Patriot Gauntlet Node Wi-Fi Storage Enclosure Review
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.
HDD Form Factor:
Max HDD Support:
|3.39” (D) x 5.47” (W) x .96” (H)
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
Up to 150 Mbit transfer rate
Embedded PCB antenna
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)
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.
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.