I am looking for a small (physically) USB drive that will also connect to a wireless network when it's in range. The goal is to have this drive connect to a non-computer device (TV, stereo, car, etc) and be able to play music stored on the device (streaming is not necessary). When it's in range of a preconfigured network, I'd like to be able to access it like any network share.
SanDisk makes something that is close to my goal, but has a few disadvantages that I'd like to avoid:
- The use of an app to control data flow
- Physical size of the drive. Ideally, the device would stick out no further than an inch from the USB port it is plugged into. The shorter the better.
- Requires charging the device instead of drawing power via USB (when in Wireless mode)
- Must have at least 8 GB of storage space
- Must connect via WPA2 to a wireless network. Preconfiguration of this network is expected and can occur on a separate computer before the device is plugged into the final system. The final system may not have a way to configure the device (stereo or car).
- Must not stick out further than 1 inch from the USB port it is plugged into
- Must draw power from the device it is plugged into
My budget for this, based on the SanDisk device, is less than $100. However, I am flexible with that, provided the storage capacity of the device is appropriate compared to price.