As customers carry on to move their lives away from the desktop and onto their smartphone devices, having an external Wireless Hard Drive which will you connect without any cables is a appropriate method to pile away pictures, videos, and music which you might want to take it with you while roaming. Nonetheless, how do they actually work and are they worth the elevated price cost over the more conventional external media solutions that we have used up till now?
What Is a Wireless Hard Drive?
Conventional external hard drives need a USB port to connect to your PC. Wireless hard drives, as the name suggest, uses either Bluetooth or WiFi connection to grant nearly any type of smartphone or immobile device to access the files saved inside.
This is mainly useful for mobile devices like smartphones or tablets, that don’t have simple USB ports like laptops–they’ve a Micro-USB (Android) or Lightning (iPhone) port. It means that until you purchase some extremely innovative adapters and download third-party applications which are not even available in the main App stores, a usual external hard drive will not work on many phones. However, some Android phones may work with external drives nevertheless, even then, they would probably lose battery very rapidly powering the drive.
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Wireless hard drives are battery-operated, and invariably extrude their own WiFi network that any nearby devices can connect to them with a password. If you connect to it from your computer, the drive will appear in File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac OS X). If you connect to it from a smartphone or tablet, a window should appear which will guide you through all the necessary steps you will require to start transferring files to and from the drive. The battery life will differ reckoning on what you are doing at that point of time, however almost every manufacturer rate their drives at about 6 hours of optimum use while regularly streaming media and around 20 hours if kept on futile standby.
The best wireless hard drives available in market comes with a range of built-in media streaming capacities, that works with smartphones, smart TVs, tablets and media streamers like the Chromecast and Roku. You can easily join the hard drives network via your TV’s interface and all the movies, TV shows, or music you have stored on it will be playable.
Top 5 Wireless Hard Drive
WD My Passport Wireless
WD My Passport is Wireless Hard Drive which has an extremely robust features and functionalities. Especially it has a 2T2R antenna and 802.11n Wi-Fi for a maximum speed of 300Mbps. In the real terms transfer speeds are more like 7.1MB/s, however the real advantage comes from faster handling of multiple synchronous connections. It also has an SD card reader that can do auto backups from a camera or share the contents over the network. The WD My Passport Wireless Hard Drive implies an outstanding My Cloud App for management and remote file access. You can also stream to DLNA compatible devices with up to 8 connections. This wireless drive lasts about 5 hours on battery, but with lesser users and minimum data transfers, can run for a longer period. The WD My Passport Wireless Hard Drive can also connect to and share an Internet connection, or transfer over USB 3.0 at up to 116.6MB/s. The My Passport Wireless comes in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB, that costs $120, $180, and $220, respectively.
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Corsair Voyager Air
The Corsair Voyager Air Wireless Hard Drive is mainly a USB 3.0 portable drive that comes with a built-in Wi-Fi access point to offer mobile data sharing and HD content streaming. The Corsair Voyager Air gives up to 1TB of storage to an existing network and it has the capacity of wirelessly streaming HD data to a maximum of 8 devices at the same time with Wi-Fi-enabled mobile phones. It can also transmit Wi-Fi Internet access and comes with both wall and car chargers. The Corsair Voyager Air is an outstanding purchase which has a price of $220 for 1TB and $180 for 500GB.
Seagate Wireless Plus (1TB)
Seagate Wireless Plus is a Wireless Hard Drive that implements a single band 802.11n Wi-Fi and don’t use dual band. This suggests that, it has a max transfer speed of 150Mbps and 6.5MB/s. For formal use, speed is more strained at a distance, hence until you require to move a large amount of content at the same time or support multiple HD streams, it is no problem. Seagate Wireless Plus can connect to 8 devices simultaneously and also able to stream content to DLNA-compatible devices. Seagate Wireless Plus can form an Internet connection or copy files at a speed up to 118.7MB/s via USB 3.0. It has also a wall charger and an outstanding App (and PC software) for smooth backups, setup and accessing remote files. You can get the Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB from $210 and the 2TB from $275.
LaCie Fuel is a Wireless Hard Drive that has a 1TB and 2TB hard drive disk along with 802.11n Wi-Fi that can transfer at a speed upto 150Mbps. LaCie Fuel connects to 5 devices at the same time and is capable of streaming media directly to DLNA-compatible devices and share available Internet connection also. You can also synchronize files to available cloud storage like dropbox. Relying on the load, LaCie Fuel has a battery life of 10 hours and has a USB wall charger. This Wireless Hard Drive has a transfer speed of 5.3MB/s although it can increase upto 110MB/s via USB 3.0. The 1TB LaCie Fuel is available for $220 and the 2TB model will cost you $300.
SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive
This Wireless Flash Drive that allows you to share content upto 3 devices including iOS, Android, Macs, Amazon Fire tablets or Windows computer at the same time. With up to 200GB Max storage, SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is the pen drive revived to work with your system and your mobile phones as well. You can take the Wireless Stick in your pocket, in your small bag or anywhere in the room, you will be able to wirelessly access your multimedia content or transfer huge MB/GB of files, stream HD videos or music files within minutes. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Hard drive is a normal-sized USB pen drive which the dimensions of 2.79 x 0.84 x 0.45-inch (7.09 x 2.13 x 1.14cm). In terms of operating systems, this SanDisk wireless media drive works well with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Windows Vista/7/8. The Wi-Fi mode is that pen drive uses is 802.11n. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is available in capacities of 16GB for Rs. 1,725 , 32GB for Rs. 2,499, 64GB for Rs. 3,599, and 128GB for Rs. 6,099.
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