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Netgear WGR101 Cable/DSL Wireless Travel Router

by Netgear

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  • Small 54 Mbps Wireless Router that can be carried in a pocket
  • Internal Antenna design for durability
  • Includes convenient carrying case in which to store router along with essentials
  • Three mode switch that can select between configuration, single-user, and multi-user
  • Up to 5X the speed and 2X the range of 802.11b wireless
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 8.6 x 6.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002CWPV8
  • Item model number: WGR101
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,776 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at July 1, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer Untethered wireless connectivity in your hotel room can be critical to your productivity(and sanity) as a mobile professional. Conference or hotel rooms with only one Ethernet port are no longer a problem because now you can bring convenient wireless networking with you. Netgear's 54 Mbps Wireless Travel Router is lightweight and compact, and it provides both single and multiple users wireless access without any need for a direct cable connection to the network. Expertly designed and protected with Double Firewall security, this portable high-speed travel router is your best insurance for wireless access wherever you go.

See a detailed diagram of how the Netgear WGR101 Cable/DSL Wireless Travel Router works.

Turns your hotel room into a hotspot so as you travel you can count on peace, privacy, and wireless connectivity while you work. No larger than a deck of cards, the travel router is compact and convenient to carry while traveling, with an internal antenna so there's nothing to bend or break during packing. It comes with a small-scale power adapter and an attractive carrying case with extra compartments for other essentials.

Delivering up to 5 times the speed of 802.11b networks, the 54 Mbps Wireless Travel Router creates a wireless network from an Internet connection in a hotel room or conference room. Works with both 802.11g and 802.11b devices.

An external switch lets you select between single-user, multiple-user, and configuration mode. In single-user mode, next door guests cannot access your wireless network. Multiple-user mode allows more than one person to simultaneously share one Internet connection.

Complete security with Double Firewall Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) and Network Address Translation (NAT) protects against malicious hackers. Supports IPSec and PPTP pass-through for Virtual Private Network (VPN) and 64- or 128-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption for maximum security, plus wireless SSID broadcast on-off capability as an added safeguard.

Product Description

Have you ever felt like using a wired Ethernet connection in your hotel room was not much fun? Was the desk or chair uncomfortable, and sitting on the bed or soft chair preferable while accessing the Internet wirelessly? Have you ever wished to have convenient wireless access for a group of people in a conference room? NETGEAR has the perfect solution for your wireless Internet access needs away from home. The WGR101 54 Mbps Wireless Travel Router is as small as a deck of cards, yet provides 54 Mbps wireless Internet access as well as routing functionality and security. Use an external switch to select configuration, or to enable either single or multi-user access. A convenient carrying case is included in which to carry the traveler's router along with other essentials.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Netgear supplies a slim zippered padded case that fits the router, power adapter, and all the supplied cables.
You can not open individual ports, and thus you have a choice of either a hardware firewall or accessible ports on your machine.
Don't waste your time on this product; there has to be something better out there that will fulfill your needs.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TimInChicago on March 14, 2005
This is one of those things that I bought, really hoping and wanting to be able to say good things about. I really wanted this to be a good product; but it's just not.

First off, the firmware releases have been quite buggy and while they have added WPA support, I find that it does not work well. I think that if you wanted to use this device without encryption and without changing the DHCP range and not in any sort of 'must-have' environment, maybe it would work. For me, all of those things have caused me more headaches than I care to remember.

I have had a lot of problems with...

-Using WPA with multiple devices connected at once, the signal drops every 60 minutes, like clockwork. To get the signal back, you have to repower the router and restart your wireless card. Very frustating. When I tried to get Netgear's help, they told me to reload the firmware - I did this but to no avail.

-The DNS passthrough resolution stinks. (Sorry if I 'tech out' on you here, but this is an issue some may find valuable to know about.) In many situations, I can not get DNS resolution through the 'gateway', which is of course the WRG101. To resolve I have to go into the router's browser interface, pull of the DNS server IPs that the hotel or ISP issued to the WAN port and manually configure my IP settings in my WinXP Pro machine to use those DNS servers. This works, but what a pain.

At the end of the day, I can't get Netgear to give me anything resembling decent support on this thing and I would say it only works for me 20% of the time without monkeying around with it. I keep trying (and hoping for better firmware)(as of v.1009 it still stinks) but I'm sure that someday this thing will find it's way into a hotel room garbage can - or better yet, out the window.

Look elsewhere if you want encryption and stability - this is a bummer product.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian on July 28, 2005
I'll try to add some additional perspectives to the other reviews.

1) My configuration includes a Netgear PC CARD (108G), Dell C640 laptop. I was able to configure this unit with WPA on the first try and had no difficulty with 1 laptop connected. I have not tried 2 or more pc's yet.

2) Previously I carried around a Linksys BEFW11S4 V4 router for hotel use, as these are going for around $9 now it doesn't matter if the maid steals it. But this unit is MUCH smaller and lighter.

3) I wish the power supply had been built into the unit with an integrated, folding power plug. Adding an external power supply and cable adds a lot of bulk, but less than the BEFW.

4) The unit was flawless in 4 days of use. Never dropped a connection at all. This with WPA configured and SSID not being broadcast. I use the ATHEROS client software, although the NETGEAR client would probably work just as well.

5) Paid only 17 bucks for this with rebates, so it's a little more expensive than an 802.11B router.

6) comes with a nice carrying case that keeps the power supply and router together.

7) Mine is new and came with the latest firmware loaded. If you are downloading the firmware, be sure to follow Netgear's directions. With Netgear routers, I have found that you need to do a factory reset after flashing and the re-key all of the device settings. Otherwise things will NOT work right.

8) I see that Linksys is coming out with one that has some nice features like, ability to expand a wireless network, say you are in a coffee house with wireless access, you supposedly can use this router to expand the wireless access. It also has integrated power supply... sweet...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shannon W. Miles on January 6, 2005
I bought this somewhere else, but wanted to get another review out here for reference in case someone else was considering this product.

This took a little bit longer to get set up than I expected and longer than a wired plus wireless DSL router I have. I had two main problems. First, the darn thing is slow serving up its internal pages in configuration mode. (By the way, you can directly connect via a cable to configure it.) Second, getting the WEP and DHCP settings to stick took a while. That said, I had the same trouble with the previously mentioned DSL router, too. After getting over these two hurdles it works like a champ and I've not had any trouble connecting across the room, etc.

Beyond the product itself, I haven't quite figured out how to stow everything in the included case. The bits don't quite fit in the supplied slots. This is especially true for the power supply.

All in all, this fits the bill for what I wanted it for - a way to use the 802.11 connection from the laptop when in the hotel traveling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By merc on June 11, 2005
After only owning this wireless router for about 2 months, I am now shopping around for a replacement travel wireless access point. This device's firmware is EXTRMELY buggy... here are a few of the issues that I have noticed while using this paper weight:

1) If you use WPA-PSK with this device, expect your connection to drop every 60 minutes -- and sometimes at random. The only way to recover from this is to either wait it out (about 5 minutes) or reboot the WGR-101 (about 3 minutes).

2) This device is EXTRMELY slow -- and what I mean by this is not network speed, but the WGR-101s processing speed. As I mentioned above, it takes the device about 3-4 minutes to fully boot this device.

3) I tested WEP briefly on this device and noticed some issues with this as well. The connection would drop as it did with WPA-PSK, only it seemed to be at random.

If you are looking for a reliable travel wireless access-point, this device is NOT for you.
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