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Pros: The HooToo® TripMate Elite is a neat compact package slightly larger than 3"x3"x1". Containing a USB 2 standard to USB mini (like on Samsung) ribbon cable for charging the Travelmate from a USB Charger, a gray felt protective case, user manual, and an internal 6000mAh battery pack (2 18650 lithium batteries?) to operate mobile and extend your mobile device's operating time.
The function of the Tripmate is very simple through the Tripmate App (Android 2.2 and higher) found on Googleplay. You are not tied to a proprietary software. You can address the Tripmate Elite from a browser by addressing 10.10.10.256 to the administrator's screen.
With the HooToo® TripMate Elite travel router you can establish your own private LAN. The Tripmate Elite can access the internet via either a WiFi or wired ethernet (10/100 RJ45) connection for your personal LAN.
Cons: Cons: It did not come with an ethernet cable. I will have to get a short one to include in the mobile kit against the possible need to establish a Router mode or, AP mode connection. It is better to have and not need, than to need and not have.
Other Thoughts: Why would you need this device? On the bottom line it will operate an external USB Storage device (Thumb drive, External HDD, SDHC card in a USB adaptor, etc.) pre loaded with your favored media and ready to receive your Data backup. And supply USB charge to your mobile device extending its function time.
Or, given the instance that you arrive at your booked hotel to discover that yes they have free internet. Wired Ethernet is free but WiFi will cost an extra $20.00 a night and it is slow 802.11b. Simply plug in an Ethernet cable (not included in the Tripmate Elite package) and you have your own personal 902.11n Wi-Fi.
Or, the cable companies internet router did not have Wi-Fi built in. Plug it into an Ethernet port for router mode to establish an 802.11n wireless link.
Or, you just need to piggy back from local Wi-Fi at a party and want to make the content of your portable Storage available with internet access on the same Wireless connection by setting up bridge mode.
Or, you simply want to share files from your portable USB storage device. Hit the on switch and let your share partner into your cloud through the half bridge 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Or, Tether your phone for a hotspot which can be a sanity saver on a road trip.
The Tripmate elite seems to have greater range than my cell phone to home Wi-Fi router. So, I can setup Bridge Mode and stream audio files from my Ethernet wired desktop into the DSL router, to Wi-Fi, To Tripmate elite and listen in on a headset while I walk the dog around the block. My phones Wi-Fi connection barely reaches out the front door, but the Tripmate maintained Bridge mode WiFi while out walking the dog.
This review is from: * Holiday Promotion * TaoTronics® TT-MK003 Mini Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 Keyboard for iPad mini 2 / iPad mini / iPad Air / New iPad / iPad 2 / iPad 1 / Nexus 7 / Galaxy Tab and other Tablets
Pros: Light, compact, easy to service and use. The Keypads have a very good positive feel. worked well with 3 Android phones, a win mobile 6 ATT "Tilt" phone, and a generic android pad (jellybean OS). And of course an iPhone. With a BT dongle this also paired to a PC for temporary service pending a replacement windows keyboard shipping period.
Cons: None of importance. It would be nice to have a mac keyboard to Android chart. There is a link in user guide card for mac keyboard layout and shortcuts.
Other Thoughts: I have already had to acquire another TT-MK003 for my mother who is hearing impaired and uses SMS Text extensively on her GS3 phone.
I have found it very handy to throw the keyboard in the car door loose item bin to use text features on the phone while parked propping the TT-MK003 on the steering wheel. This has cut down time pulling over and parking to process text related items on the phone while mobile. The only safe way to keep up.
Pros: Excellent construction of 6061 alloy aluminum. The Magnesium silicon alloy is very strong used in cans, food wrappers, aircraft parts. Cree XM-L series LED. The North carolina company produces the best in exotic material high output LEDs. Accessories include convenient holster with belt loop and Clip bracket, extra switch button cover shield, two O rings, and a magnetic pellet, wrist length lanyard. The machined construction is cetified as waterproof TPX which is submersed for 30 minutes to 2 meters or roughly 7 feet of water.
Cons: Accessory Lanyard snap hook is flimsy and could be the source of catastrophe if it fails while deployed.
Accessory nylon holster is well built but could use a side pocket for extra battery set.
Other Thoughts: In the late 70's I was a Police Officer at University Health Science Center. This was an 18 month tour on "Graveyard" Shift. The best flashlight of that time was also aluminum, took 6 Cells, Was heavy doubling as a Baton. The difficult to find and replace incandescent bulbs blew regularly when most needed and consumed batteries shamelessly.
The TaoTronics ThorLite TT-TF03 Tactical Flashlight construction is light-years ahead of the 70's flashlight. I ordered a pair of 5000mAh 18650 batteries with wall charger. On an expedition to the country under heavy use these held up and then some. I am still on the initial charge. Comparatively looking back, I would have to change out batteries every other shift. The TT-F03 has outlasted at least Three dozen C cells so far. The dimmest of the multi settings (20 lumens) is far better than the old yellow incandescent. The Kit includes 2 extra O rings, equivalent I found at a local hardware for .02c. The Holster and Lanyard came in very handy while on horseback during the country expedition.
I am so impressed, I am buying some for the glove box in the cars. The flasher/SOS modes could be a lifesaver if one of the cars went off the road in the ice.