|ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 Wireless Storage|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Thursday, 14 March 2013|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.