RAVpower Filehub [Tech Tuesday]
Last month, a fellow blogger came to me and said he had received a device with which he had been struggling to operate, so I happily volunteered to try it out (and, of course, write about it). The device, in particular, is RAVpower’s Wireless Filehub/Media Drive.
While I, too, initially had difficulty trying to figure out how to operate it based off the slim manual with which it came, I was able to use it once I read the [more expansive] manual online.
The first thing one notices about this device is how sleek of a design it possesses – with a clean whiteness to it and curves in lieu of hard edges, it comes across as pleasant to the eyes. Moreover, when one holds it, it feels lighter than one would expect and ends up feeling as an easily portable, weight-wise.
For ports, the device contains one for an
SD card, for USB, and for micro USB. One can easily insert an SD card (e.g. from a camera) and easily share photos/videos (and any other file type) with multiple devices (up to five). For the USB port, one can hook up a hard disk drive and share many files. While I did not test to see if the micro USB port works for also sharing data, it would make sense that it would.
To operate it, one needs to download an app (available on both iOS and Android) and then connect directly to the wifi of the device. Initially, I erred and tried connecting through my usual wifi; however, one needs to connect directly to the wifi network of the device (and enter a password). I found that the range of connecting to it was great throughout my house, which was very good 🙂
Also, even though you may be connected to the wifi of the device, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on any hope of connecting to the actual Internet – you can connect to another wifi network through the device.
Lastly, if you happen to be somewhere and need to charge whatever device you may have on you, it also serves as a device charger, which is always useful.
Overall, I’m excited about the possibilities for this device and it can easily be used at home for sharing pictures or for movies (especially kids) or it can be used at work for easily sharing files, which can be great, even beyond any wifi networks, to simply share any sort of files. I can say that I had not thought about the existence of such a device before having it, but it is quite neat to have 🙂