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http://www.amazon.com/Maxell-AirStash-Expandable-Capacity-Wireless/dp/B006473T9M

 

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Portable NAS - seems a bit gimmicky, but I'm interested to know if anyone on HF is using something like this with an iDevice or other network-enabled portable player. 

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27 views and not one reply - I should have known better than to post this in 'Portable Sources', I guess.    frown.gif

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FYI - a fairly similar thread was started recently:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/620238/streaming-flac-to-iphone-ipad-or-android-portables

 

IMHO the tricky part is to make something battery powered yet providing robust wireless connection to stream (lossless / high-rez) music.

 

It has to be the right client/server software with the right network protocol, coupled with the right file system as well as hardware - storage connected via SATA, SDHC / SDXC slots, or USB? USB drives should be the least desirable because the performance would be no good.

 

Even USB 3.0 seemed to provide somewhat marginal improvements:

 

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/31788-d-link-dir-857-hd-media-router-3000-reviewed?start=1

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/31814-wd-my-net-n900-hd-dual-band-router-reviewed?start=2

 

So far the way to go should be mounting the portable NAS as if that were accessed like a drive connected locally. That thread mentioned at the top already had something great posted by headfinoob before.

 

In addition, here are something relevant that could be useful:

 

http://forums.seagate.com/t5/GoFlex-Satellite/Getting-SAMBA-to-work/td-p/126138

 

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1468498

 

FYI - there is yet another option accepting SD cards while running Linux by default:

 

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11610056/programmaticaly-read-and-write-on-pqi-air-drive

 

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/pqi-pqi-16gb-wireless-hard-drive-rd01-ag02r0111/10206149.aspx

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@seetoyou - outstanding, sir, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I like the cut of your jib. biggrin.gif

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FYI - a fairly similar thread was started recently:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/620238/streaming-flac-to-iphone-ipad-or-android-portables

 

That is my thread there. Please chime in.

 

We discussed portable NAS on and after page 3 of that thread (edit: we discussed that Seagate Satellite AFTER seeteeyou pointed that thread to you, so there are now 2 additional pages dealing with portable NAS). That Seagate Goflex Satellite should work if you use a 3rd party app (Seagate's stock app sucks per review). 

 

I also found this Patriot Gauntlet Node, which is a portable, battery powered, 2.5'' wireless-N wifi enclosure (which retails for $99). As 1TB 2.5'' hdd is around $95-105 shipped now, this device looks more capable that the Seagate (which offers only 500GB). The patriot has bridge mode as well. Not sure about its UI though, however if it is UPnP compatible then we can use a 3rd party app. I emailed Patriot and am waiting for their response (will update in my thread).

 

Edit:  This chain works: 1TB 2.5'' hard drive with flac inside Patriot Gauntlet Node --> SAMBA streaming --> AcePlayer Pro --> iPhone 3GS w/ ISO5.

 


Edited by zzffnn - 9/12/12 at 7:37am
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