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Corsair Voyager Air 1TB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Black External Hard Drive CMFAIR-BLK-1000-NA

  • CMFAIR-BLK-1000-NA
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Overview

The High-Performance Media Hub for Your Connected Life

Voyager Air has the capacity to store all your digital media, and the flexibility to let the whole family enjoy it at home or on the go.

That's because Voyager Air is the first all-in-one portable wireless drive, home network drive, USB drive, and wireless hub. It's easy to set up, easy to use, and the compact size and extra-long battery life make it easy to take with you.

Voyager Air Lifestyle

Connect It to Your Home Network

Use Gigabit Ethernet to connect it to your home network, and use Voyager Air as a shared network drive. Consolidate all of your media in one place and access it from any Windows, OS X or even Linux system in your house.

Voyager Air Home Network

Break the Mobile Storage Barrier

Smart phones and tablets are great for enjoying media anywhere, but even the most advanced phones and tablets have only 64GB of storage. Voyager Air comes with up to one terabyte of storage, enough to hold up to 800 full-length HD movies or 380,000 MP3 files. You'll never run out of entertainment again.

Voyager Air Storage

Voyager Air Battery

Take It Anywhere

Voyager Air is ready to go at a moment's notice. Batteries and wireless networking are built-in, so you can enjoy all your movies, TV shows, music and photos at the office, or on your next road trip, business trip, or vacation. Since it's a self-contained streaming media server, you don't even need an Internet connection.

Watch On the Big Screen

With Voyager Air on your home network you can also access your media from smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, video game consoles, DVRs, and streaming media boxes that can connect to network shares.

Voyager Air Home Theatre

How it Works

As a Network Drive

Connect it to your router using Ethernet and it operates as a shared network (NAS) drive. It supports Gigabit Ethernet connections for fast data transfer, and will work with multiple partitions for easier media organization. Mac users can reformat to HFS+ for Time Machine compatibility. Naturally, Voyager Air isn't just for media – you can use it as a general-purpose storage and backup drive, too.

Voyager Air Network Drive

With Your Video Gear

Since Voyager Air operates as a standard network drive, you can use it with smart TVs, Blu-ray players, video game consoles, DVRs, and streaming media boxes that are capable of connecting to network shares. Check your gear's documentation for compatibility information.

Voyager Air Portable Wireless DriveAs a Portable Wireless Drive

Voyager Air has built-in wireless capability and an extended-life internal rechargeable battery for true portability. You can connect to it with your tablet or smartphone using the free Voyager Air app and access your library of videos, music, and photos. If you use mobile productivity apps, you can also download and edit documents. The Voyager Air app works with iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and most Android phones and tablets.

Voyager Air supports multiple connections, and can stream high-definition video to up to five devices at once. The battery allows for up to seven hours of video streaming between recharges.

You can also connect to Voyager Air wirelessly from your notebook while you're on the road, using it as a network drive. And, you can set up a wireless password so you won't share your media with anybody you don't want to.

As a Mobile Wireless Hub

If you're near a public hotspot, you can enable wireless passthrough to share Internet access with your mobile devices.

As a USB Drive

Voyager Air offers a super-fast USB 3.0 connection that allows you to copy a two-hour HD movie in under 30 seconds. It's compatible with USB 2.0 connections, as well.





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4 out of 5 eggsAfter RMA: Fast USB 3.0 speeds and wireless streaming now works as advertised!

Pros: I contacted Corsair after they responded to my original review. After opening a case with Corsair's online support portal, an RMA was requested by Corsair. Corsair e-mailed a prepaid label for the RMA. I was happy with the replacement, it was a brand new unit in the retail box, not a refurbished unit! I then re-tested with the original 1080p video file as I had earlier and the Voyager is able to stream the 1080p content to both an iPad and iPhone simultaneously flawlessly. The unit is enjoyable to use now. For these reasons, I recommend NewEgg change the review to four eggs and add this update to it. Reasoning: The unit performs as advertised and great Corsair customer service!

