RAVPower RP-WD02 Wireless File Wireless Filehub

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RAVPower RP-WD02 Wireless File Wireless Filehub / Portable Travel Router

Something i never used before is this RAVPower RP-WD02 Wireless Filehub / Portable Travel Router  but theres so much more to it than just the title. It is probably the best investment I have made for ALL my mobile devices. I was on the fence about what wireless wifi storage to get Seagate, Kingston Wi-drive, Airstash and lots more but decided on the ravpower. Main reason was that it had a micro SD card slot and USB port to connect a multitude of different storage devices. And lets be honest, how many SD cards, microsd cards, portable hard drives and usb flash drives do we have laying around? There is soooo much potential with this product and some very nice surprises that I found out that makes this wifi disk a MUST have for all the tech geeks in us.

Bonus, it doubles up as external battery pack. 6,000mah may not be a lot but it does come in handy in those critical must have a charge situations. Specs:

Wireless wi-fi storage and external battery pack 6000mah
Micro SD card slot
USB slot

The size of the wifi disk is about the size of a small portable hard drive, fits perfect in the palm of your hand and thats perfect size in my opinion.

To connect to the device you must make a wifi connection to it. It is named “WiFiSD-158E” and the password is “11111111”. That is 8 ones BTW.

Performance:

I was able to pick up a wide array of storage media. SD card, microsd , Flash drives ranging from 4gb to 32gb with many different brands. It was able to power a Seagate portable hard drive no problem while a SD card was also in the sd card slot.

Many different devices were used to connect to the wifi disk: Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Ipad 4, Acer laptop, Coby Cryos android tablet, galaxy S3, Iphone 5 and a t-mobile S2.

It says that up to 5 devices can be connected to it.

I was able to play all sorts of video files from it, divx/xvid, avi, mp4, mkv, mov…..720p,1080p. It handled it like a champ.

I connected 5 devices and tried to stream a divx file all at the same time. It worked flawlessly, no stutters, no audio drops.
Now I dunno about HD 720p or 1080p files with 5 devices trying to stream from it. Will try more tests later.

You can access your connected storage via 3 different ways:

Now, you can use the recommended mobile apps mobile fun (android) and airstor (IOS) to connect to the device to see your connected storage options. They are nice clean simple apps. Reminds me of an “ES Explorer” type file explorer. Pretty fast, smooth and it simply just works. The one thing the APP is a must for is to make it a wifi hotspot. What that means is that you can configure it to connect to your regular home internet router so that when your device is connected to it; you can still have internet access. Basically it acts like a wireless bridge for your router. Once configured you don’t have to use the apps ever again.

You can even use your browser to go to “10.10.10.254” and connect via a web interface. The default username is “admin” and there is no password. You can configure it to have a password; which I did via a wizard tutorial. This is nice since you can connect your laptop to it and access the connected storage.

The last option was a little thing I figured out and was pleasantly surprised! The wifi disk can be accessed via ANY file explorer app that can make SAMBA/SMB connections! File explorers such as “ES Explorer” and “Solid Explorer” have this ability. I personally recommend solid explorer (more on that in a bit).

You just have to set it up

For solid explorer press the “jump” button, then “Network” and then “SMB/CIFS” button. Jump>Network>SMB/CIFS
Now press the plus sign button at the top right. It will cause a popup that you will need to fill in the appropriate info.

Display name: can be left blank
Computer name or ip address: enter 10.10.10.254
Authentication method: can set as “Log in as guess” if you did not use the web interface to make a pass word. If you did make a password set it as “store encrypted password”
Username: admin
password: whatever password you made via the web interface

Now you should be able use the file explorer to navigate the connected storage options:

SDCARD-Volume1 = SD card slot
USBDisk-Volume1 = USB port connected storage

Now you don’t need an extra app to use the wifi disk. Use the file explorer you love and know!

Solid Explorer is my recommendation because it has the two pane option when in landscape mode. With the two panel mode, you can navigate to the “SD card” with pane 1 and then navigate to the “usb port” with pane 2. This will allow you to transfer files between the “sd card” and the “usb port” storage seamlessly and easily! There was a step by step guide on amazon how to transfer files between two attached storage options on the wifi disk, but this makes it sooooo much easier!

Build Quality: Seems solid, not too flimsy but quite light. Nice colored LED’s that aren’t too bright.

Gripes about it:

Only comes in white; no black option. It sticks out like a sore thumb next to all my other devices.
Does not come with a wall charger; but will use any usb charger which in my opinion are VERY minor.

If you would like to pick on up you can get it for about $50.00 from Amazon HERE

The Voip Life

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The Voip Life

Voice Over IP.

       Living with wi-fi only for mobile calling can be a tricky process to start but thanks to root junky there is a step by step video guide for those who are interested in the idea of Voip and free wi-fi calling. Once you have set-up Voip on your wifi device, (phone/tablet) the next plan of action is to sniff out free wifi hotspots in your local area and along your daily commute.

