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Wait a minute ... I thought from the article that this was "wireless" and "self-powered."   It's not at all.  

Sure it has a battery inside, but it has a SATA connection on the back and a power plug on the side.  This will be plugged in almost all the time when it's used at home.

If that's the case, one might save a heck of a lot of money (as well as effort, time, complexity and futzing around), to just buy a USB device to plug into the Airport Extreme.  Same thing, less money/complexity etc. 

I revise my opinion from "cool" to "meh" on this one. 

Except that won't do what this device does. There's really no comparison.

How are you going to use your Airport Extreme when you're away from home?
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post #42 of 51
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I guess given the absence of removable storage for iDevices, some people will find it useful to access more storage on the go.

I got a much smaller device (but obviously without the in-built storage) originally launched through Kickstarter, that enables you to attach usb storage devices to it and then shares them through wifi and their own iOS app.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/125911486/cloudftp-wirelessly-share-any-usb-storage-with-ipa

 

 

I got this at MacWorld yesterday, although they warned me that a new version was coming out in a month:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/08/hyper-debuts-iusbport-mini-2-and-hd-cloud-storage-and-streaming/

 

Still, I had an immediate need for it and figured I could sell it or pass it on and buy the new one if it's worth it.

 

I love this!  If it's portable storage and plugs into the USB, it just works.  So all of my portable 2.5" drives are working with it as are thumb drives as well as SD and Compact Flash cards (with USB reader).

 

It just seems like a much better (and cheaper) option (for now).

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It must just be me but in thirty plus years of using hard drives from many vendors Seagate have been far and away the most unreliable.


How many hard drives from different vendors have you used in 30+ plus years to be able to say that one company is "far and away" better or worse than all others? Hundreds? Thousands?

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Except that won't do what this device does. There's really no comparison.

How are you going to use your Airport Extreme when you're away from home?


Are you saying the Extreme is not quite as pocketable?

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Originally Posted by stelligent View Post
Are you saying the Extreme is not quite as pocketable?

 

In this regard, and this regard alone, it's the iPad mini of AirPort routers.

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post #46 of 51
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Are you saying the Extreme is not quite as pocketable?

 

Are you including the car battery and inverter you'd need?  And so you mean express? :)

post #47 of 51
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Wait a minute ... I thought from the article that this was "wireless" and "self-powered."   It's not at all.  

 

In what way is it not wireless and self powered?

 

 

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Sure it has a battery inside, but it has a SATA connection on the back and a power plug on the side.  This will be plugged in almost all the time when it's used at home.

 

If that's the case, one might save a heck of a lot of money (as well as effort, time, complexity and futzing around), to just buy a USB device to plug into the Airport Extreme.  Same thing, less money/complexity etc. 

 

I revise my opinion from "cool" to "meh" on this one. 

 

The SATA connection is so you can replace the USB 3 module with a Thunderbolt one (or Firewire if your mac is old).

 

 

http://www.seagate.com/solutions/usm/

 

Is this plugged in when at home?  Yes.  So?  So is my laptop.

 

Would you use it at home?  Maybe, but you take a hefty wireless speed hit on any device hooked through it.  But this is primarily for storage on the go and it's designed for that.

post #48 of 51
This could be really useful as a media server in a car. This way for road trips it can be loaded up with all the kids/wife movies (I don't use iTunes for Movies preferring to rip my own DVD/Blurays) and their music and they can access whatever they want through their iPad/iPods on road trips.

I may be looking to get one of these once they go on sale.
post #49 of 51
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Are you saying the Extreme is not quite as pocketable?

Who said that?

The AIrport Extreme is not the same as this device for several reasons:
1. It requires an outlet - which isn't always available.
2. It doesn't have 1 TB of storage.
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post #50 of 51
Patriot Memory has already been selling a similar device (Gauntlet Node) for at least 6 months. I bought one and it is quite handy. The Patriot is a DIY box, so you pay for the enclosure and add your own drive - for me that was a little cheaper.

Took a long road trip at Christmas time - loaded up the Gauntlet with tons of TV shows, movies, and music, and the kids connected with their iPhones and iPads and could each stream their own content in the car - was like in-seat in-flight monitors on airplanes!

http://www.patriotmemory.com/product/detail/Gauntlet%20Node%20-%20Portable%20Wireless%20Enclosure
post #51 of 51

I have struggled to see if the Seagate Wireless Plus will supply adequate capabilities to upload photos from iphone and ipad. I am down to a final question. Is the charging, power block capable of dual voltage? In other words, on a trip to Italy, will a plug adapter be enough, or is the heavier, more involved Converter necessary? Thanks to anyone who would be willing to read the fine print on the electronic parts.  mch

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