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Ray W. passes along a great tip, an inexpensive and light travel router that will let you share a wireless internet connection (even an inflight gogo connection) or turn a wired connection into a wireless one:
- I know there has been a lot of interest in travel routers lately. This is a really good deal on the HooToo nano.
If you use coupon BRQQQI64 and you have prime, you should be able to get it for $15 shipped.
Before anyone asks, yes you can use this to share gogo or hotel wifi to more than one device. The big catch on this one is that it does not have its own built in battery – you will need to plug it into a power bank (USB battery), or power it from your laptop, or into the airline outlet. On the other hand, it is super duper light (1 ounce!)
I find it super-annoying having to log into gogo from one device, and then want to switch to another. Usually I’ll be on my laptop, but maybe I take a photo with my phone and want to do something with it. This is small and light enough that it’s easy to toss into my laptop bag and not add weight.
It’s also frustrating when hotels limit the number of devices you can connect, for instance when your ‘free internet’ is good for only two devices but you and your travel companion each have a laptop and a phone. And maybe one of you have a iPad, too.
So this device seems like a worthy tip, and one I wanted to pass along.
The idea is that you use the travel router to create your own network. All of your devices connect to that network, which connects to the wifi. All you have to do is connect to the router, pull up a browser, and log in on the router’s admin page. From that page you search for and connect to wifi, whether at a hotel or inflight. Then your devices connect to your own network!
Here’s a better version with its own power source, listed at $110 knocked down to $40.