jfitzpatrick at February 20th, 2014 12:34 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/182931/htg-reviews-the-hootoo-tripmate-a-travel-battery-and-wi-fi-wonder/
When you’re a geek on the move, it’s easy to get overburdened with gadgets. Today we take a look at a handy little gadget that lightens the load: a combination device that’s both an external battery pack, Wi-Fi router, and micro NAS. Read on as we see if it really can kill three birds with one stone.
localhost at February 20th, 2014 15:09 — #2
Wow this is great. I've been waiting for a device exactly like this. I honestly had no idea this even existed.
Wifi at my university is spotty at best, but nearly every seat in the entire campus has an ethernet port and power outlet. This would be awesome to just keep in my backpack and plug in to ethernet ports when the wifi craps out. I carry multiple devices (phone, tablet, and laptop) and routinely have to share my phone's data plan with my friends, and share lots of files. This seems like the ultimate do-it-all device.
I do wish the battery capacity was higher though. I wouldn't mind paying more and having larger device that has something like 9000mAh or even higher.
Edit: The price is very reasonable too. I thought this would be nearly $100, but at $50 seems almost like a steal. Almost because I got my 9000mAh external battery for $40
pharoah6905 at February 20th, 2014 17:10 — #3
Sounds like a really useful product. I went to Amazon to order one, and found there are two models, the TripMate and the TripMate Nano any idea what the difference is apart from the form factor @jfitzpatrick?
jfitzpatrick at February 20th, 2014 23:45 — #4
The Nano is the TripMate without the battery pack component (you'll notice that all the specs are the same except the Nano has no listing for mAh because it has no battery and it has a physical toggle on the outside for manually switching between Wi-Fi router mode and WLAN for NAS access).
Even if I didn't need the battery pack feature, I think I'd still go with the battery TripMate simply because I'd want to be able to use it as a Wi-Fi node and a NAS device simultaneously without some sketchy toggle switch preventing me from doing so.
Hope that helps!
pharoah6905 at February 21st, 2014 11:53 — #5
Just to clarify, does it have no battery at all, as in it needs to be plugged in to a power source in order to function? Or does it just not have the ability to charge your phone?
If it does have an internal battery, but doesn't charge the phone, can it still power whatever drive you hook up to it as a NAS device?
jeriusbearius at February 21st, 2014 14:48 — #6
I actually want one of these. I have a Sapido portable router that is very similar, but this little guy seems a little more streamlined. The Sapido could never truly 'share' the content on the hdd I plugged into it.
Having something like this on a long car ride saved my wife's and my sanity. On the 16 hour drive the kids were able to play network Minecraft on their iPods.
adriank_it at February 28th, 2014 14:58 — #7
Thanks for bringing this useful gadget to my attention! Just taken deltvery of one from Amazon UK (£45), looking forward to putting it through its paces over the next few days.
I was pleased that the bundled comprehensive user guide was a printed booklet.
lthielster at March 1st, 2014 01:00 — #8
I have received my Tripmate and it looks very useful BUT I have not been able to get the NAS function to work. The Tripmate sees the flash drive is is able to explore it. However, I cannot find it from either Linux or Windows. And that is true whether or not the Samba service is turned on in the Tripmate. I did not download the HooToo app because of your article saying not to; Both OSes simply see no network device although both are using the Tripmate WiFi.
Any help with finding how to access the NAS from either OS would be helpful.
adriank_it at March 1st, 2014 03:35 — #9
@lthielster This topic will close in 1 day. Post a new thread about this, and I'll try and help (if I can) when I've played with mine! No doubt others will chip in, too.
adriank_it at March 1st, 2014 12:16 — #10
@lthielster I've had a chance to explore the NAS function on the TripMate, and had no trouble connecting to a NTFS 16GB USB stick plugged in it, from a Windows 7 Pro system, following a mix of instructions in the manual and from the HTG article.
It didn't matter whether I powered on the TripMate or inserted the USB stick first (despite what it says in the manual).
The PC was set up to use DHCP to connect to wifi. I found the TripMate's wifi and connecxted to it, using the default key 11111111.
Then I opened Explorer at 'Network', and typed
\\tm01\ in the address bar. The network credentials dialog box appeared, and I entered the default username viz admin, and left the password field blank (the default). Bingo!
The drive showed up as 'USBDisk1_Volume1', and I could read and write to it (and its subfolders).
jfitzpatrick at March 2nd, 2014 12:34 — #11
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