Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 Review

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Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 Introduction

Many people today have either a smartphone, tablet, or laptop in their possession, or some have several of these devices, but many of these devices come with only a limited amount of storage space built into them with no way to expand it.  This very problem is why it’s extremely handy to have a solution to offload your media or files easier, so you can free up that precious space.  Not only that, but with the increasing mobile device adoption, you’re going to want to share that content as well.

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Last year we took a look at the first generation Kingston MobileLite Wireless, which is an extremely handy solution to wirelessly share content amongst your devices.  Today, we will take a look at the MobileLite Wireless G2, which is quite like the first iteration, but with a few new perks and a fresh new look.

Where last year’s model was strictly a wireless card reader with an internet pass thru capability, plus a portable battery for charging your mobile gadgets, this year’s model continues with those features and builds it out further, allowing for USB flash drives, Ethernet connectivity to act as a portable router, and even 3G USB cellular cards.  Also like last year’s model, the MobileLite Wireless G2 (I’m going to use MLW G2 or G2 for short from here on out) does not include any built-in storage, so it is strictly a USB and/or SD card reader.  This does mean that you essentially have limitless storage capabilities, which is great if you’re a heavy media user, but you do have to furnish your own storage media.  Another upgrade is this version can now handle up to eight simultaneous users instead of three, which is what the first version was limited to.

If you liked the original MLW, you can pick up the MLW G2 for $55.67 with free shipping on Amazon, plus tax – where applicable, and it includes a beefy 2 year warranty.  This also brings the G2 in cheaper than what the first version was close it its launch.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 Logo

One item that I’m really digging with the G2, is the fact that it can act like a portable wireless router.  A usage scenario:  We all know that WiFi connectivity in hotels can be really poor, but if your room just so happens to have a Cat5 cable at your disposal, you can now create your own secure and reliable WiFi hotspot – well, I suppose only as reliable as the guest network is at a hotel.  Great idea, right?

Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 MLWG2 Technical Specifications:

  • Inputs for Storage: USB and SD – reads SD, SDHC, SDXC and microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC (with included adapter)
  • Supported File Systems: FAT, FAT32, NTFS, exFAT
  • General File Format Support: MP3, WAV, m4V, mp4 (H.264), JPG, TIF, PDF
  • Dimensions: 129.14mm x 79.09mm x 19.28mm
  • Weight: 171g
  • Wireless Network Interface: Wi-Fi 802.11g/n 2.4GHz with wireless security (WPA2)
  • WLAN Ethernet Port: To function as a mobile router
  • Rechargeable Battery: Up to 13 hours of continuous use; built-in Li-ion 4640 mAh 3.8v battery
  • Simultaneous Users:  8
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Model Number: MLWG2

Kingston’s MobileLite Wireless G2 has an app for use, which is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

Let’s move on and take a quick look at the packaging and also see what the MLW G2 itself has to offer us!

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  • sdcvan

    My most common use scenario is while driving and needing cell data for email and Google maps. I cannot stream music off the Mobilelite because while connected to its WiFi connection, I lose my cell phone G3/LTE connection. There is no bridge mode for simultaneous cell data and WiFi.

  • Buddha

    $5 for nPlayer on the apple App Store and you can use device through SMB to read ALL file formats on all iOS devices (streaming MKV video in the background from a western digital 2 TB drive while using Google maps on my iPad installed in my dash is insanity) ..

  • woodbar

    Well, you totally missed the point that the G2 (and the original model) will both act in a bridge mode to your existing WiFi, giving internet access, whilst also simultaneously acting as a media storage/streaming device.
    Have a look at the “Auto connect” item on the settings page – this is actually one of the cleverest bits and you totally ignored it!
    The original device even allowed access to local USB/SD storage from devices connected to the relevant networks on EITHER side of the bridge – unfortunately the G2 does not so is actually less versatile in this respect.
    With all due respect, I think most people would like a review to cover all the facilities of the device rather than be covered with pictures of the box it came in!

    • ctgoodman

      I’m interested on the connection on either side of the bridge comment. So you are saying the original mobilelite will allow that and this one does not? What about through the ethernet port?

    • JohnFab

      Cannot go on my jogs using my gps/internet connected running app while connected to the Mobilelite WiFi. Totally useless for where I would need it most. :(

      Is the MobileLite G2 any better?