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Will Kindle Fire HD with Eye-Fi SD card and app work abroad?

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Initial post: Jan 25, 2013 8:31:35 PM PST
Carmen55 says:
I would be very grateful for someone knowledgeable to help me with this particular issue.

I have just ordered the Kindle Fire hd 16g registered to a UK account. My situation is that I will be travelling around South America for 6 months, I'm a photographer but I will not be taking a laptop with me (too heavy and expensive for backpacking) to save the photos onto. It would be ideal to be able to upload the photos to the kindle in some way so I can save and share them online.

I have looked into buying an Eye-Fi card to automatically upload via wifi but the problem is that Eye-Fi requires an app- either its own or can use Flickr and other photo sites, and from all the information I have read and gleaned from (confusing) conversations with Amazon I gather that apps will not work outside the UK. You can only download ebooks and use the internet.

The other problem seems to be that the USB is a micro one so you can't connect an external card reader, am I right?

My only other options seem to be to carry multiple sd cards, use internet cafes to download the photos to Flickr and use the kindle to manage and share photos through the Flickr site directly. This is not great because of the risk of loss and damage etc.

Any solutions would be greatly appreciated!


Posted on Jan 26, 2013 7:07:57 AM PST
AugustFalcon says:
This guy is presently traveling around South America on a small motorcycle and writing a daily trip report including pictures: Its either his 2nd or 3rd trip and there might be some info in his very long trip report which might help you. Try asking him.

I would look into a portable hotspot type of device if I were you along with one of the portable wireless connecting hard drives. The latter devices were designed to wirelessly allow the Kindle to connect to them thereby expanding the storage available. If they alone broadcast an SSID you might not need the portable hotspot to set up the network.

You could set up the WIFI card to automatically join that network and transfer the photos up or conversely set up the WIFI cards DIRECT Network and have the disk drive join that network.

Upon thinking this through above I am wondering if the Fire could be set up to join the WIFI card's Direct Network. I have one so I'll give it a try now and report back.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 7:16:03 AM PST
I think your best bet would be to get an iPad.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2013 7:51:19 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
Kindle Fire is not the Droid you're looking for. Its USB port cannot host any devices; you cannot access its onboard storage except via wifi or by connecting it to a computer via USB. It has no card slots. Its access to content is limited by your location. It is a personal entertainment device, not designed or intended for serious work.

You need to be looking at tablets that are intended for the kind of work you're doing. Full-featured Android tablets, or iPads. Make sure apps that you need are available for the platform. Toshiba Thrives have both full-size USB ports and SD card slots; iPads accomplish this with an accessory. Do you need a tablet with built-in 3G/4G and a replaceable SIM card, so you can use it with different countries' cellular networks?

My advice: shop harder.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 7:55:51 AM PST
AugustFalcon says:
Just finished the experiment. Here is what I did.

First I connected the WIFI card to my Mac and used their Mac application to turn on the Direct Network and to set the timers to keep it on for 4 min while searching and an additional 4 minutes after it had transferred photos. Then while it was still on I started my Fire and added that Direct WIFI card network to the list of networks and entered the password. It connected.

Next I ejected the WIFI card from the Mac and put it back into the camera (Olympus PL-1) and turned the camera on and went to my Fire and used WiFi explorer (a free app) to see if the Direct Network started up with the WIFI card in the camera and the camera turned on. It did not. So, I took a picture. Within a few seconds after I had taken the picture and it was transferred from the camera's buffer to the WIFI card the Direct Network came alive and my Fire connected (Don't remember if I did it manually or it did so automatically - dogs whining to go out and he distracted me)

So at least at this point it is possible for the WIFI card to directly connect to a Fire. What I have not done yet is to actually transfer any photos. To test that I have to set up a directory structure on the Fire to accept them and then do the WIFI card setup on the Mac so it knows where to put them on the Fire. That's next. I will probably just use /sdcard/Pictures and see if that works.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2013 8:14:11 AM PST
T. Cannon says:
Although I do not ever anticipate needing any of the information discussed in this thread, I am anxiously awaiting the outcome just to see what it possible.

Thanks to AugustFalcon and others like him(her?) for going above and beyond to answer questions and craft solutions for others.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 8:16:59 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2013 8:17:20 AM PST
As long as you purchase one of the Eye-Fi X2 cards, you can side load the Eye-Fi app onto your Fire, and then automatically send your pictures from your camera to your Fire. You should then be able to connect your Fire to a wifi signal (hotel, cafe, etc.) and share those images. The X2 cards set up their own wifi signal, which the Fire then connects to, transferring photos off your camera over this connection, which avoids the need for another internet/wifi connection to be available. Essentially the Eye-fi card is setting up a local (not internet connected) network between the card and your mobile device (cellphone, Fire).

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 8:40:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2013 8:41:10 AM PST
AugustFalcon says:
Aw nuts!!!


Just install the free EYE-FI app directly from the Amazon App store! No side loading required. As you guys say --- works a treat!

Still have to set the Direct Network up on a PC or Mac and then perhaps connect but it just transferred 7 photos directly from my camera to my 1st gen Fire :)))

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 9:03:11 AM PST
"and from all the information I have read and gleaned from (confusing) conversations with Amazon I gather that apps will not work outside the UK."

Once downloaded and installed on your device, apps should continue to function anywhere in the world as long as you have a wi fi signal (for apps that need it). For apps that stream content (like video or music), yes, those may not be able to do so outside of the UK.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2013 2:27:12 PM PST
See, I should have searched Amazon's app store before providing that. It wasn't available for so long (through Amazon) that I gave up looking. Even easier now. :)

Posted on Jan 27, 2013 4:30:31 PM PST
Carmen55 says:
Thank you all so much for your feedback and advice, especially AugustFalcon for the experiment!

To be honest I've had to read the thread several times (with googling of technical terms in between...) but I'm finally starting to understand. I just found it unbelievable that the eye-fi X2 would set up it's own connection...

The Kindle is arriving tomorrow but I'm now wondering if I made the wrong choice (time is of the essence so I just went for it). In a way I started looking at it as an alternative to carrying books around with me, then the added convenience of internet, then thinking about my photography needs and the possibilities...
Aaargh, I really want to harness all this great technology but I'm so clueless. I'm now thinking of the ipad with lightning to sd card reader...

With less than a week before I fly and a new SLR to buy as well I'm going slightly mad.

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