Do you ever have something on a USB jump drive or an external hard drive that you’d love to be able to access on your iPad, smartphone, or other device? Up until now, the process has usually involved emailing the file to yourself, uploading it to Dropbox, or finding some other less-than-ideal means to get the item on your device.
If you wanted to share the file with several people (say, a few friends in a room) the process became more complicated, and if the file was large, like a movie, forget about it.
All these problems can now be solved with a product called CloudFTP, by HyperDrive. CloudFTP acts as a wireless access point that you can plug USB devices into. An on-screen display shows an IP address that you and your friends can point the web browser on your device to, and when you do, you will gain access to the contents of your USB drive that is plugged into the CloudFTP brick. HyperDrive says the CloudFTP will let you stream movies with up to three devices at once, and will let users share documents with up to eight people. Flash drives and external hard drives aren’t the only things you could plug into the CloudFTP either. Cameras, card readers, and even USB hubs could be plugged into the device to make content from any number of sources available wirelessly to a room.
CloudFTP is available in black or white and costs $99.95. This is a potentially solid solution for tablet owners who have a significant library of video content that they do not want to store on their device because of hard drive space limitations.