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Wireless USB Hub (2 USB Slots and HiFi Output) £39.99 @ Aldi

£39.99 @ ALDI
Great tool for NAS or printer hub. Hi Fi output is perfect for multiroom streaming. I've no idea what the interface on this sort of thing is so if you can enlighten it would be really useful. Descr…
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Great tool for NAS or printer hub. Hi Fi output is perfect for multiroom streaming. I've no idea what the interface on this sort of thing is so if you can enlighten it would be really useful.

Description:
Several USB-devices can be embedded into an existing network such as external hard disks, USB sticks, webcams and hi-fi systems. The USB devices in the network are identified automatically by the PC or notebook as if they would be connected directly
Play your favourite songs on your notebook or PC and listen to them wirelessly through your hi-fi system

Thanks to wombat6025

Easy setup
W-LAN 802.11 b/g/n
Share 4x USB 2.0 connections
Stereo-Audioout
Easy to setup and connect
Immediate wireless use of existing USB devices by means of WLAN connection.
Use devices such as scanners1, printers1 or external hard drives1 without having to connect multiple cables to your PC or notebook.
Wireless playback of music tracks from your PC or notebook directly to your stereo system1 via W-LAN HUB
WPS key (WiFi Protected Setup) Connect the USB hub to WPS-compatible devices at the touch of a button
Optional stand included
4 status LEDs
WLAN Standard IEEE 802.11 B/G/N with 2 WLAN antennas (2x2) for best reception
1 not included.

Direct URL is http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/html/offers/special_buys3_13453.htm
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#1
Very interesting but more info is needed. Thanks for the post.
#2
This looks really interesting... wonder if its USB 2.0?
#3
Following the "more info" link on the Akoya deal you find this:-

Easy setup
Design W-LAN USB Remote Hub
MEDION® E89030 (MD 86097)

W-LAN 802.11 b/g/n
Share 4x USB 2.0 connections
Stereo-Audioout
Easy to setup and connect
Immediate wireless use of existing USB devices by means of WLAN connection.
Use devices such as scanners1, printers1 or external hard drives1 without having to connect multiple cables to your PC or notebook.
Wireless playback of music tracks from your PC or notebook directly to your stereo system1 via W-LAN HUB
WPS key (WiFi Protected Setup) Connect the USB hub to WPS-compatible devices at the touch of a button
Optional stand included
4 status LEDs
WLAN Standard IEEE 802.11 B/G/N with 2 WLAN antennas (2x2) for best reception
1 not included.


In my opinion having bgn WLAN makes it much more practical than high-speed usb wireless hubs that need a special dongle. It also says it can connect to your existing network (it has an ethernet connector - but not sure if it can wirelessly connect also)

Maybe the OP can update his post with the updated / correct info.

gary_rip
This looks really interesting... wonder if its USB 2.0?


Yes it says it is.
#4
Bofy - you might want to update the deal title also as it has 4 usb 2.0 connections - one on the front and three at the back.

Front view...
http://www.aldi.medion.com/md8855/_img/produkte/uk/md86097.jpg

P.S. I wonder how deal sites like "Bargain Spy" get their information? I'd posted the same deal but a minute later than Bofy; when I was searching for more information on the hub I found this page http://www.bargainspy.co.uk/node/357369 - which is the text from my HUKD deal that could only have been visible for around 5 minutes :w00t:
#5
Looks really interesting - thanks!
I'd like to see more tech info though - I'd like to figure out if I couldn;t hack it to work with Linux and whether it supports WPA2/AES.
#6
wombat6025
Bofy - you might want to update the deal title also as it has 4 usb 2.0 connections - one on the front and three at the back.

Front view...
http://www.aldi.medion.com/md8855/_img/produkte/uk/md86097.jpg

P.S. I wonder how deal sites like "Bargain Spy" get their information? I'd posted the same deal but a minute later than Bofy; when I was searching for more information on the hub I found this page http://www.bargainspy.co.uk/node/357369 - which is the text from my HUKD deal that could only have been visible for around 5 minutes :w00t:


Scrappers... Add to your list of uselesswebsites.com.... HUKD should do something about it
#7
Can some one tell me if this would work with my
Buffalo Linkstation nas it has one usb port to add a
external drive to. If i bought this would i be able to
add more external drives to it and they would be
recognised?
1 Like #8
JPS77
Can some one tell me if this would work with my
Buffalo Linkstation nas it has one usb port to add a
external drive to. If i bought this would i be able to
add more external drives to it and they would be
recognised?

