WD launches wireless hard drives

WD launches wireless hard drives
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WD launches wireless hard drives. Western Digital is trying some new tactics in external hard drives these days, and their new MyPassport Wireless edition has a couple of useful additions.

Passport Wireless is priced Rs 12,000 for 1 TB and Rs 17,000 for 2 TB

Western Digital is trying some new tactics in external hard drives these days, and their new MyPassport Wireless edition has a couple of useful additions. Most external hard drives have USB 3 and 2.5″ mechanical drives, but this one adds an SD slot, 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity., and a small amount of solid state storage, so this model is actually a hybrid drive.

The Wi-Fi is rated for eight users simultaneously accessing the drive or it can process four HD video streams at the same time. An internal FTP server will allow connections to Wi-Fi equipped cameras, and it can share internet connections with several different devices. There is a web interface which gives the user control of various functions, and it is compatible with Android and iOS applications. The internal battery for the drive is good for six hours of video streaming according to Western Digital.

The added features in this drive make it fairly expensive in comparison to most external drives, in fact, those features basically double the price of the drive. Three different capacities are available. The My Passport Wireless as a traditional hard drive, which would probably be the quickest way to load it up with media, but also as a wireless media server. When you're out on the road, just connect directly to it. When you're at home, you have the more convenient option of hooking up through your existing Wi-Fi network.

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