Many of us have extra bare hard drive or two laying around and buying an external drive enclosure only really serves to make one useful as an external drive, leaving you with the mundane task of swapping them out. This is where docking stations come in handy, offering the ease of swapping drives on the fly. Still, most rely on a wired connection which effectively eliminates the use of the storage for smartphones and tablets without some creative solutions. Vantec has released a new NexStar drive dock that not only connects via USB 3.0, but also via wireless. Pretty slick! The USB 3.0 only version of this dock runs $29.39 shipped, so the addition of wireless adds about $60 to the cost of this product as the MSRP on the NexStart WiFi Hard Drive Dock is $89.99.
Compatible with both iOS and Android operating devices through apps you can download on the respective platform, the NexStar wireless hard drive dock makes it easy to expand the storage of these mobile devices. In addition, it supports the UPnP protocol so household devices that can leverage it can also benefit from the wireless storage. All of this can be done securely via an encrypted signal through WEP/WPA/WPA2.
Vantec has a nice video that outlines the use of the dock and the many features.
|Device Support:||SATA I/II/III Hard Drive|
|Hard Drive Size:||2.5″ & 3.5″ Hard Drive|
|External Interface:||USB 3.0 (Backwards compatible w/ USB 2.0 & 1.1)|
|Supported File System:||NTFS, FAT32|
|System OS Support:||Windows XP, Vista, 7 & 8 Mac OS X 10.6 or higher|
|Mobile Device OS Support:||iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch iOS 4.0 & higher
Android Phone Ver. 2.1 & higher
Android Pad Ver. 3.0 & higher
UPnP Compatible Devices
|Wi-Fi Interface:||802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi AP Tethering Supported
Wi-Fi Encryption: WEP/WPA/WPA2
Up to 150Mbit Transfer Rate
|iOS App Supported Media Format:||Video: h.264, .mov, .mp4, .mpv, .3gp, .m4v
Photo: .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .tif, .bmp, .tiff
Audio: AAC, .mp3, .m4a, .aif, .wav
Document: MS Office 97 or higher, .pdf, .rtf
Supports “Open-In” Function
|Android App Supported Media Format:||Video: h.264, .mp4,.3gp, .MPEG-TS, .mkv
Photo: .jpg, .png, .gif, .bmp, .webp
Audio: AAC, .mp3, .ota, .imy, .ogg, .rttl, .rtx, .wav
|Dimensions:||136 x 83 x 87 mm|
In the box is a multilingual manual, a USB 3.0 cable and the AC power adapter. Let’s have a closer look!