Cons: Please update original review, the: (Pros, the number of eggs (4), and title need to be updated)

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4 out of 5 eggsFun to Use With Only a Few Minor Flaws

Pros: - USB 3.0 support which is great since USB 2.0 is a bottleneck for most modern hard drives.
- Multiple adapters included if you travel, be it overseas or in a car. The included 12 volt car receptacle adapter not only powers the hard drive but I can use my smart phone's usb cable to charge as well. Thanks Corsair!
- Battery life averaged about 5.5 - 6.5 hours (of the 7 advertised). This was using multiple devices. 7 hours is definitely spot on with just a single device and light use which can make a 7+ hour flight a little more bearable.
- Battery charge time off a wall charge is about 2 hours.
- Device comes with a carry case, but is small enough to fit in most pant or shirt pockets. Big plus in the portability department.
- 500GB of space should be more then enough for storing movies for a road trip or making backups of your smart phone's pictures/videos.
- The internal drive of this unit is pretty fast. Sequential reads over usb 3.0 float around the 90-100MB/s mark. Streaming over wireless is noticeably slower however it's still fast enough to stream HD video to multiple devices. (Up to 5 are supported)
- The mobile app is really cool and makes transferring your data to/from the device a breeze. However, this app does not seem to work with all smart phones and tablets. (See Cons for more)
- Included LAN port (gigabit) allows you to connect directly to your router. This will allow setup for network attached storage if you decide to utilize the device in this fashion.
- Setup is simple. Even if you don't know what you're doing, you'll figure it out with the detailed, accurate, and pictured instructions.
- I'm not one for normally listing aesthetics, but the red/black design and smooth finish is very eye catching. Newegg also sells the Black/Black version if you're not a fan of the red.
- Wireless passthrough is nice but if you're hopping around from network to network it can get annoying to setup each time.
- Range is decent. Granted it's probably nowhere near as powerful as the router you're currently using but the radius is large enough for most. Claims of 90 feet are fairly accurate for a direct line of sight. Going through multiple walls and/or floors and there's a noticeable drop-off.

Cons: - The app is hit or miss on some smart phones and tablets. Do your research (google) first on your phone/tablet model BEFORE you buy this if the lack of app is going to be a deal breaker for you. While I had no problems with our iPad and iPhone, the app would install but not function on a Galaxy S2. I confirmed this is definitely an issue after hitting up several android user forums. Most are having problems on Samsung devices. As of 05/06/2013 there has not been an update for the app on the Play store that fixes it. This is not to say there are ways around connecting to the drive to move data on and off BUT the app just makes it infinitely easier.
- More of an annoyance then a con, but the USB cable is short. (Little under 2 feet) Since it's not a standard USB port on the device itself you can't replace it with another USB

3.0 cable. If you decide to plug this into a destop on the floor chances are the drive won't be able to sit on the desk.
- It takes a bit for the wireless to 'appear' once enabled; sometimes up to a full minute before I was able to see it on our devices.
- Lack of authentication over wired connections. Another 'annoyance' and not neccasarily a con.

Other Thoughts: I took a little over 4 weeks to test this unit since there's a number of things you can do with it and ways to use it. My personal favorite 'use' of this device was during a road trip with the family. A 3 hour drive with a 4 and 1 year old would have normally been an unbearable nightmare if it wasn't for the fact that I put several movies onto the Voyager Air and streamed them to the iPad for the kids to watch.

While the Voyager isn't perfect it's definitely got A LOT going for it. I would have even given it 5 eggs if it wasn't for the fact that it's been more then a month with no resolution to the app functionality issue on those above mentioned devices.
In the mean time this unit has been sitting in our bedroom so my wife can easily free up space on her iPhone by moving pictures and videos off. Given the fact that there's no way to add in additional storage to Apple devices you can see how this unit is a nice "work around" for those of you low on space or as picture happy as my wife is!

