Use iPad to Download Files to Flash Drive

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  1. mswansonpcs macrumors newbie

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    Is there any app that would allow the download of any "file" from a web browser to a USB flash drive.

    For instance, if I'm at a client's with my iPad and need to download a driver, is there a way to use the camera connection kit/flash drive in conjunction with an app to download the file?

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  2. TrueBlou, Apr 3, 2016
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    Not the camera kits, or anything made by Apple. But there are many devices that offer what your looking for.

    Leef and others make combination Lightning/USB drives that you can plug into your computer And iOS device to transfer files between them.

    I use a Kingston MobileLite Wireless G3, which creates its own WiFi network and you can plug in any USB drive or SD card and transfer files between anything. There are other makes which do this as well. Though so far I think only the Kingston does wireless ac, which is obviously faster when it comes to moving things around.


    Actually, thinking about it. There are some apps that will do what you want. Search for WiFi server and you'll find some that allow others to connect to your iPhone or iPad using their web browser and entering an IP address the app provides you with.
    For that to work you'd both have to be on the same network, or you can setup your device as a wireless hotspot for them to connect to.
     
  3. Nhwhazup macrumors 68000

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    I use the Airstash which is a wireless USB. Works great for doing what you want. I've only used the Airstash app along with the actual Airstash so I can't speak for any other apps.
     
  4. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    I went through 3 Leef iAccess devices on my Air 2 (all replaced by Leef) before getting a refund - too many problems with it. I use a RAVPower Wireless FileHub and attach a USB HDD to it. It has it's own app but the HDD is also visible to FileBrowser. Works great.
     
  5. TrueBlou, Apr 3, 2016
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    Yeah I use FileBrowser with my Kingston G3 as well. I much prefer these types of options, I can hook up a 2TB HDD to mine, considerably more than I need and the transfers are quick.

    Out of curiosity, because I almost bought a RavPower but got the Kingston because of the wireless ac. How fast do you find transfers on yours?
     
  6. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    I can only say subjectively "fast" because I haven't timed it and I don't tend to move much big stuff or lots of smaller stuff at a time - I've never found waiting on a transfer to be onerous. My biggest uses are streaming video (mp4 streamed through FileBrowser to Infuse) and copying RAW photos from my camera's SD card to the HDD (it also has an SD card slot in the device).

    edit - the big advantage I see is the ability to use any USB storage with it, not just limited to installed storage. I use a 2TB Western Digital drive.
     
  7. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god

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    Aye, they're definitely, well in my opinion, the best bang for your buck to expand your storage. Plus you get the benefit of being able to stream movies and so on to a handfull of people no matter where you are. Good for long road trips.
     
  8. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    The Internet connectivity came in handy a couple of times while traveling -

    - A couple of places I stayed still only had wired connections and the FileHub has an Ethernet port.
    - A few places had both wired and wireless but their wireless connection sucked so I just used the Ethernet again.
    - A few places still charge for individual wireless connections - I connected the FileHub and had a local network that all of our devices could use.

    And it has its own built-in power (battery).
     
  9. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god

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    Sounds like you get good use of it anyway. I like that, well I think yours does it as well, they can function as a passthrough for a WiFi connection as well, so when I set my iPhone as a wireless hotspot I can share my internet with friends and family (and the occasional stranger who's been short on internet :D)

    What's shocked me the most though is just how good they are at streaming media to devices. I expected, even though I'm using wireless ac on mine, that there would still be a limit to what it could stream.

    But, albeit only to three devices at once (an iPad, iPhone and a Windows Tablet) but they're all able to stream a 10GB high bitrate MKV and play them perfectly even when skipping forwards and backwards through the movies.

    It tops out at the three devices for the really high bitrate stuff, but I didn't even expect more than one device for those so I'm still impressed. lower bitrate files can stream easily to more than three people. I don't know if there's an actual limit to how many people can connect to it at once but I've easily had 5 or 6 so far, a couple on the 5Ghz ac network and the rest on the wireless N network. I'm properly impressed with the little Kingston, wouldn't be without it now.
     

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