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Nowhere near as straightforward as people make it out to be
on 5 August 2015
This is, on the face of it, a neat little gadget; battery, wifi repeater, wifi hub, broadband modem (with dongle), media server (with drive plugged in). Sadly, with it now in front of me, it doesn't really do the job on any of them.
The wifi connection is... a little shaky. That's forgivable. It's a tiny battery powered box, it's incredible that it can do it at all. Media streaming is more of a car crash situation. It works really well through the Android app - although that has 2/5 stars on the Play store because apparently some versions flag as a trojan. Videos stream happily though. On desktop.. no. Doesn't work at all. The technology it uses is blocked in modern browsers as a security risk. Media won't stream at all. On my iPad... I couldn't even get the app to connect. Hell, it took me a while to get Android to connect; for some reason it couldn't manage it while there was a physical RJ45 connection providing the WAN connection.
Speaking of physicals, I have to admit the build is fantastic. Solid as hell, metal body, great connectors, clear blinky lights showing status... can't fault it. Maybe a little heavy. But the actual software / firmware is straight up broken, instructions and labels are in pretty shaky English, and there's no support anywhere.
Might be a cool little gadget if you're a techie and are prepared to navigate its idiosyncracies and accept its missold limitations. Anyone else, I advise to steer clear.
edit: Having lived with it for a while, I'm bumping this from two to three stars. It's a useful little gadget to keep around, it's just still not what it's sold as.