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Kingston Wi-Drive preview: Wireless storage for your mobile devices

It's often a difficult dilemma. Of course you'd love to have the 64GB version of the iPhone or iPad for example, but the additional price Apple wants for the additional GBs is very high. If you go for the version with less storage, you can quickly fill it up and run out of space. Kingston has come up with a smart solution for this, in the shape of the Wi-Drive, which is storage with built-in Wi-Fi.

The Kingston Wi-Drive is a clever combination of hardware. You have the choice between 16GB, 32GB or 64GB flash storage. It comes with a battery and an integrated Wi-Fi adapter, and only weighs in at 84g. Everywhere you go, you basically have a wireless mini-NAS device. The idea is that you fill it up on your PC via USB, and use the free app to access it from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, Android device or Kindle Fire.

So how do you make your smartphone or tablet recognise the Wi-Drive? Kingston has an effective solution for this. The Wi-Drive functions as an access point without a password, and all you have to do is to connect with that wireless network. It's very easy, but if Wi-Fi was your Internet connection, it will of course sever that link so you're no longer online.

It means you have to choose between Wi-Drive and Internet. Another disadvantage is that the Wi-Drive is unsecure, so anyone with the Wi-Drive app or with knowledge of the IP address can access the device.

You can solve the Internet disconnection dilemma by adding the Wi-Drive to your network. You'll have to put it into bridge mode beforehand. Then you can access it without losing your Internet connection. Once you've connected it to the network, you can access it from Windows as a shared folder by entering the IP address and adding // before it. You can read the rest of Kingston Wi-Drive preview on