Mobile device manufacturers still charge a big premium for devices with additional memory. The cost difference between a base iPad Air with 16GB of memory and the 128GB version is a whopping $300. There is, however, no shortage of secondary Wi-Fi storage solutions available. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is one of most portable I’ve seen and is definitely a keeper.
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There are a variety of wireless mobile storage solutions available to consumers these days. Wireless portable hard drives, wireless flash drives, wireless docks, and wireless memory card readers can all supplement the limited amount of storage that are typical of most mobile devices. Seagate introduced the first wireless mobile storage drive back in 2011 (GoFlex Satellite) and is back with an all new drive called the Seagate Wireless Plus.
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Sharing media files and content with mobile devices isn’t always an easy task. The Kingston MobileLite Wireless is a compact Wi-Fi device that aims to simplify file sharing while on the go and provide additional storage for devices with limited memory. Basically a Wi-Fi enabled card reader, the MobileLite Wireless comes without any on-board storage. Instead, it has a USB port and a built-in SD card reader that allows the user to plug in their own USB flash drives and microSD/SD memory cards. It also doubles as an external battery pack, capable of charging your mobile devices. Could the MobileLite Wireless be an ideal mobile travel companion? Read on to find out.
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Tablets and smartphones are great entertainment devices, but are often limited by their lack of storage. Yes, there are a lot of cloud-based services that allow you to stream your music, videos and photos, but there are enough situations where you might be without a network connection, that local storage is necessary. This is where the Patriot Gauntlet 320 steps in. It’s a wireless portable hard drive with 320GB of storage, accessible by iOS and Android devices, as well as PCs, Macs and the Kindle Fire.
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The Netgear N600 WNDR3800 is a dual-band, gigabit wireless router that adds a strong set of new features to the critically-acclaimed WNDR3700. The “premium” in the description, refers to ReadyShare Print, ReadyShare Cloud, ClearChannel selector, dedicated video mode, Time Machine compatibility, and extended TiVo storage capability. I tested the WNDR3800 to see if the premium features were worth the upgrade from the WNDR3700.
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Chances are, you’ve heard of Eye-Fi wireless memory cards. For years, Eye-Fi memory cards have been making the process of transferring photos from cameras to computers a simple, cable-less affair. Not being satisfied with being a one-trick pony (albeit an amazing trick), Eye-Fi introduced a new feature called Direct Mode. Direct Mode allows photos from your camera to be wirelessly transferred to your smartphone or tablet, even without a Wi-Fi connection.
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The TRENDnet TEW-684UB dual band wireless adapter is one of the first USB adapters to support the new 450 Mbps wireless speeds. Unless you have an Intel 6300 Ultimate card (rare) in your laptop, you likely won’t be able to take full advantage of the 450 Mbps wireless routers that are out now. That’s where the TEW-684UB comes in.
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