Seagate GoFlex Home Network Review - Page 2
Easy to use and very easy to access
When you first connect your GoFlex Home Network to your…well network you then have access to three folders by default. You get a Public, Backup and Personal folder, with each folder giving you an option on how you want to store and access your files. That is a nice touch to have options already in place instead of having to create and go through all the hassle. Now you can add folders later on if you want but I haven’t had the need to.
I put the files where I want them to be and the software installed on my computer reminds me to set up a backup option so I don’t have to worry if my laptop takes a major dive. Not only that the GoFlex drive was quickly discovered on my home network and with a simple right click and an option to Send To I was well on my way to using the GoFlex Home Network.
After setting up my home network I decided to take it on the road and access it through my smartphone to see just how much I could access. I downloaded the Android App and went through authorizing my phone to access my GoFlex Home Network and I am then able to see the folders and this is where some trouble starts.
All that is good has some problems
Now when I wrote about the GoFlex Satellite WiFi hard drive I spoke about some of the issues with the User Interface (UI) in the Android App. I spoke about how it was very difficult to navigate. That isn’t the case with this GoFlex app. The folders are all presented to you in a very easy and manageable way. However the downside is that the app itself won’t play many of the files you have stored on it. It might just be a miscommunication between the mobile app and your phones media player but it is annoying to try and access your movie files and you can’t unless they are a certain type.
However with the WiFi app you could get around it by installing a secondary player and forcing it to use that player to play the movie file, I couldn’t do it for this app. Which doesn’t kill it for me as the primary use of this one is for a more laptop or desktop. The mobile side of it feels like a side note to me. Now whether or not that is how they meant it to be the mobile side of the app just seems to fall short. I couldn’t open up a regular doc as it wasn’t a .pdf file. It just gets to be a hassle to try and make certain files work.Continued on the next page