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3.2 x 1.1 x 2.8 inches ; 6.4 ounces
The 150Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router TL-WR700N by TP-LINK is the perfect device for creating an instant Wi-Fi hotspot on the go. The TL-WR700N allows you to expand your wireless network for the use of Wi-Fi enabled laptops, mobile phones, tablets or game consoles. Its' stylish compact cube design is small enough to fit into your pocket and plugs right into an electrical outlet without the hassle of using a power cord. The TL-700N is uniquely designed to provide exceptional wireless performance at a very affordable price.
Compact & Portable
With its' gleaming white piano shell and extremely compact size, the TL-WR700N is designed to fit into your pocket and taken on the road. Furthermore, its' convenient foldable plug design makes it so you no longer need to carry a power cord.
Exceptional Performance at an Affordable Price
The TL-WR700N employs the latest 802.11n technology and is also backwards compatibility with 802.11b/g standards. With wireless speeds of up to 150Mbps, the TL-WR700N can handle high bandwidth-consuming applications such as HD video streaming, VoIP, and online multiplayer gaming.
Multiple Operating Modes
TL-WR700N supports 5 operating modes, giving you versitility and a more comprehensive wireless networking experience.
AP Client Mode
Compatible with IEEE 802.11n/g/b
Wireless speed up to 150Mbps
Pocket-sized design, Ideal for home and travel use
Perfectly compatible with 802.11b/g/n devices
Supports AP, Router, AP Client, Bridge, Repeater operation modes
Definition:The router is connected to a wired network and transforms the wired Internet access into wireless so that multiple devices can share the Internet. It works as an access point.
Application:1.Office,home,hotel and places where only wired network is available.
2.LAN gaming party,small meeting with file sharing and other situations where a temporary network is needed.
Definition:The router copies and reinforces the existing wireless signal to extend the coverage of the signal. So the network name(SSID) and password don't change. This mode is especially useful for a large space to eliminate signal-blind corners.
Application:Large house,office,warehouse or other spaces where the existing signal is weak.
AP Client Mode
Definition:The router is connected to another device via ethernet cable and acts as an adaptor to send/receive the wireless signal from another wireless router. The devices that can be connected inlcude PC,game console, media player and so on.
Application:Add a wired printer,PC,game console,media player,smart TV and other devices with ethernet port to a wireless network.
Definition:The router is connected to a DSL or cable modem and works as a regular router.
Application:Internet access from DSL or cable modem is availabe for one user but more users need to share the Internet.
Definition:The router borrows existing wireless Internet and broadcasts it using a different network name(SSID) and password. This application can create two individual networks for two groups of users sharing one Internet.
Application:Small restaurant,shop,bar,home,office and others where Internet service needs to be provided for guests without revealing the password of the existing network for hosts.
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I've traveled to too many hotels that offer only a wired ethernet connection with no wireless. If you only need to connect one device, that's no problem. But if you have multiple devices or wifi only devices (like tablets and mobile phones) a single ethernet connection won't suffice. After shopping around for a bit, this travel router seemed to be the best portable solution for a reasonable price.
Here's my experience with it thus far.
PERFORMANCE Reception is solid. I get five bars on my MBPro from about 100ft away with two walls in between. I plan on using this primarily in hotel rooms, so I have no concerns that I'll get full coverage wherever I stay. I experienced no hiccups while browsing the web.
FEATURES You can change the SSID and password (wasn't sure if you had to use the default one printed on the router). Strangely, my network adapter on my PC (Linksys WUSB600N) wouldn't detect the default SSID, but once I changed the name, I was able to see and connect to the router without a problem.
You can also choose whether to enable DHCP, IP address range, static IP's (by MAC address), and lease time. You can also restrict access to the router by MAC address.
The various modes seem to work as well (access point, router, repeater, bridge, and client), but I use this primarily as an AP.
Supports the typical encryption settings for wifi (none, WEP, WPA, WPA2).
Pretty straightforward set of features you'd expect on any basic router. I'm glad they didn't skimp on any of the core features.
DESIGN They clearly took a cue from Apple's design and modeled it somewhat after the Airport Express. Even the packaging is elegant and very Apple-esque. It's a sturdy, small plastic case with a swivel out plug.Read more ›
If all you want is a portable AP (Wifi Access Point) and don't want to change any of the defaults like SSID or Password and do not need a full 300 - 500 MBPS bandwidth, this is the device for you. Just pull it out of the box, cable it to a router port (like the LAN cable in Hotel Rooms) and you are ready to pair your devices. However if you want anything more, read on.
First to be clear, what is the difference between an Access Point and a Router? A router lets multiple devices (Wifi, cable or both) share an Internet Line like a cable or DSL modem. The router provides all the functions to make this happen. An AP does NOT connect directly to a modem or like device. It REQUIRES that what you connect to a line that already has the functionality of some kind of LAN routing device like a router port. The AP has more limited functionality. It simply allows multiple devices (wifi only in this case) to share a single router port or similar type connection. It has less functionality than a router so is dependent on there already being a router behind it.
This device can also act as a number of other device types as the description details. There is also much more information on the TP-Link web site. Go there before buying if you want this to do anything other than use this as a default AP device.
If you do want to access the administration menu to do anything, it does not access like most other routers. Most routers work fine if your computer LAN poert is set to automatic IP and DNIS addressing . Because auto-DNS can cause problems sometimes on wide area networks like in a Hotel or large business, the addressing is static and you have to change your LAN port to a specific configuration if you want to access the menus on this device.Read more ›
I show more of the product in the video, but the TP-Link TL-WR700N is the perfect travel companion for anyone. The the power plug built into the unit and one single ethernet port on the side, there is no confusion on how it works. A status indicator on the side tells you that it is operational and connected. Plus the included ethernet cord allows you to get started right away.
The default setting of the access point allows you to quickly share out a single Internet connection to multiple wireless devices. However, some hotels will look at Mac Addresses (how your device identifies itself) and will still try to charge you for each device in the default mode.
You can easily change this device to be a Router which then allows you to create it's own wifi network appearing as one device to the hotel networks. You can the connect as many devices as you need and share the single paid Internet (or just your own network) connection.
I did find that this device also acts as a repeater, allowing you to boost a very weak signal in hotels and other places to give you a stronger connection.
It comes with a standard setup guide, a Mac setup guide and a tiny resource cd. The same documentation was easily found on the TP-Link website and I had no issues reaching support for more information as I built the review.
See the video to get a feel for the sizing, packaging and my other observations.
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There IS English firmware available for this but only if it came that way from the factory. The Chinese firmware cannot be upgraded to English. That's not a big deal though. The illustrated English manual, should you need it, can be found at tp-link com resources document TL-WR700N_V1_user_gudie pdf and yes, the word 'guide' is correctly misspelled as shown. Add dots before com and pdf and forward slashes in the blank spaces. The manual has screenshots to guide you in working with the Chinese firmware in the event you need to change from the default access point mode. The nice thing about this device is that, if you want to use it as an access point, just plug it in and you're done. Although the unit will operate in several modes, the main reason for buying this is to simply make a wired connection wireless as might be desirable in a hotel room. Some hotels , particularly overseas, offer free wired internet but not in-room WiFi. If you want to fire up your Kindle Fire to download a book you'll need wireless and this unit does the trick nicely. Although the flip out plug is the North American standard, it will work on 220 volts as found in many countries as well as 110 volts and 100 volts in Japan. The unit does its job nicely and couldn't be simpler to use. If you get the English version so much the better but it's not a big deal either way.