By the consistent growth of phones and tablets which come without the option of expandable storage, the lack of SD card slots means there’s certainly a need for low cost solutions which forms a problem that Kingston is attempting, with the Wi-Drive, to solve.
The Kingston Wi-Drive is a portable storage drive allowing you to wirelessly access video, photos and ebooks from your Android or Apple mobile device or easily transfer the media directly to your mobile device. It’s a very handy way to carry a large amount of content for your tablet or smart phone without the need to spend a pretty penny for an upgrade in internal storage for said devices.
Owners of Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads or iPod Touches will appreciate the ability to either play files stored on the Wi-Drive or copy files to the mobile device without having to use iTunes. If you’ve moved your electronic life from a computer to a mobile device such as an Android tablet or Apple iPad, you’ll soon realise that storage – or lack of it – is a major issue, particularly if you like watching video or have a large music collection.
The storage in the Kingston Wi-Drive is an SSD and it is for this reason that it supports multi-user streaming. This is probably the strongest point of the Wi-Drive. Just imagine being on a flight with your family and letting three other members stream media from the Wi-Drive simultaneously, that would be a real nice experience.
In December 2012 Kingston announced the addition of a 128GB capacity to the Wi-Drive product line, allowing even more sharing on Wi-Fi enabled devices. This compliments the existing 32GB and 64GB capacities, which essentially helped to create a new market of WiFi enabled storage. Kingston leveraged their pedigree against competitors with design features such as their decision to use a battery that has four hour lifespan when in use in addition to its slim, pocketable build. As a flash-based drive, it has the smallest footprint and is by far the smallest carrying size in its class with very low overall weight.
How Does It Work?
It works by creating a local Wi-Fi network for up to three Android or iOS devices to connect to. Cleverly, it can also create a bridge between a Wi-Fi router and phone or tablet, allowing internet use via the Wi-Drive’s network. Older models of the Wi-Drive did not possess this capability which meant having to switch Wi-Fi connections when you wanted to use the internet and switching back to the drive to stream content. Thankfully this isn’t an issue with the current version of the Wi-Drive and streaming content to one device while using the internet on another works perfectly as does switching from watching a movie to browsing the web. Watch the following videos below for more details on this issue:
1- Wi-Drive: How to Bridge Your Internet Connection
2- How to Import & Export Media from the Wi-Drive
- Wi-Fi enabled and Flash-based storage ensures against accidental data loss from drops, bumps and knocks so you can take your favorite media with you
- Wi-Drive adds up to 128GB of storage space for more of your favorite music, photos, videos, PDFs and more
- Wi-Drive lets you share your favorite media with three users simultaneously ? without any hassles
- Multiplatform wireless streaming so you can use any combination of mobile devices, whether iOS or Android-based mobile devices
- A great companion for Windows users on iPads, as it removes the frustration of using auto sync to view content
- Cable – miniUSB to USB cable included. User can upload files and content from their PC/Mac to the Wi-Drive using the USB cable
- Rechargeable Battery – up to four hours of continuous use
- Wireless Network Interface ? Wi-Fi 802.11g/n with wireless security (WPA/WEP)