Thanks for the pointer ... it does seem like cool technology. However, it requires storing on SD cards. I'm looking for cheap and large storage (e.g. a $99 500GB Western Digital Passport drive). I already have an Airport Express, so if I could just create a network, connect my USB drive, and then transfer files to it, I would be happy.
I've been looking for such a solution, too, but at a more casual pace. I've read a couple reviews so far, and the apps that seem to be pretty good at this are Air Sharing HD and Print Central for the iPad. I've not tried either yet, but you can read more at their respective websites.
There are some reviews available, too. And don't let the "Print" name throw you - it does file sharing, too!
Hi. Dave at Avatron here. With any of these iPhone or iPad apps, including Air Sharing HD, that support SFTP/SSH, you can access other volumes on your network pretty easily.
Set it up once like this:
1. From your Mac, "Connect To" the desired file server.
2. Still on the Mac, turn on Remote Login in the Sharing preferences.
3. From Air Sharing HD, go to the servers list, and Add a Server.
4. Choose SSH/SFTP, and add your Mac.
Now you've set it up. Every time you want to connect, do this:
1. In Air Sharing HD, navigate to the Mac server you created.
2. Look in the /Volumes folder for the mounted file server.
I use your products every day, and love them. What the original poster wants to do is not take another computer on the road, but just an Airport Express, and some kind of storage. I think as long as that storage can be accessed via FTP or SSH, he should be fine. I use AIR Sharing HD to connect back to me FTP server at home, but I am not transferring such large files.
I was wanting to do the same thing and access photos on my network drive from my ipad directly. Try Filebrowser for ipad and Netportal for iphone. There's a free netportallite app so you can test your connection before purchasing the full versions. It was very easy...I entered the name of my network drive (yes, name not IP!), id, and password and could see all the folders and files.
I am trying to get this Netportallite working on my iphone. I have a hard drive connected to my wireless router with a usb cable, i am using windows 7 and the hard drive it working find with it remotely.
I tried everything with netportal settings with my ip address etc to get it working and no luck. you seemed to get it working fine very quickly.
when you say full name of your network drive, what exactly did you enter?
Mine is Wd drive and it wont find it. even with entering my IP address.
any help would b great
I'm interested to know if you have managed to transfer files FROM the iPad TO the Network Drive as your post appears to suggest. I'm new to the iPad (got an iPad 2 for my birthday) and have been trying to find a way to transfer edited photos from my iPad straight onto my Network Drive (Seagate usb drive connected to a BrightBox router). This would be the ideal solution for me as now I am an iPad convert I hate firing up the laptop and having to wait around to see if it's gonna play today! I've looked everywhere to try and find a solution but I can't find a clear answer so I'm hoping you have solved it although I'm not going to hold my breath. If you have can you let me know how you did it and what your set up is please.