Saturday, August 03, 2013
I picked up this tiny router for less than $20 at amazon. I figure it would be easy to pack while on vacation or travel to convert wired ethernet to wireless. It defaults to access point mode with the wpa2 password being the last part of the mac address which is printed on the back. It's powered off of usb and the power adapter included outputs 1 amp. Speed and range seemed good for the size. Of course I went and flashed the latest firmware. Out of the box the default IP address was 192.168.0.254 with login admin/admin. After flashing the latest firmware it ended up using dhcp to get the ip address so to get to the admin page use tplinklogin.net. I briefly tested it in AP mode and it worked just fine. Speedtest.net numbers looked good. It can also run in router, bridge, and repeater modes. I was looking at the asus travel models but they were over double the price. For something that I won't be using all that often this TPLink felt priced right. Highly recommended.
So our hotel room was on the 3rd floor and the fitness room was on the first floor. I was still able to connect to my router from my iPad 3 and stream air video from my home server through the travel router for 35min without a single hiccup. Signal strength looked very good. I was most impressed. Also, it's handy for getting chromecast to work on hotel internet.