I use it to convert public hotel WiFi and into my own private network. That way, I only have to log on to the hotel once and all my other devices then connect to the router. If the hotel room has ethernet you can use that instead.
Here’s another great little gadget to have in your travel kit, a wireless router the same size as a USB memory stick!
Configure it once with a unique SSID and password, then plug it into the ethernet cable in your hotel room and it creates your own WiFi network for all your devices. It also works as a WiFi repeater so it will retransmit any wifi you are already connected to.
Much smaller, lighter and cheaper than an Apple Airport Express.
Just received my Waterfield Bags PS Vita case – it’s high quality and worth every penny ($50). I’ve bought quite a few bags and cases from Waterfield over the years and I’ve never been disappointed. Another great bag…
Got a dead SSD? My 256GB boot drive packed up yesterday. I tried reformatting it in Apple’s Disk Utility and in the Terminal, and also tried in Windows 7. All efforts to format failed, and eventually the drive refused to mount.
I got this from Crucial Support: plug the power cable into the drive, but not the data cable, leave it for 30 min, unplug for 30 seconds and repeat. After two power cycles the SSD may come back to life – mine did!
I’ve been using a pair of Netgear XE104s to extend our network to the living room. They connect using mains electrical power, and have worked fine for a couple of years.
This morning I replaced them with Netgear XAV5501 AV+500 adapters, which claim to work at gigabit speeds. So I ran a small test, sending a 30mb file to the mac mini in the living room using the XE104s: 28 seconds. Same test with XAV5501s installed: 4 seconds!
Just picked up a Nook STR at B&N Georgetown DC. I already had a B&N account so it registered straight away in the store. Later, back in the hotel, I tried to buy a book and, not surprisingly, it asked for my cc registered address, adding “it must be an address in the US.”
So I added my UK address, it accepted it, and allowed me to continue and purchase the book, which appeared a moment later on the Nook.
The system may have looked at the IP address and and allowed the purchase because I’m in the States. I’ll try it again when I’m home.
Anyway, this may encourage other non-US residents to buy the Nook STR on their next visit to the States.