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Corsair Voyager Air 500GB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Red External Hard Drive CMFAIR-RED-500-NA
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs After RMA: Fast USB 3.0 speeds and wireless streaming now works as advertised! 05/24/2013

This review is from: Corsair Voyager Air 500GB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Red External Hard Drive CMFAIR-RED-500-NA

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)

Thank you.

Other Thoughts: Note to NewEgg:

Diane (NewEgg) noted the following:
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New title:
After RMA: Fast USB 3.0 speeds and wireless streaming now works as advertised!

New pros (please add to Pros section or a separate update section just for this new part please)

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Corsair Voyager Air 500GB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Red External Hard Drive CMFAIR-RED-500-NA
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggs Fast USB 3.0 speeds but hindered by slow Wi-Fi performance 04/06/2013

This review is from: Corsair Voyager Air 500GB USB 3.0 / Ethernet / WiFi Red External Hard Drive CMFAIR-RED-500-NA

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

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Intel X25-E SSDSA2SH032G1 2.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Fast, ~227MiB/s write, ~250MiB/s read. 11/27/2008

This review is from: Intel X25-E SSDSA2SH032G1 2.5" 32GB SATA II SLC Enterprise Solid State Disk

Pros: Fastest, lowest latency device I have used for primary storage besides maybe a ramdisk. When I got the SSD, it showed 54 hours of usage and 66 power cycles, I assume this is testing at the factory, in any case, this is what the smart stats look like and some basic dd speed tests, as shown in the techreport review, write speed is quite fast, 227MiB/s. The machine used to take about 60-70 seconds to boot, it now takes about 5-6 seconds. When opening browsers etc, I no longer hear my (previously) 750 gig disk grinding away loading all the libraries, everything is instantaneous. I am happy I waited for the X25-E SSD as it has much better write performance (~227MiB/s vs. 70MiB/s with the X25-M) and its also SLC; it should last longer than a traditional MLC SSD. Overall, a great product.

Cons: Price, but worth every penny.

# hddtemp /dev/sda
WARNING: Drive /dev/sda doesn't seem to have a temperature sensor.
WARNING: This doesn't mean it hasn't got one.
WARNING: If you are sure it has one, please contact me (hddtemp@guzu.net).
WARNING: See --help, --debug and --drivebase options.
/dev/sda: SSDSA2SH032G1GN INTEL: no sensor

Disk is 32 gigabytes, or around ~30GB formatted.

Other Thoughts: # fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 32.0 GB, 32000000000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3890 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Incase you are wondering, both disks are using no barriers.

time to decompress kernel tree (linux, xfs):

$ /usr/bin/time tar xf linux-2.6.27.7.tar
Total bytes read: 293857280 (281MiB, 75MiB/s)
0.15user 1.12system 0:03.74elapsed 34%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 0maxresident)k
0inputs+0outputs (0major+645minor)pagefaults 0swaps

The same thing on a 750 gigabyte hdd:

$ /usr/bin/time tar xf linux-2.6.27.7.tar
Total bytes read: 293857280 (281MiB, 6.5MiB/s)
0.15user 1.22system 0:43.29elapsed 3%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 0maxresident)k
0inputs+0outputs (0major+643minor)pagefaults 0swaps

I used a 1MB blocksize but newegg bans that phrase in the command so I removed it (blocksize=1M):

write speed:
# dd if=/dev/zero of=1gigabyte count=1024
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 4.71984 s, 227 MB/

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Date Joined: 05/05/04

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