I like to bring quite a few of my Wifi capable devices with me when I travel. Connecting all of them one by one to the new Wifi network at hotels etc. is a bit of a hassle.
It might sound like a minor inconvenience, but consider this: if I am going somewhere for a week, I would have with me my work and personal laptops, phone, iPad, Kobo eReader, a Roku TV stick to use with the hotel TV (with Plex, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video already setup) and an Alexa Echo device. Now the Hotel Wifi password needs to be added in each device and most Hotel Wifi networks require web sign-ins. Web sign-ins for laptops/mobile are simple enough but do require additional steps for other devices like Roku TV stick and Amazon Echo. That is not something I am in the mood for after traveling and I would much rather prefer that my stuff just works seamlessly. There must be a better way to do this.
I thought it might be a good idea to have a small travel network Wifi router that I can connect to hotel/public Wifi networks and my devices would connect to that Wifi router instead of the hotel/public networks. That way all I would need to do is to setup my travel Wifi router with the new network and the rest of the devices would simply connect to my own network router. No additional steps would be needed because my devices would already be setup to use my own Wifi router network.
I started looking around to find a Wifi switch with the required capabilities and was surprised by how cheap and simple the solution was. This $20 Wireless Router (GL.iNET GL-MT300N-V2) is the best and simplest one that I found and did everything I needed. For any Wifi network that requires sign-in, if I sign-in using this router the devices connected to the router do not require separate sign-ins. Also, the Wifi router can be powered by a simple USB port and that’s really convenient as well. No fumbling with power sockets needed. All in all, a pretty simple and cheap solution.