From what I've managed to deduce this device acts as a USB server with a built in sound card over a wireless interface. If it's like other USB servers I've seen it requires software to be installed on the hosts to which the USB devices are to be virtually connected.

If I'm right with the above then I doubt you could connect this to the Linkstation to get it to remotely connect more USB drives.

To be able to do connect more than one USB drive to your linkstation then all you need is a normal USB hub, but you also have to tell the linkstation to export this drive to the network as it will only export one by default (I think). Google "buffalo linkstation usb hub" and follow the first link - it should lead to a page at nas-central and there are instruction there on how to achieve this.

HTH
#9
DonP
From what I've managed to deduce this device acts as a USB server with a built in sound card over a wireless interface. If it's like other USB servers I've seen it requires software to be installed on the hosts to which the USB devices are to be virtually connected.

If I'm right with the above then I doubt you could connect this to the Linkstation to get it to remotely connect more USB drives.

To be able to do connect more than one USB drive to your linkstation then all you need is a normal USB hub, but you also have to tell the linkstation to export this drive to the network as it will only export one by default (I think). Google "buffalo linkstation usb hub" and follow the first link - it should lead to a page at nas-central and there are instruction there on how to achieve this.

HTH


Thank you for the link rep left.
I dont surpose you know where i will find the file so i can change it like in that link?
#10
I don't actually own a Linkstation so I can't try this but I assume they mean that you SSH or telnet (if you are running Windows and need an SSH/telnet client then I recommend PuTTY) into the device and the file is in the /etc/murasaki/bin/ directory as per the "vi" command they quoted.
I don't know how good you are at Linux/unix but "vi" can be a little cryptic so you may like to google for "vi cheat sheet".

Good luck.

PS Before you edit the /etc/murasaki/bin/mount_sd.sh try to make a backup of it in case you break it :)
PPS Actually, what the hell, I'll include some links - it'll just delay this post while it's moderated..
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/
http://www.lagmonster.org/docs/vi.html
http://heather.cs.ucdavis.edu/~matloff/UnixAndC/Editors/ViIntro.html
http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/Connect_multiple_USB_devices_to_the_LinkStation_via_a_USB_hub
http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/Murasaki_LinkStation%27s_USB_hot-plugging_system#Allowing_More_than_one_USB_disk
#11
Just what I've been looking for and at this price it'd be silly not to give it a try
1 Like #12
DonP
I don't actually own a Linkstation so I can't try this but I assume they mean that you SSH or telnet into the device and the file is in the /etc/murasaki/bin/ directory as per the "vi" command they quoted.
I don't know how good you are at Linux/unix but "vi" can be a little cryptic so you may like to google for "vi cheat sheet".

Good luck.

PS Before you edit the /etc/murasaki/bin/mount_sd.sh try to make a backup of it in case you break it :)
PPS Actually, what the hell, I'll include some links - it'll just delay this post while it's moderated..
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/
http://www.lagmonster.org/docs/vi.html
http://heather.cs.ucdavis.edu/~matloff/UnixAndC/Editors/ViIntro.html
http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/Connect_multiple_USB_devices_to_the_LinkStation_via_a_USB_hub
http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/Murasaki_LinkStation%27s_USB_hot-plugging_system#Allowing_More_than_one_USB_disk


Be very careful when modifying system files on your NAS, I've got a ReadyNAS, which is very similar to the Linkstation, and have had problems where I've accidentally whiped a file, or made a typo, etc. As DonP said, make sure you make a backup first.

@ DonP, do the mods look at every post with links in? Seems a strange way of doing it... :?
#13
InfernoZeus
Be very careful when modifying system files on your NAS, I've got a ReadyNAS, which is very similar to the Linkstation, and have had problems where I've accidentally whiped a file, or made a typo, etc. As DonP said, make sure you make a backup first.

@ DonP, do the mods look at every post with links in? Seems a strange way of doing it... :?


