Dashboard and Configuration
Configuring the My Passport Wireless is quite simple. Simply launch the configuration via the icon under 'Storage' in Windows Explorer, or by navigating to 'http://mypassport' in your browser of choice. You are presented with this GUI familiar to anyone who has used any of WD's other networked storage devices:
First order of business is to take care of being connected to the internet *while* on the My Passport's private network. This is possible via the WiFi tab of the interface. Choose 'Add a network', select from the list of visible networks, enter your info:
…and voala, you are now operating the My Passport in wireless pass-through mode:
By the way, this feature is mainly used for piggybacking a small group of people (<=5) through the My Passport and to a wireless hotspot device or to a hotel WiFi connection. This lets you access the internet as well as all content stored on the My Passport.
If you are at home and connected to your home network, once this connection has been made, the My Passport Wireless will appear to other users (on your home network), just like any other network connected storage device. This means you can disconnect from the mypassport network after configuration and access it via your home router / network, if desired.
If you plan to connect to hotel WiFi, or for general protection, you should configure additional security as the My Passport ships with no passwords or protections enabled – for ease of initial setup and configuration. Under the wireless tab above, clicking the gear next to the My Passport lets you turn on WiFi security and set a password. A device password can be configured (among other things) in the Admin tab:
You'll also notice FTP access can be enabled, meaning FTP enabled cameras can stream photos directly to the My Passport (and even simultaneously shared to connected users as the photos are being taken!).
The Hardware tab contains some additional performance tweaks, as well as a drive lock feature.
The Media tab shows some stats and handles the Streaming mode switch. At the bottom we see some SD card slot choices. Users can set the My Passport to auto-import upon insertion of an SD card. Copy or move is selectable as well. In copy mode, the My Passport will only copy new files from the card – files already copied from previous insertions are not unnecessary copied multiple times. The copy operation can be manually initiated through this interface or by tapping the WiFi button on the device after the SD card is inserted.
The Support tab contains some diagnostic and self-test options.
The Firmware tab is just that, and the My Passport can auto-update direct from its WiFi network connection, once configured.