ibi - The Smart Photo Manager with Wi-Fi - White
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- Hard Drive Capacity2000 gigabytes
- Storage Drive TypeHDD
- Product NameThe Smart Photo Manager with Wi-Fi
- Model NumberWDBNHE0020BWT-HESN
- Color CategoryWhite
- Hard Drive Capacity2000 gigabytes
- Storage Drive TypeHDD
- Internal Or ExternalExternal
- External Hard Drive TypeOther
- Interface(s)USB 3.0, Wi-Fi
- Minimum System RequirementsApple OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Android 4.4 (KitKat), Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Microsoft Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10, Apple iOS 9, Apple OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), Apple iOS 10, Apple MacOS X 10.12, Apple MacOS X 10.13, Apple iOS 11
- Security FeaturesNone
- UsageEveryday computing
- Memory Card TypeNone
- Power SourceAC adapter
- Product Height5 inches
- Product Width3.4 inches
- Product Weight10.2 ounces
- Number Of Drives Included1
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts2 Years
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor2 Years
Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 34 reviews(34 Reviews)
Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Has lots of potential but not quite there yetPosted .
Canon ibi Unboxing: The box tries to tell a story of what this product is. This is a good because walking past the device in an aisle of a store, I would have no idea what this thing is unless there was a lot of marketing or I did some research. There are lots of photos with bold letters trying to explain its purpose. The box has the device inside which is rather small, an AC adaptor and getting started guide. My first impressions of the device were 1: that it is very small, and 2: there is a lot of wasted space in the plastic housing. There are vents in the top and bottom, looking into it there is a 2.5” laptop hard drive inside with a tiny mainboard which also interfaces to the power plug and USB plug. The device looks nice externally but I find it confusing why they decided to make a cylinder with a tiny hard drive inside when it could have taken many more space saving shapes to match the hard drive. I am assuming it is mainly so it looks nice but who knows. It just looks like a lot of wasted space to me. The build of the body is well put together. The plastic feels cheap but it feels sturdy. I do not see any points to open it up with screws (might be hidden under rubber feet) or they glued it shut in the middle, either way it wont fall apart. The vents on the top and bottom would not block any fluid so do not spill anything on it. Set up: It is very easy. Download the app to your phone, create an account and let the app do the rest. Import your photos from your phone with auto import and I recommend turning on cloud services. I usually keep my photos backed up on a portable hard drive so I plugged it into the app and imported everything which brings me on to practical use… Use: Importing is slow, especially from another hard drive. As stated earlier, the Ibi uses a 2.5” laptop hard drive inside and I am pretty sure it is 5400 rpm. I was unimpressed by this decision from the company as they could have used a higher quality hard drive. An SSD would have been great but it is 2TB which would be costly so I understand the use of a mechanical hard drive. I would have preferred a higher end laptop hard drive or a larger product to accommodate a 7200 RPM desktop hard drive. It took quite a few hours to transfer 200GB of photos over. I expected a decent amount of time to transfer that much, but it was painfully slow compared to moving it between hard drives on a computer. Luckily this is not an everyday occurrence and is likely to only be done during setup and a few occasions. The app is pretty good! You can essentially “partition” the users that are part of your household as they upload photos and by default it will only show the photos of that user regardless of how they uploaded it. But, if you wish you can display “all” photos which will merge the libraries. One big feature is the “inner circle” which allows you to invite anyone important to you to see only photos that you want to share. They other users do not need to have an ibi or even have access to your ibi to see these, they only need to download the app and make an account. It is great for sharing between family. In the past I would use shared photos in Google Photos or family libraries in Amazon Photos but the feature is ibi gives you l a lot more control of what you want to get out to your friend so I highly recommend it. I would like to see the ability to set up different “circles” of friends so I can share things to my household and maybe have a different group for my larger family. The app takes security seriously and allows you to use a PIN and biometrics to log in. I highly recommend you go to the website and download the desktop app. This is the best way to use the device as it creates more seamless upload ability from your desktop if uploading from an SD card and allows you to access all files via the computer’s file explorer. Dislikes: I am not sure if the device is still indexing but after a week, it is still slow to pull up a date like “March 2019” and see all the photos from that time frame. It works but you have to wait a long time for it to show you the thumb nails. It could be the app too but the website seems be a little faster with accessing items on the hard drive. Each time I log in I see different photos on top. I am not sure if this is a bug or part of the slow indexing process. I love how you can integrate photos so many different