|Wireless Type||802.11.n, 802.11.g, 802.11.b|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
Maxell AirStash Expandable Capacity Wireless 8GB Flash Drive 8 A02 (666602)
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- AirStash is a Portable Private Wireless Network Drive
- Secure portable networked wireless storage up to 128 GB (via removable SD Memory Card). Works with iPad, iPhone, Android Devices, Kindle fire, and more
- Easily expand the amount of storage you can access with your tablet and Smartphone
- Share photos, documents or presentations with up to 8 other wireless devices at once
- Stream videos to 3 wireless devices simultaneously. Each device can receive its own unique video
- Save, transfer and share content with others from your camera SD card quickly and easily with no adapter or wires needed
- Built-in, rechargeable Battery lasts up to 7 hours and charges via standard USB port
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The Maxell AirStash is the first and only pocket-sized wireless flash drive to combine the portability of a USB flash drive, the flexibility of SD flash media, the power of media streaming to multiple users and two-way wireless document transfer capability. The AirStash is the perfect companion to the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch user who wants to view, save and share documents and media on the go. The Maxell AirStash uses a standard USB connection so you don't need to carry a special cable or power adaptor to use or recharge the AirStash. The self contained rechargeable lithium polymer battery lasts over 5 hours. The product comes bundled with Maxell series 10 SD flash memory cards and is available in both 8GB and 16GB capacities. The product is backed by Maxell's free 24x7x365 Tri-lingual technical support.
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AirStash Wireless Flash Drive
Introducing AirStash: The Essential Accessory for iPad, iPhone, Android Devices, Kindle Fire, and More
Just connect your WiFi enabled devices to your AirStash and instantly stream your media files through our free app or through your web browser. Download the free AirStash app or use many compatible third party apps such as Apple's Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. Use AirStash to save and share documents, stream media files and view or import photos. AirStash is the iPad, iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire accessory you've been waiting for.
Easy wireless access to your favorite media
Just connect your WiFi enabled device to your AirStash and instantly surf and stream your media files through your web browser.For additional functionality, download the free AirStash app or use many compatible third party apps such as Apple's Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. Use AirStash to save and share documents, stream media files and view or import photos. AirStash is the iPad accessory you've been waiting for.
The first and only USB Flash Drive for iPad, iPhone, Android devices and Kindle Fire
Say goodbye to the days of emailing files to someone in the same room. AirStash allows you to carry your files with you and share them between wireless devices. Save and access files wirelessly, or plug AirStash into a computer's USB port to drag-and-drop your files.
Top-of-the-line media streaming
With AirStash you can store and stream HD video and audio from your pocket. It's a premium social multimedia server that gives you total freedom to enjoy movies, video and music wherever you are.
Photo management has never been easier
Viewing, sharing and importing photos are simple with AirStash. Plug your camera's SD card directly into AirStash's SD slot to quickly view and easily transfer photos back and forth from your iPad, iPhone, Android device or Kindle Fire. Enjoy unlimited SD card storage.
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So far I have tested it using 1080p rips I have taken from blu-ray discs. It works on the following devices that I have:
1) iPad 3
2) iPhone 4s
3) Lenovo Laptop
It doesn't not work reliably on the following devices (for movies):
1) Acer Iconia A500 (HC 4.0.1)
2) HTC Droid Incredible (GB 2.3.4).
3) Kindle Fire
I have been able to stream 3 1080p rips at the same time on iOS devices, each being movies of about 2GB in size.
I have also tested it with MP3 rips I have taken from my CD collection. They work as well.
I have it to load to loading PDFs and pictures from this device. I use Goodreader, Pages, and Keynote on the iPad and using the WebDAV protocal, I can open and save files to the Air Stash.
I'm deducting one star because this is supposed to work with Android too, but all of my testing shows that eventually movies will stop playing.
The battery life and range seem to be very good. You can use this for movies while it is connected to wall-powered USB plug.
This device is a slightly oversized USB stick. But it is basically tiny...no need to worry about a spinning hard drive or trying to power it. No need to have a special power adapter for it as long as you have a typical USB-based wall charger which you need for other devices. I really like its size and the convenience it offers when traveling. It takes up very little room and add minimal weight. It is a good road warrior device. You can use it to trade files with laptop users, too.
Supposedly this device uses SDXC cards in capacities from 64GB to 2 TB (I have not seen any larger than 128GB). I have an 128 GB SDXC card on order and will report back my experiences.
I really like this little thing. For you are an iOS user, then this is probably a top choice, unless you don't mind hauling around the comparatively bulky Goflex Satellite (and many people won't). Since I travel with a laptop (sometimes), tablet, and phone, I have no room for a Goflex.
So, did it work?
Yes, but, unfortunately, not very well. I was able to stream The Avengers to two devices fairly well, but once I added a third device watching the same movie the stream became unreliable. The device is supposed to be able to stream 3 movies at once, but perhaps they mean 3 different movies. Or, more likely, it can't really stream 3 regular resolution movies at once.
Since we have 3 kids, this isn't a great solution. We might still consider using it, but the SanDisk Connect 64GB Wireless Media Drive Streaming is supposed to be available in the next 1-2 weeks. It is less expensive, has much higher starting capacity , and claims to stream a movie to up to 5 clients (so probably 3). We've processed an Amazon return on the AirStash, but we may still keep it if we can't get the SanDisk in time for our trip.
Beyond the disappointing, but not surprising, performance issues I'll quickly list a few observations:
It's a bit bigger than it looks in the Amazon photos, it can fill a good portion of an adult hand. It fit the chargers in our van, but for some USB chargers you'll need a USB extension cable.
Although it has an internal battery, it's clearly designed to run off a car USB charger. The manual suggests leaving it in the charger.
It's a pain to turn on/off. I'd kill for a simple switch instead of these quirky push buttons that require a manual to use. The indicator light is worthless when the device is charging, I found I had to unplug it to know it's power state.
It takes about 15 seconds to boot up, so be patient waiting for WiFi to appear.
The AirStash is controlled by the (WebDav client) iOS AirStash+ app configure settings. You can use this to rename it and play media. FairPlay DRMd media is passed to Safari, Safari in turn passes it to iOS QuickTime player (videos.app). As long as the DRM on the movie matches the iTunes account on the iOS device then the movie will play. There are no chapter controls, you can often move through the movie timeline but not always. For a single user movies play well.
I was able to lock up iOS AirStash+ fairly easily and had to kill and restart it several times.
On initial use I was told a firmware update was available. The installation directions were poorly worded, and, again, it's hard to see the power/firmware update status light when the device is charging. It worked after some fiddly.
I don't think you can stream a movie when it's connected to a computer. I'm not positive, but it didn't seem to work in my testing. It's fine when connected to a power supply.
You can put movies directly on the FAT32 formatted SD card or plug in the AirStash and it will mount.
It comes with a plastic cap that doesn't fit on the end of the AirStash. So it will get lost pretty quickly.
When I typed 'airstash.net' into my desktop Safari while connected to the WiFi I did not get anything back. It's supposed to show the file system, can't say why that didn't work. I didn't pursue further since I won't use the device that way.
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 The AirStash ships with an 8GB SD card, which is really only practical for testing. You can buy a 16GB version, but obviously that's a waste of money. Most will buy the 8GB AirStash then get a 64GB to 2TB SDXC card.
 64GB internal, plus external slot available.