RAVPower AC750 FileHub and Wireless Travel Router REVIEW | Mac Sources
RAVPower AC750 FileHub and Wireless Travel Router
Create extra storage wherever you go.
One of the downfalls of owning Apple mobile products is a lack of storage space. I remember years ago when my friends would brag about being able to add a micro SD card to their phones to expand their storage and I was jealous because, at the time, my iPhone only had 8GB of storage. That was barely enough for my music library let alone storing videos and photos. Fortunately, Apple has introduced some very large storage options for their mobile devices at this point in time. That said, it’s always nice to be able to expand your storage as needed and that’s why I’m glad that RAVPower has updated their portable FileHub for users like me.
The RAVPower AC750 FileHub and Wireless Travel Router is an updated version of its 2018 model. The device is designed to provide wireless storage backup for mobile phones and tablets and a travel router with AP, Bridge, and Router modes. With it, you can enjoy a one-key backup option for SD card to a USB hard drive and a shoot-and-save photo/video feature. Users can also enjoy using the FileHub as a portable power bank. The FileHub supports both 5GHz and 2.4GHz wireless band frequencies with a data transfer rate of 300 MB per second. It only weighs 7 ounces and is approximately the size of an external hard drive (4.45 x 3.03 x 0.91 in).
Some of the main features include the ability to:
- free up space on Android or iOS devices using our dedicated app
- transfer all your media files and documents between SD cards / USB flash drives / external hard drives and smart devices including your phone, tablet, and laptop without an internet connection
- simultaneously connect and stream data from SD cards/USB drives to up to 5 mobile devices, or directly share files between two different storage devices
- connect to a DSL or cable modem and turns any wired network to wireless
- differentiate data access and enhance data encryption by setting up Admin or guest user Wi-Fi accounts
- wirelessly stream videos from USB storage to your TV screen and more via DLNA, SamBa, etc.
Some of the key differences between the 2019 version of FileHub and the previous model (RP-WD0007) include:
- An improved One-Key Backup speed (now 12–18MB/s)
- No overheating issues
- Battery capacity increased to 6700mAh
- Upgraded user manual
- Upgraded app with regular updates
The FileHub comes in a fairly nondescript box. It is the RAVPower green but aside from the name and model of the product stamped on the back (Portable Wireless Router with Power Bank/RP-WD009), I would have no way of knowing what is actually in this particular box. In the box, you will receive the FileHub, a flat micro USB cable, and a user manual. The RAVPower product page for the FileHub refers to this product being ‘future proof’ and having USB-C integrated but the version I have still has Micro USB as it’s charging port option. Everything on the box indicates that this is the 2019 version of the product but it’s missing the aforementioned USB-C port.
Despite this small design hiccup, I did complete the testing of the device and was very happy with the results. I have broken the review up according to the three top features of the FileHub: power bank, wireless storage backup, and wireless router.
This is the most basic function the FileHub has. To activate the power bank option of the device, you simply plug in a USB cable into the USB-A port and press the power button on the side of the FileHub once and charging will commence. The battery LED light should remain illuminated while a device is being charged. The battery LED, like the other LEDs, can indicate several different phases of the battery. If it turns on white, the battery has a 30% charge or more. If it’s red, it’s less than 30% and fast flashing red indicates less than 10% charge. At this point, the FileHub should be plugged in for charging. When it ‘ s charging, the LED will be white and blink every two seconds. A faster blink means the device is shutting down. I used the power bank function to charge my iPhone XS and found that it was charging at a rate of 0.33% per minute, which is a little slower than some power banks I’ve used, but it gets the job done.
Wireless Storage Backup
The set-up for this isn’t complicated, but it’s also not well detailed in the user manual. I was impressed with the amount of information included in the 45-page booklet, but it didn’t properly outline the steps one needs to take to actually get the FileHub into transfer mode. For example, on page 5 of the manual, the instructions for the One Key Backup are outlined. Step 1 is “Turn on the FileHub” and step 2 is “Plug in your flash drives/hard drive…” I tried turning on the FileHub the same way I did for the PowerBank function and found that wasn’t allowing me to access the other functions of the device. After a bit of research online, I found that to activate the advanced file transfer options of the FileHub I needed to press/hold the power button for up to 5 seconds in order for those functions to work.
Once I got the FileHub to be active, the rest of the set-up was pretty easy. I had the app already downloaded onto my device and from there, I simply had to find the FileHub on my WiFi network list and join it. Once you join the device’s network, you can access the files stored on it through the app. I was able to set-up a new folder and copy some photos from my iPhone directly onto it (8 photos took about 5 seconds to transfer). I was very impressed with how smooth the transferring process was and how easy it is to use the app. Aside from the small problem with the initial set-up, I really thought the interface was spectacular.
I do love that this feature is included with this device. I think that it enhances the user experience quite a bit. First of all, this is a very compact, easy to carry device so traveling with it is a no-brainer. When you get to a hotel, you can easily plug an ethernet cable into it and turn the hotel’s wired connection into a personal WiFi network. The WiFi can accommodate up to 5 devices. In addition to the personal WiFi network, this wireless router function can also serve as a repeater or bridge for existing WiFi networks. While I was testing out the Wireless Router functions I found that it not only worked well and was pretty easy to set-up, but you can’t power the FileHub off while a device is connected to it. I thought this was a nice feature to protect data transfer processes.
The RAVPower AC750 FileHub and Wireless Travel Router is a must-have for anyone who regularly travels. It’s such a budget-friendly option for wirelessly transferring files and having a private, secure WiFi network. The concept of this product is innovative and I love that RAVPower updated their previous model. I’ve worked with other wireless file hubs in the past and this one has a much smoother set-up and interface to work with. It’s an impressive device and highly recommended by this reviewer.
Originally published at https://macsources.com on July 5, 2019.