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Wireless backup to portable drive?

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Dec 20, 2013 08:37 |  #1

I saw a battery powered hard drive on Amazon that creates it's own wi-fi hotspot.

Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB Mobile Device Storage with Built-In Wi-Fi Streaming (STCK1000100)

Does anyone know if something like this could be used to create a real time backup and store photos as they are being shot by either using something like an Eye-Fi card or the bulit in Wi-Fi on a camera like a 6D?

For the price, it is probably too good to be true. Has anyone tried this?

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Dec 20, 2013 18:21 |  #2

I have this hard drive and use it to store photos for viewing on my iPads, it works perfectly for that. I have also been able to access photos from my iPhone and from my MB Pro with no problem.

I have not tried to save directly to the hard drive, but I don't think it would work. I don't think the eyefi card wold work because the storage device, such as an iPad..has to connect to the eyefi card, not the other way around. And I think the 6D wifi works the same way, the camera creates the wifi hotspot and the device connects to that. I don't see any way for the Seagate HD to connect to a wifi hotspot, it creates to the hotspot for other devices to connect to it.

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Dec 21, 2013 21:40 |  #3

Since a tablet is really yet another storage device, why wouldn't it work as an intermediate device? As you take pics, they will automatically be copied to your tablet.

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Dec 21, 2013 23:45 |  #4

The Eye-Fi card requires software to be installed on the device receiving the files. They offer the software for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android so you could transfer files to an intermediate device and then to the Wireless Plus or there is another solution: a custom firmware is offered for the Wireless Plus that allows for direct transfer. This is not through Seagate so I assume any warranty is null and void if you install it. http://www.hackseagate​​s/ (external link)
BTW the Seagate in stock form gets very mixed reviews for connectivity issues and so on. Read the reviews and then search out the appropriate section of the Seagate user forum.

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Jan 21, 2014 14:04 |  #5

Is there any device or solution for this? I would love to be shooting and having my photos automatically copy to a wireless device as a backup. I was hoping the Seagate Wireless Plus would be able to to do this.

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Jan 21, 2014 22:08 |  #6

Actually, while some technical knowledge is needed, using an eye-fi with a Seagate wireless plus (or satellite) is possible, just SLOW! a custom firmware is needed for the seagate. google hackseagatesatellite (one word). I tried this and while it did work mostly, transfer rates were a bit slow and if shooting Raw or video, is almost too slow to be useful. Sor small or medium sized images it should be fine.

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