Saturday, January 2, 2016

Travel Routers Part 1

The first two of the travel routers I purchased have arrived and while I hate meaningless unboxing videos I'll spare you the details other than to say that the RavPower All-In-One FileHub is minimally packaged both inside and out; just the router and a USB cable leaving me to provide the wallcharger. The ZyXEL Wireless Router included the device, USB cable, universal power br. Both had very little documentation although the RavPower was easier to comprehend and if you want to get beyond QuickStart use-case you will have to download the ZyXEL manual.



RavPower
Battery - 6000mAH (quick press the power button to see power level) While the documentation calls it an "external battery" it seems to also power the router.
Ports - SDCard slot, mini USB for charging the battery, USB port for charging other devices and flash drives, RJ45 ethernet port.
Modes - Access Point, bridge, file server
GUI - web admin, smartphone app
Default SSID - FileHubPlus-XXXX
Default password - 11111111
Default IP Address - 10.10.10.254
Default uid/pwd - admin/(no password)
Manual: link

ZyXEL
Battery - none
Ports - USB power, RJ45 ethernet port
Special - WPS button, Clone MAC button, mode switch
Default SSID - ZyXELXXXX
Default password - 00000000
Default IP Address - (router mode)192.168.1.1 (other modes 192.168.1.2)
Default uid/pwd - admin/1234
Note - There is a Windows driver for autoplay.
Killer feature - From the quick scan of the user manual I discovered that there is a QOS feature. This could be helpful with my Apple Photo Sync problem crashing my modem and routers.

Sandisk Media Drive
- worth a mention but that's it. It was meant as a file server more that a router.

Sandisk Connect
- worth a mention but that's it. It was meant as a file server more that a router.

In part 2 I'll put the ZyXEL and RavPower to the test.

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