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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 Wireless Hotspot

That brings me to the third function of the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400; its ability to function as a wireless hotspot. The hotspot created by the DashDrive Air can support up to 10 connected devices.

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To turn the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 into a wireless hotspot, first connect to it wirelessly as outlined in the previous section. Open the DashDrive Air app and go to settings. The default username and password for the DashDrive Air is admin/admin. Once you are in, click the Internet Access button and pick the wireless network that you want to share. You'll enter the network credentials to connect, and the AE400 will then broadcast the signal and any device connected to the DashDrive Air will also have internet access.

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Quite honestly, I am a little uncertain about how useful this function will be. I suppose that if you are in a location where you have single device access to a wireless network that you want to share, but you don't want those you are sharing it with to have the username and password to the actual network, you could have them connect to the DashDrive Air instead. Other than that, I'm not really sure why you wouldn't just connect your devices to the actual network.

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Now, it would be nice if the DashDrive Air AE400 could broadcast a USB tethered internet connection. My cell service provider is Sprint and I can tether a device, such as my laptop, through a USB cable without incurring extra charges. Without rooting my phone, however, I can't create a wireless hotspot. If the DashDrive Air AE400 could take that USB tether and turn it into a wireless hotspot. That would be nice. However, it would also probably be in violation of your contract and you might incur the wrath of your provider if they find out.

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As a quick guide here, I'm going to layout all the default settings for the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400:

IP Address 192.168.99.1
Username admin
Password admin
Base Station Name (SSID) ADATA_AE400_XXX
Base Station Password 12345678
Channel Automatic
Network Encryption WPA2 Mixed



 

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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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