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Reviews: D-Link's i-Fi Smart Plug; LaCie's Fuel wireless storage

Keith Shaw | May 28, 2014
The Wi-Fi Smart Plug is a power outlet adapter that includes Wi-Fi connectivity, letting you turn any electrical device into a connected device for power on/off purposes. With an included app for iOS and Android devices (phones or tablets), users can control the connected appliances wherever they are (whether inside their own home networks or over the cloud).

The goal of the device is to have an external storage device that can wirelessly stream multimedia content (videos, music, photos, etc.) to connected iPads and iPhones. The 1TB capacity of the drive (a 2TB version is also available) means you can put a lot more content there instead of on your iPhone or iPad (saving you some money in the long run).

Why it's cool: The wireless capability of the drive means you can load up a bunch of TV shows,movies, music, etc. on the drive and take it with you your kids can watch stuff off the drive during that summer road trip or in the hotel room. Another cool feature is the Fuel's ability to stream content to Apple TV or other AirPlay devices, giving you a larger screen display than offered by the iPad or iPhone. Like the latest version of the Satellite, you can enable the device to have Wi-Fi passthrough, letting you connect the Fuel to an existing Wi-Fi network so you don't have to keep switching your phone/tablet between networks to access content and use the Internet.

Some caveats: If you already own a Seagate Wireless Plus, there's really no need to invest in the LaCie Fuel, since it's basically the same device, but with LaCie branding and styling. But if you don't own a wireless drive yet, the Fuel is certainly a great investment.

Grade: 5 stars

 

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