On pages of our site we have repeatedly met with wireless hard drive with built-in rechargeable battery. These devices are in demand among users of smartphones and tablets, and offer some unique scenarios that can not be realized with conventional external drive.
In this article we look at the product of the company Toshiba. This brand is known for its computer, multimedia, and industrial solutions, but in this article we will mark him as one of the few remaining in the market of hard disks.
On the main characteristics Toshiba Canvio AeroCast little different from other similar products – 1TB (the only option) interfaces USB 3.0 and 802.11n, support for multiple simultaneous wireless connections, branded applications for mobile devices, built-in battery for a few hours and the Implementation of standard network Protocol Family of Windows. As One of the Most interesting differences Mention A Slot for SD memory cards. HOWEVER, we have met HIM Already at One of the Devices.
In addition, the drive line of wireless devices in the company includes a model with SSD of 128 GB and adapters for USB-drives.
The drive comes in A Colorful cardboard Box. It is A photograph of the Product and ITS main features are listed. Our Tests In the sample we USED, so the localization of That Talk is premature.
Scope of supply is minimal, but quite sufficient – wireless hard drive, power supply 5 V 2 A with USB output and interchangeable nozzles for Different Sockets, Short Cable Micro-USB 3.0 and A Brief Leaflet very Describing the device. For instructions on Connecting the manufacturer recommends to apply to the site.
In the Manufacturer’s support Site you CAN download A Complete electronic version of the documentation and software updates. Here are Links to the utility for Android and iOS, as well as A Brief FAQ. Note the Presence of A Single Page with A description of the device compatible with third party software.
Drive enclosure is Made of strong black Matte plastic, Which CAN be Considered an excellent Choice in terms of practicality. Overall dimensions of the device – 86 × 122 × 23 mm and weight of 273 g hull form can hardly be called original, but in reality , the model looks better and more comfortable than in the photos. Device relies on four rubber feet low.
One of the on Short ends of the Micro-USB port and 3.0 A power Switch on the Wireless mode. On the top cover there are Three Indicators – Connect memory Card, Wireless Activity / work on USB and charging. The latter is A multi- color and a rough estimate the state of the battery (two thresholds for color change – 30% and 10%).
On the right Side Edge CAN be Seen A Slot for SD / SDHC memory and the Hidden reset button.Note That the Card protrudes from the Slot A and half centimeters. This Allows you to conveniently disable it, use the device But with A memory Card installed, must be careful.
Specifications of the Basic Indicates only. Is USED to store Data on the hard drive 1 TB in Our sample WAS mounted drive MQ01ABD100, A Senior is in the lineup. This 2.5 “drive enclosure with A height of 9.5 mm has A Rotation Speed of 5400 REV / min, SATA 3Gb / S and Consumes DURING operation, ACCORDING to the Company, an average of 1.5 Watts. Note That this model is not A new HDD – it is more than two Already years. It is strange That Decided to the Manufacturer use the new product it up.
The Product only Supports the use of FAT32 file Systems and NTFS. For users of OS X Comes with Driver Tuxera to IMPLEMENT the Ability to record on NTFS. HOWEVER, support for Time Machine it does not Provide. For A local connection to PC using A the familiar interface of USB 3.0. Working with Mobile Devices is Implemented using the Built-in 802.11b access Point / G / n to the range of 2.4 GHz connection with A Maximum Speed of 150 Mbit / s (one antenna, a channel). it works with SD memory cards and SDHC. Recall the Second That standard describes options with up to 32 GB Inclusive. Speed Characteristics of the controller Provide Compatibility with Class 10.
Details on the computer platform USED failed to learn. About the Built-in battery, too little is Known: Life of the battery up to five hours of charging time – less than Three hours. Operating temperature range of the device is 5-35 ° C.
The model is compatible with PCs, notebooks and tablets with Windows 7 and OS X 10.7 and above. Proprietary tool has Android and iOS (OFFICIALLY Supports versions 2.3 and 6.0 of, respectively). To the Disk over the network, you CAN use standard A Protocol for SMB / CIFS. FTP servers and DLNA in the Current Firmware version does not.
Media from compatible formats for utilities Contain the following: mp4, M4V, MOV, mp3, M4A, AAC, wav, jpg, BMP, png, gif, tif. In addition, it is Possible to work with pdf Documents, Doc, docx, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx, txt, rtf.