sources… but… it seems like this results in a lot of duplicates if you import originals and add cloud sources and I haven’t quite figured out how to best organize it. If you are starting fresh with photography, this might be great but if you have a complication photo library from multiple sources, the device might not be ready for prime time yet as cloud services do a much better job of filtering duplicates. The device is loud! I put it next to my TV since it looks pretty cool and high tech but at night time if I am on my computer or doing homework in a quiet room, I can hear the hard drive whirring! Put it somewhere where you might not hear it. Moving it around while it is energized cause some strange whirring sounds so I wonder if this would survive a bump or fall while powered on. It does not seem like a hard drive with any kind of shock protection. Summary: The device is cool and has a lot of potential, but… it has a lot of issues that are not worked out yet. I think most of these issues can be hammered out in software on the server side or in the app but until they are fixed, it will feel somewhat half baked. If the library organization issues and speed were fixed, I would have zero issues the hard drive noise and hard drive speed, but this is not the case. I say buy it, but wait a few months until it is more polished.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great way to easily back up photos!Posted .
Initial impression and unboxing: Wasn't sure what to expect from ibi. Looking at it, there's not a lot on the box to help you understand 100% what ibi is. The key missing word is 'storage'. That is essentially what this is, is a 2TB storage device for your photos, without the need to hook up to a PC to archive photos from your phone or social media networks. ibi is made by SanDisk, so it is a trusted brand in the marketplace for what it's going to be doing (data storage) but they are trying to brand it as something new. The SanDisk logo is small and on the back! There is a small label on the outside of the box, on the back that says 'Device capacity 2TB'.That to me is important info, as the box otherwise has a photo of a family, a white cylinder, a phone, and a checklist of features. So, that aside, opening up the box (which is actually nicely designed, just lacking in pertinent information), gives a higher end feel, matching the $180 price point. Inside, you are faced with a little simple get started card, and then eggcrate packaging. While this is obviously eco friendly, it starts to diminish the 'quality' feel of the product. Next up is the ibi cylinder itself. It's very light, well vented, with matte and shiny white finish. It manages to look classy, but feel cheap at the same time. Inside, through the vents, there's not a lot to it at all... and being able to see so much, makes you wonder again about the price point. Underneath ibi is a nice, simple, and unobtrusive, white power supply. Setup: ibi was very easy to set up, plug it in, look for the blue light on the front, download the app using the QR code on the quick start guide that you took out of the top of the box, and then you are up and running, once paired to your network and logged in. When plugged in, with the hard drive not being SSD, you can hear the drive spinning, and there is some heat generated by it, hence the cylindrical shape and large vented area around the drive. I set up an ibi account and every time that I log in, I get a 'Hello' welcome screen, which is very Apple-esque. From there, you can manage your account, upload photos, setup files and folders and create albums. Using ibi: I set about creating an album for my car, directly downloaded from my phone. Selected about 25 photos and hit 'upload'. Didn't take all that long to import the photos to ibi. I then had the opportunity to set up a folder structure or an album, that made most sense to me, so I labeled it 'Camaro'. Selected all the photos to go in that album. Now... this is basically part of the 'sorting' dynamic in the app. On one tab, you see all of the photos uploaded to ibi, on the albums tab, you are just essentially narrowing down your search results. From there, in order to make the searching function work optimally, you have to go in and label every single photo with a name/description which is relevant to what you want to search for. While for 25 photos, this wasn't an issue, if you are importing 100's or 1000's of photos, that is a lot of time and effort to go through to make that happen. Also, the app is a little clunky in this department, requiring several steps for each photo to rename them. I ended up copy and pasting, and changing the end number to make it quicker/easier! Again, this is the nature of creating a usable searching structure, so I don't see a quick and easy way around it at all. So for a lot of people, that will leave you with a date search. That works well, the photos are imported with their original name from your phone, and the date metadata is captured, so you can search for photos chronologically. I was able to access my ibi remotely from work, and continue to rename and create albums from there. Adding more and more albums to my ibi, saving the albums by date of concerts, the search functionality worked well, and it was fairly quick to update the results. But without going in and renaming every single photo, I couldn't search specifically for an image I knew was there. Again, the nature of file structures, you can only search for the data that you put in. It isn't a smart app that can trawl through your images with facial recognition, or object dynamics. ibi also has what is called the 'Inner Circle' which allows you to partition the drive so that family members can upload their photos to their own area of the drive. As part of the inner circle, you can also share your photos with the ones you love most, sharing the content of individual photos or albums to your friends and family, securely. Overall, it is an unobtrusive, image storage device, that can sit anywhere in your house, not just connected to a PC. That is a nice option, so it can be somewhat hidden away and not left out on a desk next to your computer. The 2TB size will hold approximately 500,000 photos or 200 hours of video. Not sure at this time if there will be larger capacities available. ibi works. It does what it says it will do, but the functionality of the app is a little clunky, and it does take a little while to transfer files over.