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Old 01-19-2012, 03:10 PM   #1
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Add 32 gigs of pocket-sized storage to Kindle Fire & share it

A couple of days ago I wrote about a device that can act as an attached drive to the Kindle Fire, either 16 or 32 Gigs AND share the media on it between three people, smoothly, including their watching 3 different movies (or the same one) at the same time.

I searched for the info here but didn't see that anyone else had posted it yet, so here it is.

http://kindleworld.blogspot.com/2012...ndle-fire.html

Shortcut: http://bit.ly/kw-widrv

It's the Wi-Drive and the app is in the Kindle store as of a few days ago. It's pocketable and about the size the new iPhone.

Edited it this afternoon to include the Maxell AirStash and how it differs from the WiDrive. Would appreciate any added info on either. Thanks!

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Old 01-19-2012, 06:16 PM   #2
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That is nice! The price isn't bad either. It looks much smaller than my passport.
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:29 PM   #3
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I've been using a similar WiFi drive - the 500GB Seagate GoFlex Satellite. I use it among my Fire, Motorola Xoom tablet, a netbook, and a laptop. People have reported issues with it but I haven't had any problems. You can access it either through a Seagate app or a browser and it supports multiple, concurrent users.

I didn't see anything about it on the Kingston's writeup but there is generally a limitation with these devices - because they generate their own local network, you cannot access the Internet when connected to one of these. That's true with the Seagate, don't know on the Kingston.

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I've had this on my wish list for a while. I keep waiting for a sale...I know the price is good, I just want a really good deal.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:25 PM   #5
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I have the 32 gig Wi-Drive. Use it for movies. You can connect to internet through it. Have not had any problems with it!

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I have the 32 gig Wi-Drive. Use it for movies. You can connect to internet through it. Have not had any problems with it!
Can you use it while it's connected to a power source & charging?

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I was impressed by the device until I saw in the user's guide that the WPA/WPA2 passphrase (aka password) must be between 8 and 13 characters. Is this a typo? For minimal security a WPA/WPA2 passphrase must be at least 20 characters. And the maximum is 63 characters, not 13.

If this is not a typo in the UG it makes one wonder if they are concerned about security and what other corners they cut.

Can someone who has one of these check if the 8 - 13 is a typo or not?

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I was impressed by the device until I saw in the user's guide that the WPA/WPA2 passphrase (aka password) must be between 8 and 13 characters. Is this a typo? For minimal security a WPA/WPA2 passphrase must be at least 20 characters. And the maximum is 63 characters, not 13.

If this is not a typo in the UG it makes one wonder if they are concerned about security and what other corners they cut.

Can someone who has one of these check if the 8 - 13 is a typo or not?

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Every device I've used requires 8 or more characters...
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I'm gonna grab one of these soon. It'll be good for the movies and such. Maybe get my coworker to go splitsies with me on it, and share.
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I was impressed by the device until I saw in the user's guide that the WPA/WPA2 passphrase (aka password) must be between 8 and 13 characters. Is this a typo? For minimal security a WPA/WPA2 passphrase must be at least 20 characters. And the maximum is 63 characters, not 13.

If this is not a typo in the UG it makes one wonder if they are concerned about security and what other corners they cut.

Can someone who has one of these check if the 8 - 13 is a typo or not?

kees

8 to 13 characters for a WPA-PSK key is reasonably safe so long as your pass phrase is comprised of random a-z and 0-9 alphanumeric characters.

There are many experts giving differing opinions on how long a Pre-Shared Key should be and many of them are telling users to use very long pass phrases well above 25 characters all the way up to 64. This has not only caused some confusion among users, but may have also intimidated them from using WPA.

When I was in the Navy I had to use a 16 character system passwords and these were confusing and easily forgotten. In fact, sometimes a longer password is more easily compromised because people get sloppy and write them down.


Anyway, The Wi-Drive works with the Fire as reported by other owners: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...ighlight=drive

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Have got it to charge while connected. Connect to Wi-Drive then plug into AC charge adapter. Does not work if you plug into computer.
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I was impressed by the device until I saw in the user's guide that the WPA/WPA2 passphrase (aka password) must be between 8 and 13 characters. Is this a typo? For minimal security a WPA/WPA2 passphrase must be at least 20 characters. And the maximum is 63 characters, not 13.

If this is not a typo in the UG it makes one wonder if they are concerned about security and what other corners they cut.

Can someone who has one of these check if the 8 - 13 is a typo or not?

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My Samsung Galaxy S2 phone uses wpa/wpa2 and it has only 8 characters.

My wep on my router required 26 and was a horror and is not as secure.
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I've been using a similar WiFi drive - the 500GB Seagate GoFlex Satellite. I use it among my Fire, Motorola Xoom tablet, a netbook, and a laptop. People have reported issues with it but I haven't had any problems. You can access it either through a Seagate app or a browser and it supports multiple, concurrent users.

I didn't see anything about it on the Kingston's writeup but there is generally a limitation with these devices - because they generate their own local network, you cannot access the Internet when connected to one of these. That's true with the Seagate, don't know on the Kingston.

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Dave, I saw that there was an XDA-Developer thread on it, pointing to my blog entry, and I am testing a unit now.

I wrote there that "It provides its own WiFi network to which up to 3 devices can connect but also has an extra element that allows it to use a bridging mechanism to let your Kindle Fire be connected to the Internet and the Wi-Drive at the same time (not possible with the otherwise interesting AirStash with nice features of its own). You can be using media from the Wi-Drive while looking up something on the Net."

It is so straightforward I'm pretty amazed. But am seeing if it recognizes subfolders (the way the Kindle e-readers do when accessing files).
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