The drive WAS tested with Firmware 1.0.4. Updates on the time of writing WAS not. ACCORDING to the documentation, you CAN install the new version without using A PC with automatic loading from the Server Manufacturer.
For pre-Recorded Files to the device Most convenient to use USB 3.0 interface. Note That in this mode, there is only access to the hard drive and installed in the memory Card Slot is not visible. If you are using OS X, pre- need to install a driver for the implementation of write operations on NTFS.
Before the start of Stand-alone use need to charge the Built-in Rechargeable battery using the bundled power supply. During working this Process, the battery indicator blinks, and at the end Will be lit Continuously. If you try to Turn on in low- battery indicator flashes Several Times and drive off. Similarly, the device responds to Overheating.
After power-up two second pressing the appropriate button the device is loaded within a few tens of seconds. With the default settings to create a closed wireless network with an individual name, depending on the MAC-address of the drive. But the same password for all devices – “12345678”, and it is not listed on the information label. Stated concurrent operation with six clients but will likely issue is not among them, and the overall performance of a wireless connection.
To configure your computer, you can use the built-in web interface of the device. It is presented in English only and is not password protected. On the Status page provides information about the firmware, disk volumes, network settings and a list of connected wireless clients. Information about the level of battery charge, unfortunately, is not here.
The user can change the IP-address of the device used and the range of built-in DHCP server addresses. Configure wireless access points include selecting the network name, channel number, and security mode.
Your device supports an open network with WPA / WPA2-PSK. The connection of the drive to an existing wireless network to provide Internet access to customers or work as part of an existing wireless network.
On a separate page can be programmed to power off the disk in case of inactivity. In the administration section, the user can start the firmware update, save, restore and reset the configuration. Further provided the reset operation.
Since computers can access the files on the hard drive and memory card via a standard network protocol of Windows (OS X it is also supported). No controls the rights of users in this mode is not provided. Restrictions on the types of files are missing for good reason.
To work with mobile devices Android and iOS has a special utility Toshiba Wireless HDD, free downloadable from the respective stores. It allows you to work with files on the drive and change the parameters of its operation. The program interface for smartphones and tablets is different in design, change only the size and location of the individual elements. Given the existence of a standard protocol, this software is, of course, is not required to work with recorded data on the drive from mobile devices.
Consider the possibility of utilities for access to documents. The main tests were carried out with the Apple iPhone, the difference version for Android will be mentioned separately. First of all, look at the buttons located on the icons. At the top of the window contains status icons memory card, battery (unfortunately, only a rough estimate), network diagram and call the setup menu. On some windows show a quick return button, which shows the activation of the menu of the main top-level folder storage and some additional operations.
Group on the bottom row to switch between data between the hard drive, memory card, and the local store of the mobile device. For the first variant has an additional sorting by four virtual users.A case in point is the choice of one of the root folders and files corresponding groups. However, this scheme does not always work correctly. When working with Android on the screen may appear as an icon for sending media on consoles Chromecast.
In the center of the window we see sorted by file type group for photos, videos, music and documents. Just below – call the file manager and backup utility.
When working with images, you can use formats jpg, bmp, png, gif, tif (the latter does not work on Android). An option to download, run slideshow, delete, and send by e-mail, publishing on Facebook or Twitter.
Apparently, the files are compatible formats are indexed in the background and presented in the form of virtual folders.
The user can choose to display the files in a list or preview. There are two options for sorting – by date or title.
Local storage in this case for iOS is a folder of photos. In this case, you can freely share files between compatible formats. For Android here and in other categories of the local storage is a list of documents relevant types that utility found on the device (including its memory card, if there is one) after scanning his folders. The photos and videos can be downloaded to your hard drive.
Working with musical compositions version supports reading tags and options for grouping by song, album and artist. In addition, you can create your own list of favorite records. Supported formats include mp3, m4a, aac, wav (on Android no m4a, but in addition there wma and ogg). On iOS local storage is recorded on a mobile device song. About Android we wrote above. Copy and transfer files here. The music player supports navigation, tags and cover art, has multiple play modes, can run in the background.
Catalog of video images similar – have a choice of sorting by date or file name and a list view or preview. In the local files in iOS presented a video gallery, you can download them to your hard drive. The inverse operation is impossible. The video player supports formats mp4, m4v, mov and has only basic navigation functions. Choice of audio tracks or subtitles does not have. On Android in the program can not watch mov, but there is support for avi, mpeg, mkv, ts, wmv. Partly it is implemented through the utilities installed on your smartphone or tablet. If the player can not play the file, it can transmit it to the external program.
