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Connect wirelessly from external storage devices to your tablets, smartphones, and smart TVs.
Don't worry if you forget to make copies of documents, just connect a USB memory or external HDD to SMART Hub to become a small network for sharing documents.
Has your smartphone reached capacity? Here is the solution. Back up your photos through the SE-208BW. Just connect to SMART Hub using mobile App. Capacity is no longer an issue.
** Same price @Amazon..may get it for lesser price if buy through flubit
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#2
Great device. You can watch DVDs on your phone or tablet via WiFi
#3
Same price on dabs an bt shop.
#4
I bought one of these and it was a horrible experience getting it to do anything useful so sent it back.
#7
Great idea for a budget. I have a 1 To gard drive attached to my BTHub, does the same thing.
#8
Nice product but rubbish app see reviews
#9
Nightmare to setup and generally needs firmware updates before it will do anything. Remotely functional but once I got it working after 1 full week!!
It's none to bad wifi pass through only works when connected by Ethernet to your router.
Can be used as an external drive only when connected by USB

Does stream video well from flash drive / external hard drive or DVD.
Would be better if it came with any real instructions but it's mainly down to google / YouTube & trial and error.
#10
Useless device. Had one sold quickly.
#11
Bizarre multi-function device. A bit like the toaster / egg poacher on eBay today.

Hard to imagine how it went all the way through research, market assessment, design and production without anyone saying WTF and stopping it.
#12
logy
Bizarre multi-function device. A bit like the toaster / egg poacher on eBay today.

Hard to imagine how it went all the way through research, market assessment, design and production without anyone saying WTF and stopping it.
Cheap though
#13
logy
Bizarre multi-function device. A bit like the toaster / egg poacher on eBay today.

Hard to imagine how it went all the way through research, market assessment, design and production without anyone saying WTF and stopping it.

If I had a house with a couple of ultrathin laptops or Apple stuff without CD drives, I'd definitely buy something like this if I saw it for £20.

A network shared CD drive would be great, even better if it could somehow be used to network boot, or via USB as a boot drive on occasion.

Edited By: srw985 on Jul 14, 2014 01:12
#14
I bought one from scan last week for 22 quid. I just needed an external DVD writer which this does perfectly. I plan to put it on my LAN over Ethernet & use it as an iSCSI optical drive on my various computers at some point.

the instructions are very sparse!
banned#15
Great device.
#16
I would have loved this device if there was a way of sharing it over an existing network. May be useful just as an external dvd burner or for media sharing on the go.
#18

But now £29.99 through that link
#19
Mine works well streaming DVD to phone, but useless when doing exactly the same to Samsung tablet. Audio goes out of sync.
#20
Looks like a great idea.
#21
cardyology
I bought one from scan last week for 22 quid. I just needed an external DVD writer which this does perfectly. I plan to put it on my LAN over Ethernet & use it as an iSCSI optical drive on my various computers at some point.

the instructions are very sparse!

i thought that, but it says this works only over wifi - none of the features work over ethernet, apart from routing wireless devices to the internet.
#22
Anyone know If you can back up your ipad content to dvd or a flash drive using the app?
#23
How do I get the 3% back?
#24
thegamingkinginfo
How do I get the 3% back?

http://www.quidco.com/mymemory/?ac

Register with Quidco then go though Quidco website to mymemory or any other site to get your cash back

Edited By: movva on Jul 14, 2014 10:07
#25
tapi
cardyology
I bought one from scan last week for 22 quid. I just needed an external DVD writer which this does perfectly. I plan to put it on my LAN over Ethernet & use it as an iSCSI optical drive on my various computers at some point.

the instructions are very sparse!


i thought that, but it says this works only over wifi - none of the features work over ethernet, apart from routing wireless devices to the internet.


http://www.tsstodd.com/webmanual/smarthub/se-208bw/en/setting_configure_wifi.html

http://www.tsstodd.com/webmanual/smarthub/se-208bw/en/Specifications_Exterior.html

http://www.tsstodd.com/webmanual/smarthub/se-208bw/en/Setting_Configure_iSCSI.html


Edited By: dontasciime on Jul 14, 2014 12:55
#26
Had problems with this device when I bought one from Maplins (earlier post from a couple of weeks ago).

Connecting to Sky router to use to stream DVD's etc around, all devices appear to want to try to connect to this device rather than the Sky hub, meaning I constantly had to deselect it and reset back to Sky.

I did manage to install a piece of software from a CD-Rom in the drive to a netbook wirelessly, and this worked (hurrah), so as a CD-Rom - connected either via USB or wirelessly, it appeared to work (which was fine as my netbook doesn't have a drive).

However, as the netbook assigned this as an iSCSI drive (sorry, don;t really know what I am talking about here), any other devices, such as mobile 'phones or android tablets, report that they can't connect as it is already connected as an iSCSI device - and I can't see any way in Windows 7 on the netbook to 'disconnect' this.

So, as per others, I don't think I am getting the best out of this. I can understand the appeal if in a hotel room where there is only a wired connection, allowing you to connect wirelessly for other devices as a hub, but can't get it to do what it is designed for.