Thanks for that.
#14
InfernoZeus
@ DonP, do the mods look at every post with links in? Seems a strange way of doing it... :?
Actually, this one went through just fine - previously all of my posts were being held for moderation - probably because I'd only recently signed up, and now I've passed my probationary period :)
#15
What are the opinions on the ports and features on this thing from the picture on this page (the direct URL in the original post)?
It kinda looks like (from top to bottom)..
Whip antenna
3.5mm jack (presumably for audio out)
Wired Ethernet
some kind of LED or reset button
Twin USB ports
eSATA???? It doesn't look like the other two USB (spec says four USBs in total)
Power connector

Any thoughts?

This device may be more than a dumb USB server if it has an eSATA connector. It's not mentioned in specs or any Googling I've done.
#16
Does this deal act as a NAS itself, when adding a USB HDD? ;-) the illustartions look encouraging
#17
This looks (as far as the spec goes) the same as an Apple Airport Express.....but for half the price and a three year warranty.

Hot from me.
#18
The details are too vague for me to decide. Namely compatibility.
#19
compatibility here will be the crux. I can see it working better with some devices vs others. this means that regular firmware updates will be required to ensure future compatibility.

i'm interested but waiting for others to report back first !!!

heat added.
#20
I'd be dubious about this as I have had experience of 2 different types...

The first is what everyone would LIKE this to be, which is effectively giving you a NAS, (and network enabled whatever else you would like to hang off it).
The second is effectively a 'remote usb port over wireless network'. So you have your drive connected to the wireless USB device, and you have to run some software on your PC. when you want to access the drive you have to use their software to 'connect' to the drive, and between the device and their software it then appears that the harddrive is connected to your USB port locally. Problem with this is it is a pain in the backside to use, and also means only one person can connect to the drive at any time :(

Not sure which this is, but be it is this line that makes me wary:
The USB devices in the network are identified automatically by the PC or notebook as if they would be connected directly
#21
wondering if I could connect this device to a switch and use it as a wired usb hub as well as wireless?
#22
Going to Aldi on friday. I'll ask the staff there for a full explaination of this...

Can't be any worse than PCWorld! :whistling:
banned 2 Likes #23
Right have spoken to someone in the know at the manufacturers (Medion).

This device requires a software utility on all client machines accessing anything connected to the Wireless USB Hub.

If 1 user is using the printer, it is not available to any other user until that user has finished. Whilst this maybe fine for printers, it makes sharing a hard drive not so appealing. Whilst any user is copying, moving, streaming etc from a hard drive connected to the Wireless USB Hub, no other user on the network can access to even view the drive).
#24
DonP
Looks really interesting - thanks!
I'd like to see more tech info though - I'd like to figure out if I couldn;t hack it to work with Linux and whether it supports WPA2/AES.


Given that it has wireless N, I'd be very surprised if it didn't do WPA2. Draft N speeds can’t be achieved when using WEP encryption; it’s not supported by the 802.11n standard because of its relative lack of security.
Edit after more research
In fact, all Draft N products are required to support Wi-Fi Protected Access version 2 (WPA2) -- the Wi-Fi Alliance's test program for 802.11i.
#25
itsnotmeeee
Right have spoken to someone in the know at the manufacturers (Medion).

This device requires a software utility on all client machines accessing anything connected to the Wireless USB Hub.

If 1 user is using the printer, it is not available to any other user until that user has finished. Whilst this maybe fine for printers, it makes sharing a hard drive not so appealing. Whilst any user is copying, moving, streaming etc from a hard drive connected to the Wireless USB Hub, no other user on the network can access to even view the drive).


Rep added for the research.
Even given its limitations, £40 for a wireless print server for occasional use from a roaming netbook, which is what I would use it for, seems like a good deal to me.
banned#26
Chuck U
Rep added for the research.
Even given its limitations, £40 for a wireless print server for occasional use from a roaming netbook, which is what I would use it for, seems like a good deal to me.

Indeed its cheaper than most wireless print servers, and a 3 year warranty to boot
#27
ThunderBolt
Going to Aldi on friday. I'll ask the staff there for a full explaination of this...

