Operation is simple. After switching on the RAVPower FileHub, you only have to connect to its WLAN. From now on the device can be controlled with the app (iOS / Android), or via the browser. Here you can access all data stored on the SD card or USB drive. In addition, images, videos and other files can be backed up to the FileHub via the app without much effort.
The highlight is the SD to USB backup function. Pressing the “SD>USB” button will automatically copy the entire contents of the SD card to the previously connected USB drive. That worked wonderfully in the test, although not particularly fast.
The access times over the 2.4 GHz as well as the 5 GHz WiFi network were OK, but they didn’t knock us out. The speed of the copy process and the access to files via the integrated WLAN depends of course not insignificantly on the characteristics of the connected devices. Overall, however, we are more than satisfied with the performance of the small mobile router, especially considering how small the device is.
Application possibilities and practical benefits
The RAVPower FileHub, as already mentioned, with its one-button backup function, is particularly suitable for media professionals who travel a lot. So you can quickly save your pictures, videos or audio data from the SD card on the go. Then you can later access the backed up files via the built-in WLAN in order to check them in between or process them further. This turns the device into a personal, local cloud for excursions, travel or meetings.
Of course, the RP-WD009 can also be used as an access point, router or even as a WLAN extender.
For film lovers who do not want to do without their favourite films when travelling, the FileHub also serves as a mobile DLAN media server for the smartphone or tablet.
In order to be able to operate the hotspot over a longer period of time, the battery life is also important. The 6,700 mAh should be enough for a few hours. In any case, the battery life is very positive in the test. Even after intensive use as a hotspot for smartphones and a laptop for working, there is still a tiny bit of battery left at the end of the day. So the battery’s big enough to last you through the day.
The battery is charged via a micro-USB connector. Here a USB-C port would have been desirable, which strangely enough the predecessor of the RAVPower FileHub still has.