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Storage file with nothing to set it apartPosted .
The IbI storage file is a place where you can store all your family photos and most sensitive documents with piece of mind. The big question here is does its functionality really serve a purpose for are most prized possessions? I'll try to break down its basic functions and hopefully this will help to determine if this is the right fit for you. First off lets talk about what you can expect to receive and basic set up. Out of the box your going to get the main IbI unit which is basically a 2TB hard drive and power cord. The unit needs to have power at all times in order for it to be of any use. IbI provides a free easy to use app to help with set up. Once you create an account you can then go ahead and proceed to back up photos or files. With the that out of the way lets now dive in and talk about how this unit functions exactly. When i first got this unit i was actually kind of excited to see what it could do as i was looking for a safe reliable place to store my family photos of my kids. The biggest problem i have run in to the past was that i would store all my photos on my phones hard drive. This is a big problem as one day my phone crashed and took out my sd card with it. I had lost all my family photos that i did not back up. Well much to my disappointment this unit is basically one big stationary hard drive with no added security to help remedy this problem i have. What i mean by that is this unit will safely store all photos automatically from your phone, facebook, or cloud storage. The only problem is at least as of writing this review there is no fail safe to back your documents up to a separate cloud storage. What this breaks down to is you better hope that your IbI unit doesn't crash or if you have kids you better hope they do not spill anything on the unit or else there goes all your photos and documents with no way yet to retrieve them. Now if your the kind of person that doesn't trust cloud storage than this may be the right fit for you. I however want to protect all my memories from loss, seeing as how i can never get back those photos of my kids when they were young. Now lets talk about some of the features this unit has to offer. You can set it to automatically back up photos or documents. You can import files from a usb drive on to this unit and vice versa. You can also invite select members to join your account where you can choose to share with them select photos via a section called "inner circle." Now this feature is a cool concept as it allows you to share intimate family photos with only the people you want to and keeps them away from prying eyes of strangers on facebook. The one big problem i had with this feature is i felt it was a little too intrusive. What i mean by that is in order to invite someone to your circle that individual has to download the app (which i understand is a given) but they also need to sign up for an account and provide an email, password, and minor information. When i tried to invite family members to join so i could share photos i found that most were hesitant due to the fact that they did not want to give out their email address and sign up for an account only to view a few photos that i allowed them view. I honestly agreed with their hesitation as i would not want to do the same either. Once photos are stored they are time stamped and dated according to when you took the photos. IbI also provides there own photo service which allows you to customize your photos a bit by adding stickers, borders, contrast, etc. One thing i forget to mention is that you can also stream your saved photos and videos from your unit to a smart tv or Roku. Well that's pretty much it as of writing this review. Until they provided some added enhancements this unit is pretty much basic in all its functions. Even the app service is basic. Here's the bottom line. If your the kind of individual that finds cloud storage unsafe and makes you uncomfortable then this unit is perfect for you as it provides an alternate means of storage to your phone with ample storage. However if your similar to me and like a back up plan in case your unit fails than you may want to pass on this lack luster unit. Overall beside the fact that it provides 2tb of storage space this unit really is not that much different from storing your photos on a smartphone. As for me i think i would rather stick to my provided cloud storage rather than spend money on this unit. If this device would provide cloud storage as a optional service then i would be 100% sold. Pros: -Ample storage space -Ability to invite friends and family Cons: -No cloud storage -Too intrusive for guest -Must be powered all the timeNo, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Many Possibilities, Great Sharing CapabilitiesPosted .
