Netgear 300Mbos Travel Router & Wifi Extender £12.49 @ currys
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Netgear 300Mbos Travel Router & Wifi Extender £12.49 @ currys

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Found 4th Dec 2015
Half Price Fast Router / Wifi Extender with 2 LAN ports with free delivery. £23.47 Dabs and £23.91 Ebuyer,com.
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Travel? Would this work when say i go abroad and connect to free wifi?
amazing little device amazing price HOT!!!!
Thanks OP
sme24185

Travel? Would this work when say i go abroad and connect to free wifi?



Well it would, but no point really unless you have had to pay for a connection as it lets you share that connection across devices. Can't think of any other reason for using it, if the connection is free then just connect the devices directly....
I use this one to connect to my iPad to my USB drives that hold a selection of movies to watch on plane journeys.
It's also useful in hotels that only have an RJ45 socket in the room, it allows the whole family to use the Internet wirelessly!
Great little gizmo mine cost about £15 from Amazon.;)
I can't remember the last time I stayed in a hotel that only had wired internet, where do you travel to, 1984? :-) And I have memory cards large enough to fit a few films on - and how do you power all these devices on a plane?

So what with carrying around a power bank, an RJ45 cable and a plug converter I think I can live without this. Might be useful for some though, price seems good enough.
what's better for connecting my humax to my WiFi this or the power line adaptor
smokieUK

I can't remember the last time I stayed in a hotel that only had wired … I can't remember the last time I stayed in a hotel that only had wired internet, where do you travel to, 1984? :-) And I have memory cards large enough to fit a few films on - and how do you power all these devices on a plane? So what with carrying around a power bank, an RJ45 cable and a plug converter I think I can live without this. Might be useful for some though, price seems good enough.


Wow! You really don't go far off the beaten track do you! X)
cincinnati

what's better for connecting my humax to my WiFi this or the power line … what's better for connecting my humax to my WiFi this or the power line adaptor



Power line
willysnapper

Wow! You really don't go far off the beaten track do you! X)


Not if I can help it, but even when I do I've not seen a hotel with hard wired only. In fact over many years of business travel here and abroad I can only vaguely remember a couple in the dim and distant... I was in Botswana a year ago and they had wireless - admittedly it was a "proper hotel" not a backpackers place though...

So I'd say for Mr and Mrs Average this device is probably not essential, yes?
Edited by: "smokieUK" 4th Dec 2015
Could you connect a chrome cast to this say in a hotel and use it to stream using 4g on your phone
Also this price at Amazon. Amazing little device. And I got it for 30 or 40 EUR... two more, please
28081947

We travel a lot both nationally and internationally and use this all the … We travel a lot both nationally and internationally and use this all the time it's brilliant, we have set this up, changing the default settings as the defaults are listed on the outside and then connect our phones, tablet and laptop then when we arrive at our destination simply plug this in and connect to the device and the login to the hotels wifi, and if there is only free wifi in the reception area use a portable power bank connected to the micro usb port keep this in a backpack then simply use your own personal secured network which has its own in built firewall protecting you from known DoS attacks.Voted HOT



Dos attacks? While you are staying in a hotel abroad? This startling lack of relevance has cast your review into doubt
absolutely pointless.
since you would need a device with an RJ45 port on, I would assume that would be a laptop.
A laptop that has the capabalities built in to re-share wifi.
So your paying for something you can already do for free!
In the places I cant get wifi. this and a homeplug will cover the blackspot? anything better?
bojangles

absolutely pointless.since you would need a device with an RJ45 port on, … absolutely pointless.since you would need a device with an RJ45 port on, I would assume that would be a laptop.A laptop that has the capabalities built in to re-share wifi.So your paying for something you can already do for free!



