link and activity indicators, and a USB port for sharing an external drive or printer.  On the side, there's a recessed reset button.

Seagate GoFlex Home rear view

Figure 2: Seagate GoFlex Home rear view

On The Inside

Figure 3 shows the GoFlex Home motherboard.  It's a fairly standard hardware platform commonly found in many consumer NAS products.  The processor is a Marvell "Kirkwood" 88F6281 running at 1.2 GHz, 128 MB soldered RAM (Nanya NT5TU64M16DG), 512 MB of flash and a standard 10/100/1000 Marvell 88E1116R Gigabit Ethernet port.  Like many consumer NAS products, the GoFlex Home does not support jumbo frames.

Seagate GoFlex Home inside

Figure 3: Seagate GoFlex Home inside

If you're worried about power consumption, the GoFlex Home consumes very little power.  With the drive spun up, it consumes a miserly 10 W.  There's an automatic drive spin down (~ 30 minutes, not programmable) that drops power consumption to 5 W.  So the GoFlex runs cool and quiet.

Wi-Fi System Tools
Check out the new Wi-Fi System Charts, Ranker and Finder!

Featured Sponsors


Win This!

Insteon Giveaway

You could win a kit of Insteon Home Automation products!

Learn How!

Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

Hi,I recently got a Netgear CM1000 modem on my gigabit Xfinity connection. When I hook my laptop up to the modem directly I am getting close to a giga...
I bought a AC3100 for use as my router. Worked great for a few days, tonight it seems to be throttling speeds to less than 1 Mbps. I have a 300+ Mbps ...
I know is choosable in the AC88 but in the website says the RT-AC5300 haven't the Media Bridge mode and my question is, is this mode enable in Asuswrt...
I searched but didn't see a thread dedicated to this. Anyone have experience with this? Looking mostly for a router where the company cares about the ...
I'm using an android app to send WOL packets to server that works on internal LAN, but not through OpenVPN. Can connect to server via VPN and ping it....

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Get Backblaze Now!