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on 20 December 2012
I bought this to act as an ethernet to wi-fi bridge, to connect various devices around the house to my wireless network. I have previously used powerline adapters but to get enough for what I wanted was going to cost more then £100, so thought I'd give this a go. The first device I wanted to connect up was my Sky+ HD box.

Opening up the box for the router you find the tiny blue box which is the router, a USB cable, a flat ethernet cable, a 3-pin mains adapter, a small (and I do mean SMALL) manual and a mini-cd apparently containing the software. Configuring the router was really quite straight forward. You do not need the CD at all, and there are several reports of it not reading properly, but this is not a problem. Simply connect the router to your pc or laptop with the provided ethernet cable and ensure that you connect the usb cable up too.

Now, this is the only tricky bit - First, find out the IP address of your broadband router - a simple way of doing this is to hold down the windows key on the keyboard and press 'R'. In the box that pops up, type 'cmd' (without the quote marks) and press enter. In the black box that pops up type 'ipconfig' (without the quotes) and press enter. Lots of info will come up when you do this, but the bit you are interested in is the 'default gateway'. Make a note of this ip address.

A you will need to set your PC/Laptop to a fixed IP address of 192.168.0.10 (as an example). For the uninitiated, this is done via your Network settings in Control Panel (for more info on this see Windows Help). Now open a browser and type 192.168.0.254 and press enter and you will see the router configuration screen.

Now, the first thing to change is the IP address of the device. This needs to be in the same range as your router. Find that IP address you made a note of and change the device IP address to match, apart from the last bit. So, for example, if your router IP address is 192.168.1.254, you will need to change the device ip address to (for example) 192.168.1.253, i.e. the first three bits of the address match. It's a good idea to make the last digits quite high (but less than the maximum value of 254!!) as this will keep it out of the DHCP range for your broadband router. When you have done this, make a note of the device's new ip address you have just given it and press SAVE. When prompted reboot the router.

Now go back into network settings and change your PC/Laptop back to `obtain an ip address automatically'. You will now be able to connect to the device using its new IP address.

From here on configuration is simple. If you are using it as a bridge as I have done (i.e. to connect wired devices to a wireless network), select `bridge' in the device mode settings. Then use the `Survey' button to find your broadband router. IMPORTANT - make a note of the `channel' your router uses as for some reason this is not automatically assigned. Select your broadband router, set the channel to match and select your security settings Uusually WPA PSK) and enter your router's key/password. Once this is done, save and reboot the router and Voila!! You can now unplug the device and use it to connect any device in your home or office to the wireless network.

I am massively impressed with this little bit of kit. For £16.99 it is a very affordable way to connect wired devices all around the home, or to use as a wireless AP as described in other reviews. Extremely reliable so far and nice and tidy. Cannot recommend highly enough. The only (very minor) niggle is the lack of proper documentation but there is enough to get you started. Already bought another one and about to place an order for another three!
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