ASUS Shows Off Thumb Drive Sized USB Wireless Router

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TheMiddleman

I don't understand... how do you power this stupid thing? What, are you supposed to buy a an AC adapter, or swap between powering this or charging your iPhone/iPad?
I'm sorry, but this thing is just stupid. You're better off just buying one of those cheap travel routers from Dlink or Netgear for 30 bucks that are little more than a small cube you plug into an AC outlet, and then hook the ethernet cable into. I get that it can also serve as an Ethernet dongle, but if the stupid thing puts out a wifi signal anyway, the hell is the point of using it as a dongle?

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eastbayrae

Why not use Connectifyme and have NO external hardware?

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Eoraptor

I guess I have to ask what the point is?

If you have a hotel or conference room that has ethernet, just carry a very cheap USB-Ethernet adapter. How many people are going to travel with more than a laptop and a cellphone or a tablet and a cell phone that they need to generate their own hotspot off of someone else's ethernet plug anyway? Seems like a very niche device when a rooted smart phone or any inexpensive wifi router can do the same thing.

Get rid of the USB plug and make the thing battery powered so all you have to do is stick it on an ethernet cable and log in to it wielessly and I might have a slightly better opinion. but for right now I already have several other ways to do the same thing, as I imagine most roadwarriors do.

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eastbayrae

The point is a lot of hotels are now charging per device to use their wi-fi. So if you only have a laptop and phone you are spending 50 Euros for each per day.

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Enigmatic Magus

You say USB at both ends, but that looks like USB on one side, and RJ45 in the picture. And while it certainly looks nice, us tablet users are still out of luck, since it seems to use USB for power, and most tablets don't have USB ports. Unless it's able to be powered by a USB adapter for a wall outlet, This is basically a pointless dongle for ultrabooks that should (mine did) ship with a USB-to-Ethernet attachment. ASUS might have been better served making it short-ranged and battery powered.

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Baer

No, iPads don't have USB. The newer. more advanced tablets from non Apple suppliers do in fact have USB.

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whr4usa

you obviously didn't read the article

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Opm2

You obviously read the article after he edited his mistake.

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whr4usa

I was referring to the content of his input, not his reference to the now-corrected mistake, as everything else he stated is either incorrect or atleast short-sighted

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