06-15-2012 06:58 AM
I see where the Satellite will not broadcast WiFi when connected via USB. Why is theis necessary?
Was planning and making this a part of my vehicle setup.
The VW Tiguan can accept a portable hard-drive connect to it and play the music off of it.
I was hoping then to use the Satellite to provide access to that content (plus video's) for passengers and their fones/tablets.
But when the USB port is engaged the WiFi gets shut off.
Looks like the the NTFS file format only is an issue as well.
Why the requirement for NTFS and no WiFi when connected via USB?
12-10-2012 06:05 PM
Did you manage to get an answer to this OR overcome it. I want to do the same on my Audi car.
BTW I have split my drive into FAT32 (100GB) and NTFS (Remainder) partitions.
My car's hed unti can now read the FAT32 section where MP3's are stored.
So problem still remains that when connected via USB the wireless is switched off. :-(
12-22-2012 09:37 AM - edited 12-22-2012 09:54 AM
Whoa, sorry you haven't gotten an answer on this.
Unfortunately this is necessary, and can't be hacked easily.
The back of the drive is just a SATA connector that connects to the internal SATA pins on the drive when plugged in.
To use wifi the satellite boots up small single-board computer (it's running an OMAP3 used on beagleboard and some Android phones). Since the internal processor is using the drive's SATA connector, you can't just go plugging it in to something else without disconnecting it from the internals first.
The only way I can think of to design around this would be to copy Android's solution and use USB MTP to access the drive. I doubt the pins are even accessible inside the device to solder this in, but you could probably convince a BeagleBone or RaspberryPi or something to serve up files like this with enough hacking. The drawbacks are that it would be USB 2.0 only and very slow, and you'd probably need to install drivers to get it to work at all.
Guessing Segate looked at their options and decided to go with the upgradable SATA dock for the fast, direct USB 3.0 access over being able to leave WiFi on.