Patriot Memory made an addition to its Gauntlet family of storage devices, with the Gauntlet NODE portable wireless HDD/SSD enclosure. Carry terabytes of data around without bothering about cables.
Patriot Memory unveiled the Gauntlet NODE, its newest storage product. We've been familiar with the drive since this year's Computex event. The product is now generally available in the US. The Gauntlet NODE is a DIY portable HDD wireless enclosure, which can enclose a 2.5-inch hard drive (HDD) or solid-state drive (SSD) with SATA 3 Gb/s interface (up to 1 TB volume size supported). Contents of the drive can then be streamed wirelessly, or can be accessed as a USB Mass Storage device, thanks to its USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface.
The drive powers itself with a rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery, which can keep it running for up to 5 hours, before needing a charge (can be charged by its included AC adapter, or by USB).
It features a 802.11 b/g/n WLAN adapter, supporting wireless network bandwidths up to 150 Mbps. The adapter supports most common security standards, including WPA. Patriot has apps for iOS and Android on their respective content stores (App Store and Google Play), which lets you connect to the drive easily. When streaming data, the Gauntlet NODE acts as a WLAN server, with a web-access configuration page.
“The Gauntlet Node is set to provide the most flexible wireless storage solutions available”, says Mike Kroll, Patriot Memory’s Director of Peripherals Product Management. “With a DIY form factor that supports standard 2.5” HDDs and SSDs and includes built in features like WiFi and USB 3.0 connectivity, the Gauntlet Node is an amazingly powerful way to expand the storage of popular mobile devices like smart phones, tablets, and ultrabook class laptops,” he added.
The Gauntlet NODE wireless drive enclosure from Patriot Memory costs US $99.99. It is currently available in the US, and availability in other markets will be announced soon.