WD Intros My Passport Portable Drive with Wi-Fi for Photographers on the Go

September 4, 2014

By Greg Scoblete

WD has released a new model of its My Passport portable hard drive with built-in Wi-Fi for  photographers and mobile consumers to upload or access digital content on the road.

The My Passport Wireless offers built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and an SD card slot so it can capture images no matter how you transfer them. The drive also supports direct FTP connections from wireless cameras so images can be backed up while you shoot. 

It offers an online dashboard that gives you access to vital drive stats such as capacity, battery life and how many users are connected. The drive is also accessible via the free My Cloud App, allowing users to upload images and videos captured by their Android and iOS devices to the drive, freeing up local memory. 

The My Passport Wireless does more than simply act as a receptacle. It can stream video files to up to four devices at once at 8Mbps, sufficient, WD says, for HD video playback. The app supports photo, video and music playback in all the file formats supported by your mobile device. 

The drive can also double as a mobile hotspot, sharing an Internet connection with up to eight devices. You’ll enjoy up to six hours of video streaming or 20 hours of standby time on the My Passport Wireless as well.

The drive will be available at the end of the month in capacities of 500GB, 1TB and 2TB for $129, $179 and $219, respectively.