Another thing to note is that Newegg also sells the 1TB version of this drive. Whether or not the price difference for double the storage is worth the hit to your wallet is your call but I'm a firm believer that it's better to have a little more then you need rather then trying to figure out what to delete when you run out of space!

Bottom line is this: The Voyager Air does a lot of cool things and does them rather easily. If you're in the market for a device like this and can look past the few cons I listed above then Corsair has provided you a very competitive solution.

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4 out of 5 eggsLife extender for aging Wi-Fi equipment.

Pros: - It comes with every USB adapter you’ll ever need for power. You can use the USB cable to your computer, plug to A/C outlet, or plug to a vehicle cigarette lighter. The soft carry pouch is also a nice touch to carry everything.

- The red 500GB Air is a handsome unit, and it matches the red theme of my whole system.

- Setup is fast and very easy. The manual is very simple and easy to follow.

- Directly connected to the Voyager I was able to transfer a 1.6 GB movie in about 6 seconds from my desktop to the Voyager.

- After connecting to the router (had to run out to get an ETHERNET cable), we were able to connect 2 desktop computers, and 2 cell-phones plus 1 tablet in our network at the same time (you have to download the free Voyager Air app from each wireless device’s app store). We haven’t had any slow-downs at all, while streaming files or videos. File transfers are very fast throughout my network now. I love USB 3.0 almost as much as my SSD.

- Battery charges very fast. It’s a quality lithium-ion polymer battery that should last almost forever.

- The kids have been complaining about not having enough memory on their wireless devices for months, saying they need new phones. The Voyager Air solved those problems, saving me a lot of money. The Voyager is now the new network server, and the kids love it.

- Wi-Fi signal is just fine throughout the house. The house is only 2200 SF, and the advertised range of 90 feet is true. If your router is centrally located – no problems.

Cons: - A required Ethernet cable is not included to connect to your router.

- Pretty red shiny finish scratches easily. It should have been given a textured finish that’s more durable.

- The slide switches are a little flimsy. I’ll have to see how well they last.

- It uses a strange USB 3.0 data cable on the drive side I’ve never seen before. I would have liked to see a standard USB 3.0 data cable. This USB 3.0 data cable is only about 2 feet and is too short. I had to place the Voyager on top my computer case to access the computer’s USB 3.0 jack. It’s long enough if you just connect to the router.

Other Thoughts: - Every piece of electronic equipment has its little quirks, but those of the Corsair Voyager Air are really minor and easy to overcome. It’s a great money saver versus buying new wireless devices with more memory. The Voyager Air is a life extender for aging equipment.

- Corsair equipment has never let me down, and the Voyager Air is no exception.

- Loses 1 EGG because I had to drive 20 miles to buy ETHERNET patch cable.

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2 out of 5 eggsFast USB 3.0 speeds but hindered by slow Wi-Fi performance

Pros: Fast USB 3.0 performance
3-year warranty from Corsair
Came with partial battery charge
Corsair Voyager App Available for Mobile Devices (iOS/Android)
User configurable settings via browser when connected via Wi-Fi
Wireless repeater function

Speed testing: (Wired was from/to an SSD)
USB 3.0 Write speed: 109-115MiB/s (fairly consistent and stable write speeds)
USB 3.0 Read speed: 90-100MiB/s (hovers between these speeds) (initial bursts of 107-115MB/s)

The device aesthetics:
The dimensions of the Voyager Air stand at 5.5” long x 3.3” wide x 1” high and it weighs 0.8 pounds. On the front of the unit there are two switches and four LED indicators. Both switches move horizontally, the left switch turns the disk on, the right switch enables Wi-Fi. The order of LED indicators from left to right are: power, battery status, DC power and Wi-Fi. The battery LED is green when fully charged, yellow if less than full but above 20% and red when the battery drops below 20%. For portability, it includes a built-in 6200 mAH non-replaceable Lithium-ion battery.

