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This thing does the job, but a few things are to be considered:
- Configuration works best using Chromium or Chrome, don't try IE - Admin interface does not support https, so this may not work for you if you are on a network you don't fully trust - This device reboots for any minor change you make
But there is one real drawback: the Ethernet interface on this is only 100 MBit/s which is the upper limit for your throughput. 300 Mbit/s is thus impossible in reality and really just false advertising.
J'ai acheté ce pont WiFi->Ethernet pour avoir une solution de secours quand ma connexion ADSL est HS (la dernière fois, plus de 8 jours :-(. J'utilise alors la connexion 4G partagée ("hotspot WiFi") de mon iPhone comme alternative, en conservant grâce à ce GWU637 une connexion Ethernet fonctionnelle pour tous les appareils qui ne peuvent se connecter directement en WiFi WPA2 (alias WPA-PSK (AES)). Malheureusement, j'ai passé des heures avant de réussir à configurer correctement ce pont, par la faute d'une notice incomplète et d'un support de IOGear.com nul. A noter que je suis sur Mac et que les symptômes et solutions sur PC pourraient être quelque peu différents.
Pb #1 : La configuration du GWU637 échouait à la fin avec un message incompréhensible quand initiée depuis le navigateur Chrome. Le support IOGear.com me réponds (en anglais) "désolé, nous ne pouvons rien pour vous". En fait, il suffisait de remplacer Chrome par Firefox 72.0.1 pour que ça marche ! Et le support IOGear aurait du le savoir, car j'ai finalement trouvé cette solution dans un commentaire d'un autre client Amazon.com mécontent.
Pb#2 : Après configuration, la connexion Internet ne marchait pas faute de DNS opérationnel. Rien trouvé sur les FAQ de IOGear.com. En fait, il suffisait de spécifier explicitement l'adresse IP du Routeur intégré à l'iPhone dans la dernière étape (#14, "IPv4 via DHCP") de la configuration Ethernet via le panneau Réseau des Préférences Système du Mac (172.20.10.1 dans mon cas).
Dommage qu'un produit aussi intéressant techniquement soit gravement desservi par cette notice incomplète et cette absence de support.
A noter que certains utilisateurs américains se sont plaint d'une très faible durée de vie. J'ai constaté que ce produit devenait très/trop chaud rapidement. Probablement une bonne idée de chercher un produit alternatif si vous comptez en faire une utilisation intensive pendant des semaines...
Bad reception : the device must be placed at a specific angle to receive signal or else it doesn't have a stable enough connection to be able to maintain a decent bandwidth (over 250 ko/s). Any other working wifi device that was placed in its whereabouts never had such problems.
Setup is relatively easy and would work fine for a DHCP based network. You plug the supplied network cable into the device and into your computer. You statically set your computer to use the IP Address of 192.168.1.3 and Subnet Mask of 255.255.255.0. Once that is set, you go to 192.168.1.252 in your preferred browser. Find/setup your wireless network on the webpage. And the adapter should be ready to install to you target device. Just don’t forget to revert your computer back to the original network settings
Unit is compact and is powered by the supplied USB cable that can be plugged into any device (it worked from the USB port of the printer I was trying to make wireless) or into the also included AC Adapter.
Taking 2 stars off because I bought this to use on a static based wireless network. Reading the reviews, it seemed I would just have to use the menu.asp page to get to the settings I needed to modify. However I received a newer version of the device with a newer firmware version that no longer has the manu.asp page. This means you can no longer statically set the default gateway and is unusable for a static based network setup. I contacted IOGEAR and they confirmed quickly that the new version can no longer do the detail settings in the newer version of this device. Not sure why the newest version removed features instead of making them standard.
WPS does not work, but then again, I've never been a fan of configuring new wireless devices using WPS due to security concerns. I'm an IT manager of 15 support techs for a Fortune 100 company with over 40 years experience and it took me about an hour and a half to get it figured out and working properly. I used a laptop with limited USB connections, so I ended up connecting a USB hub, a USB to Ethernet adapter, and used the manual configuration method. But you have to be aware of which ethernet adapter you are actually configuring or you'll end up configuring the laptop's wireless adapter with a static IP address, which then locks you out from your home wireless on your laptop when you're all done. Most will not know what I'm talking about, but a few will. If there's a mistake to be made, I'll make it along the way with these types of setups.
Some things are a little bit intuitive, while other configuration issues seemed to work magically with a reboot. I kept getting an error when trying to connect the IO Gear to my home network and was just about to give up and disconnected it, only to say to myself "give it one more try" and I powered it up and BOOM!, the adapter's configuration was populated correctly. I connected it to my ethernet connection on my home security system and had to wait about 60 seconds and then it came up online. If you understood what I just wrote, this will end up being a pretty good adapter for you. I'll come back if I have more problems in the future.
Bought 2 units to connect Outback Solar Controllers to my network. A bit pricey for what they do, but they seemed the best option at the time. Set up was well documented and not difficult. They both worked as advertised. Both got unexpectedly warm and one quit working within a month. It would not connect to anything even after a factory reset. The units have a flashing LED for diagnostic purposes which leaves a bit to be desired when the flashing doesn't seem to match any of the documented patterns. Spoke to IO Gear Tech Support, but their level 1 person just walked me through all of the things I had already done and finally just said "return it". Did an Amazon return on the defective one. Love Amazon because they are usually so easy to deal with. Finally just ran some Cat6 instead since portability was not a requirement. Much harder to do, but unmatched in reliability. Just placed the second one back into into service for another purpose. So far, it seems to be stable.
Only 3 stars because the first one received was DOA and no firmware update instructions. The first device got so hot when I powered it up that I couldn't hold it in my hand. Also wouldn't connect using WPS or their 15-step procedure. Although the package was sealed, the unit clearly had prior use. Go figure! The replacement was up and running in less than 5 minutes, converting my ethernet-only drobo 5N NAS to WiFi. The other thing I didn't care for was that no installation instructions were provided on the IOGear website or included in the zip file with a firmware update for SECURITY found on the IOGear website. Most suppliers are smart enough to include a readme file that tells HOW to install the update. IOGear didn't bother doing that. Searching for instructions on their support page was a waste of time. No instructions there either. Wound up using the 15-step install procedure to get to the device's internal site to click on the UPDATE FIRMWARE button and install the update.
I would have given 5 stars, since I have multiple devices plugged into a switch, that plugs into this WiFi Adapter, and so far it works like charm! My biggest security concern is that the User Interface IS NOT LOCKED DOWN. Serious guys? They can kill all my devices off the network.
PRO: It works so good I didn't have to buy 3 of these; I could plug it into my switch and all the devices talk on the network just fine. CONS: (1) The Web UI http://192.168.1.252 is not locked down. If my network was hacked, they could take my 3 devices off the network. (2) When I had it hard wired to my NetGear router, it confused the hell out of it, and messed up my access control list. As soon as I unplugged it things went back to normal. That was scary and bizarre! (3) I was going to buy more, but I can't find a way to change the devices IP from 192.168.1.252. So putting more than one on the network would cause IP conflicts. (4) I can't find the latest firmware on their site, even though others posted they have upgraded the firmware. Where did you get it from?
I still like it since it works as advertised and that is what I was looking for. BUT, if I'm in another country, my network gets hacked, and I lose connectivity to my slingbox and DVR, I'll be REALLY upset!