Introduction to the Voyager Air Portable Wireless Storage Device

By , on January 8, 2013

The Voyager Air™ portable wireless storage  is an amazingly flexible and innovative drive. The list of compatibilities and features is extremely impressive and makes this drive the ultimate in portable storage. There is an almost endless variety of ways to utilize a Voyager Air drive.

 

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The Voyager Air comes equipped with an AC wall charger and a car charging adapter. It also has a very large capacity battery onboard for super long life on the go. This means that there is virtually no limit to the number of places you can use your Voyager Air drive. In fact, a single user can stream audio or video for up to 7 hours.

The Voyager Air  comes in 500GB and 1TB capacities giving you plenty of storage space to carry the media and data you need. The 1TB drive is big enough to hold a treasure trove of music, movies, pictures, documents, and more. It can store up to 800 high-definition movies or 380,000 MP3 files. You’d have to take a mighty long road trip to exhaust that supply. And, you can access this content using your device's WiFi connection and you won't consume any content via your data plan since you won't be streaming using 3G/4G.

The Voyager Air functions as a standard portable hard drive and utilizes a super fast USB 3.0 port which is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0. This interface is very convenient and useful for quickly putting your data onto your Voyager Air drive. The Voyager Air comes formatted NTFS but can be reformatted to HFS+ for use with MACs and the MAC OS Time Machine® function. It looks really cool too.

 

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Voyager Air supports the use of multiple partitions also. This can be useful in several ways. The drive can be divided into partitions for each member of the family can have their own content on a separate partition. Additionally, you can have both an NTFS and HFS+ partition on the same drive for use with MAC computers and PCs running either Windows or Linux based OSs. There's more of that flexibility we spoke of!

Here's a quick glance at some of the features and specifications for the Voyager Air:

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The additional connectivity is what makes these drives really interesting and versatile. The Voyager Air has wireless capability that allows users of smart phones, tablets, notebooks, MACs, and PCs to connect via a wireless network broadcast by the drive.

Smart phone and tablet users can utilize the Voyager Air app available free from online app providers. This feature-filled app allows you to access and navigate your stored content. In wireless mode the Voyager Air can accommodate up to 8 users streaming music or up to 5 users streaming video.

The app is very intuitive and easy to use. We'll have a full tour of the app available very soon and here is a teaser shot:

 

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PC and MAC users can connect wirelessly or by USB and do not need any software to interface with the drive. Although USB is the preferred method for manipulating your data on your Voyager Air, you can do so wirelessly.

The drive also functions as a wireless hub with internet pass through capability. This means that while you are connected to the Voyager Air drive via your wireless connection, you can also still access the internet by connecting the Voyager Air to a wireless network with internet access. You can initiate this pass through via a simple web interface or the app, depending of course on what type of device you are using.

The Voyager Air takes its connectivity a step farther by adding an Ethernet port. The Voyager Air can be connected to a network switch or router and utilized as network attached storage or NAS for short. It can then be accessed by multiple users on any networked Windows®, OS X®, or Linux® system to stream media or for file storage, media consolidation, and backup. The Voyager Air is the only device of its kind with this capability.

 

Amazing Connectivity

 

In the time that I have spent testing the Voyager Air, it’s been a wonderful device. I’ve used it on a couple of long road trips, in my home both as a wireless and as a NAS device, at a relative’s home for access to my media, sharing a movie on an airplane…the list goes on and on.

My Voyager Air makes trips in the family vehicle so much more pleasurable. The Voyager Air and my iPod Touch combined with the Pioneer AppRadio™ give me enough songs for a drive to Mars and back. I also have video monitors in the head rests for the rear passengers so they can use their phones, tablets, portable computer, or a DVD player to utilize content from the Voyager Air. If you are into mobile media, the Voyager Air is a must have.

The Voyager Air can put a smile on your face and help make any journey more pleasurable. If nothing else, it should help minimize the number of times you hear "are we there yet?".

Quite often, I think I represent a prototypical Voyager Air user. BMX bike and helmet? Check. Corsair energy drink? Check. Boom box with iPod input? Check. Pioneer App radio and iPod Touch? Check. Corsair Voyager Air loaded with music to get me through my ride? Check!

 

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I have an HTPC in my living room and it’s connected to my stereo system and my Panasonic G15 television. Having the Voyager Air as a NAS device greatly expands my library as the HTPC has only a 120GB SSD for quiet efficient operation.

Connecting to the Voyager Air with compatible devices is a snap!

 

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In addition to the HTPC, I have one of the newer “smart” Blu-ray players, a Panasonic DMP-BDT220. It allows me to navigate my network and use the media stored on the Voyager Air connected as a NAS device. The DMP-BDT220 can connect to the Voyager Air utilizing Windows SMB compatible shares. This functionality can also be utilized via “smart” televisions that allow communication with networked NAS drives and wireless drives having Windows SMB shares.

 

Typical Home Network

 

Over the 2012 holiday season, we visited family about 3 hours drive away from us. 3 hours is an eternity to a 13 year old girl. The Voyager Air provided a great source of entertainment for my wife and daughter while traveling and at the house. They watched quite a few movies from it while mobile and using my Google Nexus 10 tablet and a micro HDMI to HDMI cable to connect to a television.

For some odd reason, they don’t enjoy watching (American NFL) football with me and my father. So the Voyager Air contributed greatly to peace, tranquility, and our enjoyment of the holiday season…and football season! This isn't my wife but her smile due to her relief at not being forced to watch football looked a lot like this.

 

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Perhaps the most unique usage of the Voyager Air so far occurred earlier this year when I flew from my home in Georgia, USA to the Corsair HQ in California, USA. The Wi-Fi service on our plane was out of commission but, luckily this apparently did not affect the flight controls. A fellow across the aisle from me was very disappointed that he did not have wireless access and seemed pretty bummed about it. My Voyager Air prototype was already powered on so I told him to browse available networks and see if he could see it. He found the Voyager Air, connected to it, and enjoyed the Kurt Russell classic, Tombstone on the flight. Needless to say, I saved him from a long boring flight using the Voyager Air.

Perhaps you will be the next person to rescue someone from boredom by sharing the content of your Voyager Air via their phone or tablet?

 

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The Voyager Air will be available in more than just your basic black as you can see below. We've got some interesting portability and protective gear in the works also so please keep an eye on the Voyager Air product pages.

 

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You too can amaze your friends and colleagues simply by having the most innovative and feature filled portable wireless drive available today. The more I use the Voyager Air portable wireless drive, the more uses and situations I find for it. So tell us, how would you use your Voyager Air?

 

Here are links to other helpful Voyager Air resources.

Voyager Air Product Page

A Tour of the Corsair Voyager Air App

The Voyager Air Connectivity Guide

Corsair Voyager Air - Passwords and Positioning for Performance and Security

Corsair Voyager Air Goes Mobile


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