Kanex’s MeDrive looks like an essential bit of kit for anyone with an iDevice and a whole mess of media files. It’s a personal file server, only unlike most solutions we’ve seen, it lets you hook up any USB drive to share and access its contents.
The little white box has three holes. One for the USB hard drive or thumb drive; one for the micro USB power cable; and one for Ethernet. You then take the supplied Ethernet cable and plug it into your router (yes, this is for using on existing networks – it won’t create one, and there’s no Wi-Fi).
Once installed, you can plug pretty much any kind of drive into it (FAT32, MSDOS, NTFS) and access it over the network, either via WebDav (for apps that support it, like Apple’s own iWork apps) or using the free companion app that allows browsing, file management and even grabbing movies and browsing photos. From what I can work out, it looks like the Kanex app shows up as an “open-in” entry in any and every sharing dialog, letting you save anything to the external drive – even e-mail attachments.
Think of it as like Dropbox, only it’s at home and not on the Internet.
The box costs €49 ($79) and is available now.