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• None of the contenders came up to the level of the Airport Time Capsule in terms of the facilities it currently offers. • a wireless device that offers its own Wi-Fi and pass through connection to the Internet • plus a backup destination for Time Machine • plus the ability to store and share files with Macs and PCs on the same Wi-Fi network • and a few other things the Time Capsule does. Wamp server for mac. (I have if you want to refresh yourself).
For a Mac user that loves the Apple Time Capsule and I do it's depressing. • Not one of the wireless hard drives I looked at can be used as a backup destination for Time Machine. Don't try unless you want to turn them into with no Wi-Fi - and let's face it there are cheaper and better alternatives for a standard backup drive. • These are not backup drives at all really.
The wireless hard drives on the market are really aimed at being entertainment devices. A place to store photos, videos, music mainly. They focus on the market where streaming videos and movies over Wi-Fi is the thing.
That said • Apart from the WD My Passport Wireless Pro (and that product only has limited capabilities), none of the contenders do any encoding, so you need to make sure that what you are looking to view, be it photos, videos or documents they are in a format that the viewing or listening device can read. This means that the file must be in a format the mobile tablet or phone understand before you try to stream or view. • None of the devices will allow you to stream iTunes purchased movies, in fact DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected media cannot be streamed by any of these devices as Apple took away that facility as of IOS 8 so unless you have a device running an earlier release of IOS you will have no joy.
If this is the reason for purchasing one of these drives, let me save you some time and frustration - don’t. • Security, take care if your photos or videos or files are sensitive or you just don't fancy sharing them publicly, read what I say about each drive's security mechanisms. The publicity for these drives make much of using a hotel's Wi-Fi or public available Wi-Fi to stream content and entertain the kids but without care you could have complete strangers enjoying your content too. • I should just say this and forgive me if this is obvious. The marketing material makes much of taking these wireless external hard drives anywhere. In the wilds taking photos and want a place to offload those photos?
Then here is your solution. These drives are mechanical and a drop, or shake while in operation will likely break your drive. Ensure they are on a solid surface before you start to use, ensure air circulation to prevent overheating, and if the place you are in is extreme cold, humid, hot, wet then your drive will not do well. SSDs (Solid State Drives) are better suited to conditions where your drive has to rough it. • Personal Wi-Fi and hotspot for streaming content without needing an Internet connection. • The ability to support streaming videos and movies or view photos or listen to music on multiple devices at once (how many varies by wireless drive) • A place to off-load photos and free up space on your iPad or iPhone without using cloud storage.
(Refer to my earlier comment on these wireless drives not being backup devices. Ensure you have a copy of your files elsewhere.) • Allow you to bridge to an existing Wi-Fi with Internet connection and offer multiple devices a Wi-Fi gateway to the Internet (although streaming direct from the internet is not recommended) Now you are aware of what these drives can offer and if you are still interested let us have a look at the top wireless external hard drives for Mac. In the end it came down to three wireless hard drives that were worthy of consideration. The WD My Passport Wireless Pro, the LaCie Fuel and the Seagate Wireless Plus. The My Passport Pro won the best wireless external hard drive for Mac and is the newest of the devices reviewed having been released to the market in 2016.