VOIP

        For convenience sake, if you have home internet, look into what your provider offers as far as internet features and ask about free wifi hotspots. If you, yourself don’t own home internet or your provider doesn’t offer the free wifi hotspot feature, ask friends and family if their internet provider offers these features and ask for their credentials so you may use it. Comcast for example offers free wifi hotspots to their internet subscribers, but where I live Comcast is not offered and I myself have Verizon, who does not offer free wifi hotspots. I use the bartering system and offer what I have in trade for what I lack. For example I asked a family member for their Comcast login information for the free hotspot in exchange for my Amazon Prime login information for the free movies and other Prime features. Which is funny because the features of Amazon Prime are fruitless without internet. Now with some form of free hotspot in your life lets start mapping out wifi hotspots offered by local businesses and homeowners without protected wifi routers. Most businesses offer free wifi which is awesome of them, its a nice way to give back to the customer. Most have parkinglot range and with some luck even reach the streets so you can connect to the wifi at the red-light and get sms and call updates that were missed while blackedout or disconnected from the internet. A good way to start collecting free hotspots is keeping the wifi settings open and scan for networks at every stop, standstill and red-light, where its safe to look at your phone (please drive carefully and never text and drive) and when you find a free or unprotected wifi network just connect and hit remember. Every time you are within range of the wifi network it’ll auto connect and you will be able to receive and send texts and calls. If you travel on foot or by way of public transportation this will be easier since walking while looking at our phones is now second nature. Try walking on both sides of the street on route to your daily commutes to double your wifi hotspot odds. Also if you take a bus and your nearest bus-stop doesn’t have a free wifi hotspot connection try walking to the next waiting station and seeing if you get lucky, now you’ll have a reason to get a little more exercise on your commute. Keeping the wifi settings open and hitting scan as often as possible while in transit is the best way to start a wifi commute path to stay connected to the internet as often as possible while in motion. I noticed some people on public transit have there phone or other form of hotspot open and unprotected for anyone to use, just remember if you don’t know or trust the wifi source proceed with caution and don’t risk using credit card information or logging into private social sites while using random hotspots. Social gatherings and outings with friends or family can make wifi only living feel like mooching when you find yourself asking everyone at the party if they have a free hotspot or wifi password you can use to post socially with the rest of the live streaming in the moment as it happens vloggers and bloggers in the group. Try not to seem desperate or over needy for internet because your friends pay for internet they don’t know the need for it and sharing that password with you might come with new trust barriers to overcome. Just be cool and if questioned just simply explain your situation and need for wifi since its not on your utilities list. Most of my friends dont mind me using their wifi and hotspot passwords, since i’ve been doing this wifi only lifestyle for years now its come to them at no surprise when i ask for wifi and hotspot information at new locations or when i’m a little late to replying to a text or missed call. Not paying a phone bill and not having internet 24/7 and everywhere you go is in a way freeing. I don’t get bothered by not being able to check my Facebook feed or post a Tweet when i’m out and about.

       Simply put because when i’m out and about, i dont need that distraction to take me out of the moment. I capture moments , I take snaps, I post whats on my mind and I send texts at the time in the moment and when I connect to the internet that is when my posts, likes, snaps and texts go live to their respective social destinations. I never paid a phone bill. I don’t know what it is like to have a phone plan. Mobile internet to be connected 24/7 and everywhere you go is not something I see worth paying for. Not when I have my wifi hotspot  daily commute lined out so well I almost always have an internet connect in my travels. The amount of blackout time or time without internet is so small I just can’t bring myself to pay to fill in the gaps and you shouldn’t either. Even the cheapest monthly phone bill with reasonable internet is about $34.99 a month which is $420.00 a year. Saving $420.00 a year adds up fast.

By Kenn

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Google Inbox App

i have been using Google inbox for a full week now and if you don’t know what it is or how it works i will try to cover any questions you may have. Almost all of us use gmail and it works and works well but Inbox takes your gmail experience to a whole new level. To start you can request a invite to inbox at http://www.google.com/inbox/ and there pretty prompt at answering/sending actual app then comes the fun part, after you have inbox on device you are given option to use inbox as default but you are still able to use gmail app itself but trust me you wont. Inbox will walk you through the ins and outs and there’s even a video to demonstrate whats new. If you always wanted more options in you Gmail app then inbox will be very pleasing for you. The layout is all new and customization is at your fingertips and a few of the options i like are the ability to “pin” important email that all shows up in one convenient tab and the “snooze” option to place any mail in one place until its time to put back in inbox.A few other features is received mail is  put into categories such as “promos” where all promotional email is bundled together and even a “purchases” bundle so there’s just no clutter  and that’s a major plus. The “social” bundle is another and just makes for a cleaner looking overall email client. Inbox is very user friendly and such a major improvement to Gmail and im sure you will all welcome it. There is so much more to inbox than i listed so here is a video that may show just why im really excited about Inbox.

 

 

 

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