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Gauntlet Node supports streaming to five devices simultaneously

Patriot Memory has announced the launch of a new portable storage enclosure called the Gauntlet Node. The enclosure is a portable wireless device that has an internal lithium-polymer battery. The enclosure supports any 2.5-inch, 9.5 mm thick hard drive or SSD.
Once the SSD hard drive is installed into the portable wireless enclosure, the Gauntlet Node allows the drive to be accessed wirelessly from tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Patriot says that the Gauntlet Node can connect to up eight devices and can wirelessly share and stream movies, music, and documents to five different devices at the same time.
An app is available for Android and iOS devices allowing the devices to access content stored on the drive.
The enclosure measures 3.39-inches by 5.47-inches by .96-inches and weighs 182.5 g. It supports 802.11 b/g/n and uses SATA II internal connectivity for the drive. It supports hard drives with a maximum capacity of 2 TB, and the internal battery promises 5.5 hours of continuous streaming per charge.
The enclosure is available online right now for $100.

Source: Patriot Memory

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Interesting Idea
By Ammohunt on 9/13/2012 11:05:33 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps i lack imagination but what's the use case for a product like this? 5.5 hours is 2-3 full length feature movies.

RE: Interesting Idea
By km4c on 9/13/2012 11:25:35 AM , Rating: 2
How about for watching movies or listening to music while on an airplane on a tablet device? Seems perfectly suited for that.

RE: Interesting Idea
By ritualm on 9/13/2012 12:16:39 PM , Rating: 2
Or simply use a non-Crapple tablet that can expand its storage via SD or microSD cards.

The only thing new about this product is the ability to use any off-the-shelf 2.5" 9.5mm-thick hard drive or SSD, the latter of which is limited to SATA2.

RE: Interesting Idea
By Apone on 9/13/2012 12:43:04 PM , Rating: 2
@ Ammohunt

This product appears to emulate the concept of an NAS drive except it offers wireless connectivity and is the more portable 2.5" chassis. The only reason I can think to use this practically (aside from km4c's airplane example) is if you have to share important files (drivers, patches, etc.), documents, or programs with other computer users and you don't have ethernet cables or a router/switch in your possession to connect everyone for file sharing. That and passing around a USB flash drive might be too time consuming.

RE: Interesting Idea
By Treckin on 9/13/2012 6:36:28 PM , Rating: 2
Telling me you cant think of a SINGLE IT guy who would use this for all 5.5 hours of its life and just wish it did 8.5?

You clearly dont lack imagination - you lack 300+ computers to take care of :-P

RE: Interesting Idea
By AirplaneLegs on 9/13/2012 6:46:18 PM , Rating: 2
Get a pico projector, load presentations on the Gauntlet Node, use your Android or iOS smart phone and bam you have a great portable presentation kit that basically fits in your pocket.

Then after all the hard work, on the weekend, throw the Gauntlet Node in your trunk, load the family up for a drive to the beach, and have it entertain the kids with movies, music, pictures on the way...Then jam out to your favorite tunes on the beach.

RE: Interesting Idea
By starship_still on 9/13/2012 6:50:30 PM , Rating: 2
I had the same idea! lol

RE: Interesting Idea
By starship_still on 9/13/2012 6:49:30 PM , Rating: 2
Imagine a corporate meeting where everyone has a tablet. You could walk in there with the Node and have everyone get access to your presentation or charts right there on the spot. Better yet, I'd have my kids stream off of it during roadtrips or camping.The idea to have one centralized data or cloud is better than having to transfer files to each of the phones/tablets...

RE: Interesting Idea
By Gokashi on 9/13/2012 6:57:03 PM , Rating: 2
I would love to use this device for long trips! I would store all my media that I want in the Gauntlet. Then I can access it on my tablet/phone/laptop when I'm on the go. This would be especially handy on a road trip and you want to watch movies on your tablet. You are not going to fit that much content with a 16gb Ipad. You can on the other hand store 500GB+ in the Gauntlet and share it with everyone in the car! Even the driver can connect his phone to it so he can listen to the .mp3 files stored on it and I can still watch my own movie. It can support up to 8 users! In the hotel, you can also share the files that you want and connect the unit to the internet as well. So you can access the content in the Gauntlet and still use the internet at the same time!

RE: Interesting Idea
By whitewolf101 on 9/13/2012 7:05:56 PM , Rating: 2
Great way to to increase the storage of a tablet or ultrabook. Most of them come pre-installed with small storage options.

RE: Interesting Idea
By Fritzr on 9/14/2012 9:32:13 AM , Rating: 2
Assuming it does not shut down while charging:

In the car -- plug it into the cigarette lighter.
In the plane -- plug it into AC or USB. Both are becoming more common on aircraft, though Economy usually has only USB in a few seats
At the meeting (limited to 8 total devices) -- plug it into the wall.
While visiting -- Plug it into the wall
At the beach -- You have 4-6hrs of power, you had it plugged in on the way to the beach, right?
While camping -- You have 4-6hrs of power between charges. Recharge with solar charger, car battery, crank charger or other portable power source. Even AC at some campgrounds.

Lots of ways to avoid the battery life issue if you actually think about it instead of declaring it a problem and stop thinking at that point.

RE: Interesting Idea
By Ammohunt on 9/14/2012 11:11:56 AM , Rating: 3
I specifically leave all electronic devices at home when i go camping/hunting otherwise what's the point?

By Freddy82 on 9/13/2012 7:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
This device sounds promising, especially now that phone carriers are slowly doing away with unlimited data. I've been with my phone carrier for multiple years now with on a family share plan, with multiple lines. We're due for upgrades, but in order to get the discounted rate, we need to be converted to a data share plan.

My family does a lot of traveling, and use our phones plenty for streaming youtube and netflix. We did the math, and this new plan would not be feasible at all for our purposes... this sounds like it can be a great media streaming device for trips without the heavy data use or possible overages.

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