Review: Apotop DW17 Wi-Reader Pro

Recently, I took a look at the Apotop Wi-Reader DW09, which acts as a personal cloud storage device for the Apple iPad and iPhone, plus the ability to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for the road warrior.

If you are entrenched in the Apple world, and need a device such as this, you may be set with the DW09.  However, if you in the Android world, or have a mixed house such as mine that includes both iOS and Android devices, you might find the DW17 Wi-Reader Pro more to your liking.  Not only does the DW17 provide cloud storage and Wi-Fi hotspot capability, it can also be used to charge your iOS or Android devices.

I found the DW09 a great little device, which means I should find the DW17 even better.  Right?  Before I delve into that “even better” aspect, I need to go into just a bit more detail on what this little device can do.  First, what exactly is meant by “personal cloud storage device”?  Well, once you have copied data such as music, photos, work documents from a PC or Mac over to a USB drive or SD card *plus* installed an app onto your iOS, or Android, device you now have direct access to that data on those devices.  The net effect is that you now have a Wi-Fi version of that missing USB or SD port for your iOS or Android powered tablets.

The *bonus* is that it can also act as a Wi-Fi hotspot at hotels which have “free” wired Ethernet but charge through the nose for Wi-Fi access.  The complete feature set follows.

  • Easy to create Wi-Fi hotspot for use away from home
  • Supports power over built-in battery or USB
  • Easy to get multiple devices online simultaneously
  • Share contents up to 3 users simultaneously
  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n compliant.  Wireless speeds up to 150Mbps. WPA2 security
  • Supports SD or USB drive for wireless file sharing
  • Use the DW17 as a recharging source for your iOS or Android devices

When used as a cloud storage device, the supported formats in the iOS version of the Wi-Reader app are:

  • Video: M4V, MP4, MOV
  • Music: MP3, WAV, AAC
  • Pictures: JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF
  • Documents: PDF, DIC, OOT, TXT, HTM/XLS

For an Android device, the Wi-Reader app supports the same Music and Picture sets.  For Video, you will need to install MX player or MoboPlayer to view videos in the Wi-Reader app.  For documents, you will need to have Polaris office or OliveOffice installed.

The Wi-Reader Pro kit includes the module, a USB cable,

and a Quick Start Guide.

 

Size wise, the DW17 is quite compact, 73mm x 83mm x 20mm which makes it an easy item to throw in your carry-on when you hit the road.

Along the bottom of the device, you will find input ports for an SD card and USB thumb drive.

On the side, you will find a 3-position switch (Device Charge, Off, Wi-Fi).  Just above the switch, you will find an additional USB port that you can use for charging the DW17 and/or for use as a data port for your PC or Mac.  Above the USB port is an Ethernet port when you wish to use it as a Wi-Fi hotspot.  Between the switch and USB port, you will find a pin-hole reset port.

Finally, along the front face, you will find a set of four LEDs for Power, Wi-Fi, Media Access, and Charging.

To prepare the DW17 for use as a data device, simply connect the included USB cable between the module and a PC/Mac.  Do *not* turn on the power switch.  The Wi-Reader will come up as a Removable Disk in a PC file manager.

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As this port is also used to recharge the device, you might as well leave it plugged in until the unit is fully charged.  Next, copy over any data you desire to have accessible on your iOS or Android device over to the reader.

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For use as a cloud storage device, you are now ready to move over to your iOS or Android device and prepare it for use with the Wi-Reader Pro.

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