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Rosewill R4i 3 ft Charge/Sync USB to 30-Pin Connector Cable w/ LED Indicator for Apple Devices
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Not much to say, as this is a fairly simple product.

-It works fantastically. It had no problem charging my iPhone 4, iPad 2, and even my classic 80GB iPod. I let my sister (who has an iPhone 5) borrow it, and she says it worked well for that too. I could have sword the iPhone 5 had a lightning port on it though, so she must have the lightning -> 30-pin adapter.

-The LED is pretty cool. It lets you see from across the room the charging status of your devices.

-Cheap price. The Apple branded cable is easily double this price.

Cons: -Obviously, it would be nice if the cable were a little bit longer, but that's not a fault of this product, as it is clearly advertised and sold as a 3ft.

-The list of supported devices is rather small. Other Apple devices have the 30-pin plug, too, so I'm not sure what the deal is. Maybe those other devices will charge, but the LED won't function or something?

Other Thoughts: It's a cable. It charges. It's cheap. What more could you possibly need?

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BUFFALO AirStation N300 Wireless Travel Router - WMR-300
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Perfect for Travelling 09/26/2013

This review is from: BUFFALO AirStation N300 Wireless Travel Router - WMR-300

Pros: This is a unique little device. It's clearly aimed at people who travel a lot with multiple devices, and I have to say it solves a need I didn't realize I had. Check out other thoughts for more detail.

-This thing is tiny. Easily smaller than a cell phone, pack of gum/cigarettes, etc.

-Surprisingly good rance. It is seriously almost as good as my main home router. It is able to fill my 3,000 sq ft 2-floor home with at least 2 bars. I did start to notice more packet loss at the far reaches of range, but this router is really meant for hotel rooms, so it's still impressive. Unless you're staying in the sprawling multi-room penthouse suite in The Hangover, you'll be fine.

-Decent speed. I have a 50/30 Mb internet connection at home, and I was able to get about 25/25 with this router with a google ping time of 31ms. Obviously, you wouldn't want to replace your home router with this, but given its tiny profile, cheap price, and intended use (travelling), it's impressive. Especially considering...

-Ridiculously low power usage. It runs off a USB port, and only requires 500mA. I can run it off the USB port of my main router. I even tested running it off of a small pocket-sized USB battery pack, and it ran for almost 8 hours. Any cell phone/tablet/Kindle charger will handle this with ease.

-Stable. I noticed a little bit of packet loss, but I never lost connection to the router or the internet. I even tested always-online games like Diablo 3. When in hotel rooms, I noticed some connection issues, but as those issues were never present at home, I'm led to believe that those were hotel issues.

-Easy configuration. All of the login/WiFi information is right on the back of the unit, and the config utility loads up quickly enough.

-Configuration options are on the basic side, but have everything you would need to support laptops/tablets/phones, etc. Keep in mind that this device is meant to provide multiple (and wireless-only) devices with internet while on the road, and not meant for bittorenting behind a MAC-secured, non-broadcasting 802.11ac network from behind a VPN.

-Simplifies wireless access when travelling to family member's houses. See other thoughts.

Cons: -Small amount of packet loss when pinging. I never noticed any hiccups while downloading or playing games though, so I wouldn't consider it a big deal.

-The built-in USB cord is a little disappointing. I get that they were trying to make the device all-inclusive and small (and they succeeded), but it does create a little bit of a hassle having to put the router right next to your USB power source AND right next to the ethernet port. It would be nice if they put a mini-USB or USB-B plug and let you use your own cord. Especially since I'm sure there are a slew of cheap USB chargers putting out interference.

-The ethernet cable is also a bit of a hassle. It's nice and small, and crazy thin, but it's very short, and not easy to get back into the travel case. Honestly, I just left the "storage" half of the case in the box and used an ordinary ethernet cord.

-The router is only 10/100M. I wouldn't really consider this a big problem either though, since given its target market (travellers), not only would there hardly EVER be a need for faster-than 100Mb transfer speeds (either local devices or to the internet), but hotel internet speeds are NEVER that fast. Also, this device is so low power, I doubt it could do more than 100Mb/s anyway.

Other Thoughts: I brought this router with me on a family week out of town, and it was perfect. While testing it at home, I configured all my devices to accept it as a wireless network (2 laptops, 1 tablet, 2 smartphones, PS Vita, etc), and all my devices had stable, usable internet connections within a minute of walking into the room.

I also brought this into my family member's house, and when I got there, I plugged this router into an ethernet port on his router (and the power into the router's USB port), and had internet access within a few minutes. No need to get his wireless password and manually enter it on all my devices. Granted, if you have applications that require specific port forwarding (gaming, bittorrenting, etc.), then you might have issues, but for basic internet access, it was phenomenal.

I can't see myself using this router all that often, but every single time I travel and stay in hotel rooms or a loved one's house, this will definitely be in the bag ready to go.

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TP-LINK TL-WN8200ND High Power Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n Mini USB Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Handiest feature is how soft and pliable the USB cord is. Only joking. It is very flexible, though, which comes in very handy since this unit is extremely light.

-Detachable (and I'm assuming upgradable) antennas, although putting anything heavier on this device will likely tip it over.

-Decent connection strength. The limiting factor here may have been my router, but this maintained not quite as good a connection as my other devices do. It was never an issue, but it's a little disappointing given it was outperformed by my 4-year-old laptop's internal card, for one.

-Fast speed. When I first tested this from the other end of my house, I could only get 144Mb at the most, but I tested plugging it into a USB3 port instead (no difference of course) before piggy-backing a different router into my network. I was able to maintain solid 300Mb through the other router.

-Stable. I've never really had much luck (or love) for USB wireless adapters, but this one did a good job. I dropped a few pings in testing, but I never lost connection while gaming or using Youtube/Netflix, so it did its job swimmingly.

-Supports all the standard encryption types (including ol' WEP, although you may want to upgrade your network if you're still using that).

-Activity lights are always nice. This one is only really noticeable when looking straight at it, so at night time, it won't make you feel like you're in a Twilight Zone episode.

Cons: -Kind of teetery (even tottery). The unit itself was so light that I think the antennas (antennae?) outweighed it. In addition, the bottom edge of the antennas stuck out at an odd angle, so the adapter itself would not sit flat unless you pointed both antennas almost straight-up.

-Somewhat large. Taking both these cons into effect, this adapter would work best either out-of-sight, or in a static mounting position. Unfortunately...

-No mounting holes. This unit isn't so large that I really expected them, but with its wobbliness and topheaviness, they would be an awesome addition.

-You HAVE to install the drivers from the CD. That's not worth an egg deduction by any means, but I still prefer not having to do that.

-Connection speed fluctuated a lot. I'm not sure if the unit was having legitimate issues, but during all my testing, the connection speed never dipped below my demands, so it was likely just adjusting on the fly.

-No 5GHz. 2.4GHz works just fine, but there are a LOT more devices that utilize that band, so the potential for interference is much greater.

Other Thoughts: As mentioned above, I am generally not a fan of USB adapters, but this one did everything I asked of it. It's a little large, a little goofy looking, and a little wobbly, but it gets the job done well.

Make sure you take a look at your router settings if you're having connection/speed issues. The router I initially tested with could only maintain 144Mb at the highest, despite being set for 450Mb on the 2.4GHz channel. My other router (also set for 450Mb 2.4GHz) worked at the full 300Mb speed right away.

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