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Written by Hank Tolman   
Thursday, 14 March 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 Wireless Storage
Mobile Device Charging
Data Transfer and Media Streaming
Wireless Hotspot
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

DashDrive Air Data Transfer and Media Streaming

The second function of the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 that I want to get into is its ability to stream media and to transfer data. This function can be used with any iOS or Android device, as well as with a desktop or laptop computer running Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X. This versatility makes the DashDrive Air AE400 an easy choice for anyone using multiple platforms.

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Before turning on the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400, make sure you connect the storage device you want to use. This can be a USB device, including external hard drives, or an SD card. Once you have connected the storage, it's time to put the DashDrive Air into wireless mode.

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To put the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 into wireless data transfer mode, simply long press the power button until the wireless indicator turns green. This is the default startup mode for the DashDrive Air. The wireless indicator is the right-most indicator on the AE400 and looks like a typical wireless network symbol. When in wireless data transfer mode, the DashDrive Air AE400 sets itself up as a wireless network that can be accessed through your normal network settings in Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X.

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You also connect to the DashDrive Air AE400's wireless network in normal fashion through your mobile device. Just open up the network settings on your smartphone or tablet and look for the available network named ADATA_AE400_XXX. The default network security key for the DashDrive Air AE400 is 12345678. The name of the network and the security key can obviously be changed to whatever you want. In fact, you can change those settings using only your smartphone or tablet. Many similar devices require you to connect to a Windows PC or a Mac in order to change those settings.

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Now that you are connected to the ADATA DashDrive Air's network, use the Android or iOS app to access the data on the storage medium or to stream audio and video files to your mobile device. If you are connecting through a computer, the storage will appear as a shared network folder. The DashDrive Air AE400 has the ability to stream HD video content to up to five simultaneous users at 720p. Streaming at 1080p is possible to three simultaneous users.

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As a quick explanation of the wireless signal indicator, you should know that there are three possibilities for what you might encounter. A solid green light on the indicator means that the wireless function is active. A flashing green light means that the wireless function is active and information is being transmitted. The wireless indicator can also turn blue. A solid blue light indicates that wireless function is active and that a wireless hotspot has been created.



 

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# wireless hotspot featuredarren 2013-03-25 01:53
For me the reason I think the hotspot feature is important is that it would mean if I am connected to the AE400 my tablet would have no internet. So if I have to connect to the AE400 to stream media etc and have internet at the same time then the hotspot feature is a must!
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# Good pointHank 2013-03-26 14:24
Darren, that's an excellent point. I can see how that would be very desirable in such a case.
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# AwesomeNiels 2013-04-03 05:48
When writing data to the device (through mobile) do I need to use the app
or can I use FTP (or Samba) ?

Thanks,
Niels
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# RE: AwesomeHank 2013-05-01 05:01
Sorry Niels,

I haven't tried transferring data over FTP or Samba, so I don't know if they would even recognize the device as storage. The phone doesn't act like it's connected to a system when connected to the AE400, so I'd be skeptical.
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# WebDAVRich 2013-06-06 03:18
Hi Niels, did you ever discover whether it's possible to connect via WebDAV or other means, to allow other apps to access the device? The supplied app compresses photo files and strips metadata when copying to iPhone, I want to connect through a photo syncing app to retain the full quality of photos from my dslr, for backup/upload, when out and about with my iPhone...
Thanks, Rich
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# Ethernet to wifi?Paal Joachim 2013-04-15 04:54
Hey

I plan on holding a course in a room that does not have wifi but it has ethernet. Is it possible to plugin in the ethernet cable into this device and create a wifi hotspot this way? So that the students still have wifi through this box.
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# No Ethernet PortHank 2013-05-01 04:59
Paal,

The AE400 doesn't have an ethernet port, so you wouldn't be able to hook it to a wired connection.
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# RE: No Ethernet PortNiels 2013-05-02 00:01
Use this one
##asus.com/Networking/WL330N3G/
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