Top Wireless Media Hubs for Home

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A wireless hub—sometimes called a Wi-Fi disk or Wi-Fi drive—is a portable wireless access point that can share files wirelessly with other devices. A common use for a wireless hub is to stream videos, pictures, and music to connected phones, tablets, and computers. 

Another use for a wireless media hub is to offload data from those devices so that they can save disk space. For example, a computer or phone can copy files to the hub and then delete them from its own hard drive so that more local space is available for other things but the media files are still accessible wirelessly via the hub. Of course, doing that makes them available for other connected devices, too!

Why Get a Wireless Media Hub?

Normally, a network that uses Wi-Fi can share an internet connection with connected devices and allow for data to be transferred around between all the devices. However, sharing videos and other files among these devices isn't easy right out of the box.

For starters, and what's probably most annoying for most people, is that it can be hard for devices to find each other on the network and find out how to best share data—it's not an option by default with networked devices. Also, you run into the problem of storage capacity: some phones and tablets don't have a lot of free space left to hold lots of additional files. 

The wireless hub can connect to storage devices over USB, like external hard drives, to provide terabytes of storage, much more than phones and tablets support. Plus, with free USB ports on the hub, you can often use one to charge your phone, too, which is an added benefit of having one of these devices.

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Kingston’s wireless hub supports simultaneous Wi-Fi connections from up to three client devices. You can access the unit through mobile apps for Android and iOS or through the web at the 192.168.203.254 IP address.

The MobileLite Pro includes 64 GB of built-in storage which can be expanded with USB drives and SD cards. It has a 6,700 mAh battery that can hold a charge for 12 hours or when fully charged, charge your phone two times over.

This wireless media hub also features a WLAN Ethernet port and includes a micro USB cable in the box.

Note: The MobileLite G3 is similar but at a fraction of the cost, though it only provides 11 hours of continuous use and has a 5400 mAh battery.

From Amazon

The RAVPower FileHub Plus is a beast of a wireless hub. Of course, it supports all the basics with a hub like file sharing between connected devices, support for USB hard drives and SD cards, and a 6,000 mAh battery to work in portable mode or charge your phone/tablet.

However, this particular hub also functions as a wireless router. This means you can use it in bridge mode to extend your Wi-Fi connection with it, and even convert a wired network to a wireless one with AP mode (useful in places like a hotel).

Your phone or tablet can reach the RAVPower FileHub Plus through the free FileHub Plus app for iOS and Android. It's also accessible wirelessly from a web browser, at the default IP address 10.10.10.254.

From Amazon

The wireless media hub from IOGEAR is similar to the ones above but can serve up to seven devices simultaneously and boasts a 9-hour battery life.

The IOGEAR MediaShair 2 hub can not only be used as a media server for your devices but can also work as an access point. You can do that by connecting to a modem with an Ethernet cable or by joining a wireless network.

The USB port on this device is USB 2.0 and supports flash drives and external hard drives, whether they're formatted for Windows or Mac. Like most wireless media hubs, this one also has a built-in SD card reader to expand storage with SD cards.

Though not a feature with most media hubs, the IOGEAR device supports VPN pass-through. This means you can use a VPN service through the router without needing to open network ports.

With battery capacity to last 9 hours, you can also use this media hub as an emergency power bank to charge your devices on the go.

Your Android and iOS device can use the IOGEAR MediaShair 2 hub to transfer and stream music, images, documents, and videos over Wi-Fi.

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