WD has expanded its portable storage range to include My Passport Wireless, a Wi-Fi enabled storage solution for all of your devices. It allows you to save, access and share up to 2 TB of content from any mobile device. I am no stranger to WD storage solutions as my home network includes the My Cloud personal cloud storage device (Read the My Cloud Review, here) but My Passport Wireless is a welcomed addition. As mobile devices gain greater computing power, we rely on them more and consequently produce more and more content with them. As a mommy, who also blogs, photos are often the primary culprit when I’m reminded that storage on my iPhone 5s is nearing capacity. With the My Passport Wireless on hand, I am able to transfer my media files and remove them from my smartphone – and I can do it conveniently. I’ve spent some time with My Passport Wireless and my general impression is that it’s a must-have device for anyone who produces tons of media and files on-the-go. Here’s why…
I sat down with my MacBook Pro, iPhone 5s and My Passport Wireless to get the unit set for use. Since this device is all about mobility, I bypassed the computer, which I tend to use mostly at home, and chose to connect to the smartphone first. The process was easy and straight forward. Inside the packaging, there was a leaflet illustrating numbered steps with vivid pictures for setup of both computers and mobile devices. I was able to follow the steps seamlessly and complete initial setup within five minutes. For those requiring additional information or troubleshooting, the literature also listed a WD website containing supplemental documents.
The My Cloud App
The My Cloud app is the control center for My Passport Wireless and any other personal cloud storage device that you own. You can manage everything from secure login to files and folder structures using the app. It’s design is intuitive and does not require a steep learning curve, nor does it leave you hanging. Anything I want to manage on the device can be done through the app. My Cloud app is available for both iOS and Android. My review is based on the version for iOS.
My Passport Wireless broadcasts its own wireless network which allows up to eight devices to connect at the same time. Most devices are WiFi enabled but the ability to use them rests solely on the availability and quality of the wireless network they are connected to. With My Passport, your ability to use the product is not dependent on any outside source. I appreciate that the device is a stand-alone solution for on-the-go storage. And, they didn’t stop there – the WiFi connection can be secured through settings found in the My Cloud app.
Many Ways to Save
My Passport Wireless enables you to save data in several different ways. It features a high speed USB 3.0 connection when you need to transfer large amounts of data quickly and has a built-in SD card slot to copy data from an SD card. WD also added integrated FTP which allows the drive to connect directly to compatible wireless devices like cameras. It just so happens that I shoot with a Nikon D5300 wireless DSLR. Having the option to connect to the camera wirelessly or pop in the SD card to transfer photos is priceless. It completely eliminates the need to download everything onto a computer. I prefer being able to save everything I’ve captured on the storage device and then pulling over onto the MacBook only the images I intend to work with. It’s a cleaner, more efficient process – thanks to My Passport Wireless.
My Passport Wireless is sleek and compact. It fits easily into a laptop bag or handbag too. I’ve taken it out for use everywhere from cafes to the dining room table and it doesn’t obstruct my workspace. In fact, it accessorizes the work area and looks as good as it functions.