Ability to work with documents similar to those described above for the media, including sorting and displaying the list. If your device supports this format, the document opens in the appropriate viewer. The list of compatible input files pdf, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx, txt and rtf. On Android work with these formats for loading and device discovery in an external application.
In the case where the above-described data distribution by type is not appropriate or necessary in the implementation of operations on files, use the item File / Folder on the start screen of the program. In this mode, you get the opportunity to work with the file structure of the hard disk and memory cards, as well as (with fewer features) local storage of the mobile device. In the context menu contains operations such as copy, delete, create folders, change of name, and others. It is possible to select multiple folders required and / or files to perform common operations on them.Note that this is the only way to access located in the root directory files and folders.
In general, described features are implemented quite well. In the case of popular file formats for mobile devices to use utility for multimedia convenience. However, there are a few little things that are a little spoil the picture. In particular, on the smartphone landscape screen format only for video and photos, as well as there is no sufficient demand, in our opinion, the operation – to view the file properties. For example, you can not even see the full file name, if it is long.
Installed in the SDHC memory card slot is available as a network protocol Windows, and utility for mobile devices. In the second case, the user is available for the backup operation data from the memory card to a folder on your hard drive. This can be done manually or set up automatic creation of copies when you connect the memory card. Speed work is quite high – with a map of 10th class Transcend it was about 9.5 MB / s when copying fifty photographs and four videos totaling more than 2.5 GB. In this work comes with all types of files on a memory card, all data is stored, and the destination folder, just add new files without dividing by time or memory cards.Determine the activity of the operation is possible by flashing the memory card on the device, so that the automatic mode is not required to get a smartphone to control the process is complete.
Note that the top of the window there is status icon memory card, which is displayed on the touch menu to disable the card or re-determination.
An equally important part of the program is the access to the wireless settings of the drive. In the corresponding menu is eight points. The main ones include the management of the access point.You can change the name and security settings, as well as realize the connection to the existing router. The above possibilities multiplayer works also reflected in the settings – you can change them displayed in the program names and icons (to choose from dozens of options).
System operations include changing the language interface utility (Russian present), shutdown, restart, reset the drive. Another page is an information – you can see the time the hard disk and memory cards, MAC-address, firmware version, and applications. As we said above, the video can be used locally cache. Here you can disable or clear.
The first test conducted with the drive – read and write speed when working through USB 3.0.Recall that the device in the network mode only works with the file system NTFS, so that it was with her and test drive. The computer was introduced modern system based on the Intel platform with built-in controller chipset USB 3.0, running under Windows 8.1.
Indicators quite typical for this class of models – streaming read and write speeds up to 100 MB / s. For this model, this means that the entire volume of the filling films take about three hours.Note that the maximum speed on the inner tracks in this model the hard drive less – at 60 MB / s.The temperature of the hard drive at work in this scenario reached 42 degrees.
Next group of tests will assess the speed of a wireless connection to the drive. The audit was conducted with adapters Asus PCE-AC68 and Level One WUA-0603. The first of these is one of the most efficient modern models, and the second can be regarded as budget option with USB. At the same time, from a formal point of view, both devices are connected to a test drive at a speed of 150 Mbit / s. The test consisted of writing and reading large files after connecting the drive to a network folder in Windows at four relative positions of the devices – at a distance of one and four meters line of sight to four meters behind one wall and eight meters behind two walls.
Maximum speed network access is about 50 Mbit / s. The use of high-power high-performance adapter on the client and allows you to work at a considerable distance from the drive with virtually no performance degradation. But the adapter entry-level compact antenna feels good only in the absence of obstacles, with two walls were for him an insurmountable obstacle. The speed at this location was unstable and was just a few megabits per second.
However, in these tests, it was a work with a reasonably fast computer. On smartphones and tablets situation may be quite different. This scenario we tested first on the problem of watching videos with different bit rates from the tablet based on Android. It connects to the hard drive to speed of 65 Mbit / s, because they do not know how to work on two channels. At a distance of about one meter can be comfortable enough to watch video with a bitrate of 18 Mbit / s. The transfer of the tablet in the far past the point of testing reduced rate up to 10 Mbit / s. Similar results were shown in ES File Manager to view videos from MX Player or copying it to a local drive plate. Using your smartphone Apple iPhone 5S not changed the situation. Another result of this test – to check the built-in caching system video player. It effectively helps to neutralize the occasional lapses in communication speed. Note that the manufacturer in the official documentation indicates even lower rates – about 5 Mbit / s on three clients simultaneously at a distance of one meter.
