|Item Weight||8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2.2 x 5 x 7 inches|
|Item model number||WL-330NUL|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Certification||Energy Star Certified|
|Warranty Description||Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.|
ASUS Multi-Mode Pocket Router (WL-330NUL)
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|Data Transfer Rate||300||300 Mb per second||150||150 MB per second||150||300 MB per second|
|Item Dimensions||5 x 2.25 x 7 in||2.2 x 2.2 x 0.7 in||0.71 x 1.97 x 2.17 in||0.7 x 2.2 x 2.2 in||4 x 8 x 3 in||2.28 x 2.28 x 0.98 in|
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|Total LAN Ports||1||—||—||1||—||2|
|Wireless Compatibility||802.11bgn||802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency, 802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11bgn||802.11bgn||802.11bgn||802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n|
Stay connected wherever you go. About the size and weight of a French fry, the compact ASUS WL-330NUL Wireless-N150 USB pocket router is one of the smallest-sized routers to date. Whether you are a frequent traveler looking to setup a secure wireless hotspot in a hotel room or an Ultrabook owner wanting to enable a wired connection, the WL-330NUL offers incredible versatility on setting up your personal Internet connection.
At a Glance
- World’s smallest-sized router for easy portability and storage on the go
- Multi-mode versatility for both wired and wireless use
- Secure hotspot with encryption to secure public wireless hotspots
- Ethernet port to enable ethernet connectivity to devices without it
- USB powered for versatility in different environments
- Multiple OS support
You Choose How to Use It
Choose from one of the four ways to use the WL-330NUL. Plug in an Ethernet cable and power cable to create an instant wireless hotspot. Plug it into your notebook and it will act as a powerful Wi-Fi receiver, more powerful than some integrated wireless adapters. Plug it into a power source and create an instant private LAN network. Plug it into a notebook without an Ethernet port to enable a wired Ethernet connection.
Some places charge for an added wireless internet connection when only a wired Ethernet internet connection is available. With the WL-330NUL, you can extend a wired internet connection into a wireless one without needing to purchase additional services.
Power with Versatility
Power the WL-330NUL in nearly any environment. Use your notebook, a USB wall adapter, or a mobile power bank.
What’s in the Box
- WL-330NUL Wireless-N150 USB Pocket Router
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Card
- 1 x 10/100 Mbps WAN port
- 1 x USB 2.0 port
- 802.11b : 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps
- 802.11g : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54Mbps
- 802.11n : up to 300Mbps
- 64/128 bit WEP; WPA/WPA2-PSK
- One-click guest management
- Firmware upgrade
- Web-based administration
- DHCP server
- AC input: 110 V ~ 240V (50~60Hz); USB output: 5V with max. 1A current
- Windows XP (86x64) / Windows Vista (86x64) / Windows 7 (86x64), Windows 8 (32/64 bit)
- OS X 10.5 / 10.6 / 10.7 / 10.8
- 2.56 x 0.81 x 0.61-inches
- 17.5 g / 0.04 lbs
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To set this up with a non-Windows PC (you do *not* need a PC to do the initial setup), here's what you do:
(1) Plug the WL-330NUL into a USB power port (or a USB port on your computer)
(2) Wait a moment for it to boot (maybe a minute? not too long)
(3) Search for WiFi networks - you should see WL-330NUL-Private-xxxx (or similar)
(4) Join it, using the code on the side of the WL-330NUL (marked "Supervisor Code") as the password.
(5) Navigate to "www dot asusnetwork dot net" (with the 'dot's replaced by periods, of course) - this will connect to the router itself, not the Internet
(6) Again use the password on the side to get on and make changes.
You're in. Add a WiFi connection to use it as a repeater, connect to an Ethernet port to use as a WiFi router, and so on. I also verified that I can follow those steps on an Android phone; I assume you could just as easily use an iPhone, but the lower screen resolution might give you issues.
