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Nov 3, 2014

TP-Link TL-WR702N, Ludicrously Tiny 150 Mbps Wireless N Nano Router




Travel routers are a special breed, since they need to be small enough to fit inside even a random pocket while still possessing all the hardware needed to sustain multiple web connections. You're likely to be traveling with someone who has their own phone, laptop, or tablet after all.

The new miniature router, or travel router, that TP-Link released sacrifices some of the possible throughput it would otherwise possess the capacity for in favor of being smaller. Still, that's understandable considering just how small the product is. Especially if you're the sort of person who's always on the move because of your job or college classes. So, without further ado, behold the TP-Link TL-WR702N, whose more user-friendly name is TP-Link 150 Mbps Wireless N Nano Router.

The TP-Link 150Mbps Wireless N Nano router TL-WR702N

As an ultra-portable device, it is as tiny as a hockey puck, even though it's square instead of round. The exact measurements are of 57 x 57 x 18 mm / 2.24 x 2.24 x 0.70 inches. That means it's probably thinner than your wallet, so it'll be easy to forget you're carrying it in the same pocket as your change. Compliance with wireless 802.11b/g/n standards means it provides the same performance as many standard routers. The performance isn't that high, true, at 150 Mbps, but it should be sufficient for one, two, or three smartphones or tablet users to share between them. There are five operational modes by the way: Router, Client, Bridge, Repeater, and Access Point. It makes it a pretty versatile device really.

Sure, most consumer routers don't come with less than 300 Mbps nowadays, and the real monsters go beyond 1 Gbps and sometimes 2 Gbps, in very rare cases. They're much larger than the new TP-Link device, however. Definitely not something you can take with you everywhere. Also, the TL-WR702N should be able to extend their range in Repeater mode, even if it can't do it for the 5 GHz band. Other features include WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions, firewall protection, and a Pre-Encryption function that sets the initial SSID and Password.

Availability and pricing

The TP-Link TL-WR702N 150Mbps Wireless N Nano router has a price of $25 CAD / $22.18 USD / €17.7. Currently, it only seems to be selling in Canada though. No doubt other regions in the world will get some shipments of their own soon. At least we hope so.

Press Release:TP-LINK today introduced the world's smallest travel router, the 150Mbps Wireless N Nano router (TL-WR702N), geared for mobile users and hotel travellers. The Nano router is ideally suited for travellers wanting to share their hotel room's Internet with wireless devices, such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets or game consoles.
The Nano router is a gadget-like device, measuring only 57 x 57 x18 mm, and smaller than a hockey puck. Yet offers many performance features commonly found on many regular-size routers: 802.11b/g/n standards compatibility, great wireless coverage, Quality of Service (QoS), easy setup, advanced security and firewall, and five operational modes: Access Point (AP), Router, Client, Bridge or Repeater mode.
Power requirements are simplified with the Nano router by using the device's micro USB port with the included external power adapter or connecting to the USB port of a computer. Advanced security features include WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions, firewall protection, and a Pre-Encryption function that sets the initial SSID and Password for extra wireless protection for the user.
Highlights
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 with the included power adapter or USB connection to a computer
Compatible with most 2.4GHz Wi-Fi devices
Supports Access Point (AP), Router, Client, Bridge and Repeater operation modes
Supports WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions
"The TP-LINK Nano router is a must have accessory to carry in your travel bag," says Mark Macaulay, director of sales for TP-LINK Canada. "For only around $25 this feature-rich travel gadget will allow users to setup secure private hotspots on-the-fly."
Pricing and Availability
The TL-WR702N 150Mbps Wireless N Nano router has a suggested list price of $24.99 (CAD) and is available now from TP-LINK's vast retail and online partner network across Canada.


TP-Link TL-WR702N 150Mbps Wireless N Nano router
Image credits to TP-Link

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