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Old 03-31-2015, 08:25 AM   #1
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I think I want a portable media server?

I had not heard of these things until last night, so I might not even be calling it by the correct name.

Here's my situation: 2 kids with tablets in the car. I want something I can plug my portable HDD into via USB, and create a wireless network for them stream Frozen and Cinderella from the HDD at the same time. Would be nice if this server (?) had battery power for air travel, but the car can provide power via inverter, USB, or 12V adapter.

I *think* I have found what I need, but I can't really understand a lot of the technobabble that accompanies the products.

Any advice?

These are some examples I am looking at:
http://www.amazon.ca/RAVPower-FileHu...ref=pd_cp_ce_2

http://www.amazon.ca/HooToo%C2%AE-Tr...ref=pd_cp_pc_1
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:50 AM   #2
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I want something I can plug my portable HDD into via USB, and create a wireless network for them stream Frozen and Cinderella from the HDD at the same time.

Any advice?
talk to your kids instead?



I can understand if you're on a 12 hour car trip maybe.....but more media doesn't mean better
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:23 AM   #3
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C'mon, it's the new thing. Nobody wants to talk to their kids anymore... just put 'em on autopilot and get on with your life. They'll let you know when they need you...
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:05 AM   #4
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LOL, don't read too much into my parenting technique from a pretty innocuous question. FWIW, it's a 5 hour trip, looking to fill a couple hours of that with a movie.
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Old 03-31-2015, 12:07 PM   #5
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LOL, don't read too much into my parenting technique from a pretty innocuous question. FWIW, it's a 5 hour trip, looking to fill a couple hours of that with a movie.
That I can see. Mind you, Im not judging you as a parent because as a parent I completely understand how that feels (my wife is Asian so I get enough of that in the racism department from both sides) you've gotta do what you've gotta do and picking your battles can be tough - but I have also seen the other side of the coin where the kids are screaming in the car because they cant watch Frozen on the way to the market.

Balance is tricky sometimes
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Old 03-31-2015, 12:14 PM   #6
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5 hour trip, and you can't side-load a movie or two on a tablet? That'd be my first try, over buying a wireless mobile server... just jack the thing into your computer and drop the files onto the device, and away you go. Or am I missing something?
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Old 03-31-2015, 12:29 PM   #7
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Samsung and Apple make portable media servers that can make phone calls.
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Old 03-31-2015, 02:44 PM   #8
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5 hour trip, and you can't side-load a movie or two on a tablet? That'd be my first try, over buying a wireless mobile server... just jack the thing into your computer and drop the files onto the device, and away you go. Or am I missing something?
Yeah, thats a good point. I was concerned about picking the wrong movies, but I just got them to tell me which two they wanted. Thanks for the common sense answer!
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Balance is tricky sometimes
Yep. Driving the 401 from Ottawa to Toronto after a full day of work and I need all the help I can get to stay focused on the road

We drove from Toronto to Orlando in the back of my dad's then-new 77 Dodge Dart. Nevermind tablets..this thing didn't have a/c, or car seats, and dad didn't like music. Not sure how I kept myself entertained for those 25 hours!
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We drove from Toronto to Orlando in the back of my dad's then-new 77 Dodge Dart. Nevermind tablets..this thing didn't have a/c, or car seats, and dad didn't like music. Not sure how I kept myself entertained for those 25 hours!
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Yep. Driving the 401 from Ottawa to Toronto after a full day of work and I need all the help I can get to stay focused on the road

We drove from Toronto to Orlando in the back of my dad's then-new 77 Dodge Dart. Nevermind tablets..this thing didn't have a/c, or car seats, and dad didn't like music. Not sure how I kept myself entertained for those 25 hours!
but you did...we all did.

Our kid doesnt mind the car so much but he hates sitting still He's totally fine if we're driving but in Southern California you're still still a lot.....
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Old 03-31-2015, 05:47 PM   #12
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Put all of your downloaded or imported movies on your HDD at home. Set up a PLEX server. Put the plex app on your tablet and play them over the net.
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Old 04-01-2015, 04:47 AM   #13
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I've got the Ravpower thingy. While I can't give firsthand experience with multiple users at once, using it on my own for movies and the like works quite well.
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:14 PM   #14
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This has worked well for our family.

http://www.amazon.ca/SanDisk-Connect...k+media+server


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I had not heard of these things until last night, so I might not even be calling it by the correct name.

Here's my situation: 2 kids with tablets in the car. I want something I can plug my portable HDD into via USB, and create a wireless network for them stream Frozen and Cinderella from the HDD at the same time. Would be nice if this server (?) had battery power for air travel, but the car can provide power via inverter, USB, or 12V adapter.

I *think* I have found what I need, but I can't really understand a lot of the technobabble that accompanies the products.

Any advice?

These are some examples I am looking at:
http://www.amazon.ca/RAVPower-FileHu...ref=pd_cp_ce_2

http://www.amazon.ca/HooToo%C2%AE-Tr...ref=pd_cp_pc_1
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