You should look for the following features when choosing a wireless hard drive:
- Pass through Feature
Your computer or smartphone won’t connect to two Wi-Fi networks simultaneously, right? That fact might pose a problem if you want to connect to both the wireless hard drive as well as the internet router at the same time.
Enter pass through feature. Wireless hard drives having this feature act as a bridge between your computer/smartphone/tablet and the router. That is, once you connect your device to the hard drive, it will automatically connect your device to the router, hence providing it with internet access.
- Maximum Connections
Once you have ensured the passthrough feature, check how many devices can connect to the wireless hard drive at the same time. Typically, most drives support somewhere between five and eight connections.
- Hard disk Drive or SSD
If all you want from your wireless hard drive is more storage space, then a wireless hard disk drive (HDD) is what you need. However, if you want your wireless hard drive to increase the performance of your device, go for SSD. Remember, when you keep storage space constant, SSDs are far more expensive.
- Cost Per Gigabyte
Next up, calculate the cost per gigabyte of the device you’re looking at and compare it with other drives in the market. You can do that by dividing the total capacity in GB of the hard drive with its final cost in dollars.
- Streaming File Support
For those of you who want to use their wireless hard drive as a streaming source for movies or music, look for the type of files the drive’s app supports. This aspect becomes more crucial if your collections consist of less-common formats, such as FLAC.
- Battery Life
It goes without saying that the bigger the battery life, the more useful the hard drive is likely to be. Also, while it’s not true in all cases, but drives with a bigger chassis tend to have bigger batteries with greater battery timing.