Installation and usage:
USB: 2.0/3.0 simply attach the disk as you would any other USB device and you are all set if on Windows, if using Mac OS X you will want to re-format the disk with HFS+ as indicated in the manual.
Ethernet port: Connecting the hard disk to a wired network is a breeze, simply attach the disk to a wired Ethernet network that has a DHCP server, click the network icon and you should see “VOYAGERAIR” listed, you can also click Start -> Run and enter \\VoyagerAir.
Wireless: Easy setup and integration iOS/Android apps from Corsair.
Note: If an iOS or Android device is not available, a configurable web front-end is available via its internal wireless IP at 192.168.77.1

Wireless Repeater Function:
In order to access the Internet while connected to the Voyager Air on a Wi-Fi only device you must first password protect the Voyager Air, then set the Voyager Air to repeat through an existing access point near your location. While this function does work, there is a significant performance hit and I would imagine it would be quite cumbersome if you took this drive with you to different locations as you would need to establish a connection with a new access point each time if you wanted Internet access while connected to the Voyager. Finally, after a power cycle I found that Passthru was: Disabled, it did save the password for the Wireless Access Point but it did not auto-reconnect after a power cycle.

Wireless Repeater Function benchmarks:
iPhone 5 <-> WNDR3700 <-> Internet Connection (2.4ghz baseline)
Speedtest.net testing showed 18.6mbps down and 9.1mbps up on test 1.
Speedtest.net testing showed 18.5mbps down and 11.2mbps up on test 2.
iPhone 5 <-> Corsair Voyager Air <-> WNDR3700 <-> Internet Connection
Speedtest.net testing showed 7.8mbps down and 3.0mbps up on test 1.
Speedtest.net testing showed 7.9mbps down and 3.0mbps up on test 2.

Cons: No 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz only)
No authentication for wired connection
No charging over USB
No HDD activity LED
No method to share files via FTP/HTTP
Short USB 3.0 cable (2FT)
Slow Wi-Fi performance which caused movie playback to pause

Speed testing: (Wired was from/to an SSD, Wireless devices were within 6 feet of the Voyager Air)

USB 2.0 Write speed: 20.5MiB/s (calculated with timed copy tests)
USB 2.0 Read speed: 27.0-27.2MiB/s (hovers between these speeds) (bursts of 28-31.2MB/s)

Gigabit Write speed: 18.8-19.5MiB/s (very poor write speed)
Gigabit Read speed: 47-48MiB/s (I tried two separate cables and the speed was the same)

iPad 3 Wi-Fi Write speed:790KiB/s (67.2MB took 1m25sec to upload from my iPad wirelessly)
iPad 3 Wi-Fi Read speed: 753KiB/s (1.58GB took 34m56s to download to my iPad wirelessly)

MacBook Air: Wi-Fi Write speed: 2.9-3.0MiB/s (MBA -> Voyager Air)
MacBook Air: Wi-Fi Read speed: 400KiB/s-1.0MiB/s (Voyager Air -> MBA)
Comment: (wireless connection negotiated between 58mbps-65mbps)

Battery and Charging: If using a USB cable for the data connection, whether 2.0 or 3.0 (on the PC) the device will run off battery power, the DC power cable is required to charge the device.

Password protection:
The App asks for an 8 to 63 character password with no spaces or special characters. When I used numbers as part of the password, I was not able to authenticate. Using only letters, I was able to authenticate after the password was set. To remove the password, you need a thin paperclip and press the paperclip into the hole on the bottom of the unit for 1-2 seconds, the front LEDs will blink and the Wi-Fi password will be disabled.

Wireless Video Playback:
The Voyager Air was placed 6FT from an iPhone 5 and iPad 3. I tested with Dual Survival 101 Unbraided (1080p HD) on iTunes (1.58GB), which was copied to the Voyager Air prior to this testing. The stream started off playing great; however, every 1-2 minutes the stream would pause for 60-90 seconds before it started playing again. After 4 pauses before I gave up on testing with that file. I performed the same test with the SD version (508MB) which had the same issue. I also tried changing the wireless channel to 3, 5 and 11 but it did not solve the problem.

