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4.0 out of 5 stars A wireless access point built into a USB thumb drive. If you need that functionality, it's pretty cool..., December 19, 2011
This review is from: Maxell AirStash Expandable Capacity Wireless 8GB Flash Drive 8 A02 (666602) (Personal Computers)
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This is the kind of device that seems pretty cool at first glance, but also seems kind of obscure: What, exactly, IS this? You get the idea it lets you expand storage of storage limited devices without standard expansion avenues, like the iPad. But how?

OK, let's cut to the quick. Here's the short summary:

This is

A) A USB thumb drive (with removable SD storage; it comes with a 8 or 16Gb card, but you can use your own. You can also use a Micro SD card if you use an adaptor). Most of us are familiar with thumb drives, and when this is inserted into a USB slot, it acts like any of them. Not too exciting.

B) A wireless access point. This device has a built in battery (life about 6+ hours on full charge, and it charges when it's in a USB slot). So you can pull it out of a computer and suddenly you have a wireless access point with on-board memory. What does that mean? It means that if you have any networked device, and if that device allows you to see and browse other networked devices, you can browse the files that are on this device. It supports wireless B, G, and N. On any normal computer (or Android device), you simply enter [...] into your device's browser, and you can list/view/download/upload files on the AirStash through the resulting interface. Very easy.

So...You can take your AirStash "thumb drive", connect it to a computer, upload a bunch of videos or pictures to it, disconnect it from your computer, and then stream those videos or pictures to any local networked devices that may want to access them.

But what about those iPads with their locked down operating system that doesn't allow you to browse network devices in a standard manner? No worries: There's an app for that :-) Yes, there is an app for Apple's iOS operating system that, when installed, then allow you to browse the AirStash (assuming you're in wireless network range). You can both download and upload to the AirStash. So, for example, if you want to get pictures off your iPad, you can upload them to the AirStash, then download them from the AirStash on another computer (either wirelessly, or by plugging in the AirStash as a thumb drive).

That's about it.

Speeds are as you'd expect, depending on your network (b, g or n). The supplied memory card is "class 10", which is nice and fast. (If you use your own memory cards, your mileage will vary, of course).

It's interesting, and kind of cool (at least it's cool that they've shoved an access point + battery into this small package).

If you are using an Apple device with no memory expansion, the coolness is higher than if you're using a standard computer that already offers other options for getting files on/off. But it needs to be noted that there are also "cloud" options for uploading/downloading to your Apple device. Of course, this solution doesn't depend on ANY internet connection, and your data is presumably somewhat more secure if it stays local (set the local security!) On the other hand, you don't need to pay a significant chunk of change for most modest "cloud" solutions, and you don't need to carry another device to use those.

So it's a judgement call.

On the whole, I was impressed that this device does work, and it works well, and it works as advertised, and that so much is compressed into a sleek little package. But whether it's worth paying for that package will depend on your own needs and pocketbook...
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Initial post: Mar 3, 2012 11:13:59 PM PST
J. Alexander says:
Can you load movies to it and then stream them to your iPad?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2012 8:56:49 PM PST
Yes, you can load movies to the AirStash and then stream them to your iPad (assuming you've installed the AirStash app to your iPad).

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2012 10:53:50 PM PST
J. Alexander says:

Posted on Mar 11, 2012 4:54:01 PM PDT
Thank you for doing the sporting on this device

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 4:08:49 AM PDT
Anthony says:
Very nice review. I'm just wondering about the less obvious uses for the access point. Have you found any?

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 9:33:50 PM PDT
Nonobvious or obvious? Splendidly useful. This lets you transfer photos from a real camera to an iPad/iPhone/iPod, then transfer them to another flash device for redundant backup, all without a PC, Mac, or iTunes. My luggage just got 2 Kg lighter!! Soon enough this elegant design (sorry, SD-less Kingston WiDrive) will be copied by three or four others at a lower price, but right now it is in a class by itself. If you travel and want to take quality photos with a camera you can adjust and control (sorry, iPad/iPhone/iPod), but don't want to haul a laptop around, this device makes up for the missing flash drive socket and SD socket on iPad/iPhone/iPods. I'll let someone else explain why you don't want to use the Cloud for this task.

Posted on May 5, 2012 3:25:51 PM PDT
St.Croix says:
can you go on the internet with this device without transferring files from the devices, also can we use it while on road trips.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 8:34:44 PM PDT
Anthony says:
No, you cannot go to the internet using the Air Stash.

Posted on May 6, 2012 2:26:23 AM PDT
St.Croix says:
so is just 2 download movies and etc. on your ipad and etc.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2012 3:52:41 AM PDT
Anthony says:
You can download files (PDF, DOC, excel), and stream music and movies, to an iPad, or iPhone. You can also download to laptops too. With this, you can easily trade files with a laptop user, too. You can save files from our iPad to this too, using programs like Goodreader, Pages, Keynote, and and program that talks WebDAV.
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