After downloading software to our Android test device, it took just a few minutes to complete the setup. Step one connects to its Wi-Fi SSID, giving us access to the wireless drive's files but temporarily disconnecting the phone from its Internet-connected access point. This was quickly remedied by using the client software to connect the Wireless Plus to that same AP. Wireless Plus was then ready to provide an Internet connection and file services to as many as eight smartphones or tablets. The client software's file-search function separates local files from those on the server, and can filter by photo, video and other media types, with thumbnails.
This tiny (about 3.5 inches x 5 inches) device gets its power from any USB 2.0 or 3.0 port or from the included adapter, and is rated to run for up to 10 hours between charges. The kit also includes a SATA-to-USB 3.0 adapter and cable, which serves to move files to and from the Wireless Plus drive at about 5 GB/s. The adapter (which is backward-compatible with USB 2.0) works with any SATA drive to find utility anywhere files that need to be moved quickly.