Seagate Expands GoFlex Line of Networked Home Storage Products

Earlier this year Seagate introduced the Pogoplug-powered FreeAgent GoFlex Net Media Sharing Device, featuring a unique dual dock design for pairing with GoFlex ultra-portable drives (MSRP $99 – Ethernet connectivity only). Now Seagate is introducing a slightly different package that may entice the average PC/Mac user once again.

The company’s new GoFlex Home Network Storage System is designed to be setup in minutes, backup up to 3 PC and Mac computers automatically (supports Time Machine), function as a print server, and streams media over Wi-Fi or via Ethernet to DLNA/UPnP compatible devices. The system also has the ability to upload files to Facebook and Flickr, share files with friends and family via RSS feeds (like this!), and remote SFTP access. What’s more, the drive that comes in the box (choice: 1TB/$159.99 or 2TB/$229.99) is compatible with Seagate’s FreeAgent GoFlex TV HD Media Player. Just pop it in the device’s slot and view content on the TV at home or at a friend’s house.

Think of this way. The GoFlex (Pogoplug) Net Media Sharing Device is focused on sharing media across the Internet via a web browser or mobile device app (offers Android, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone support) — though Pogoplug also provides social media sharing and has the ability to backup your files to another family member’s remote Pogoplug device at no charge (a neat feature). While the GoFlex Home Network Storage is more of a traditional home backup and file sharing/media streaming device.

As you can see, both products have their merits and will scratch that certain itch — depending on what you need the device to do.

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