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IOGEAR NetShair Link Portable Wi-Fi Router and USB Media Hub (GWRH1)

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3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Mobile Router with USB Media Hub. Access the internet and stream USB content to all connected devices
  • Built-in USB 2.0 port allows connection of USB Flash drive or external hard drive for file sharing. Compatible with Windows and Mac formatted storage devices
  • Streams movies, music, digital files to Wi-Fi connected devices. Built-in 2.1A USB output to charge iPads, tablets, smartphones, etc.
  • Serves as a DHCP Router or Access Point. Perfect for travelers to convert a hotel Ethernet connection to Wi-Fi
  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n compliant with up to 150Mbps speed. Supports WEP, WPA and WPA2 64/128 bit security. Free apps for iOS and Android operating systems. Removable power plug for easy storage.
  • Mobile Router with USB Media Hub. Access the internet and stream USB content to all connected devices
  • Built-in USB 2.0 port allows connection of USB Drive for file sharing. Streams movies, music, digital files to Wi-Fi connected devices
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The new IOGEAR NetShair Link portable router and media hub provides Wi-Fi Internet connection, and allows you to stream your own movies, music, photos and files to all your wireless devices. The NetShair Link converts a wired Internet connection to Wi-Fi or shares an existing wireless Internet connection across multiple devices. Plug your USB flash drive or portable USB hard drive into the USB port and the built-in Wi-Fi connection shares the content with up to 7 devices within range. More than just a great travel companion, the NetShair Link provides an all-in-one Internet and media sharing solution for apartments and smaller homes. Access the internet on your laptop, watch a movie from your library on your tablet, and stream music or photos to your smartphone- all at the same time! Connect to the NetShair Link using a web browser, or download the free NetShair App for iPod®/iPhone®/iPad® from the App Store or Google Play Store for Android® devices. With the NetShair Link from IOGEAR there is no reason to fight for TV control- everyone can watch a different movie right on their own mobile device! Already have an external drive loaded with music, movies, etc.? Just plug it in and it's ready to use. Unlike competitive products that only support Windows formats, NetShair Link reads NTFS (Windows), HFS+ (Mac) and FAT32 formatted storage for true plug 'n play capability! NetShair Link is the perfect companion for business users. Just load your presentation onto a flash drive and plug the NetShair Link into a wall outlet in your conference room, board room, etc. and your clients can access it from their laptop, smartphone or tablet- without the need for an Internet connection! While on the road, the NetShair Link turns your hotel room’s wired Ethernet cable into an instant Wi-Fi hotspot for all your devices. Many hotels with wireless Internet access charge a fee for each connection, but not anymore thanks to the NetShair Link. Simply connect the NetShair Link to the hotel’s wireless network and a single connection fee provides Internet access to all your devices. Need to charge your smartphone and/or tablet? The NetShair Link has both a primary USB port and an additional 2.1A USB charging port, so you can still share content while charging a device. When not using the primary USB for content sharing you can also connect your smartphone, iPod, etc. for dual charging, so now you can leave BOTH wall chargers at home!

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Technical Details

Part Number GWRH1
Item Weight 4 ounces
Product Dimensions 1.9 x 1.6 x 3.1 inches
Origin China
Item model number GWRH1
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Item Package Quantity 1
Certification No
Usage personal
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No

Additional Information

ASIN B00D7FRR9W
Customer Reviews
3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #10,413 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#760 in Computers & Accessories > Routers
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available June 5, 2013

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In summary, the NetShair concept is a good, but the software (web interface, IOS app) keeps it from being useful.

This device was built for the hotel room which provides Internet access via ethernet, enabling you to create a wifi network for your devices (they call this "Gateway Mode"). The device requires no configuration to work in this mode. The media hub works well (even if you can't connect to the Internet), sharing a USB drive on the network that you create. I was able to connect to the shared drive with an iPad and Macbook with no issues. The charging-only USB port does provide enough current to charge an iPad (2.1A), and if the other USB port is not taken by a thumb drive, you can use it to charge 1A devices like some cell phones. IOGear Customer Support was very responsive to all my email and online submissions.

However, the NetShair has shortcomings which limit its usefulness.

- A user manual was not included, only a piece of paper saying that it was available on the web site. It is still not available on the web site (as of Jan. 2014; I purchased it in Nov. 2013), though their Customer Support was responsive and emailed me the document.

- I was not able to configure the device in Hotspot Mode (create a wifi LAN from an existing AP) using its web interface. The NetShair did not create a default route through the AP, so I was unable to connect to the Internet. I was able to configure Hotspot Mode using the IOS app, but I will not always have an IOS device with me.

- In "Hotspot Mode" (creating a new wifi network from an existing one), you cannot gain Internet access when the Access Point (AP) you're connecting to requires visiting a web page click to accept the terms of service. This is a very common situation while traveling.
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This is a simple but fully functional device, and it replaced an Amped 150N that frequently dropped connections. The NetShair functions much better, and the dropouts are probably due to the DSL signal's lapses.

It can as a "hot spot" with its own name using input from another wireless signal or from Ethernet. It can also be used as a repeater of another wireless signal, broadcasting with the same name and connection protocol.

Note, if used as a repeater, there are more than one signals transmitting with the same ID, and that may confuse some computers. Some may show multiple IDs but some may only show one. In the latter case, it may not be possible to connect to the source WiFi instead of the repeater, such as to change its configuration. In that case, just turn off the NetShair.

The NetShair can be configured in various ways, and one can save a file with the configuration, so it is easy to switch, such as when traveling.

Unfortunately, the documentation supplied is a little vague, and one may have to experiment a little to get the device to work the way you want. The Quick Start info supplied and the package itself refer the user to the web for full documentation, but the web site only had the Quick Start manual. I waited several months before submitting this review, in case the full doc would appear. I found myself trapped at one point when setting up the NetShair as a repeater, and only way out was to do a hardware reset using the button on the unit. The overall rating is lowered by 1 star because of the lack of good documentation.
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I have a movie library on a portable USB hard drive. My idea was to use this device as a mobile media server that I could access wirelessly (even if there wasn't an internet connection available). For example, my goal was to plug the router in my car outlet and create a moving wifi network during long trips. My kids could then stream movies from the router (with USB hard drive attached) to their ipads and not have to worry about taking up the precious disk space on the ipads themselves. The extra USB port could even serve as a charger!

As expected, setting up the router was fairly straightforward. It's the no frills web interface that you find with most routers. I got the wifi network configured/protected pretty quickly. I even had it connected to an existing wifi network in my home without any problems The last step was setting up the app on my iphone, and again, that was pretty easy. I went to the app store, downloaded the app, and had the app talking to the router in less than 5 minutes.

The problem I had with the device was streaming movies (which was my main goal). When I connected my portable USB drive to the device, I can see the media on my iphone. When I tested the streaming capability, I found that the device would consistently hang. I never found a pattern. Sometimes it would work fine for 30 minutes before locking up or sometimes it would hang in just 10 minutes. When it did hang, the only way to start streaming again was to reboot the router.

I contacted tech support, and I give them credit for working with me to troubleshoot the issue. I even enabled the logging capabilities to see if I could get more detailed information about the issue.
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