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Fills A Need That Shouldn't Even Exist
on March 9, 2017
As a piece of hardware, it does what a dongle should do: bridges the wired ethernet connection. It does it reliably and consistently. I plugged it in the day I opened the (Mondo) radio and haven't really thought about it since (1 year ago). The only gripe I have is the unreasonably high price. Grace radios only support one hardware version and the necessary corresponding driver is built-in to the o/s. This avoids the support issues that would arise from including multiple drivers in order to accommodate unknown hardware from other manufacturers. Such a system means that if you have a problem with the connector, there are a limited number of possible causes and it's easier for them to support. Apple's reputation for simple (sort of) reliability is built on a similar philosophy. That's fine. It's gouging me one the price-- after I've just shelled out a wad of cash for one of their radios-- that leaves me a bit sore. As others have said, the dongle is a simple, inexpensive piece of hardware that enables the use of their products, so why not just include it in the box? Even better would be to just build an RJ-45 LAN interface jack into the radio from the start. There's no significant technical impediment to such a design. It seems odd to omit something so fundamental into a device who's functionality depends on it's connection to the internet. The truth is that requiring an additional piece of hardware-- and then making it proprietary-- is just a way to increase the price. It's a little insulting, but I paid it because I LOVE my Mondo radio-- so it's a strategy that works...