The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Net is a USB storage sharing device that looks a little like the upper couple of inches of a compact black toaster.

With the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Net you get supereasy access to your files from any internet connection, along with the ability to share them with others.

The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Net has two 2.5-inch SATA hard drive bays (designed to accommodate the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex portable hard drive) and a single USB 2.0 port for attaching USB drives. Seagate sells GoFlex drives that fit snugly into the dock, but the connectors inside are standard SATA and we successfully connected several non-Seagate drives to the ports.

In fact, you should be able to use any 2.5-inch SATA drive that has separate data and power connectors with the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Net, though you might have to remove the drive from its case first.

The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Net's setup is very simple. Plug the unit into the wall and into the router, go online to Pogoplug.com, create an account or sign in to an existing one, and select Activate New Device. Previously, users had to enter a serial number found on the bottom of their PogoPlug-technology product, but now (in most cases) the devices appear automatically.

The Pogoplug online portal lets you copy, delete, download, and upload files - basically, anything that you can do with your files at home. There's even an online viewer for perusing images, Microsoft Office files, and other content without having to fire up a local application - handy in internet cafés that offer only browsing. Seagate includes software for file syncing, too. And the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Net works with social networking services and portable devices like the Apple iPhone and the Apple iPad. Pogoplug doesn't support local network administration or access, as the Ctera Networks CloudPlug and the Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station do, but it allows you to share files online more easily than with CloudPlug.

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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Net: Specs

  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • GoFlex Ultra-portable drive ports
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port
  • 120x95x36.5mm
  • 0.47kg
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • GoFlex Ultra-portable drive ports
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port
  • 120x95x36.5mm
  • 0.47kg

OUR VERDICT

Many users will appreciate being able to plug SATA drives directly into a Pogo-enabled dock. Our only complaint with the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Net is it has only one USB port, though you can work around that (as we did) with a powered USB hub.

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