It can share wireless, not just wired.
cincinnati

what's better for connecting my humax to my WiFi this or the power line … what's better for connecting my humax to my WiFi this or the power line adaptor


Depends on your wiring in your house. The Humax will need network access for a couple of uses

1) BBC iPlayer and other streaming services - You did not say what model you had but most have this
2) Media playback most of the more recent Humax units can play media from remote drives / media centre
3) Youtube, this has some HD content but the Humax will drop this to 1080p

Based on what you plan to use you can work out the max required data rate.

Then you need to work out the distance for your main cable run and if your devices to be connected at on the same mains ring. This and the make model of your propose main networking kit will give you an idea of speed. Remember the speeds quoted on mains kits are BOTH ways so a 200mb adaptor is 100mb each way. If you are watching a movie on YouTube most of the data will be in one direction! Also the speed quoted assume perfect conditions.

If you have old house wiring >8 years or spurs off the ring main your speeds will be MUCH lower if it works at all. Also mains network adaptors need to connected to the wall socket not adaptors. This is due to how they work they send RF through the mains and adaptors / spurs / old wiring with connectors effectively dissipates this RF energy. I an new house with large cable runs using 200mb kit you would expect to see speeds of around 40mb across ring mains and 110mb on the same ring main. Now if you had the 500mb kit then you might get a bit more speed say 20mb extra.

There are 1gb units but these are just marketing numbers I've never managed to get those speeds even when the units are in the same room!!

I always recommend Devolo for mains networking: Their quality is superb I have units that are >9 years old used all the time still working perfectly. They also have excellent management software that shows the speed between individual nodes as these are never the same. They also keep improving the firmware on these units and ship updates years after the stop making a model. If you are on a budget the cheaper makes are fine but you may need to replace some of the units (or replace the caps) every few years.

For wireless there are more options. You can reuse old Wireless modems (you need at least 2) to create a Wifi Bridge. This lets you connect one unit to your Humax with a network cable and the other to your modem. If your modem or cable router has Wifi then you may not need a second unit. The setup is not too bad if you write things down and get organised.

You can pay for hardware that does Wifi and mains networking in one unit Devolo and BT are good options in this space. Select a retailer where you can return stuff easily should it not work for your situation.

Finally worth checking if your Humax model has WiFi on board! Most of the top end ones do!

Finally if you are using old kit make sure you enable encryption (WPA2 AES at least) some really old units default to no encryption so that's not acceptable today.

Thus Unit has NAT which you really don't need in a domestic setup. Better off just using and old ADSL or Cable Router that you repurpose as a Wifi Bridge or Access Point if using mains networking. The make does not have to be the same as your ISP any make will do as long as it can be repurposed to your requirement.
Edited by: "frownbreaker" 5th Dec 2015
bojangles

absolutely pointless.since you would need a device with an RJ45 port on, … absolutely pointless.since you would need a device with an RJ45 port on, I would assume that would be a laptop.A laptop that has the capabalities built in to re-share wifi.So your paying for something you can already do for free!



No. The main advantage of this is to allow to share paid-for wifi across multiple devices. In a lot of the hotels I stay in for business I can have their free internet which is usually pretty poor and definitely unsuitable for streaming. Or I can pay for premium internet which is much better but typically limited to one or two devices. With this, you connect this to the hotel's internet (wifi or wired, it doesn't matter) and it appears as a single device. You then connect all your devices to this router and they can all share the single internet connection.

Alternatively it can turn a wifi signal into a wired connection. It's very useful for some secure laptops which have USB and Wifi locked down. You can't use a Wifi dongle as USB is locked so this makes the wifi appear as a wired internet connection. Saves having cables trailing around or using Powerlines.
tek-monkey

It can share wireless, not just wired.




I think that's what bojangles is sayinging. Laptops are NAT capable as is this device. Though for non technical folk this might be an option perhaps not at home but if travelling. Personally I have some old ISP modems that I use for this purpose. eg. BT homehub 5, Virgin routers, Sky etc all work fine as Access Points, Wifi Repeaters, Wifi bridges, etc. Just a question of the correct setup. That said the dedicated kit like this and the BT and Develo range are simpler to set up.

