Samuel Tan

Sam is a tech evangelist, e-learning and learning platform enthusiast, tablet and smartphone chomping maniac, mac and windows zealot, wireless & network genius, developer, designer, user experience tinkerer, moodle and sharepoint two timer, social media junkie, web analyst and server engineer (and an all round good guy).He has over 18 years of tech experience ranging from ground-breaking university research networks to high level secure government extranet projects. He has overseen many megabuck project deployments from Building Schools for Future to harnessing technology, improving sustainability and realising a performance framework for technology in school.And now, while every other so-called expert and consultant is plotting away on world domination, Sam is quietly working on helping each and every teacher, lecturer and trainer, one school at a time to make the most of Technology for Teaching to enrich every child’s learning experience.

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  1. Fabien
    April 30, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

    Hi. I want to know which one is suitable for me. My requirements are:

    a) I need to backup multimedia files from 2 cell phones and a tablet (Android all of them) and free up some memory from those devices.

    b) I also have an external USB HDD 500gb that I have all my backup files stored in there, such as docs, photos, videos and movies. So I’d like to make a bridge between this HDD and mobile devices to save photos and also to play movies from HDD (mkv, avi, mp4, etc).

    c) Watch movies in my tablet during a trip.

    There’s another more expensive than these devices: Sandisk wireless media drive that besides it is a reliable multimedia player it does not support external HDD connection (bridge). So what device do you recommend? Thank you.

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    • Colour My Learning
      April 30, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

      Hi Fabien,

      Our readers bought the RAVPower Filehub Wireless and Verbatim MediaShare Wireless.

      Personally, I would recommend the EasyAcc Wireless because of its 8800mAh battery capacity.

      Both RAVPower and Verbatim come only with 3000mAh battery. The other advantage of EasyAcc is the WAN/LAN port that lets you connect to your local network.

      Judging from your requirement, all the above would meet your needs.

      You can use the following Apps to backup to these devices (subject to compatibility): FTPManager Free (iOS), AirStor (iOS and Android), AndFTP (Android), Solid Explorer Unlocker (Android), ES File Explorer (Android), FTPCafe (Android)

      Some of these apps have built-in codec to view images, play music and videos. Otherwise, you will be prompted to open the file in compatible apps on your device. You can choose one of your existing apps to do this.

      We found the following apps and a combination of these to help immensely in handling the different video formats.

      For Multimedia Playback: VLC (iOS and Android), OPlayer and OPlayer Lite (iOS and Android).

      If you are looking for something with more storage and not have to carry too many bits, the Seagate 1TB Wireless Plus Mobile Device Storage is also very popular among our readers.

      You can find out more about this in our Top 5 Wireless Portable Hard Drives post.

      The accompanying app from Seagate, the Seagate Media app handles a number of video and music formats.

      Hope this helps.

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      • Fabien
        April 30, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

        I really appreciate your comment, very clear and helpful!

        In fact it’s difficult to find these devices in my country, EasyAcc and RavPower unfortunately don’t exist here, and the other ones you can find few around the big cities.

        So the ‘most popular’ devices here are Verbatim and Kingston devices, Sandisk too, and the one you recomend too: Seagate 1TB wireless device, but this one here is very expensive, almost unaffordable.

        So, following your recomendation, I will buy the Verbatim one that I think it suits my 80-90% needs. But on the other hand, I read some user reviews and the only thing I’m afraid of is that they say it lacks of performance when playing/streaming movies and the solution is to copy the movie file to the tablet/phone and play it from there (mmhh I don’t like that).

        I have movies in mp4 format, with srt subtitles, I don’t remember their resolution but if it helps you to understand, each movie file weights about 1.4gb and some weight less (700mb).

        So, what’s your experience playing movies in the Verbatim device? And my last question is if I use the 3rd party apps you mentioned (FTPCafe, VLC, etc), it’s not necessary to install the original Verbatim app?

        Thank you very much again and your help was/is very welcome.

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        • Colour My Learning
          May 6, 2014 @ 11:55 am

          Hi Fabien,

          I have no direct experience using Verbatim Media Share. As for video streaming, it would rely on several components; the speed of the actual storage, the hub, the number of connected devices, the app (codec) and the end point (tablet or smartphone).

          I know from using my first generation iPad that it would still hold a steady stream with no frame lost. On the other hand, with my old Windows tablet running Windows 7, streaming the same video, I can see considerable jittering.

          I would imagine 3rd party apps should work just as well.

          Do let us know how you get on with the Verbatim.

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  2. Colour My Learning
    May 21, 2014 @ 10:10 am

    Here is a quick video introduction to a wireless portable media hub featured above.

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  4. Mark Berger
    July 9, 2016 @ 6:33 am

    Which ones have USB 3.0?

    Which ones support synchronization of folder trees and copying multiple entire folders including their contents?

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