Although there’s no direct way to use a USB drive with an Apple iPad or many Android tablets, the new NetShair Link from IOGear provides an indirect option. It can also serve as a travel Wi-Fi router.
Users can plug a USB drive into this accessory, and then access the movies, music, photos, and other files from their tablet over a Wi-Fi connection.
In addition, the NetShair Link can be connected to an Ethernet cable in a hotel room to create a Wi-Fi (802.11n) network.
The accessory can even serve as a USB power port for the tablet.
The IOGear NetShair Link (GWRH1) is available now from its developer’s website, where it sells for $80.