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I set up the Christmas tree with no outlets nearby. So the router’s USB came to my rescue.

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Although the infrastructure of our networks has changed considerably over time, many routers still offer features that users today do not take advantage of. One of them is the USB port that some routers incorporate, a connection that, if we are creative enough, can go a long way.

Who does seem to have been inspired by our article on the possibilities of the router’s USB port is our editorial coordinator at Xataka Smart Home, Antonio Sabán. And it is that he has been able to save Christmas in his home thanks, precisely, to the USB port of his router. And it is that he had the idea to connect his christmas tree lights to this port.

If you don’t have plugs handy, it’s a great alternative

Among the many possibilities that we have to take advantage of the USB port of our router, we find the function of powering other devicessomething that comes as a scandal when you do not have plugs around you.


The Christmas tree is a decorative object that we do not usually have at home all year round. That is why we usually put it in the place that fits best and is least uncomfortable, and that is not always the one with the most plugs.

Don't throw away your old router.  Five uses that you can still give it to bring it back to life and perhaps save a few euros

Antonio could have perfectly used an extender or a strip with several plugs, but in a display of ingenuity, he remembered that the USB of your router can also be used to power certain devices. In this way, he proceeded to connect the LED lights of his tree, which go by USB, to the port of his router.

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Why did you choose this method? Well, precisely because it was the port that was closest to hand given the location of the Christmas tree. In addition, he comments that he did not have a place in his usual power strip either, so he decided to brighten Christmas for his family by connecting the lights to the USB port of his router.

However, before coming up with this method, Antonio confesses that used an external battery, coupling the cable of the lights to the USB port of it. As an alternative way, if your lights have a USB, it is not a bad idea either, since the consumption is not excessive, and a battery can serve you for a long time.

The results can be seen in the attached images. And it is that sometimes the solutions are within a span of our sight, although sometimes we have to think about it a few times.

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for less than 400 euros on Amazon

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Not long ago, Toshiba televisions began to integrate the Amazon Fire TV software, so this Smart TV Toshiba 55UF3D63DA It has its own multimedia center, a 55-inch screen, and good features. Now it is at a minimum price in Amazon for 369.99 euros, compared to 429.99 euros for its previous price.

Toshiba 55UF3D63DA Smart TV Fire TV 55 Inch (4K Ultra HD, HDR10, Prime Video, Netflix, Alexa Voice Control, HDMI 2.1, Low Latency for Gaming, Bluetooth, USB, Onkyo Sound, Airplay)

Toshiba 55UF3D63DA Smart TV Fire TV 55 Inch (4K Ultra HD, HDR10, Prime Video, Netflix, Alexa Voice Control, HDMI 2.1, Low Latency for Gaming, Bluetooth, USB, Onkyo Sound, Airplay)

A 55-inch Smart TV with Dolby Vision and 20W of sound

Toshiba 55

This Toshiba Smart TV has a 55 inch screenwith 4K resolution at 60 Hz and LED panel. It is compatible with high dynamic range formats such as the popular Dolby Vision and TRU Picture technology that provides fluid images with more detail.

As for the sound, it offers 20W of power, distributed in two speakers compatible with Dolby Vision. In addition, it has 3 HDMI inputs and 2 USB ports. As long as your operating system is fire OSthe same one that we find in Amazon’s Fire TV, so you will have a wide catalog of applications and the Alexa voice assistant.

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Shipments on Amazon have a cost of 3.99 euros but are free on purchases over 29 euros. Also, customers Prime They have free shipping. If you are not yet try it free for 1 month.

you have 30 days for free returns on all items sold/shipped by Amazon.

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It is very practical, it has a drawer and at an irresistible price

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Having our computer monitor at a recommended height is necessary for the health of our back and, if it is beautiful on top and with an extra drawer, much better. That is the case of the monitor stand ELLOVEN of Ikea best seller and that is now greatly reduced by 19.99 euros, the Ikea family price, when its original price is 29.99 euros.

ELLOVEN monitor base with drawer, white

A comfortable, practical and beautiful monitor base

Base Monitor

Working from home comfortably is very necessary, especially if you spend many hours in front of the computer. That’s why this monitor stand has a height 10cmideal to help relieve tension in the neck and shoulders.

In addition, it has a drawer to store whatever you need, such as diaries or pens, and a hole below perfect to hide the keyboard. It also has a hole in the back so you can keep your cables organized for a clutter-free desktop.

Keyboard base

On the other hand, its design combines natural materials like bamboo that provides warmth and creates a beautiful contrast with the white aluminum structure. Its measurements are 47 x 26 x 10 cm and it supports up to 20 kilos.

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shipments in IKEA from 3 euro. You can also pick up your purchases with Click & Collectin IKEA stores and ticket offices, free if the amount of your purchase exceeds 100 euros.

You have a period of 365 days for returns. You have more information on the IKEA website.

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the Mi Vacuum Cleaner G10 that cleans and vacuums in a single pass (and reduced)

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If you’ve ever wanted a Dyson stick vacuum, but it seems too expensive, then this model My Vacuum Cleaner G10 It is ideal for you, since it has similar characteristics and at a lower price. In MediaMarkt You can find it reduced by 199.99 euros, compared to 299.99 euros of its official price.

Broom vacuum cleaner – Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner G10, 600 W, Autonomy 65 min, Wireless, 3000 mAh, 0.6 l, White

This Mi Vacuum Cleaner G10 broom vacuum cleaner has it all: good power, autonomy and several brushes included

Xiaomi Vacuum Cleaner Pack

The Mi Vacuum Cleaner G10 has a minimalist and elegant design, with an ergonomic handle that makes it easy to grip. It has a 150W suction power thanks to its 125,000 rpm brushless motor. It also has a color TFT screen, with HD resolution, where you can see the cleaning status or the remaining battery level.

One of its most interesting features is that it has an intelligent brush that adjusts according to the floor, thus changing the cleaning speed, saving battery life. In addition, it can act as broom vacuum cleaner, handheld and as a mopsince it has a magnetic water tank that allows you to vacuum and clean everything at the same time.

Xiaomi Broom

On the other hand, it has great autonomy thanks to its 3,000 mAh battery, enough to clean the entire house without recharging. can reach the 65 minutes of use on a single charge with standard suction power.

Also included in the package: 1x lengthened connecting tube, 1x 2-in-1 brush, 1x flat nozzle, 1x small brush1x adapter, 1x water tank, 1x mop, 1x power adapter, 1x user manual.

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In MediaMarkt shipments are free on purchases over 49 euros (except bulky products). You can also pick up your order, free of charge, in all its stores. You have 30 days for returns. You have more information on the MediaMarkt website. In addition, you get a 10 euro discount if you subscribe to their newsletter.

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