I was searching for an easy way to share pictures and videos that included an option to share outside my LAN. I was very impressed with the capabilities this little device has along with the large amount of storage. This not only allows for sharing multimedia within my network, I can also share the link to others outside. Pros: Size Sharing both Inside/Outside LAN Multiple Account Setup Privacy between Accounts Accounts not have to be within LAN UI easy to Navigate 5GHz Band Direct USB Connection Cons: Start Up / Load Times Software Randomly Not Seeing device Limited Stream Options (Roku / Dropbox) :: Setup / Install :: The setup was very easy, once downloaded the ibi software, there was an easy walk through with connecting the device to the WLAN. Upon connection it provided a quick and easy way to back up all photo's and videos from the phone. The device uses the WLAN however is not enabled for sharing. The only way to communicate with the device is by app or using USB plug directly. :: Software :: The software allows for setting up individual accounts with privacy to prevent one account from seeing the others pictures and videos. You are able to share the pictures and videos by using the share option. You can share within the WLAN or outside the network via URL through IBI company. There are so many possible usages for this, if you are wanting to provide a share of a video or picture slideshow outside the network. If you are wanting to share videos from within the network without having to turn on the computer you can stream this to your Roku. The only concern is the application at times takes a while to load the pictures and videos as well as sometimes disconnect from the drive. The drive itself remains connected via WLAN so I end up having to close out and relaunch the application. Overall this is a great little device that does the job of storing, sharing and streaming pictures / videos. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys sharing pictures and videos without the hassle of having to keep turning on your PC.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Nice wireless storage devicePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I currently have a 6tb Netgear NAS we use to back up all our media, important files and system backups. I saw this new Ibi device and wanted to give it a try as my NAS is getting old and I like to have everything backed up in multiple places, especially digital pictures. My wife and I have collected well over 20k pictures over the years and I really don’t want them lost due to a hardware failure. First impressions: When I received the shipping box I was wondering about the weight because it was so light. After opening the box and unpacking the Ibi I was greeted with a small tubular device around 5” high and 2.5” in diameter, white plastic. It almost looked like a piece of white PVC pipe. It’s very light weight and minimalistic with only a white LED on the front of it showing the power is on. There are ventilation holes on both ends of the device to help keep the internal 2tb drive nice and cool, a power port on the back along with a USB port. Setting up: The first thing the instructions ask you to do is download the app from either the Android or iOs store. Once you have the app installed it will guide you through the setup. You do have to connect to the device using it's internal Wi-Fi connection initially “this is where I had some issues”, but after doing a full reset of the device I was able to connect to it and set up our home Wi-Fi. Use: The Ibi is pretty much a Wi-Fi enabled mini NAS with a single drive. You can use the app to back up your photos on your smart device, and you can download the desktop app which will set it up as a networked drive on your local file explorer. You can also use your browser to access the device if you wish by clicking on the icon in the task bar and selecting either “open in Explorer / open in Browser”. Using the browser option you’ll have to enter your credentials to access the drive. Once have access through your browser you can create albums, upload photos and set up your “Inner Circle” so you can share photos/albums with friends. I also set this up on my wife’s laptop and phone so all her photos are automatically backed up there. She likes that she can create a new photo album and share it with her friends without giving them full access, they can view but can’t do anything else, pretty simple picture sharing. I also like the fact that I can use Windows Explorer to access the drive, just