Reviews and Problems with Seagate Wireless Plus USB 3.0 (STCK1000100 / STCK1000101 / STCK1000200 / STCK1000300)
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Great, but doesn´t access sdcards
Otavio, B&H Photo
30 October 2013
Excerpt: I bought this HD to back-up photos when I travel with an Adroid tablet. My intention was to copy the photos from an usb device attached to the tablet for the Wireless HD. It isn´t possible, neither from the ext sd card if you have one in your tablet. You can copy only from the tablet´s main memory. You have to install an App to use the HD with the tablet. I don´t know why there is this limitation. It´s a software problem.
Summary: It is possible (once you connect to the device and browse it's web interface) to tell it to connect to a wireless access point, and then permit you to have internet access again while using this device. However, in doing this.. the internet connection is routed through the wireless hard drive, through your wifi card on your computer, and then in to your machine, even if you still (All this time) have a wired connection.
Pros: The wireless function works as intended. Place it down on a table, press the power button, and devices can connect to it wirelessly, and stream the content on it in real time. It's nearly idiot-proof in terms of usage. The built in interface has a upload feature that uses WiFi to put data in to it. If you want brainless storage for your mother or someone without much tech knowledge this would be for them. Turn it on, upload stuff, then press button to turn it off, tak...
Cons: However there are quite a few cons to this device that keep it from being perfect. If you have a desktop computer with a USB wifi card that also uses a wired connection at the same time for internet, you will be surprised when you connect the wireless to this hard drive. First off, connecting WiFi to this hard drive will DISABLE YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION! Even if you have a wired LAN connection at the same time, it will Hi-Jack your internet connection, blocking all in...
Summary: The next con is that there is no setting to hide the broadcast SSID of the hard drive. When it’s powered up and WiFi is enabled, everybody can see it. Be sure to at least set up a wireless password so everybody and their dog don’t connect to the drive and see or download your personal files. Next up: file transfers. You can download and upload media directly to/from your mobile device. However there are severe limitations.
Pros: This is truly an interesting product. Many times I’ve been limited by my phone’s anemic 16 GB of memory, especially when travelling. Anyone who loads up movies on their mobile devices for the kids to watch while on the road will tell you that it doesn't take long before you’re all filled up. How would you like your smart phone or tablet to have 1 TB of media storage?? Honestly, I wish I had this device on my last vacation.
Cons: To start, the Seagate software and the browser interface for the hard drive are just not that good. My biggest complaint would have to be that the music you load on the device is organized by its ID3 tags (artist, album, etc.). That sounds nice, however you cannot sort music by the track number. Each album lists the tracks in alphabetical order, not track order. This is a deal-breaker for albums that are meant to be played in a certain order. Pink Floyd’s The Wall is ...
Summary: This device works really well. I loaded loads of video, all my music tracks, 10,000 ebooks and 26,500 photos and that took less than half the space. I used it on my Galaxy Note 3, on my Kindle Fire HD, on an ASUS Transformer Prime TF201, and on an ASUS MemoPad and all worked well. I even managed to Chromecast it using an Android app called Avia...
Summary: I had more expectations when I was buying it. Sure the storing capacity is huge, but it lacks of stand alone power, especially when it is connected through a local wifi. I want to try having it plugged all the time but I don't know if this is going to affect the battery life.