When life gives you ethernet, don’t cry, make Wi-Fi! Soon, you’ll be able to do just that and more with the G-Connect. G-Technology is aiming to solve two of the biggest problems that you face with your iOS device: storage and internet availability. So let’s say you want to watch some movies on your iPad, but you don’t have enough space to store them. Or perhaps you just want to browse the web on your iPod touch, but all you have is an ethernet cable in your hotel room. G-Connect’s got this. It’s a hard drive in a box that not only can stream media to your iOS device (with a free app) but it can take an ethernet cable and make Wi-Fi.
The G-Connect is a wonderful idea of a device. It takes a hard drive and makes it useful wirelessly with your iOS (and eventually Android) devices. But why stop at wireless storage when you can make a wireless hotspot out of an ethernet cable too?
G-Technology designed this thing with the travelling iPad user in mind. It’ll take power from just about anything. Since it’s powered via USB, you can plug it into an AC or DC adapter, a computer etc. That means you only need to bring one AC or DC adapter with you to keep your iPhone, iPad and G-Connect powered. I like the way these guys think.
This little guy has some really nice specs. First off, it houses a 500GB hard drive, which is pretty standard and should hold more than enough stuff to keep you occupied on a trip. It supports five or more devices via 802.11n, and can wirelessly stream up to five standard definition or three high definition movies at the same time. What’s really cool is that it can even deliver media to your Apple TV via AirPlay. Excited yet?
You can think of the G-Connect as an Airport Express with a built in hard drive. Kind of like a mini Time Capsule. In fact, you’ll be able to use it with Time Machine on your Mac, but it would probably be of more use to you for streaming media to your iOS devices via that free app mentioned above.
The G-Connect will be available in July for $199.99 on the G-Technology website and at many retailers. You can preorder now if you want to make sure to get one as soon as possible.