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Sandisk unveils WiFi enabled portable flash drives

Can wirelessly store, share and stream content across mobile devices and PCs
Tue Jul 23 2013, 11:30
Sandisk wireless drives have built in routers

STORAGE VENDOR Sandisk has announced its first line of WiFi enabled portable flash storage drives under the umbrella branding of "Connect", storing up to 64GB of data.

The lineup includes two drives, a thumb drive named the Connect Wireless Flash Drive in 16GB and 32GB capacities, and a larger but still pocket sized Connect Wireless Media Drive that will be available in 32GB or 64GB capacities.

Running from rechargable built-in batteries, the drives offer the ability to wirelessly store, share and stream content across mobile devices and computers over an 802.11n WiFi network while supporting multiple WiFi clients simultaneously. The drives can also relay internet access as they contain internal routers, so no external router or internet connection is needed to stream media.

According to Sandisk the larger of the two drives, the Connect Wireless Media Drive offers up to eight continuous streaming hours on a single charge. It also has an SDHC/SDXC memory card slot that allows users to store and share additional content. The media drive wirelessly connects up to eight mobile devices and can stream up to five different HD movies at once.

Sandisk's smaller thumb drive has no internal storage, but instead comes with a microSD slot with an SD card included with either 16GB or 32GB capacity. Sandisk claims it will run for around four hours on its rechargeable battery. The firm claims it is the smallest wireless flash drive available, and the Connect Wireless Flash Drive can support a maximum of three WiFi clients.

The Sandisk Connect storage products work with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire and Android devices as well as PC and Mac computers. Movies, music, photos and documents can be loaded by simply dragging and dropping the files, and are accessed via the Sandisk Connect apps available for download from the App Store, Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore for Android.

The Sandisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is available in the UK now starting at £43 for the 16GB model and £50 for the 32GB device.

The larger Sandisk Connect Wireless Media Drive will be available in the fourth quarter in 32GB or 64GB storage capacities, though prices are still to be announced. µ


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