Setup, Features and Performance
When it comes to the devices that work with the Travel Wi-Router, it may say iPad on the box, but it will blast out Wi-Fi to any device that is Wi-Fi capable, and that is of course a big long list. I tested it with my Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus 4 smartphone, my wife's Galaxy S II, and my Apple MacBook Air.
Setting up the Apotop Travel Wi-Router is incredibly easy. You plug your iPad's power brick into the back of the Travel Wi-Router, and into the wall. An Ethernet cord gets plugged into the Travel Wi-Router and you're virtually there. If you're staying in a hotel like I was, you'll need your appropriate room password for Internet access, and the Apotop Travel Wi-Router has a username and password provided in the box - tap this in and you're off. This has to be a foot put down by me right now - Apotop have made it incredibly simple to set it up, which is something that should be standard by now, but it's not.
Once you've got it plugged in and you're connected to the Travel Wi-Router, you might hit the hotel room's web-based log-in. If you do, you'll need to get your hotel room's username and password, and enter it in as if you were connecting to any private network. Once connected, it's like a tethered mobile phone - you're on. You'll only be disconnected if you were to disable Wi-Fi, or were to unplug the Travel Wi-Router.
The one super power that the Travel Wi-Router has is it can allow the user to create a Wi-Fi hotspot, mainly for when staying at a hotel. I specifically held back my testing and review for when I was staying in a hotel, so I could provide a real-world test for the Travel Wi-Router. The box is very small, allowing for easy transport - with the device itself obviously being small and easy enough to throw in your bag when traveling.
Apotop's Travel Wi-Router supports power of the iPads power adapter - how you do this is by plugging the Travel Wi-Router into the iPads power brick and then into the power socket. On the back of the Wi-Router is a USB port, so you can even continue to charge your iPad, or any other USB-powered device - through the back of the Wi-Router.
I found this incredibly handy, as the morning I was testing this I needed to charge my phone and just had it plugged into the back of the Wi-Router while it was sharing my hotel rooms Internet connection.
Performance was nothing short of impressive; the hotel I stayed in overnight had some decent Internet access, so when I woke in the morning I began my testing. I hadn't synced my Dropbox folder to my MacBook Air yet, so I synced that and it took just minutes thanks to the high-speed upload I had in the room.
I thought I'd test multiple devices to see if I could get the Apotop Travel Wi-Router to fall over, but it handled it like a champion. I had my Nexus 4, a first-generation iPad and my MBA accessing the Wi-Router and it didn't flinch. As I'm typing up this part of the review, I have my Nexus 4 syncing my Camera Upload folder on Dropbox, while jumping in and out of this review doing Speed Test runs, watching YouTube videos and it just works. This is what you want from a product, and the Apotop Travel Wi-Router delivers.
I tested the Internet connection in our hotel room, and was impressed. For performance, I took a speed test with the results below.