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CES: Seagate launches Wireless Plus and Central networked hard drives

One allows portable wireless streaming while the other brings NAS to the home
Mon Jan 07 2013, 15:49

LAS VEGAS: STORAGE VENDOR Seagate has debuted two networked hard drive systems at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, including a wireless hard drive and a network attached storage (NAS) system for the home.

First off, Seagate unveiled its 1TB Wireless Plus portable hard drive.

Designed to wirelessly stream content for up to eight mobile devices with enough space to showcase up to 500 HD movies, the hard drive also has a 10 hour battery life "to match that of most tablets and smart phones".

seagate wireless plus hard drive 1TB

The device's storage is accessed through the mobile Seagate Media app, which is available for Apple iOS, Android and Kindle Fire HD devices and will also work with just about any device that can connect to a WiFi network.

The Wireless Plus drive also allows users to push content onto larger scale external devices such as HDTVs and sound systems via Apple Airplay and DLNA and doesn't require an internet connection to stream content.

"Because the Wireless Plus creates its own WiFi network, there is no need to stream or download your content from the Internet or to spend money on a data plan. Everything is with you, where you want it, when you need it with a secure and wireless connection," Seagate said.

The 1TB wireless hard drive also comes with a removable Superspeed USB 3.0 adapter for speedier loading of content and is available in the US now for around £150.

Next up, Seagate showed off its new shared storage system named Central.

seagate central NAS

As the first storage device to feature a Smart TV app for access to files on a home cinema system, the Seagate Central includes automatic backup for a number of users around the home, as well as access to movies and music from networked devices and remote access from outside a home network.

"[We] built this product for simplicity," Seagate said. "By focusing on the number one need for homes with more than one computer, Seagate designed an easy, centralised backup for each computer in the home, regardless of operating system."

Once all of a user's files and media are safely on the system, Central storage organises the content automatically according to the media type, such as videos, pictures, music and documents. The storage system also backs up data directly from Facebook, a feature first seen on the Backup Plus line of external hard drives.

Like Seagate's Wireless Plus drive, Central is DLNA certified and works with Apple Airplay, which means that nearly any network connected device can connect to it.

The Seagate Central shared storage device will be available in the US by March for £120 for the 2TB model, £140 for 3TB, and £160 for 4TB of storage.

We are yet to receive word from Seagate as to when these devices will be launched in the UK. µ


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