Yesterday, I wrote about the Egg personal cloud storage device which allows you to easily store and share your files without having to rely on cloud services, and also includes a touchscreen display. But it might be possible to achieve the main selling point of that product, that is keeping your data private, while accessing it from anywhere, at a fraction of the cost, by using a Wireless USB flash drive instead. Some well known companies such as Kingston (rather expensive), and Sandisk (much more affordable) already offer such products, but I’ve been informed Zsun, a Chinese company, was also manufacturing such devices with up to 32 GB capacity.
The company calls its wireless flash drive “Apple Disks” showing how much money you could save with their device, by showing the ridiculous price different between apple devices with difference storage capacity, but they can also work with Android devices, as well as Windows and Mac OS X computers. There are three models: SD111, SD112 and SD113 respectively with 8, 16 and 32GB storage.
Zsun Wi-Fi flash drives specifications:
- SoC – Unamed Qualcomm Atheros Wi-Fi SoC
- System Memory – N/A
- Storage – 8, 16 or 32 GB eMMC depending on models.
- Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n up to 150Mbps with open, WEP, and WPA/WPA2 security.
- Up to 34 MB/s and 20 MB/s write speed (Udisktool) over USB.
- Up to 38 Mbps read speed, and 39 Mbps write speed over Wi-Fi.
- USB – micro USB 2.0 port to transfer files and charge the battery
- Battery – 700 mAh Li-Po battery. Good for 3h30 of continuous use. Includes automatic power off after 5 minutes of inactivity.
- Misc – Power button, LED, and reset? pin hole.
- Dimensions – 8 x 3 x 1.2 cm
- Weight – About 30 grams
In order to connect to the device you need to download and install Superdisk – Anysave app (aka Apple Extender) available for Android 2.2+, iOS 5.0+, and Windows. The app will connect to the drive ESSID (zsun-sdxxxx) and let you upload, download, share, manage, and backup your files. It’s not 100% clear whether it’s possible to use the device as a network bridge to keep the internet connection to a Wi-Fi router.
Since it’s based on Atheros chip, I guess it might be possible to hack and run OpenWRT (if it is now already running it), but I haven’t seen anybody take the device apart yet, and try to hack it.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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