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Offline Mobile 
Media 
Distribution 
Devices
What Do Offline Mobile 
Media Distribution Devices 
Do? 
• Each of the reviewed devices can create a 
WiFi “hotspot” that ...
Use Cases 
• Providing access to files/media in rural 
areas with poor internet access or high 
internet data costs 
• Pro...
HooToo Tripmate Wireless 
N Portable Travel Router 
with 6000mAh Battery 
Pros 
1)Inexpensive ($40 for device, $10 for 16G...
HooToo Tripmate Wireless 
N Portable Travel Router 
with 6000mAh Battery 
Cons 
1)Users need to download and install an ap...
HooToo Tripmate Wireless 
N Portable Travel Router 
with 6000mAh Battery 
Assessment 
While unsuitable for offline media d...
PirateBox (with TP-LINK 
TL-MR3020 3G/4G Wireless 
N150 Portable Router) 
Pros 
1)The TL-MR3020 router used in building th...
PirateBox (with TP-LINK 
TL-MR3020 3G/4G Wireless 
N150 Portable Router) 
Cons 
1)The set-up instructions are a bit 
chall...
PirateBox (with TP-LINK 
TL-MR3020 3G/4G Wireless 
N150 Portable Router) 
Assessment 
Using the PirateBox directions ( 
ht...
BibleBox (with TP Link 
TL-MR3040 Portable Router) 
Pros 
1)The DIY build is the most inexpensive offline mobile media 
di...
BibleBox (with TP Link 
TL-MR3040 Portable Router) 
Cons 
1)Customizing the home page/landing page 
requires some coding s...
BibleBox (with TP Link 
TL-MR3040 Portable Router) 
Assessment 
The combination of the inexpensive, all-in-one 
router and...
Renew Outreach 
LightStream 
Pros 
1)Can do everything the others can ++ 
a. Incredible landing page customizability 
b. G...
Renew Outreach 
LightStream 
Cons 
1)Quite costly ($360 without battery, $540 
for the device with a high-end/high capacit...
Renew Outreach 
LightStream 
Assessment 
If you can afford it the LightStream is the way to 
go in all ways except pocketa...
A Comparative Review of Four Offline Mobile Media Distribution Devices
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A Comparative Review of Four Offline Mobile Media Distribution Devices

A look at four devices that enable the offline sharing of files and media between mobile devices using WiFi and other technologies.

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A Comparative Review of Four Offline Mobile Media Distribution Devices

  1. 1. Offline Mobile Media Distribution Devices
  2. 2. What Do Offline Mobile Media Distribution Devices Do? • Each of the reviewed devices can create a WiFi “hotspot” that any WiFi enabled device (phone, tablet, computer) within range can connect to • Once connected those devices are NOT connected to the internet but they CAN access and download whatever files/media you choose to make available through the device
  3. 3. Use Cases • Providing access to files/media in rural areas with poor internet access or high internet data costs • Providing access to files/media in situations where internet access is monitored by security services, etc. • Providing access to files/media at a conference without using up/needing internet access
  4. 4. HooToo Tripmate Wireless N Portable Travel Router with 6000mAh Battery Pros 1)Inexpensive ($40 for device, $10 for 16GB flash drive) 2)Very portable/pocketable (manufacturers typically recommend keeping WiFi devices like these 8 inches/20cm away from the body due to concerns with signal radiation. Determine your comfort level with pocketing one similarly to how comfortable you are keeping a computer on your lap, etc.) 3)6000mAh battery can be used to charge a typical smartphone 2-3x
  5. 5. HooToo Tripmate Wireless N Portable Travel Router with 6000mAh Battery Cons 1)Users need to download and install an app in order to access the media (deal breaker) 2)Users need to know the username and password in order to access the media- this is a barrier to use for them and also makes securing your files/device next to impossible
  6. 6. HooToo Tripmate Wireless N Portable Travel Router with 6000mAh Battery Assessment While unsuitable for offline media distribution this is an excellent combination of 1) portable battery charger, 2) “personal cloud” device which allows you to store files and media you want to be able to access on your tablet or mobile without clogging those devices’ memory and also leaving them “clean” of potentially compromising ministry materials, 3) Internet router for situations where you only have one hard line to the internet- this will create a WiFi signal many devices can connect to the internet with.
  7. 7. PirateBox (with TP-LINK TL-MR3020 3G/4G Wireless N150 Portable Router) Pros 1)The TL-MR3020 router used in building this version of the PirateBox has excellent range- 258 feet/78.6 meters 2)While difficult, it is possible to edit the landing page viewers see upon accessing the PirateBox 3)The PirateBox community is pretty large and has forums for usage and Q&A.
  8. 8. PirateBox (with TP-LINK TL-MR3020 3G/4G Wireless N150 Portable Router) Cons 1)The set-up instructions are a bit challenging for the less technically literate 2)The TL-MR3020 router, while cheap ($34) requires an external battery which reduces portability/pocketability 3)Requires some work to secure it.
  9. 9. PirateBox (with TP-LINK TL-MR3020 3G/4G Wireless N150 Portable Router) Assessment Using the PirateBox directions ( http://piratebox.cc/openwrt:diy) with a different router (the TP Link TL-MR3040) the PirateBox provides a decent offline media distribution device with the benefit of landing page customizability at the expense of a more challenging build experience.
  10. 10. BibleBox (with TP Link TL-MR3040 Portable Router) Pros 1)The DIY build is the most inexpensive offline mobile media distribution device tested ($45- $35 for the router, $10 for a 16GB SanDisk Cruzer Fit flash drive) 2)The device is fairly portable/pocketable as it is about the size of a mobile phone and is self contained once the tiny thumb drive is inserted. 3)While not having as great a range as some, 217 feet/66.1 meters range will meet most needs. 4)The possibility of having one made for you is a blessing for those without time or technical ability (120 Australian dollars/108 US dollars plus shipping from Australia)
  11. 11. BibleBox (with TP Link TL-MR3040 Portable Router) Cons 1)Customizing the home page/landing page requires some coding skills/ability. 2)The pre-made version is somewhat expensive compared to the DIY ($108 to $45). The expense is understandable as this is the maker’s side-ministry to a full-time job.
  12. 12. BibleBox (with TP Link TL-MR3040 Portable Router) Assessment The combination of the inexpensive, all-in-one router and easier to follow instructions ( http://biblebox.org/make-your-own) make this a great tool for offline media distribution. Its availability as a pre-made product is also a big, although somewhat costly, benefit to the ministry world.
  13. 13. Renew Outreach LightStream Pros 1)Can do everything the others can ++ a. Incredible landing page customizability b. Greater range (298 feet/90.8 meters) c. Bluetooth broadcasting d. Four port microSD card duplicator e. Ready to use out of the box
  14. 14. Renew Outreach LightStream Cons 1)Quite costly ($360 without battery, $540 for the device with a high-end/high capacity battery) 2)Not as pocketable as the others (especially using the supplied battery)
  15. 15. Renew Outreach LightStream Assessment If you can afford it the LightStream is the way to go in all ways except pocketability. With the additional functions of Bluetooth broadcasting, microSD card duplication and battery charging as well as extreme landing page customizability this device rocks!

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