Seagate GoFlex Home NAS promises easy media-sharing

Jul 19, 2010
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Seagate has outed its latest addition to the GoFlex family of removable storage, the Seagate GoFlex Home, a media and backup NAS designed for domestic use.  Coming in a choice of 1TB or 2TB capacities, the GoFlex Home's storage can be easily upgraded since it uses the same SATA port connector as other drives in the range; you simply pull out the preinstalled drive and slot in a newer, bigger example.

Alternatively there's a USB 2.0 port which can be used to add external drives, or to share a USB printer across the home network.  Digital media files can be streamed around the network - there's an ethernet port built in, but you'll need to hook up a wireless router if you want WiFi support - and the GoFlex Home is compatible with both PC and Mac for backup purposes.

As for remote access, like we've seen on the Pogoplug you can share photo albums, videos and documents with friends and family via an invite-only webpage; Seagate also offer an optional premium version of the service, Seagate Share Pro, which allows for remote cellphone access, Facebook and Flickr integration, and RSS updates to new content.  The Seagate GoFlex Home is available today, priced at $159.99 for the 1TB model and $229.99 for the 2TB model.

Press Release:

SEAGATE DEBUTS GOFLEX HOME: EASY-TO-USE CENTRALIZED STORAGE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Wireless Backup, Sharing and Streaming of Music, Photos, Movies and More
from Multiple Computers in the Home

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - July 19, 2010 - Seagate today unveiled the newest
addition to its

GoFlexT family of hard drives-the GoFlex
T Home network storage system. When this easy-to-use device is
connected to a wireless router, an entire household can centrally store,
easily access and continuously back up files wirelessly from both WindowsR
and Mac OSR X operating systems on the home[1] network. The new centralized
storage system simplifies the backup process by being compatible with AppleR
Time MachineR, as well as including a version of the backup application for
both Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. With the GoFlex
Home storage system, families can also wirelessly stream photos,
movies and music to most network connected DLNA devices, such as game
consoles or a
GoFlexT TV HD media player, from any room in the house. With just two
cable connections and a simple, illustrated, step-by-step installation tool
that gets the device up and running in minutes, the GoFlex
Home system solves the household storage puzzle in a snap.

Available in 1TB and 2TB capacities, the GoFlex
Home storage system provides plenty of room to help safeguard precious
digital memories for the whole family and is ideal for use with home
laptops, netbooks, or other devices
with limited storage. Unlike other single-drive network solutions, its
modular design also enables the included drive to be upgraded when needed by
simply removing the drive from the base (no tools required) and replacing it
with a higher capacity GoFlex
T Desk hard drive. Families can also add more storage to
the GoFlex
Home system by simply connecting additional drives to the USB port.
Additionally, this same USB port can be used to wirelessly share a USB
printer with every computer on the network.

"With broadband and home networks reaching higher levels of penetration and
operating at higher speeds, consumers are increasingly downloading and
streaming content into their home and wanting to access that content from
anywhere," said Darcy Clarkson, Seagate vice president of Retail Sales and
Marketing. "The GoFlex
T Home system makes it easy for families wanting to quickly and
effortlessly backup, enjoy, and share their favorite home movies music or
photos from any room in the house. We spent a lot of time focusing on
simplicity with this product and believe people will find it very intuitive
to set-up and get started. With the GoFlex
T Home system, now home networking is within reach for today's digital
households."

A recent report by In-Stat predicts the consumer network storage market will
continue to grow between 25 and 50 percent over the next five years. In
addition, the number of devices connected to the home network, and the
number of devices that are mobile or portable, are creating desire for
consumers to move in and out of their home networking environment2 with
their content. Using the included remote access and file sharing service on
GoFlex
Home system called Seagate ShareT service, families can easily access
movies, music or photo files stored on their GoFlex
Home system from any internet connected computer in the world. The
Seagate Share service also allows families to share photo albums, home
movies and documents with friends by simply selecting the files or folders
they want to share and typing in an email address. Those friends will
receive a notification with a direct link to a customized webpage where they
can view the shared files.

"Consumers are showing increased interest in downloading and streaming
content from the Internet into the home, connecting devices in the home to
social networks, and demanding easy access to content both within the
household and beyond the reach of home networks," said Norm Bogen, vice
president, Research, Digital Entertainment with In-Stat. "Solutions designed
to help access content from multiple devices in the home, distribute it over
the home network and stream to other devices and products, will be appealing
to active digital media consumers."

The GoFlex
Home system also offers a premium service option-the Seagate Share Pro
remote access service-that allows families to access content stored on the
drive from mobile devices such as an iPhoneR, iPadT or BlackBerryR,
integrate photos or files with FacebookR and FlickrR, and keep friends and
relatives updated with the latest shared files using Integrated RSS (Really
Simple Syndication) notifications.

In addition to delivering quick and easy wireless, file access, streaming
and multi-computer backup of digital files, the GoFlex
Home network storage system has been designed with the cost and
environmentally conscious households in mind. The GoFlex
Home system also includes a power saving (idle) mode that
automatically runs after 30-minutes of inactivity and a power switch that
allows it to be shut off while families are away for extended periods.


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