Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB Mobile Storage with Built-In Wi-Fi Streaming

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I am not alone in my dislike of Apple's iTunes, and recently came across a product that seemed to fit the bill for bypassing the software to play my music library on an iOS device.

The Seagate Wireless Access is a small external hard drive that allows you to copy music, videos, photos and documents between it and iOS or Androidusing the Seagate Media app. Furthermore, the Wireless Access runs on battery for up to 10 hours, and connects wirelessly to your network and Apple or Android device. This means that no Internet connection is required, and you do not need to use a data plan either. The great benefit of the Seagate Wireless Access is that it bypasses iTunes, allowing you to transfer music, or stream it on the go. Android, Windows and Mac users are not left out either as this product works across all platforms.

What’s In The Box?

As well as the Seagate Wireless Access, the box contains a wall plug with a USB to 3.5 lead for charging the product. There is also a lead for connection between your PC or Mac and the Seagate Wireless Access should you wish to transfer data this way. Note that when using the connection lead for transferring data, wireless on the Seagate is automatically turned off.

The manual is pretty self-explanatory, and there is plenty of help available from within the Seagate Media app itself. The app also updates the firmware of the Seagate Wireless Access when the drive is turned on.

So How Does It Work?

Download the free Seagate Media app from the App or Play Store. Once you turn on the Seagate Wireless Access, go to Settings on your device, and choose WiFi. The Seagate should come up in the list of available networks, so tap to connect. Now open the Seagate Media app, and it should see your Seagate Wireless Access. Here, it is possible to use the device as a pass-through so you can use your own network as well. Alternatively, you can simply use the Seagate Wireless Access if you do not want the outside world to come between you and your streaming session.

When the Seagate Media app sees the drive, you can confidently play music, videos, look at photos, or read documents. You can create playlists, or transfer content between the Seagate Wireless Access and your Apple or Android device. Its reasonable battery life lets you take this drive with you as it is small and lightweight. And the big plus for me is that I can play all my music without having to open iTunes and manoeuvre my way through its somewhat clunky structure.

Pricing And Conclusion

I purchased the 1TB Seagate Wireless Access from Amazon, currently priced at £139.99. I found it relatively straightforward to configure with the Seagate Media app, though some of the labels in the app are not particularly well defined with VoiceOver. Nevertheless, once you browse it, you soon become familiar with each section.

The Seagate Wireless Access now offers me plenty of room for my ever-expanding music collection that I can take with me on the go or in and around my home. No more importing music to iTunes, I can stream music to my iPad Mini with satisfaction!

Of course there are cheaper ways of streaming music on the go, or transferring content between your devices. But the Seagate Wireless Access offers me the flexibility and convenience with greater storage capacity worthy of its price tag.

Devices Accessory Was Used With

iPad

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Submitted by Steve Markham on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I had a look in to this device as I wanted to be able to stream wirelessly and currently don't own the wifi network I am using so didn't want to set up a raspberry pi on it etc. I agree that it is a very good and useful device but if you buy one please sort out the wifi network it gives you. It is an unprotected network so anyone can access your files if they are in range of the drive. Also, you can telnet in to the device and the root username and passwords are available on google. Good device but I don't think they made it secure enough. I do want one though.

Submitted by ftealucard on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

In reply to by Steve Markham

I am also looking for a device like this because all of my music/audio books are in folders sorted by artist/album and author/title. A lot of my music files aren't tagged either since they came from original/obscure cds. All of this takes up about 700gb and I would love to find a main device to store it on and access/play through out the house. I have a win7 desktop with enough space physically connected to a router but I have had issues sharing it as a network drive as I have a laptop running xp as well as ones running 7/mac. The xp machine kept asking for a name/password even though I specifically didn't create one when setting up. This drive sounds great for such a purpose accept for said security issues mentioned in previous comment. Thanks for the review.

I don't clame to be an expert at such things, but can you change the root user and pas if you knew how via the command prompt or terminal depending on what you are running it on, and then write it down in a place where you can get to it only such as in 1 password, or in an incripted vault? Take care.

Wish that it didn't act as it's own access point so you can connect and share it as if you were using a wireless printer. That way no messing with command prompt, just access it through IP address through your routers web interface after putting files on it. Haven't read many reviews of it though, maybe this can be done?

Submitted by Brian Giles on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Could someone possibly do a podcast on how this would work?

On paper ths sounds awesome, but how accessible is the app?
Can you copy files from the drive to your iPhone?

I'm looking into something like this because I woudl like to be able to take all my media with me without having to haul around my MBP.

I have a hard time believing you couldn't put a password on the drive though.

Submitted by Ken Downey on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

If you want to simply route files from your PC to your iOS device, the way to go is an app called Tonido. What you do is install the program on your windows device, then get the app on your iDevice. I use it almost every day and it works well!