Can't be any worse than PCWorld! :whistling:


Thanks to itsnotmeeee, you no longer have to test this theory, although I'm pretty sure what the response would have been on such a relatively high tech very short-term stock WIGIG item....:-D
#28
itsnotmeeee
Indeed its cheaper than most wireless print servers, and a 3 year warranty to boot


It's cheaper even than any wired print servers I can see on ebuyer's site. Need to convince my boss of the need to do some retail storechecks this Thursday.................
#29
Chuck U
It's cheaper even than any wired print servers I can see on ebuyer's site. Need to convince my boss of the need to do some retail storechecks this Thursday.................


that's because it is nowhere near as capable as a proper printserver, it would appear not to have multi user support, so if you connect to the printer you have to disconnect before anyone else can connect to it.
#30
burundi
that's because it is nowhere near as capable as a proper printserver, it would appear not to have multi user support, so if you connect to the printer you have to disconnect before anyone else can connect to it.


Yes but i don't need a proper print server. I just want my wife to be able to print off wirelessly to something from wherever she is on the ground floor / garden, without having to go to the printer each time. I have another proper wireless network printer but it's two floors up, and she can't climb stairs easily. So for me this is fine, even if she is the only one connected to it. Individual circumstances, maybe, but just what I need.
#31
I think basically the comparison with this and a print server is wrong, it is essentially a USB switch albeit a wireless one.

Price is good but support from Medion is bad at best hence no one knows the actual specs yet and there is no software to download should the CD go missing.
#32
potatouk
I think basically the comparison with this and a print server is wrong, it is essentially a USB switch albeit a wireless one.

Price is good but support from Medion is bad at best hence no one knows the actual specs yet and there is no software to download should the CD go missing.


I'm not comparing it to a print server. It has more functionality than a print server. I'm saying that for what I want it for, I would otherwise have to buy a wireless print server, which is more expensive, so for me, it's a good deal.
#33
Chuck U
I'm not comparing it to a print server. It has more functionality than a print server. I'm saying that for what I want it for, I would otherwise have to buy a wireless print server, which is more expensive, so for me, it's a good deal.

I know that's why I didn't quote you, but I thought anyone reading this tread may get the impression that this is a print server and if they buy under this assumption they will be disappointed.

As I have said I would compare it to a USB switch but wireless.
#34
I am looking for something that will let me print wirelessly and also let me get wireless access to my external HDD (for back-up and music/video streaming). I live alone so don't have to worry about multiple users not being able to get access etc.

Would this be good for those things?
#35
potatouk
I know that's why I didn't quote you, but I thought anyone reading this tread may get the impression that this is a print server and if they buy under this assumption they will be disappointed.

As I have said I would compare it to a USB switch but wireless.


Fairy nuff.
#36
jamie60509
I am looking for something that will let me print wirelessly and also let me get wireless access to my external HDD (for back-up and music/video streaming). I live alone so don't have to worry about multiple users not being able to get access etc.

Would this be good for those things?


from an earlier post by itsnotmeeee

Right have spoken to someone in the know at the manufacturers (Medion).

This device requires a software utility on all client machines accessing anything connected to the Wireless USB Hub.

If 1 user is using the printer, it is not available to any other user until that user has finished. Whilst this maybe fine for printers, it makes sharing a hard drive not so appealing. Whilst any user is copying, moving, streaming etc from a hard drive connected to the Wireless USB Hub, no other user on the network can access to even view the drive).
#37
itsnotmeeee
Right have spoken to someone in the know at the manufacturers (Medion).

This device requires a software utility on all client machines accessing anything connected to the Wireless USB Hub.

If 1 user is using the printer, it is not available to any other user until that user has finished. Whilst this maybe fine for printers, it makes sharing a hard drive not so appealing. Whilst any user is copying, moving, streaming etc from a hard drive connected to the Wireless USB Hub, no other user on the network can access to even view the drive).


rep+

shame that it actually needs a client, considering that samba (file sharing) and cupsd (printer sharing) have been on routers since around 2004/5 which means you dont need client software and is multi user.. the only slightly modern thing appears to be that it supports n..
#38
jamie60509
I am looking for something that will let me print wirelessly and also let me get wireless access to my external HDD (for back-up and music/video streaming). I live alone so don't have to worry about multiple users not being able to get access etc.

Would this be good for those things?


It should be fine for you - at the very least it's worth playing with as you can always take it back for a refund if it isn't compatible with your hardware.
#39
Blimey... Maybe it's the time of day, but my head's melting. :roll:
#40
Chuck U
In fact, all Draft N products are required to support Wi-Fi Protected Access version 2 (WPA2) -- the Wi-Fi Alliance's test program for 802.11i.


Thanks for the info Chuck!

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