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This review is from: Buffalo Technology Wireless Attached Storage HDW-PD1.0U3
Pros: This little device is one of those things you don't know that you need...until you own one. I can bring my entire movie collection with me and stream it to any device I have on me. Amazing.
To access files on a mobile device, it's this simple:
Step 1: Copy files from Windows 7. Plug and play – it was immediately recognized as an external drive.
Step 2: Download app from Buffalo named MiniStation2 (Android or Apple). The manual is really intuitive. There are QR codes you can scan for the apps so you don't have to search for them.*
Step 3: Power on the MiniStation.*
Step 4: Connect to the wireless network produced by the MiniStation (name and access code on the bottom of the device).
Step 5: Open the app and access all your files!
She can be set up as a wireless access point, so you're connected to the internet while you're connected to the MiniStation. Set this up in the app settings.
When the MiniStation is off, you can charge mobile devices with its USB port from the MiniStation's battery.
On the app, the “Send To Another Application” feature works great for watching movies.* I use a special Android/Apple app to play .mkv movies; with two clicks, I'm watching my favorite movie on my favorite app.
The manual is super user-friendly. Probably the best quick start guide I've ever seen.
Cons: Without the QR codes, the correct app is confusing to find, because there are two that look right. If you read the description, the app labeled “MiniStation2” lists this one's model number; “MiniStation” is for another product.
You have to hold down the power button for about three seconds to power on the unit. Green is on, orange is standby, no light is off. This isn't a con, except that it's not mentioned anywhere in the documentation.
The video player included in the app puts white bars on the side when you're watching a movie. Pretty distracting.
I had to reinstall the Android app after about 10 minutes of use, because it froze up. After reinstalling it, it worked perfectly.
Other Thoughts: In my experience, USB 3.0 copies my large video files at 51 MB/s. It does get a little warm when it's running, as expected. It also produces a little noise, since it's a spin-up drive, but again, nothing unusual.
From my experience, I was expecting this device to be a Jack of All Trades and a Master of None. I was very wrong. Buffalo did a wonderful job on this special product. I streamed videos and pictures to my Android tablet (Prestige Pro) and my Apple iPod Touch (4G) and used it as a Wireless Access Point at the same time. Though the software is not perfect, it is very close. The MiniStation does what it was designed for and it does it well. Put this on your Christmas list!
This review is from: NETIS WF2111 150Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter Compatible with Windows MAC Linux OS
Pros: Small size. Installation media included. Connects every boot up without issue. Receives Wireless N (UVerse) network in my living room through a wood wall and a brick wall with usable speeds.
Cons: The white isn't my favorite, but I knew what I was getting.
Confusing CD installation menu, but not enough to knock an egg.
Other Thoughts: Paid $9.99 on sale. Using this on Windows Vista.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N150 Wireless USB Adapter - WLI-UC-GNHP
Pros: Nice aesthetics, comes with installation media, easy to install and setup. No hassle. SpeedTest shows it gets the full speed of my wifi internet.
Cons: Somewhat bulky. I have a Netgear adapter that is about 2/3's the size that has the same performance. Blue status light is useful, but a little distracting at night.
Other Thoughts: Bought on sale for $9.99 through NewEgg discount. Connection problems for my Windows 7 desktop, but that computer has problems with every adapter I've tried.READ FULL REVIEW