Worth noting that ANY make of Wifi Extender will halve the speed of your Wifi and increase latency on that band. Best to use a dual band setup with the bridge / backhaul running on 5G and the clients on 2.4 so they all run and full speed.

Just checked this is a single band unit 2.4 only not a problem for its intended use but folk on this thread have asked about setting up Wifi Bridges and APs and this would be ok as a basic AP not sure about bridging.

If you have problems with Wifi coverage might be worth doing a site survey withe Wifi analyser to check the channel usage and then buy a high end Wifi Access point / router like the ASUS ones. I had 3 APs around the house using mains networking all replaced with a Single ASUS router (that cost 20 times what I paid for each AP!) but we now have rock steady coverage, superb speed and massive range! hotukdeals.com/dea…750

Don't buy the sales stuff about the SuperHubs and Homehubs they are slightly better than the £10 units but not good by anystrech. Also if you have a separate AP your internet speeds can improve throughput and latency. I found this on Virgin (cable) and BT (VDSL)
Edited by: "frownbreaker" 5th Dec 2015
28081947

We travel a lot both nationally and internationally and use this all the … We travel a lot both nationally and internationally and use this all the time it's brilliant, we have set this up, changing the default settings as the defaults are listed on the outside and then connect our phones, tablet and laptop then when we arrive at our destination simply plug this in and connect to the device and the login to the hotels wifi, and if there is only free wifi in the reception area use a portable power bank connected to the micro usb port keep this in a backpack then simply use your own personal secured network which has its own in built firewall protecting you from known DoS attacks.Voted HOT



you don't know what a DOS attack is
It's brill at home and on holiday, extends your own wifi network.
Plug into holiday home router and all your devices connect as if at home, quick and easy, up and running in no time.
frownbreaker

I think that's what bojangles is sayinging. Laptops are NAT capable as … I think that's what bojangles is sayinging. Laptops are NAT capable as is this device. Though for non technical folk this might be an option perhaps not at home but if travelling. Personally I have some old ISP modems that I use for this purpose. eg. BT homehub 5, Virgin routers, Sky etc all work fine as Access Points, Wifi Repeaters, Wifi bridges, etc. Just a question of the correct setup. That said the dedicated kit like this and the BT and Develo range are simpler to set up.



I don't see this as a device for the travelling businessman, more for families on holiday that want to pay for 1 connection and all share it (and not lug a laptop around everywhere just to get internet on their phones/tablets). It is a very useful device, him carrying a laptop around that he leaves switched on all the time for his other devices to talk through is irrelevant to most potential users.
Also a cheap way of networking a printer
smokieUK

I can't remember the last time I stayed in a hotel that only had wired … I can't remember the last time I stayed in a hotel that only had wired internet, where do you travel to, 1984? :-) And I have memory cards large enough to fit a few films on - and how do you power all these devices on a plane? So what with carrying around a power bank, an RJ45 cable and a plug converter I think I can live without this. Might be useful for some though, price seems good enough.



Not everyone wants to use the same wifi that a few hundred guests are hammering.

Allot of hotels let you use the Ethernet for a much faster connection.

I use it all the time when I travel to China for work
Can a portable hard drive (or USB stick) full of media, be plugged in to this, so the content can be wirelessly shared across devices (iPad, smart TV's)?
Does this support connecting to vpn? I'm thinking of the case when I'm in China and want multiple devices tunnelled through the great firewall and this could be an easy way, rather than each device individually.
forcedv

Can a portable hard drive (or USB stick) full of media, be plugged in to … Can a portable hard drive (or USB stick) full of media, be plugged in to this, so the content can be wirelessly shared across devices (iPad, smart TV's)?


Yes. It is "Readyshare" enabled:

netgear.com/rea…are


Thanks OP.
Edited by: "captainbeaky" 5th Dec 2015
tek-monkey

It can share wireless, not just wired.



so you can your laptop. like i said. pointless.
bojangles

so you can your laptop. like i said. pointless.



