Sometimes a better mousetrap is just super useful!
Our technical sales guys do a lot of traveling with demo kits and (obviously) want the lightest, most compact gear possible (ofcourse that doesn't reduce the stares at the airport security line).
One of the things he found is a USB powered 5-port Ethernet switch. Just connect a small cable to the switch and hook the other end to the USB port of a computer, and voila!
I have been using it for a few days and love the little black box. Its 2 in x 3 in x 1/2 in and can fit in my pocket!
Plain old benefits:
- saves an extra power jack on the strip
- no need to go down under the desk to find a power jack (at work)
- quick ability to switch connections between various machines (very essential for testbeds and demo kits)
- small and light enough to carry a few in my backpack or demo kit.
The one I've got is from Bytec BT-555. I haven't seen it at a Fry's or Best Buy, only online.