One of the issues is, I believe, that you have to run the config software from a DVD drive, which is fine if your device has one, but if it hasn't, you're stuffed - and why would you want one anyway if your device already had a drive ?

Thanks for the guides above, I will give these a try again, but this looks to be similar to what I tried when I first had it...
#27
Good review...there is a video overview plus a detailed write up.
http://www.cnet.com/uk/products/samsung-optical-smart-hub-se-208bw/

I think its best used on the road for optical media. It can also be used as a regular USB optical drive.
That said I no longer use optical media so I'll get the Kingston Wireless unit. http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/kingston-mobilelite-wireless-wi-fi-portable-memory-card-reader-mymemory-ebay-14-1933838

This is a good price for this unit if you still use optical.


Edited By: frownbreaker on Jul 14, 2014 13:50: kingston
1 Like #28
shady
Had problems with this device when I bought one from Maplins (earlier post from a couple of weeks ago).

Connecting to Sky router to use to stream DVD's etc around, all devices appear to want to try to connect to this device rather than the Sky hub, meaning I constantly had to deselect it and reset back to Sky.

I did manage to install a piece of software from a CD-Rom in the drive to a netbook wirelessly, and this worked (hurrah), so as a CD-Rom - connected either via USB or wirelessly, it appeared to work (which was fine as my netbook doesn't have a drive).

However, as the netbook assigned this as an iSCSI drive (sorry, don;t really know what I am talking about here), any other devices, such as mobile 'phones or android tablets, report that they can't connect as it is already connected as an iSCSI device - and I can't see any way in Windows 7 on the netbook to 'disconnect' this.

So, as per others, I don't think I am getting the best out of this. I can understand the appeal if in a hotel room where there is only a wired connection, allowing you to connect wirelessly for other devices as a hub, but can't get it to do what it is designed for.


One of the issues is, I believe, that you have to run the config software from a DVD drive, which is fine if your device has one, but if it hasn't, you're stuffed - and why would you want one anyway if your device already had a drive ?

Thanks for the guides above, I will give these a try again, but this looks to be similar to what I tried when I first had it...


I only ordered mine late last night due for delivery tomorrow. If I get bored I'll set it up and try and give you some pointers. I only bought it for the sake of it (I like messing on with stuff if I open the box (I collect this stuff just because) I have actually wanted one of these for a while but they were a bit dearer and as they are gimmicky and not as good as some of the other stuff I have decided against it but at £19.99 I had to buy one.

Edited By: dontasciime on Jul 14, 2014 14:01
#29
frownbreaker
Good review...there is a video overview plus a detailed write up.
http://www.cnet.com/uk/products/samsung-optical-smart-hub-se-208bw/

I think its best used on the road for optical media. It can also be used as a regular USB optical drive.
That said I no longer use optical media so I'll get the Kingston Wireless unit. http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/kingston-mobilelite-wireless-wi-fi-portable-memory-card-reader-mymemory-ebay-14-1933838

This is a good price for this unit if you still use optical.


ebay listing ended available@ mymemory own site &10%off with code KINGSTON10+3%Quidco

http://www.mymemory.co.uk/Memory-Card-Readers/Kingston/Kingston-MobileLite-Wireless-Memory-Card-Reader

Edited By: movva on Jul 14, 2014 14:46
1 Like #30
Ive had one of these for over a year now. I use it mainly as a portable jukebox from a external hard drive and the kid use it to stream dvd`s to their tablets.

Very useful unit but can be a bit iffy on connection sometimes. If you plug in a portable hard drive then it has to index all the tracks on it before you can see and play all the music correctly.

I use my phone to talk to this and bluetooth the music to a bose mini speaker
#31
movva
frownbreaker
Good review...there is a video overview plus a detailed write up.
http://www.cnet.com/uk/products/samsung-optical-smart-hub-se-208bw/

I think its best used on the road for optical media. It can also be used as a regular USB optical drive.
That said I no longer use optical media so I'll get the Kingston Wireless unit. http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/kingston-mobilelite-wireless-wi-fi-portable-memory-card-reader-mymemory-ebay-14-1933838

This is a good price for this unit if you still use optical.


ebay listing ended available@ mymemory own site &10%off with code KINGSTON10+3%Quidco

http://www.mymemory.co.uk/Memory-Card-Readers/Kingston/Kingston-MobileLite-Wireless-Memory-Card-Reader

still available on Ebay
#32
do urself a favour add another 30 quid and get proper nas enclosure zyxell id recommend..ull never look back
2 Likes #33
I like to think I'm pretty good with technology, but setting this up was the single most frustrating thing I've ever done. I wept like a small child! avoid!!
1 Like #34
Some notes on how to get it running

Android app [mobile smarthub app] https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tsst.app.opticalsmarthub&hl=en


Or from the Amazon appstore http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007AHIGN4


or the IOS version for iphone etc https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mobile-smarthub/id483986474?mt=8


place a dvd in the 208 drive (make sure it's a region 2 for UK ) / start the mobile smart hub app then choose dvd player/ follow on screen instructions to register the device, then allow it to set the dvd region





