Here’s a tiny, useful and inexpensive device that we added to our kit earlier this year. At around £15 the TP-Link TL-WR702N 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router is a mini marvel.
Now just browse to 192.168.0.254 and log into the web interface (default username : admin – default password : admin) and then make sure to update the firmware to the latest version.
The router can perform a variety of useful functions and depending on how you choose to set it up it the TL-WR702N can act as an Access Point, Router, Client, Repeater or Bridge. Our primary requirement was for an ultra-portable Wi-Fi access point that we could take on holiday so the whole family could stream videos from my laptop performing the role of a Plex Media Server. It’s also ideal for business travel, easily converting the Ethernet in many hotel rooms to your own private Wi-Fi hotspot to provide all your devices with Internet access. It would be ideal for university students too.
There are other roles for the TL-WR702N too, including turning the Ethernet port on your Sky+, YouView box, printer etc into a wireless connection instead. If you have reliable Wi-Fi then it’s certainly going to be less expensive than adding Powerline adapters.
- Compatible with IEEE 802.11b/g/n
- Wireless speed up to 150Mbps
- Compact and portable, small enough to take on the road
- Powered through a micro USB port by an external power adapter or USB connection to a computer
- Compatible with almost all 2.4GHz Wi-Fi devices
- Supports AP, Router, Client, Bridge and Repeater operation modes
- Supports WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions
For our Plex Server roll you could of course use your laptops built in Wi-Fi to create a network, but that stops the computer accessing the hotels wireless Internet at the same time. You could also use a 2nd Wi-Fi radio with a mini USB dongle like these, and we’ve tried that too but had mixed results serving Plex clients. This little unit is so inexpensive and flexible that it’s a total no brainer and will be coming on holidays with us from now on.