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Works Well As Advertised
on December 4, 2009
I almost didn't buy this adapter because of all the negative reviews, but for $ 20.00 I thought it was worth at least trying.
That being said, I am only reveiewing the advertised functionality, not what I wish it would do, or what others wish it would do. As I understand this, it is only supposed to allow you to do the following;
1.) Connect your compatible Pandigital Frame wirelessly via WiFi to a Picasa Web Albums account.
I use Picasa almost exclusively so I was happy to find a device compatible with Picasa, other frames connect to Snapfish and couple of other photo services.
It does this very well once you get everything set up. You have to have a Picasa Web Album userid and password. The Picasa account is free for 1 GB of space. You can buy more space if needed. However you can store a lot of photos in 1 gb at lower resolutions, but I reccommend using higher resoultions for 9 " frames and larger.
Many reveiwers say they never got this to work. I had no problem getting connected to my network, but at first I couldn't get it to download the photos from Picasa to the frame. The screen showed that it was connected to the Picasa server, but I had a blank screen, and I know I had photos available on the server. Did some reasearch at one of the user forums and there was one post had this helpful tip.
Use your Picasa username and password, which is not the same as your email address and password, even though both methods will allow access to your Picasa account on your PC, only the Username works on the Frame. I think they call it your Picasa alias name. Once I did that, all of the photos and folders displayed.
I would have given the dongle a 5 Star rating because the dongle does what it is advertised to do, and does it well. I knocked off a Star because of the spartan insructions. They only explain how to connect your frame to your network, and they really assume you have experience. The instructions do not mention Picasa or how to connect to Picasa. You have to go back to your Frame Instruction Manual for that information and even the Frame Documention is sketchy regarding Web Albums. This is a glaring ommission since at the present time, that is the only function you can perform with this dongle.
This dongle does what it is supposed to do. Connect your frame via WIFI to Picasa Web Albums. Several users commented that they had hoped to give a frame to Parents or relatives that live far apart and remotely download photos to the frame from time to time. That can be done with no problem using Picasa. Just follow intructions at the Picasa website for uploading your photos to their server, then set your frame to the "Network Photos" option. Then select a photo and hit enter, or select the slide show option to display all photos in the selected Album. One nice feature is the copy feature, you can copy the Network Photos from the server directly to Frames internal memory. Good if you don't want to stay connected to the server.
I have only had this running for about 15 hours, but I want to do a couple of other tests and I will update this reveiw later, but rest assured there is no problem with the dongle. Just make sure the Pandigital Frame you purchase is Wifi or Bluletooth compatabile. Many of the older PanD frames are not compatible with this device.
One final point. The Adapter comes with a little multi angle adapter so you can adjust dongle in many different directions. This helps keep it hidden in the back of the frame. ( I mention this because I wasn't expecting it in the package) I was worried that the dongle was going to stick out of the back of the frame, but using the extra adapter the dongle is flush with the back of the frame now, and out of sight.