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iUSBport is a winner!,
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Why did I buy the iUSBport?
I needed to be able to stream movies of various file formats (mainly .avi) from a HDD to view on my iPad (3rd gen.)
On opening the box....
After a very quick glance at the basic instructions I connected the iUSBport to my HDD using a USB cable. I pressed the power button and allowed a minute of initialisation. I then selected the settings option on my ipad and selected the iUSBport network. From there you can open Safari, type in the IP address as detailed in the guide (it doesn't show it on the display of this model) and you are then presented with a basic interface where you can navigate the HDD. Also, there is a settings button where you can rename the network and password protect it (recommended). Obviously the iPad will only play file types that are compatible. I therefore downloaded the AVPlayerHD app and forget about accessing the HDD through Safari. Instead I go straight to AVPlayerHD and connect to the iUSBport network where I can watch .avi files (and others).
I've also tested accessing the HDD with two separate devices (iPad and iPhone) with each device watching a different movie. It works perfectly. I assumed that the HDDs would need to be mains powered but on testing a portable USB powered HDD (with the iUSBport operating from the supplied Power cable) again found this to work perfectly. A point to note is that although the iUSBport is supplied with a power cable, it does not come supplied with a plug. Is this a problem? Not at all because this little gizmo has been designed to meet the needs of iPad users primarily and the iPad plug is compatible.
Does the iUSBport achieve what I needed?
Yes. It does exactly what I hoped it would. It does more, but for me I just wanted to watch movies that stored away from my iPad
I recommend this product without question if your requirement is the same as mine although I cannot comment on its durability.