This class of wireless routers is specially designed for mobility. These products are typically smaller in size than the average home network router and contain several features suitable for roaming users such as business travelers and students.
All of the products listed support the 802.11g
WiFi standard, essential network firewall
and wireless security features, and wired Ethernet
connections. Travel cases are normally also included in the price. You can configure wireless travel routers to function as either a pure access point
or true wireless router depending on the need.
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Officially known as the AirPlus G DWL-G730AP Wireless Pocket Router/AP
, this router features three different modes configured by a mechanical switch. In locations having only wired Ethernet connections such as hotels or schools, you can set the switch for either router or access point mode. You can also configure it to connect wirelessly to a WiFi hotspot. The DWL-G730AP measures 3.15 in x 2.36 in x 0.67in (80mm x 60mm x17mm) and weighs less than 2 ounces (50g), making it one of the smallest travel routers available. Power over USB
support is an added bonus. D-Link offers a one year warranty for this product.
Many people confuse this product with the similarly named WRT54GS, but the WTR54GS is Linksys' mobile wireless router. It offers roughly the same level of router functionality (including security support) as the mainstream units. The WTR54GS also includes SpeedBooster technology that may improve the performance of file transfers compared to other standard 802.11g routers. It is larger than most other travel routers, but not by much, measuring 4.21in x 2.87in x 1.22in (107mm x 73mm x 31mm). Linksys provides a three year warranty for the WTR54GS.
The 3Com OfficeConnect Wireless 54 Mbps 11g Travel Router
has a list of features almost as long as its name. This router employs a four-mode switch. Three of the settings work the same as on the D-Link DWL-G730AP: for access point, wireless router, and direct wireless client connection respectively. A fourth setting allows easy access to router configuration options. This product measures 4 in x 2.8 in x 1 in (102mm x 70mm x 22mm) and comes with 3Com's three year warranty.
Belkin's Wireless-G Travel Router follows the same three-in-one router / access point / wireless adapter operating model of its competitors. The F5D7233 may be harder to find at stores than some other products in this category. However, it also comes with Belkin's Easy Install Wizard and Lifetime Warranty, making it worth serious consideration.
Especially popular in Asia, the Asus WL-530g Compact Wireless Router possesses a unique form factor. At 5.1in x 1.7in x 1.1in (129mm x 44mm x 29mm), it resembles a large harmonica. This product also has received some praise for its usability. Instead of a mechanical switch like some other products in this category, the WL-530g automatically configures its mode of operation by detecting whether a wired Ethernet connection is present. Check with the manufacturer and reseller for terms of warranty.