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Solves a genuine shortcoming
, 17 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Apotop Wireless Card Reader for iPhone and iPad (Personal Computers)
The Apotop DW09 is practically a pocket cloud/router that uses allows downloading, copying and streaming media files to the iPad. The free downloadable app does well at allowing the user to browse, launch and copy content from an attached USB flash drive or an SDHC/SDXC.
Although the packaging does not mention it, the DW09 can use SMB/CIFS as a networking protocol, so access is easy on a PC or Mac as it can be mounted as a SMB share using 'Connect to Server' in Windows Explorer or OS X 's Finder respectively . This can be enabled in the built-in web administration tool. I have used the DW09 successfully in OS X 10.8, FreeBSD and Linux as well as iOS 6. It uses HTTP/FTP by default and can easily be reached from a web browser by typing in the address box the IP address of the DW09 router.
Technical Note: External hard disc drives can work but not very well, since they rapidly degrade battery life. The Apotop literature on the website discourages this anyway. BUT, if the DW09 is powered by a USB mains charger external USB hard disc drives work just fine. My USB flash drives and SDHC/SDXC cards work without complaint.
Another thing to note is that the SD card and USB flash drive will not work when plugged in simultaneously. Only one volume will mount at a time. Ending on this particular note, the file system format of flash drives and SD cards must be FAT/FAT16/FAT32/EXFAT or NTFS.
Mac OS X's HFS+, FreeBSD's UFS2 and Linux's ext2/3/4 or ReiserFS will not mount.
The battery yield is not great ( 3 hours) ,but portable charging devices can remedy this limitation.
Overall and for the price, the Apotop DW09 wireless reader and access point is a hugely useful tool for iPad users.
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