Patriot Gauntlet Node Wi-Fi Storage Enclosure Review

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There are a couple of inconveniences of modern connected living that Patriot Memory is trying to address with a product called the Gauntlet Node. One is the problem of storage; the only computer or mobile device we have--and you know that we have quite a few--that isn’t constantly running out of local storage is our big desktop system. Whether it’s due to our packrat-like tendencies (hey, we might need our college geology notes someday, and then who will be laughing at whom?), our prolific shutterbugging, our library of music and movies, or the need to maintain secure backups of all of it, file storage is a nagging problem.

Then of course there’s the issue of actually accessing files. Setting up a home media server has long been the solution to that problem, but configuration and management can be a pain, not to mention expensive if you put together a dedicated PC for the task.

The Gauntlet Node is a wireless hard drive enclosure that offers a possible solution to both problems; it’s a self-contained portable media server that supports bulk storage (hard drives and SSDs) and can stream via WiFi to up to 8 devices simultaneously.

Patriot Memory Gauntlet Node
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3.39” (D) x 5.47” (W) x .96” (H)

182.5 grams

Wifi 802.11 b/g/n

Up to 150 Mbit transfer rate

Embedded PCB antenna

SATA II

WPA Security

1 x USB 3.0 external data port (USB 2.0 backwards compatible)

Lithium-ion polymer battery up to 5.5 hours continuous streaming

Fits 2.5 inch HDD/SSD


Up to 2TB


Up to 8 devices


2 Years (Limited) 

You can use any 2.5-inch HDD or SSD of adequate thinness, and the maximum capacity the Gauntlet Node supports is 2TB for hard drives and 480GB for SSDs. The interior interface is SATA II, and the device features 802.11 b/g/n WiFi connectivity.  Finally, you can expect maximum transfer rates of up to 150Mbps over this link.

No wireless device would be worth a damn without adequate security features, and the Gauntlet Node thankfully has a few built in. You can leave the Node unsecured if you like (Pro tip: don’t), or you can opt for WEP, WPA-PSK, or WPA2-PSK. Predictably, you can choose your preferred WPA encryption mode (TKIP, AES, or TKIPAES) and set a passphrase.


One of the most attractive features of the Gauntlet Node is that because the device creates its own hotspot and runs on a battery that promises up to 5.5 hours of life while streaming, you can set it up anywhere very quickly. Measuring just 3.39 x 5.47 x .96 inches (WxLxD), the Node is also roughly the size of a typical external hard drive and is easy to stash in a laptop bag, hand bag, or even a cargo pants pocket, if you don’t mind the bulge.

In the box, you’ll get the actual Gauntlet Node hard drive enclosure as well as a power adapter with a separate USB power cable, a USB 3.0-to-USB3.0 B cable, all the appropriate clips and screws, and a trio of installation and quick start guides.
 

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BSmith2 2 years ago

WiFi hard drive?

DFawcett 2 years ago

RTFA or STFU

jellybean 2 years ago

Thanks for the nice review and helpful setup screens. Just got the unit a few days ago and the review is spot on, the drive is not perfect, but can be very handy and is perfectly adequate. Also like the review says, battery life did not reach 5hrs when streaming video.  Lasted about 3hrs before it stopped streaming and then flashed a low battery warning on my screen.

I installed an old/spare 200gb drive I had and formatted it once installed in the enclosure. Streaming SD worked just fine on my Tegra 2 based phones and tables, but I needed a Tegra 3 or S4 based device (Nexus 7, HTC One S) to play the 720p vids without stuttering.

Next time we have a long drive or stay at a hotel, my kids can just connect to the Gauntlet and watch all their videos from their phones and tablets. No more, "Dad, can you load this show on my tablet or load this song on my phone?" before we go on a trip. For me, this device is well worth the $99

dorkstar 2 years ago

I just recently got one of these. While the home use really hasn't impressed me, I'm excited to take it on the road.

I've considered downloading movies for my kid, so on road trips I can hook my phone up to the dvd player in the backseat and she can be entertained for hours. I took a look and found this article and saw the playtime is quite disappointing, however I think this is easily solved by plugging it into a USB charger in a 110v outlet in a car, or just keeping it charged at the office/house. I can't imagine using it much without plugging it in.The upside for me is being able to stream all the music I want, and have a few movies streaming while I'm cruising down the road. Perhaps I'll load it up with some music and give it a test drive on the way to work tomorrow.

OSunday one year ago

Hexus is having a give away for one these!

http://hexus.net/tech/features/storage/49209-win-one-five-patriot-gauntlet-node-wireless-enclosures/ 

Dorkstar one year ago

I saw that earlier too, and happened to learn how many devices can be connected at once, lol.  I own the thing and didn't know how many devices could be connected.

OSunday one year ago

Yeah 8 devices...
In a family of 6, that's actually not unrealistic to use since most everyone has a cell phone and there are more than 2 computers in the house as well haha 

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