Seagate GoFlex wifi Satellite external hard drive
This is a discussion on Seagate GoFlex wifi Satellite external hard drive within the Portable WIFI Drives forums, part of the iPAD Connect category; Originally Posted by drb_52
I have a goflex and will take a shot at addressing your questions.
First, connect the ipad to the goflex wifi.
Hello drb_52, thanks for the advice on Buzz Player HD app. I also got the GoFlex Media app.
Originally Posted by drb_52
The GoFlex Satellite Drive arrived today. First impression, I forget how easy iPad is to setup. The GoFlex is basically a Windows device, so it is not plug and play like the iPad. August 2011 is the age of the software on the GoFlex, i had to downloaded an update from the Seagate Website. The form factor for the drive Is 3inches x 5inches long x 1 inch thick. It is less than a pound in weight.. Documentation states that there is a 20 minute charge but the battery is good for four to five hours of continuos play back. The top of the drive is a real slick black bezel that easily shows finger prints. The bottom of the drive gets very warm--much warmer than my iPad 3 generation ever got.
GoFlex Media app is from Seagate Tech. The Buzz Player app is from a third party. GoFlex Media app, plays Apple formatted files. Buzz Player can play any video formatted file. When I did media synch app for my pc, it downloaded the files that I had in my media files onto the GoFlex.
The drive itself broadcasts it's own wifi, so once you launch the iPad app GoFlex or Buzz Player, you have to go to the settings app and select the GoFlex wifi network. This means that once you are finished accessing the GoFlex, you have join/reconnect to your home wifi again. I haven't figured out how you can access your wifi and the GoFlex but so far you have to join either the GoFlex or any other wifi.
Im going to start ripping some DVDs I own onto this drive and see how it that works. My goal was to get a central location to contain all of my media files that could easily be accessed by all of my devices. I think this meets my goal. I now can access my music that was n my original iPad on the other two iPads.
05-07-2012 09:43 PM
MattlM, nice write-up .
You can access your network wifi through the goflex.
First, access the goflex wifi and start the goflex app.
In the lower left corner of the app screen, look for the wifi symbol under Connection Utilities.
Tap the wifi symbol.
You should see a list of available wifi networks. Sometimes, I have to wait a while or repeat the process before a list of available networks appears.
Select your network. You'll have to enter your network password the first time you connect through the goflex.
The wifi symbol will change from a green to blue when you are connected to your network.
You should be able to connect to the internet with your ipad.
Thank you drb_52, I did as you said, now I can access everything! You were right about the lag time of the GoFlex finding my wifi network. But once it did, very solid. I'm thinking the GoFlex is also acting as a signal strengthener or something like that. My house wifi router is all the way on the other side of the house, I'm sitting in my breakfast room where I do most of my iPadding and I have more bars on my wifi.
Originally Posted by drb_52
This is turning out to be a really good alternative to putting a lot of stuff on my limited storage space iPads and trying to swap data files. I'm looking forward to ripping dvd's now.
Last edited by MattIM; 05-09-2012 at 05:54 AM.
I ended up getting the camera connection kit and just put all my movies on an SD card and transfer them to my ipad now. This way I have pretty much unlimited storage in a much smaller package.
How do you transfer your movies from the SD card to the IPAD with the camera connection Kit?
Hello Pensmith007, unfortunately, the Camera Connection Kit (CCK) is just that--gives you the ability to connect your camera and export your digital image onto the iPad. When I found out about the CCK, I got it thinking I could do what you concluded. But it was not meant to be. I have heard that you can do this with a jail broken iPad. I haven't tried this solution as I do not want to jailbreak my iPad. I've been searching for alternatives.
Originally Posted by Pensmith007
This GoFlex was the easiest solution for me. There are other threads on this forum that discusses other third party devices similar to GoFlex. I'll look around and see if I can't link you to those threads.
The best solution, in my experience, is to use the goflex satellite with the firmware from " hackseagatesatellite dot com", it works a lot better than the stock firmware ( much much faster, no indexing, can join wpa, wpa2 and hidden ssid networks, etc).
Originally Posted by MattIM
My ipad is jailbroken, I use XBMC (it's one of many good players out there, in my opinion it's the best) you can play movies from sd cards or goflex disk in any format without copying to the ipad, you can also automatically download movie information, poster thumbnails, rating, cast, subtitles, etc from Imdb and other sources, brilliant.
I have also replaced the original 500 gb hard disk on the goflex with a 1TB.
Last edited by ginandtonic; 05-11-2012 at 02:22 AM.
Thanks for your input ginandtonic--I like your moniker. I don't want to jailbreak my iPad but would consider that possibility when I've run out of things to do on my non-JB'd iPad.
Originally Posted by ginandtonic
How do you rip DVD s thanks
Originally Posted by MattIM
Originally Posted by matt5968
After scanning around for your answer, I determined the best free program is Handbrake. You have to go to your MAC or PC and download it onto your computer. Judging from the program, it seems that this application started out in the Apple world. If you have a PC, you can find many sources for the application. I know CNET.COM, so I downloaded the program from that website. Do take precautions when downloading files from the internet.
Once you install Handbrake, just follow the prompts. If you want to preview what you are going to download, this is only available in chapters. It will prompt you to enter your media previewing preference. If you are downloading in seconds or frames, you can't preview--at least I couldn't make the program preview on this version.
On the right side of the app, there is a list of "presets" I chose 'iPad'.
Since I only wanted five minutes of a particular dvd on my GoFlex, I selected a range of seconds to end in seconds. For five minutes of dvd, it took 30 minutes to encode (burn). YIKES!
Once completed, plug in the GoFlex to the PC and drop the file from the PC and onto the GoFlex. This part took very little time.
I viewed the five minute file on this iPad and it looks just as good as if I was viewing it on a television.
There are probably better and faster dvd burning apps out there. I have already spent US$141 ($129 plus tax & shipping). I did not want to continue to spend money on what is basically a nice to have accessory.
BTW, I did experiment with using the 'normal' preset encoding in Handbrake. I choose the entire dvd to encode. The program calculated two hours for a one hour and 14 minute dvd. When I chose 'iPad' present encoding, the program calculated six hours.
6 hours to convert each movie? You better go make yourself a cup of tea then ....
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