The most awesome and unexpected feature of the BrumeW has been the USB-C port also appears as an Ethernet connection if you happen to have it plugged into a computer or other device capable of supplying enough power for the router to operate. I wasn’t expecting this and it blew my mind because it means that I should be able to far more easily route only certain traffic from my computer over the “wired” connection while still remaining connected to a work or other wireless connection rather than having to flip back and forth between a work connection and a personal/VPN protected connection.
I’ve tested this on both a Macbook Pro and a Chromebook, and on the Chromebook I was actually just using a USB 3.0 port and not a USB-C/PD port. ChromeOS happily recognized the router as an Ethernet connection once the router had fully booted.
I just spotted a hint about this on the device’s product page, but it basically means we get a “bonus” ethernet port, though maybe not Gigabit speed, it should be plenty fast especially since unless using a wired WAN connection in the “repeater/extender” mode you are limited to far less than gigabit by the 2.4Ghz wireless N 300mbps top speed anyways.
1x USB3.0 Type-C Power Supply + Data Communication