Western Digital today unveiled the new WD My Passport Wireless, a Wi-Fi enabled external storage drive that allows you to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device. The My Passport Wireless is available in 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB models and is designed for everyone from frequent business travelers and the family on a road trip to the creative professional working in the field.
The My Passport Wireless drive broadcasts its own wireless network that allows up to eight devices to connect at the same time and access any content stored on the drive via a Wi-Fi connection. In addition, there is also a USB 3.0 port on the device in case you prefer a wired solution. The drive features Wireless N with MIMO technology for enhanced wireless performance with fast file transfers and the ability to stream up to four HD videos simultaneously. The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 6 hours of continuous streaming and up to 20 hours of standby power.
Because most devices will have to use their Wi-Fi connection to connect to the drive, the My Passport Wireless drive functions as a Wi-Fi network pass-through or extender, so you’ll still have access to the internet and your local Wi-Fi router while you’re connected to the My Passport Wireless.
The WD My Cloud mobile app easily connects to a My Passport Wireless drive for simple setup, and once setup the mobile app provides easy navigation, sharing and playback of the drive’s content. The WD My Cloud allows you to access content on other storage solutions such as the WD My Cloud family of personal cloud storage devices or on major public cloud services such as Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive from just one app.
In additional to providing shared storage for all your wireless devices, the My Passport Wireless drive is also an ideal companion for cameras thanks to its integrated SD card slot. Whether shooting large commercial photography and video production or just taking photos and videos of the family while on vacation, the My Passport Wireless drive lets you copy content from the SD card to the drive to make room for more memorable moments. Additionally, with integrated FTP, the drive connects to compatible wireless cameras so that users can automatically transfer photos from their cameras to the drive as they are taking them.
Price and Availability
The My Passport Wireless drive is currently available at select U.S. retailers and online at the wdstore.com. MSRP is $129.99 for 500GB, $179.99 for 1 TB and $219.99 for 2 TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the App Store and Google Play.