If the app does not work e.g (allow you to connect to it) then you'll need to setup the 208's connection. Jump to >>>>>> info section I've noted (you'll need to do this anyway to Change default SSID and WPA to add better security)

The optical smart hub software ON CD needs WLAN but make sure you have an ethernet cable in the back of 208bw to your modem /router/switch etc (not to the PC/LAPTOP with WIFI ( I would not bother with this [the program on CD that is] tbh as It will probably fail to find the device or just loop once you try and change SSID and WPA but if it does just look at wifi bar on right side of toolbar and click connect again and follow the software prompts again till it's finished and then asks you if you want to use the iSCSI Initiator configuration, if you do then click next and then yes when prompted to start the service. I got it to work on my laptop but it's easier to ) JUST USE see >>>>INFO notes

The default SSID of the 208BW is 208BW01MV & default wpa key is BC3001MV

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>INFO NOTES

When you run the app look at the bottom of the app screen it will show what the IP address is that it's connecting to, has been assigned etc e.g (my instance) 192.168.1.130 then use your browser and enter http://192.168.1.130 (<use

the IP it gives you) then click login (there is no password at default /factory state)
------------------- or you can open your network and look for [ODD] SmartHub 208BW then right click it and choose view device webpage

which in my instance will show in address bar as http://192.168.1.130:8888/cgi/menu.cgi so type http:192.168.1.130 then login in (no password)

Just change everything you need to in there

http://i.imgur.com/xjYuLgE.png

http://i.imgur.com/2I8GIXp.png






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Upon 1st logging in go to the maintenance heading and choose save configuration (just to be safe) it will name itself config then save this to your PC


lan settings in the device [see below] are set at default to 192.168.208.1 to avoid conflicts (don't change)



enable Server
Subnet Mask (optional)
Default Gateway (optional)
Primary DNS (optional)
Secondary DNS (optional)
DHCP IP Address Start 192.168.208.2
DHCP IP Address End 192.168.208.50
Maximum Lease Time

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There should also be a new firmware waiting to be installed Under maintenance (once started eg the please wait a moment. DO NOT STOP IT)

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If you want to set it up as iSCSI [app no longer works] samba/ dlna (android app bubble upnp for example) does when external hdd is connected to the 208BW

click on discovery and then click on discover portal and then type smarthub / port will be 3260 then click on OK / Then click on targets and you'll see iqn.2011-12.com.tsstk:storage.odd.sys [listed with a status of inactive]


Click on Connect you'll see it again under target path and then tick add this connection to the list of favourite targets and clic Ok you should see it now says connected under status

click Ok then click next in optical smart hub program and click finish at Thank You stage look under my computer/ this PC for the drive and right click / eject the drive you think is it (easy if just one) to test connection



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http://192.168.1.130:8888/cgi/menu.cgi




iqn.2011-12.com.tsstk:storage.odd.sys

iqn.1991-05.com.microsoft:my computer name (my comp)
---------------------------------------------------


http://www.samsungodd.com/qr/SE-208BW/ENG/howtouse.asp

http://www.tsstodd.com/webmanual/smarthub/se-208bw/en/setting_configure_iscsi.html

http://www.tsstodd.com/QR/se-208bw/faq/eng/

http://www.tsstodd.com/webmanual/smarthub/se-208bw/en/using_av_function.html







Edited By: dontasciime on Jul 16, 2014 15:07: f
#35
I got this when I saw the Maplin offer on HUKD a while back, basically the same price.

I bought it just to use as an external DVD burner, and I'm very happy with the performance and price.

The media/internet sharing functionality is a good idea in theory but in practice it's bizarre that they mated it to a DVD burner. Would have made more sense to have incorporated it into an external HDD enclosure instead and advertised it as a 'WiFi HDD hub'.

However, it could come in useful for some although the initial config procedure is pretty arcane and you'd need to be relatively tech-savvy to know what was going on.
#36
GreatBallsofFire
I got this when I saw the Maplin offer on HUKD a while back, basically the same price.

I bought it just to use as an external DVD burner, and I'm very happy with the performance and price.



The media/internet sharing functionality is a good idea in theory but in practice it's bizarre that they mated it to a DVD burner. Would have made more sense to have incorporated it into an external HDD enclosure instead and advertised it as a 'WiFi HDD hub'.

However, it could come in useful for some although the initial config procedure is pretty arcane and you'd need to be relatively tech-savvy to know what was going on.


It's got a usb host on the back of it to connect an HDD or flash product for DLNA/UPNP/SAMBA use etc
#37
Excuse me for being one of the typical dummies who asks a question about tech stuff, but would I be right in assuming I could use this as a way to connect an external dvd player/writer to a Chromebook??
#38
Excuse me for being one of the typical dummies who asks a question about tech stuff, but would I be right in assuming I could use this as a way to connect an external dvd player/writer to a Chromebook??
#39
ciro2464
Excuse me for being one of the typical dummies who asks a question about tech stuff, but would I be right in assuming I could use this as a way to connect an external dvd player/writer to a Chromebook??


Yes if the chromebook has a usb port

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