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Ultimate Geek
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Topic # 103525 9-Jun-2012 07:14
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Just wondering if anyone has come across something which can do the following in an "all in one type device":
* Provide a mobile access point, eg when plugged into a Car charger
* Has builtin storage (or maybe USB attached SSD)
* Can do DLNA
and can do possibly do a scheduled AutoSync of important data.

Its just an idea Im playing with at the moment as would like to be able to try the following scenario:
* When travelling in the car provide a Wireless Access point (possibly with internet access, but not really important) so that the multitude of wifi enabled devices we now have (eg laptop, tablet, phone etc) can access content (Music, Videos) from a central location for in car entertainment.  DLNA would probably be best, but maybe even just remotely viewable drives (eg in Android using ES Explorer)

* We also currently keep an External Hard Drive in the car which contains one of our scheduled backups from the home server/network.  Would be mega handy to have it autosync some content (eg photos/music/videos) as well as contain a backup image periodically.  In some ways this would save having to grab the drive, sync material or rotate drives around.  Wouldnt need to be turned on all the time, but havent thought through the whole "battery run time/ always on" thing much.

Have looked at the Mifi 2373 and it gets close but only uses an SD Card.  In some ways its all possibly leaning to an Android device with tethering enabled with maybe a USB Attached HArd Drive ... just means a mess with two power connections?  

Luxoft  revealed a device last year which look promising, but havent heard much of it since

Any ideas :)

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 638133 9-Jun-2012 09:34
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An android device running dlna would fit almost all of your goals, some of the more modern ones running Ice cream sandwich have usb host support so you can plug an external hdd into it.

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Reply # 638268 9-Jun-2012 15:37
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Yerp. You just described a circa 2011 smart phone with USB OTG.

I have Android Samba FileSharing(Android Market) on my XPERIA X10i(...What?), along with OpenVPN and PPTP clients.

Samba FileSharing needs a 'rooted' phone, but it means one can view the mobile phone on just about any device, with MS Windows devices just seeing it as a computer in network sharing. 

Also as you mention there is always ES File Explorer which supports access to other devices as well as being able to act as an FTP server.

If one was to use a phone as a 'media server' a class 10 microSD card would be a bonus for write access speed to the phone.

I'm streaming a 720p mkv movie over WiFi from my phone microSD onto one of my 24" IPS monitors on my desktop PC.
AND I'm also streaming music from my phone microSD at the same time AND the list could go on.


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  Reply # 640559 14-Jun-2012 10:03
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Has anyone here used the GoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage from Seagate?

For the backup of my home server data plus user content Im needing about 300Gb ... so this looks real attractive.

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