Next, I tried opening both files on the iPad, at the bottom of the browser it says “Loading…” for about 10 seconds then a dialog appears stating Safari “Cannot open” the video. I disconnected the iPhone from the Voyager Air and tried again on the iPad without success. I rebooted the iPad and tried again. I also power cycled the Corsair Voyager but the problem remained. None of these methods succeeded. I then decided to choose the “Download” option for the HD version via the Corsair Voyager App. Using a stopwatch, I timed the copy test which took 34m56s for an average speed of 753KiB/s. In my testing, the wireless speeds were not acceptable for streaming videos.

Other Thoughts: Packaging: This product ships with the following components: the 500GB Voyager Air, a two foot USB 3.0 cable (USB 3.0 type-A to USB 3.0 Micro-B), a 2-prong non-polarized wall charger (AC100-240V), car power adapter (roughly 2.25 inches in length), USB to DC power cable (5 feet long) and an accessory bag.

Power: When charging via the DC-in power from USB and when the device is connected to a PC’s USB 2.0 port, the top of the device gets a little warm, ranging from around 85-90F, taken with an infrared thermometer. Using the wall adapter, the device draws 9 watts (on 120VAC) while charging the battery, measured with a Kill-a-Watt. Once the device is charged, the power drops down to 4 watts. When idle and fully charged it drops to 3 watts.

Internal specifications: It is possible to obtain S.M.A.R.T. data from the hard disk, which can be exposed through the sat layer in Linux via smartctl (5.41 or later and a newish 3.x kernel), example: smartctl -d sat,0 -a /dev/sde which revealed the disk had been powered up 8 times prior to first use, this is a good thing and probably means Corsair is testing these drives before they ship them out. The disk inside my unit is a Toshiba 500GB (unformatted) drive running at 5400rpm with 8mb of cache and 3.0Gbps SATA interface. This disk uses a single 500GB platter and its acoustics are stated at 17 dB idle and 19 dB seek. The S.M.A.R.T. information section is as follows (omitting the serial number):

=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Device Model: TOSHIBA MQ01ABD050
Serial Number: XXXXXXXXX
LU WWN Device Id: 5 000039 463c8a9d2
Firmware Version: AX001U
User Capacity: 500,107,862,016 bytes [500 GB]
Sector Sizes: 512 bytes logical, 4096 bytes physical
Device is: Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
ATA Version is: 8
ATA Standard is: Exact ATA specification draft version not indicated
Local Time is: Fri Apr 5 19:08:01 2013 EDT
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled

Networking: The device has four TCP ports open:

# nmap -sT -p 0-65535 192.168.1.209

Starting Nmap 6.00 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2013-04-06 04:07 EDT
Nmap scan report for 192.168.1.209
Host is up (0.029s latency).
Not shown: 65531 closed ports
PORT STATE SERVICE
80/tcp filtered http
111/tcp open rpcbind
139/tcp open netbios-ssn
445/tcp open microsoft-ds
20022/tcp open unknown
MAC Address: XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX (Unknown)

Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 7.57 seconds

Port scan analysis: portmap is running on port 111/tcp but there is no NFS server (which would be running on port 2049)

# rpcinfo -p 192.168.1.209
program vers proto port service
100000 2 tcp 111 portmapper
100000 2 udp 111 portmapper

The device does have an SSH server (SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_5.9) running on port 20022; however, I was unable to locate any documentation regarding cred

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Corsair Customer,
Thank you for the detailed review of the Voyager Air. We are sorry to hear that you were experiencing some issues with your unit. Your Benchmark scores are significantly lower than what we've seen with other users and I would recommend that you please contact our Tech Support team using the following link: http://www.corsair.com/support/technicalsupport/
They would be happy to help troubleshoot further or replace the unit for you through an RMA if need be.
Our Tech Support Team can also be reached by phone using the toll free number listed on our contact page: http://www.corsair.com/us/company/contact/
Thank you,
Corsair Customer Support

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