Doxie just updated its sweet Doxie Go portable scanner by adding an Eye-Fi card that lets you wirelessly deliver scans to your iPad, smartphone, computer, or Evernote. People were already doing this, as we discovered in the LAB; Doxie just made it easier. So I could try it out and report back, Doxie sent me an Eye-Fi card to play with.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t been easy. The Eye-Fi experience is clunky, and so far, broken for me. The instructions for connecting the Eye-Fi to an iPad leave out a crucial step (my iPad wants a passcode that I can’t find anywhere). So for the moment, at least, I’ve got the tools, but I can’t make the wireless scanning happen. When I finally figure it out, I’ll record a video so you can see the results.


  1. Sam Glover says:

    Okay, with a little help from Doxie, I am up and running—at least between my iPad and my computer. It turns out the Eye-Fi instructions are incomplete if you protect your iPad with a passcode, like you should be. In that case, you need to enter your iPad passcode—not your Eye-Fi’s wireless network password—when prompted. This is a little confusing, since I can’t remember any other situation in which my iPad has asked me to enter my passcode in order to do anything besides unlock it.

    So now that I am up and running, I can comment on the experience of using the Eye-Fi. In short, it is annoying.

    While the Doxie Go does exactly what it says it does, the Eye-Fi does what it says it does, but requires you to install a couple of clunky apps on your iPad and your computer and learn how to use them, first. Using the Eye-Fi software is kind of like connecting a Windows 95 PC to the internet. You can do it, but it isn’t easy, intuitive, or user-friendly, and you’re never sure if you did it right.

    So when I plugged the Eye-Fi card into the Doxie Go and scanned a page, I wasn’t optimistic. For good reason, it turns out. After several tries, nothing showed up in the Eye-Fi app on my iPad. At this point, I’m considering giving up.

    Look, the Doxie Go is awesome by itself, but the Eye-Fi hurts the user experience.

  2. Sam Glover says:

    Okay, I finally figured everything out.

    I haven’t had to wrestle with hardware or software like this since I installed Linux for the first time four years ago.

    So now that I’ve got it set up, how does it work? Well, it is really really slow. Slow like if you scan a document, you have time to get up and make coffee before it shows up on your iPad. Nobody will be impressed by this. In fact, people may get tired of waiting and get up and leave.

    If you are going to take the Doxie Go with Eye-Fi to a client meeting, do all your scanning at the beginning of the meeting, then set your iPad aside (you have to have the Eye-Fi app open in order to get the scans) while you do business. At the end of the meeting, you should be ready to email documents to your client.

    Once again, the Doxie Go is awesome. If you need to scan documents on the go, get it. It rocks. But don’t bother shelling out another $40 for the Eye-Fi.

  3. Cat Moon says:

    I started using the Eye-Fi with my Doxie Go a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t have the set-up problems that Sam experienced (thankfully). It did take about 15 minutes to set the Eye-Fi software up on both my MPB and iPad, but the Eye-Fi card worked right away for me.
    You do open the Eye-Fi app to access the scanned document(s) on the iPad, but presumably you would have to open some app to see them. (The scanned docs are also saved to your Camera roll, so you can access them in that way, too.)
    Via the Eye-Fi app, you also can send the docs directly to your computer from the iPad, when you get back to the office. This process has worked seamlessly for me.
    And yes, it does take a minute or two for the documents to appear from the Doxie Go on the iPad via the Eye-Fi. Which may seem like an eternity in this world of instant gratification and digital speed. But in practice, it’s not been an issue for me. Scan docs, they appear on the iPad and you forward them on to the client via email, or save in a collaboration file on Box, etc. This all happens in just minutes.
    (AND – the scans appear much more quickly on a network-connected computer from the Eye-Fi, FWIW.)
    So I’m sad that Sam’s experience has been less-than-ideal, but I’m glad to say that the Doxie Go with Eye-Fi solution has worked for me as advertised.

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