If you travel with others very much, you know how smart it is to take a wireless router with you – nobody wants to “take turns” using a hotel room’s only internet connection! And let’s face it, 9 times out of 10, if a hotel is offering free WiFi, it is going to suck. My acquaintances and I started doing this a long time ago, during our trips to events like Computex, E3, and Comdex. We started the old-school way – with a wired switch, but eventually someone (Asus) made a decent-sized WiFi router. This was an 802.11b that was quite small. Of course, as you know, 802.11b can be fine for basic internet, but is terrible as a networking interface, and can even slow down today’s faster internet connections. 802.11g is better, but still quite slow for transferring files and streaming HD media.
TRENDnet must have been looking at my wish-list, when they came up with this awesome little device: The TEW-654TR:
This little router gives you full Draft 2.0 802.11n connectivity (300 Mbps) in a tiny package (about 2.5″ by 3.25″) for a pretty good price (MSRP $75). It is extremely simple on the outside – with just enough LED indicators, and a single ethernet input port on the back. It comes with both a standard power adaptor, and a USB power cable.
If it’s anywhere near as good as the Asus we’ve been using for years, it will make an extremely suitable replacement. I switched our home/office network to Wireless-N a while back, and it has been great. It is good enough to stream 1080p content finally, and copying small-ish files is totally doable. And now we can take it on the road!