The Aukey portable wireless router model PB-W1 is a must have. My goodness, this is 3 major components into 1 single box. There is no assembly necessary. I would recommend that you charge the device prior to using it.
The device is very small in size 90x79x24.5mm 3.54x 3.1 x 0.96 in and weights 191g 6.75 oz. This makes the device very portable and increase the flexibility for its usage. The device features 2 buttons on opposite side: Power switch and Reset button. It displays 3 ports on one side: standard USB 2.0 port, micro USB port, and RJ45 port. It also has 2 different type of light indicators: Four Charging LED indicator, and Wi-Fi status indicator.
What do I like about this device?
What I like the most about this device is the functionality that it offers. Different functionality will appeal to different demographics and all for that matter. A business traveler like me would love the ability to turn a wired network to wireless. You just plug the RJ45 into the device, and long press the power button for about 3 seconds, and you have created your personal network and hotspot that can support up to 20 devices. I tested this feature with 2 laptops, 1 Samsung tablet and 1 mini iPad and the performance was acceptable. Please refer to the manual for status of the different light indicators. I now have a solution for some hotels that have not yet caught up with wireless.
Another benefit of the Portable wireless router of which that I benefited recently is the fact you can create a temporary network at your house when friends (or in-laws) come over. I have a wireless Frontier router at my house. I connected the Aukey router to the Frontier wireless router (RJ45) that is password protected. By doing so, I created another network automatically. I had the choice to change the SSID, the default is on the front of the box, and also create a password to protect it if I wanted to. This alone is a life saver as I no longer have to provide visitors my home network password.
The second benefit is the 1.800 mAh Power Bank as an emergency one. I am not too fond of this one. It can charge my wife’s Samsung galaxy phone, but not my Blackberry, Tablet, and other devices that require 2.0mAh.
Lastly, it supports DLNA USB Storage Wi-Fi Media Sharing where it allows you to sharing files or streaming movies in attached USB storage. You have to install some additional applications: Android devices: Softmedia Play and others for iOS devices. This is not a feature that I care much about because my tablet or phone allows me to use SD cards and I use cloud storage mainly. But, some of you may find this feature very appealing.
What do I dislike about this device?
I rated this a four as I believe Aukey has room for improvement. First, the wireless Hotspot is my favorite. The speed of browsing the net and performing other network tasks are within acceptable range. However, I performed an internet speedtest (http://www.speedtest.net/). My download speed on my tablet went down from 23.39 to 16.18 mbps, and the upload went down from 22.91 to 15.78 mbps. The ping response time also went up from 21 ms to 40 ms. These results could be circumstantial but, I do not think so.
In addition, I would have loved the PowerBank to be 2.0 mAh and higher instead of the 1.8 mAh.
I love this device. I hope that Aukey addresses the improvement suggestions that I recommended.
Disclaimer: Sample Provided For Review