like my NAS, I can set up different folders and store all my important files there if I wish. So far I haven’t had any problems with storing documents although this is really meant for media storage. There’s a Roku app that you can set up and view all your photos and media files, it worked pretty well but sometimes it paused while loading, probably from the device powering down due to in activity. Conclusion: If you want a simple wireless network attached storage device, something you can store photos and media on to share with friends and family this is a pretty simple device. I’m also using it as a secondary backup for my media files. The wireless connection is pretty slow if you are moving a lot of files, it took a few hours to back up around 200gb, but it worked in the background so the amount of time really didn’t matter. I do have some concern with the device itself as it seems to be running all the time and never goes into standby, “at least it hasn’t yet”, I can place my hand on top of it anytime and feel heat coming out of the vents and very slight vibration from the drive running. To me this is a big waste of energy if the device isn’t in use. Hopefully the manufacturer will come up with an update that will allow this device to sleep. Otherwise if you want a simple, wireless, net-workable, personal cloud storage device, this may be the one for you.
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Good now, could be greatPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
This is an interesting device with lots of potential. However, the still-evolving software is currently preventing it from totally reaching its full potential. Physically this is a 2 TB hard drive with a WIFI connection to your network and a USB 3 port built in. The drive is always on which makes me wonder about its expected life (always backup any device). It’s housed in a 3.5” x 5” white plastic cylinder and powered by a 1.5” square AC wall power supply. Build quality is decent, and my unit created minimal noise. Just the whirring of the drive. The ibi mobile app is used to set things up, and that process was simple and straight forward. The idea behind the software is for the ibi to become your personal cloud storage. You can set it to automatically backup all the photos on your devices and give it access to backup other online sites such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Facebook, etc. It has the unique additional feature of allowing you to invite others to use it. They can even be allowed to have their own private storage space. Additionally, they can have read access to what you wish, or they can “collaborate” and have read/write access to some or all. You get to invite others into the “inner circle” as you see fit and share what you wish. The default organization is by date and searchable only by month. You also have the ability to create folders and albums. Additionally, there is a desktop app which can be used in browser mode which emulates the mobile app, or in file explorer mode which accesses it basically as a network drive. Chromecast and ROKU are supported, and all this works pretty well. However, I had some issues. First, considering the 2TB drive can hold around 500,000+ photos or 200+ hours of video, the app just doesn’t have the tools to manage a really large collection. There is no way to easily make group selections, moves or establish albums. Some areas allow sort by name or date, others are just date, and albums are sorted by date created. There is a search function which can find folders but not albums. The desktop apps do give more ability to organize, but the mobile app is the one you’re most likely to use looking at pictures. Secondly, I’ve had some erratic results such as random pictures and thumbnails showing in low resolution. Also, capturing pictures directly worked on my IOS device but not with my Android phone. To their credit, ibi support was responsive and reached out to help and document these issues. They took these issues seriously, and I believe the app will be evolving and improving quickly. My conclusion is that ibi is a good piece of hardware which has a lot of potential … some realized and some yet to be. If backing up your phone or tablet as well as sharing things instantly with friends is your thing, it’s already there. It’s much simpler to set up and use than typical network and cloud drives … especially the sharing and continual backup aspect. If you want to use it for organizing and backing up thousands of pictures, it’s getting still there.
