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Go wireless with your storage

Sabyasachi Biswas | Updated on March 10, 2018





We pick out some cool wireless external hard drives to get you a bit less tangled!

External hard drives are usually are our go-to options to carry a big load of data, movies, music and more. But as it often happens, you have to move around the house if you’re on a sitcom marathon. And then it becomes a tough battle to carry the portable hard-drive around with the laptop, without dropping either. Also, you may also need a huge storage space for your smartphone or tablet. The ideal solution would be to have a personal cloud space, a wireless hard drive. We’ve listed out some of the best options that you can get in the market as of now.

Seagate Wireless Plus

Seagate’s Wireless Plus is one of the most portable wireless devices that also offer good value for money. The 1TB external hard disk comes with both USB 3.0 and is also WiFi enabled. This hard drive is compatible with a large number of devices – Android devices with 4.3 and above, Apple devices with iOS 4.3 (and above) or Mac OS. It is also compatible with Kindle Fire, besides working well with all Windows based PCs. The drive is compact, with dimensions of 127 x 89 x 19.9 mm and a weight of just 256 grams. The Seagate Media app, available on both Android and iOS can allow up to 8 smartphones or tablets to be connected simultaneously to the device and stream media. For people on the move, Seagate Wireless Plus comes with up to 10 hours of battery backup.

Capacity – 1TB

Price – ₹16,000

Apple AirPort Time Capsule

For users who swear by iPhones, iPads, iMacs and Macbooks, the AirPort Time Capsule is the ultimate storage and backup option. It’s not just a data storage and backup option, but it also works as a base-station, providing wireless networking to all your Apple devices in the house. The new Time Capsule comes with 6 antennas to provide extremely strong wireless connectivity and streaming, and has been redesigned to be smaller, thereby saving space. Using Apple Time Machine technology, all the devices can automatically back up the files without the need for any wired connectivity. But it does come with USB 2.0 and Ethernet ports for those who’d like some wires. The Time Capsule also comes with wireless security and supports wireless printing.

Capacity – 2TB/3TB

Price – ₹19,900/₹25,000

LaCie Fuel 2TB

Since the AirPort Time Capsule from Apple isn’t really portable (it can’t be used on the move – it needs a constant power supply), there’s another option for iPhone and iPad users who need a big storage space for media streaming and backup. The LaCie Fuel offers 2TB of storage space, with wireless connectivity that supports up to five devices simultaneously. The hard drive is also compatible with Android and Windows devices. It comes with a USB 3.0 connector for quick transferring of data using a PC or a Mac. The LaCie Fuel offers a 10-hour battery backup, along with Dropbox integration for Cloud users. Another good thing about the LaCie Fuel is that it also supports Apple TV.

Capacity – 2TB

Price – ₹31,310

Western Digital MyCloud

If ultra-portability is not a requisite, the MyCloud wireless hard-drive is an economical, all-round option as a wireless hard-drive. As the name suggests, this device creates a personal cloud space, albeit humongous in size, and lets you remotely drag-and-drop or access your stored data. The device comes with its own processor to handle high-speed streaming and a USB-3.0 connectivity option as well. The WD MyCloud is compatible with all platforms, including iOS, Mac, Windows, Android etc. The app to manage the device and files is available in all respective app stores. WD’s wireless solution also offers compatibility with iTunes, Sony PS3 and Xbox 360, widening its application around the house.

Capacity – 3 TB

Price – ₹14,999

Published on July 09, 2014

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