Saturday, 19 September 2015 15:05

SanDisk Connect – a flash drive with Wi-Fi (review)

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SanDisk have released a battery operated memory stick with integrated Wi-Fi to connect up to three devices - smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac.

It currently has MyConnect apps for Android and iPhone. If you use PC/Mac you connect to its own Wi-Fi SSID SanDisk Connect ###### and open a browser using the URL www.sandisk.com/myconnect.

You can then add a WPA password. You can also bridge the device to use your own internet connected Wi-Fi source e.g. from your computer to the Connect, and from the Connect to your Wi-Fi router. One catch – you can only do this from the Android or iOS app. It is significantly slower as a Wi-Fi bridge.

It supports three devices using Wi-Fi N, single 2.4GHz band. You can also select a Wi-Fi channel – if you do this, it is best to use Wi-Fi analyser software to determine the best, most uncluttered channel.

Battery life is about 4.5 hours and USB 5V, 500mA charging time up to two hours (charger not included). It has a LED that indicates battery charge or use status. You can charge either by plugging directly into a USB charger or a USB port – it will not work over a USB cable.

If you plug directly into a PC/Mac you can use it to transfer PC files to it and then to the Android/iOS device.

In testing with an Android device, the app gives a range of settings including auto-backup. I can see this as useful for photography sessions on the run. Teh app supports creation of new folders on the device.

Range is line of sight – 150 feet. In testing, I found that really means having it in the same room.

There is a maximum file transfer size of 4GB on the 16 or 32GB models. No limit except the drive size on the 64 and 128GB models.

Prices range from $49.95 to $178.95.

Opinion

A good device to transfer files to and from PC/Mac to Android and iOS and vice versa – although you can do this via a cable too.

In the convenience stakes, it is a great way to get content off your device – like a little mini-cloud without the data costs. For that alone its worth the money.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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