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Rating: 5/5Easy setup - a terabyte of wireless memory
This review is from: Patriot Aero 1TB USB 3.0 / WIFI External Hard Drive PCGTW1000S Black
Pros: This is my second wireless hard drive. For 1 terabyte, I can put a lot of movies, my entire music collection, documents and photos. It is a lot easier to setup, I guess the app is a lot more polished compared to when wireless hard drives are relatively new.
It was packaged nicely in a beautiful sturdy box with the drive well protected by a dense foam. It came with a USB 3.0 cable and power adapter for charging the internal lithium-ion battery. Also some extra adapters for non-US users. Make sure to charge it fully the first time you take it out of the box. The AC wall adapter is rated 100-240V so even if you travel to Asia or other countries you can still plug it on the wall without the need of a transformer. It has a folding prong and has an output of 5V at 2Amps. A full charge can last up to 6 hours.
Using the USB 3.0 cable, I transferred whole movies, pictures and documents in lightning speed. I have a couple of WD Passport drives for 2 TB, compared to them the Aero is a tad bigger in heft, but you have to remember that the Aero houses its own battery. I pressed the button on the side and confirmed I have 4 white LEDs for a fully charged battery. The first thing you need to do is download the free app - available from the Appstore (for IOS) and Google for Androids. The app is very light, it took only a few seconds to download it to my iphone, iPad and Mini. Upon firing up the app, I was able to connect to the drive's content by switching to its own Wifi; initial SSID is Patriot; you can rename it later. I played one of my high def home travel movies, it buffered for a few seconds and then start playing. Playing a DVD quality movie streams instantly, even scrubbing it in the middle, it continued to play almost in an instant. For pictures, Aero has its own built-in slideshow app. It is not as sophisticated as other slideshow softwares, but you can set the length in seconds and you can choose from 5 transitions.
What is cool about the Aero is that you can also use it as a wireless router. Once it is connected to the Wifi, you can setup the Aero's WiFi pass thru. Actually you should do this as your device cannot connect to the internet unless you enable this feature. Any of your WiFi devices can connect to the Aero and connect to the internet. The maximum is 8 devices. You can also upload contents of your IOS devices from your album or even Instagram. I transferred some videos and pictures by pressing the plus sign on the upper right of the Patriot app. Unfortunately uploading is limited on IOS devices, but you can do more with files using an android device.
Overall, the Aero is an amazing device. It can also be very useful specially when traveling and need to share memory space. For example, you can store photos from each other's camera and access them later, wirelessly, on each person's devices at once. The only thing I can think of surpassing this concept is by using solid state drive - of course for now the cost is a lim
Cons: I did a speedtest comparing my home WiFi and the Aero pass thru. My home WiFi clocked at 21.5 Mbps download and 3.79 Mbs upload. Aero is slower at 12.5 Mbps but has the same speed in terms of upload speed and 3.81 Mbps upload.
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