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2.0 out of 5 starsNot plug-and-play for Mac-based networks
Reviewed in the United States on 18 May 2017
The concept here is a good one: take one of your older, non-wifi-enabled, USB devices - could be a printer or a hard drive or some other peripheral - plug it into your network via this device, and the peripheral will now be readily available to all computers on your network. The problem is that this device isn't simply plug-and-play, at least not with my all Apple network (a combination of Mac desktops, laptops, and Airport wifi hubs). The support site at StarTech doesn't address Macs at all, indicating that the only OS's that are supported are Windows® 10 (32/64), 8 / 8.1(32/64), 7(32/64), Vista(32/64), XP(32/64). I don't know whether this would work for all computers accessing a network where some of the computers run Windows but some run MacOS. I'm also guessing that if I were willing to spend an hour or two going through some hoops on my network, I could make this work, but I couldn't find any online assistance for that task.
The StartTech 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit allows you to connect a USB 2.0 device to your network, & access it from your computer.
One drawback is that it is only a USB 2.0 device. I connected USB 3.0 hard drive to it, installed software driver & mounted disk on my computer, & tested copying files to & from the device. Here are the speeds: -copy to device only 17 MB/ S -copy from device only 18 MB/S
I rated it 2 stars because it is very slow. Would I recommend? No.