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I was on my pre holiday post booking research fact finding mission doing the usual checking what is available in the area to see and do, then moving onto what facilities are available in the hotel. I knew there was 'hi-speed' internet access mentioned, but a with a little digging, I found that although it was fast and free, it came only as a wired connection, I would need an ethernet port on say, a laptop to make use of the internet. This wouldn't do, I was taking a tablet with me. What could I do?
Being technologically able, I knew I needed some sort of wifi router to turn a wired connection into a wireless one and browsing the cost of them I was falling at the first hurdle, cost. These items were easily falling into the £70+ ranges and were hardly easy to take on holiday. I did not want to spend that sort of cash or take a large box.
Eventually I came to the TP-Link Nano. This was cheap, around £20, small, width and length about the same as my thumb and a fingers thickness. Ticking the right boxes, I bought it thinking if it wasn't right, it was only £20.
The Nano router comes in a light blue hue, with a white border, all made of plastic. There is one ethernet port, one micro usb port and recessed reset button and a blue LED on the top face. As well as being small, this is incredible light, you may have to tape it down if you want it to stay somewhere.
The router is setup by default to do what I wanted, turn a cabled network connection into a wireless one (I tested at home so you don't have to). So I plugged in the network cable and the micro USB cable, the latter powers the device either through a computer or through the mains, then within 30 seconds, my tablet had picked up the Nano router on wifi, the SSID (name of the wireless connection) and WPA password are printed on the barcode on the bottom of the router. Entering these details on the tablet and voila, I was connected.
This worked perfectly on holiday, I was able to connect three devices at the same time, I imagine I could connect more but I didn't have any more to connect.
The router has other modes that you can use. The only other one I have tried is the repeater mode. This copies the information of your current wireless network connection and when powered up, it will extend the coverage distance and improve transfer speeds where possible. I used this mode to transfer files to my PS3 and saw an improvement in transfer time, but I was still a slow process. Compound this issue is that the Nano router is not easy to reconfigure. The manual was useless, so when I entered the browser based settings, it was a hit and miss process of setting up the repeater mode.
I then needed to use Nano router for work. We were at the NEC and they supplied a wired connection and I need to get a wireless signal going for the iPads. First step was to hit the reset button on the device. This resets to the factory settings and saves the trouble of trying to reconfigure the device. In the exhibition hall, I found the router had a range of 30 metres or so before the connection became unstable. And again, it coped easily with three iPads connected.
So if you need a small light travel router, then the Nano is a great choice and supreme value product if you only want a wireless signal from a wired connection which I recommend for travel and light use. It does have other settings available but if you need those modes or you have many devices to connect, you would be better off getting a proper wireless router and as a result this is not something I recommend for home use.
I moved into a university residence complex of apartments in September where internet is supplied only by Ethernet, which left me with the problem of not being able to use my Android phone or tablet online.
After searching around the web and asking for friend's reccomendations I settled on the WR702N to enable WIFI in my appartment.
when the package arrived I couldn't get over how tiny the device actually is, and come with a flat short Ethernet cable and a mains plug that can also power the device by USB if you so wish. Setting up is effortless, you don't have to go near the admin panel of the router if you don't want to, plug in and play, the device itself is pre-configured as an access point, which is the function I require. Setting up on my devices was a matter of entering the default password found underneath the device on a sticker, although it is advisable to change this through the routers admin page; as too is maybe not broadcasting the SSID if you don't want anybody snooping on your network.
In summary this is a brilliant device with so many functions for the price, highly recommended!