But I don't take my laptop on holiday, seems pointless when I have a much smaller lighter tablet. Just because you do carry a laptop everywhere doesn't mean everyone else does, for those that don't this is not pointless.
Am I to guess 300Mbos should say 300Mbps? Or am I not up to date with technology?
Am I the only one who has been to Hotels in the UK and USA which have rubbish wifi? i.e. you have to get to a corner of the room to get a remotely decent signal? This seems useful to me. Heat added.

Hi Frownbreaker - so the ASUS AC1900 would be a big improvement on the stock virgin superhub?
Seems to be out of stock at Amazon but you can order it for when it's back in stock
dc2447

you don't know what a DOS attack is



Check page 3 of the user manual.

Connect on the GoThe Trek gives you the means to connect to the Internet while away from home.Do you want to connect your devices to the Internet at a WiFi hotspot? Connect your Trek to the WiFi hotspot and then connect your devices to your Trek. The Trek’s firewall protects your personal devices from known DoS attacks and port scans from the Internet.
So at the in-laws I could use this to get wifi upstairs where it is currently unavailable and if so where does this connect?

Downstairs next to the current modem/router sits or somewhere else?
Edited by: "capa" 5th Dec 2015
forcedv

Can a portable hard drive (or USB stick) full of media, be plugged in to … Can a portable hard drive (or USB stick) full of media, be plugged in to this, so the content can be wirelessly shared across devices (iPad, smart TV's)?



Yes I'd like to know that too
willysnapper

I use this one to connect to my iPad to my USB drives that hold a … I use this one to connect to my iPad to my USB drives that hold a selection of movies to watch on plane journeys.It's also useful in hotels that only have an RJ45 socket in the room, it allows the whole family to use the Internet wirelessly!Great little gizmo mine cost about £15 from Amazon.;)



I have the same, for pretty much the same reason. The distinction is that the Hootoo is USB powered, which I find is far more useful than a mains powered equivalent. Having it as a movable file server for a pair of Android screens keeps the kids happy on car journeys, and they can watch different films without having to store the films twice.
rob1990

Yes I'd like to know that too



A manual for the Netgear Trek can be downloaded.

If you are connecting a USB memory stick to the Trek this must be formatted to FAT32 format.

Extract from page 67 of the manual

You can use the USB port for any of the following applications in the following ways:
•Network storage. Back up the files on your computers and digital devices to a network drive. For more information, see Set Up Network Storage on page 68.
•ReadySHARE Access. Share the files on your network drive with local and remote computers and digital devices. For more information, see Access and Share Your Network Storage on page 77.
•ReadySHARE Printer. Send the files on your computers and digital devices to a network printer. For more information, see Set Up a Network Printer on page 81.
•Auxiliary power outlet. Power or recharge a USB device. For more information, see Power or Recharge a USB Device on page 86.
The USB port on the Trek can connect only USB devices such as flash drives or USB hard drives, USB printers, and USB power-compatible devices.
Do not connect computers, USB modems, USB hubs, CD drives, or DVD drives to the Trek’s USB port.
Edited by: "28081947" 5th Dec 2015
Out Of Stock, Dam
Is their and alternative? really could do with one of these
Edited by: "m623d" 5th Dec 2015
smokieUK

Not if I can help it, but even when I do I've not seen a hotel with hard … Not if I can help it, but even when I do I've not seen a hotel with hard wired only. In fact over many years of business travel here and abroad I can only vaguely remember a couple in the dim and distant... I was in Botswana a year ago and they had wireless - admittedly it was a "proper hotel" not a backpackers place though...So I'd say for Mr and Mrs Average this device is probably not essential, yes?



​I have come across rooms with wired only connections and also hotels where the wires network is maxed out. In those cases I create a separate wireless network.
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