Easy-peasy, once you know the secret handshake. I updated the firmware on mine, but that's up to you - it seemed like a reasonable thing to do, but I'd not do it while you're actively needing the router or right before a trip, just in case something goes wrong. Note: I went to ASUS support, downloaded the update to my computer, and unzipped it *before* logging into the router, because I couldn't get it to download via the router admin page, even though I was connected to my home WiFi via the router at that point.
This is a fantastic little router. Speed is OK (not great, but not horrific). Range is... OK, but, let's face it, you're likely using this in a hotel room, and unless you're a high roller in a large suite, the range is fine. The best part is this is the size of a flash drive, it works, and you can share a connection on multiple devices. All you need is USB power (including from a computer port) and, if you want to extend Ethernet, an Ethernet cable (like this). Recommended.
Bought this gadget for a long work trip where I'd be in a hotel for about a month and wanted to use my Amazon Fire TV with the hotel TV. Most hotel's internet service require you to connect to their network and then accept the internet terms and agreement (T&A) via a web browser interface before they give you connection to the internet (or to add a device to the "high speed" network, if you've paid for it). This is fine for most devices, but things like my Amazon Fire TV don't have a web browser for me to do this, and therefore I cannot enjoy streaming video to the hotel room TV. There are alternatives around this, like cloning the device's MAC address to a laptop and then accepting the hotel T&A (side note: MAC addresses are how the hotel keeps track of which devices have accepted the T&A, and which devices are granted "high speed" services), but the downside is that you'll have to do this several times, depending on how long you stay at the hotel (and how long the hotel network keeps a MAC address in memory before dumping it and requiring you to accept the T&A again).
This pocket router solves all my problems. I connect all my devices to its Wifi network (using the passcode engraved on the side of the router as the Wifi password), connect the pocket router to the hotel room wired or wireless connection (the router can piggy back onto another wireless signal too), use my laptop accept the T&A, and now all my devices on the router network can access the internet.
Why does this work? The hotel network only sees the router's MAC address, not all of my device's MAC addresses, so once I accept the T&A from one device, all my devices going through the router appear to have the same MAC on the hotel's network, allowing my Amazon Fire TV to access the internet!
The pocket router is powered via the USB connector. I wish ASUS had packaged an AC wall power to USB adapter with this product, but alas they didn’t, so I am using my iPad’s wall charger to power the router. You can also power it using a standard USB port on your computer. The documentation says this unit can be used as a Ethernet adapter for any computer (if your computer doesn’t have Wifi or an Ethernet port) but I haven’t tried that functionality yet. I have tried piggy backing onto the hotel Wifi with this and it works perfectly (although I prefer to use the wired connection since it seems faster, but that’s just the hotel network).
Overall this product is awesome and well worth the money. I would recommend this to anybody looking for a travel router.
Some issues I encountered:
Wall Charger not included :(
Logging in via guest mode does not prevent access to the router's control panel. So although you can set up a separate guest network, the guest password has to be a 6 number "access code". And someone has that access code, plus the supervisor code (which is printed on the device) then they can access the control panel with all the router passwords in plain text. Since people are buying this for travel, I feel security should have been better. Hopefully this can be fixed in the future.
Ethernet to USB (wired internet mode) for Macs on Yosemite doesn't work out of the box. Apple updated something in Yosemite that messed up compatibility. Fortunately, you just need to update the firmware.
If you are using Yosemite (10.10 or higher):
- Check that your device firmware is up to date:
- Connect to the internet via the device via Wireless mode
- Go to router.asus.com in your browser
- Type in the Supervisor Code to login (code is provided on the side of the device)
- Look at the top where it says " Firmware Version: ######## "
- Make sure that the number is at least 188.8.131.52
- If NOT, go to the ASUS website to find the newest firmware
- Download the firmware file to your computer
- Go to router.asus.com and login as before
- Click on the Administrator tab
- Browse for your downloaded firmware file and click upload
- Wait for the new firmware to upload (~10min), it will restart on its own
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