When you look at the continued success of social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, in comparison with those that have faded away, such as MySpace, the main factor is obviously speed and convenience. MySpace was designed so that each user took time to create and personalize their page, while Facebook and Twitter have limited customization but allow users to share and interact with others in a much simpler and faster way. New information is fed to all followers and subscribers without the need to visit the author’s page to keep up to date. This method of sharing information and interaction is much more convenient to each individual user because it takes the least amount of effort while getting the most amount of information.
This approach should also be considered in terms of hardware design and sharing data. Wireless connectivity opens up a world of options beyond what wired transfer can provide and not be limited to one connection at a time. Granted, wireless transfer rates are not as fast as wired transfer rates with current available technology but it has reached acceptable levels for high-definition media streaming, which is the bulk of what most users expect from wireless storage. Vantec, a well-known name in storage solutions, has turned their creative focus to adding WiFi functionality to their product line, namely their NexStar hard drive enclosures.
The Vantec NexStar hard drive WiFi dock fits standard 3.5” or 2.5” drives. The NexStar WiFi dock is capable of high-speed USB 3.0 transfers as well as offering wireless support for 802.11 b/g/n standards with transfer rates of up to 150 Mbit/s. Accessible on iOS or Android devices through the Vantec WiFi App, the NexStar WiFI dock also supports Access Point Internet tethering and WEP/WPA/WPA2 security. Media playback of H.264, mov, mp4, mpv, 3gp, m4v, aac, mp3, m4a, aif, and wav are supported as well as jpeg, png, gif, tif, bmp, and tiff image files. The Vantec NexStar WiFi dock comes with a 1-year limited warranty.