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5.0 out of 5 stars An elegant solution to expensive tablet space, 23 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Verbatim 98243 MediaShare Wireless (Personal Computers)
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This is an odd little device. It's well packaged and looks professional and comes with a small manual, USB cable and the unit itself. It's roughly the same size as a 2.5 inch HDD and has port for USB & SD cards. I couldn't work out how to use it at first, so I had to have a quick look at the manual. Once you've read the 2 pages (the rest are other languages) of info, it's pretty easy to set up.

First download an app from the store for either Apple or Android devices and put in a USB device or SD card. Once you turn on the MediaShare then it broadcasts a Wi-Fi signal that you connect to and use the app to browse. I used both USB 2 & 3 drives, and they worked fine with it. The App would play any video or music file (including HD MKV files) and played them flawlessly. It's also able to browse pictures and some documents too.

I tried this on an iPad and Android tablet and had no issues at all with it. The boast of infinite capacity is disingenuous, but the ability to swap out USB drives or SD cards quickly is very useful and allows you to carry lots of data around with you without taking up space on your devices (where the prices are still ridiculously high for some space increase). Battery life seems very good and I watched stuff for a couple of hours without any performance or battery issues. I didn't try multiple connections to it, but it worked fine on a single connection streaming a film.

Two minor issues - it's a shame you have to use an App to browse media, and it's a shame it can't be presented to the device as an extension or some way to map a folder. Not even sure if this is possible though.

The other bugbear is that you have to drop off your Wi-Fi connection to use the hot spot the MediaShare generates. In real use, you'd probably be watching a film and not need to browse, but I needed to go on the internet at one point and forgot to change back to my Wi-Fi and spent a few minutes faffing around to get it working. Again, I can see why a hot spot is used but didn't seem the most elegant of solutions.

I will probably use this infrequently as it's another box to carry around, but it does what it says and does it well - it's a cheap and convenient way of storing and viewing a lot of media in a compact box and I'm sure it'll come into its own when I'm staying in a hotel or on holiday.

If you have a need for storage that you want to stream, then it's recommended.

*** EDIT 8/11/13 - As pointed out by Joel in the comments below, there is actually a wireless bridge function that I totally missed so have amended the review to 5 star as this makes the device much easier to use. ***
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Initial post: 7 Nov 2013 13:27:08 GMT
Hmm, according the Verbatim, the device has a WIRELESS BRIDGE function, "The MediaShare Wireless can bridge connection to another wireless network, wireless hotspot, iPhone hotspot, 3G etc. allowing you to play content from the internet whilst another device streams content from the MediaShare." http://www.verbatim-europe.co.uk/en_1/product_verbatim-mediashare-wireless_14183_0_47914.html

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013 08:48:03 GMT
Mike Renshaw says:
Joel - you are totally correct!

The bridge function is hidden away under settings and I totally missed it. Once set up, (you have to quit the app and go back in for it to work) it allows you to come out of the app and use WiFi as normal. This adds a lot more functionality to the Mediashare, many thanks for pointing this out and I'll amend the review.
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