Would you like to have access to more of your files than the storage on your phone or tablet will hold? Do you need to be able to easily transfer files to or from your device to others? Sony has just what you need, the Portable Wireless Server (WG-C10).
The WG-C10 (or PWS) is a pretty small device, measuring just 2 x 4.25 x .75 inches and weighing just 4.5 oz (130g). It’s small and light enough to put in your purse or jacket pocket without hardly noticing it.
It charges through its included usb cable, though you’ll have to supply your own AC adapter if you want to charge it away from your computer. The usb cable has a handy little holder attached to the unit so that you won’t be likely to forget it. The good news is that it has a 10 hour battery life, and it seems to live up to that claim. It can also function as a backup battery for your phone or tablet. However this is only a 2210mAh battery with a 500mA output, so don’t expect a massive charge, but it should be enough to keep you going a while longer. And considering that this is an added feature, we can’t complain.
There is no built in memory, instead it relies on a memory card or usb drive to supply the storage. It includes a 16gb SD card however, so that’s not too shabby. This makes the memory upgradeable depending on your needs. It accepts a variety of Memory Stick Duo and SD cards.
Connecting the PWS is as simple as connecting to any other network. After the first login, you can easily change the password from within the free PWS app. The app can be downloaded for free from the respective App Store. Once you are connected all of your files are visible and you can upload or download a variety of files to your device. On your Mac you can easily access the files through finder, and it is likely just as easy in Explorer on Windows. Of course when you connect to the PWS, you will lose your connection to the wifi network that you may be using for the internet. To fix this you can enter your login info for the Internet connection with the PWS app, thus allowing you to transfer files thru your phone all the way to your favorite cloud service.
The PWS can support up to 8 simultaneous connections. They can all be accessing files without noticeable degradation of speed. Even while watching movies. We tested this with 5 devices (2 iPhones, 2 iPads and an iMac) each streaming a different HD movie, and there was no delay whatsoever.
Another handy use of the PWS is for transferring pictures from your camera to your iOS device. Just drop in the card and download the images to your Photo app. You can also upload pictures from here to the card to be shared with others.
Additionally, from the PWS app you can check on the percentage of battery remaining as well as set a power off timer. This is handy feature since the only other indicator of battery remaining is the color and frequency of the blinking led lights, which can be a bit cryptic.
Sony’s Personal Wireless Server is not the first of it’s kind – Kingston offers a similar product called the MobileLite. Regardless, Sony has done a nice job with the Personal Wireless Server. And for the price, its hard to beat. You can order one from Amazon for as little as $45 with free shipping.
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The Good: Compact and lightweight design for on-the-go. Easy to use. Lets you share files with up to 8 devices at the same time. Doubles as a battery pack.
The Bad: Cryptic LED message system. No built in memory.