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Easily configured smartphone pic/video back-upPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
What it is – a nice easily configured smartphone continual backup for your videos/pictures. What it isn’t – a true NAS or RAID device If you are looking for something to do the former – I definitely would recommend this. If you are wanting something to work as the later – look elsewhere. My impressions/use; Very small and looks good. Very quiet. Could easily be mis-taken for a smart home speaker. Has 2TB of 2.5-inch spin drive space. Had it set it up and running within a few minutes. Just plug it in, download your iphone or android app and go thru the setup. It is connected thru your wifi only – no ethernet cable connection. As such your speed will be affected by other device loads within your network as well as your systems modem/router speeds. Once your account has been created and verified you can setup your backup easily. Within settings you can set/find a lot of info; If you click on the name of your ibi it will detail how much space is used/left as well as network name, connection type, inner circle access, analytics, software version, serial #, register your ibi, reboot it, erase all data (nice feature) or shut ibi down. Add member Add another ibi – I checked with SanDisk and did not get a definitive answer as to whether you could add another ibi and have both do same backups at the same time – thus creating your own “clone” or RAID 1. Has USB 3.0 connector but it is not very conveniently located in the back of the device and can only be used to import from another drive. Can send an invite to others for them to create their own account at which point during setup they are allocated their own backup “partition” within the device. Each user can only see their files/folders Also can invite others to inner circle to allow more detailed/global access. Seems you can only have 1 inner circle – would be nice to have options to create/invite others. Seems to work well with one drive and google backup on my phone - as you can NEVER have to many backups. My backup seemed to work very quickly and accessing your data from the phone app is relatively simple. Initially it shows all data in descending order by year/month. You cannot change the sort but can select by year and month. For some reason it put all of my videos in the current month – VERY disappointing. It did seem to get most of my pictures correct though. Also, I have separate folders on my smartphone for each grandchild’s pictures and videos. The backup lumped them all together. This has been my experience with one drive and google – but was hopeful ibi might be different. There is a desktop Windows app you can download. You can send an email from the smartphone app that has the link which is https://ibi.sandisk.com/apps#. I loaded this on my desktop and it allows you access to your backed-up data as well as drag and drop ability to any files on your desktop. It does NOT allow a synch option for desktop files/folders. I do still highly recommend you use this option if possible. I did contact ibi support with a couple of questions/issues and they could not have been nicer. They seemed genuinely interested in my comments and were very quick to respond to any questions. I did mention I was part if Best Buy TIN network but truly think I did not receive any special treatment – they just have great support and what this product to succeed. Overall a nice option, especially for non-techies, anyone tired of paying for extra storage or want more direct ownership to your picture/video backup data/process.
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Perfect for what I neededPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I will start off by saying that I got this for one reason, and that was for photo storage. I have 3 old phones I've been saving because I didn't want to lose the photos, and have already put them on a now retired laptop. I realized putting all my photos on my laptops was a bad idea after the last one died and I couldn't recover anything. Thankfully I still have the phones and digital camera. Now I can take the photos from all my devices and put them into one place again. Setup was super easy, you have to download their app and set up an account, no biggie. It also has a desktop app, though I haven't checked that out yet. Uploading the photos was easy as well. There is plenty of storage space at 2TB, so we wont run out anytime soon. You can also share your photos with friends and family if you choose. I took off one star because they unit needs to stay plugged in constantly or it is useless. Other than that I am very happy with this product and cant wait to finish getting all my pics/vids transferred over to it. I can finally free up some memory on my iPad!
Q: QuestionI would like to know if the ibi directly connects to a laptop via USB so that all pics stored on laptop can be transferred or is an app needed on the laptop and the pics transferred over wifi?
Asked by Gardengurl.
- A:Answer I move the media from the app to the photo library on my iPhone. The process is simple. From there I download the media off my iPhone to my iMac and begin putting together my project.
Answered by RAM250017
Asked by Robin.
- A:Answer No, it does not come with other accessories.
Answered by CommunityAnswer