Thus, we can say that popular recording of “mobile formats» 720p and 1080p performance would be missed when placing the customer at a great distance. But here to view the maximum version of the video in Full HD and 4K may not happen. Recall that in the 2.4 GHz band, many mobile devices can only connect at speeds of 65-72 Mbit / s due to the limitations of the wireless controller. Also do not forget about the possibility of downloading files to your device for later viewing without the hard drive. However, it needs to take place in the memory or the card.
Via the web interface, you can configure the drive to connect it to an existing router or access point. In this case, the device will not organize your own wireless network – this option is suitable for home use stationary scenarios. This mode supports a maximum connection speed of 72 Mbit / s, and the actual performance when reading and writing files over a network with a wired client is about 35 Mbit / s. If try to operate the device with a wireless client connected to the same router, the maximum speed will be about half that due to the nature of technology Wi-Fi. However, even this option provides a comfortable viewing the mobile version of video files.
Using a proprietary utility for a smartphone you can use bridge mode when the drive is simultaneously connected to the existing router and organizes own wireless network for customers. This embodiment provides a higher rate for clients with a device similar to the first test above, but from access router network will not drive. Bridge mode may be of interest to travel when you want to have access to the tablet and to the drive, and the hotel chain. The “through” connection will provide a sufficiently high speed to the Internet. When using a fast adapters clients can count on 15-20 Mbit / s.
Checking the battery life significantly hampered by the presence of only a rough indicator of the battery level in the interface of the mobile application. Surprisingly, in the web interface, this information manufacturer for some reason does not.
The first test we conducted with our standard video format YouTube 720p. Established utility makes heavy use of caching – it shows the video and at the same time at maximum speed to download a file in the local storage of the mobile device. As a result, the hard disk is canceled we four hours, and the video shows much longer. After eight hours, we turned off the player and decided to use a different version of the evaluation of this parameter.
This test we have Implemented as FOLLOWS: Connect to Wi-Fi and computer Run the script on it to boot from the drive large Files in A loop. We CAN Assume this scenario the Maximum Possible load, Which Will Rarely Occur DURING normal use of the device. In this mode, Wireless A hard drive has not Held seven minutes to Three hours. The Read Speed is About 40 Mbit / s, so that for the whole interval we can load approximately 50 gigabytes.
These results based on we CAN Say That These five o’clock in the documentation work is quite Achievable. The actual duration of the Autonomous use Will depend on the nature Essentially of the load and the scenario. The Minimum Score WAS above, and with regard to the Maximum, it is Possible to calculate Roughly an example scenario with HD-video clip capacity, One gigabyte. It is Pumped to A Plate for Ten minutes, then the hard drive is not required. This operation CAN be Repeated A dozen Times, which gives over 20 hours of video playback, if the original file HAD A duration of One and half hours A (of course, if your tablet Will be Able to work as much). So as A Whole in terms of the device battery Life Fully meets modern requirements and other models show similar results.
As for recovery time charge of staffing the power supply, it is about two hours and forty-five minutes, which is also consistent with the characteristics stated in the parameter.
Considered A Wireless hard drive Toshiba Canvio AeroCast has Practical and convenient design of the Case. Hardware platform model is interesting support for using memory cards, and the software has the function of automatic Data Backup with Them. When you Connect A local drive features High Speed Read and Write Files. Built-in Wireless controller That Supports modes “through” connection does not beat performance Records, But quite SUFFICIENT Basic for use Cases of Mobile hard drive. Rechargeable battery Provides Decent battery duration Life Comparable to That of Competitors ITS.
Built-in software does not support indulge A Wide range of network protocols, But Also to IMPLEMENT SUFFICIENT SMB Will be for use with an overwhelming number of Client Platforms.Offers Manufacturers A proprietary utility for Android and iOS Allows quite comfortable to work with popular Mobile Media formats, But there is Clearly Still have something to work on.HOWEVER, Most Problems Easily CAN be solved using alternative software.
The model has not yet been presented in the local market. At a cost of the device is likely to be no different from the competition.