How many times has this happened to you? You check into your hotel, only to find it doesn’t have Wi-Fi. Or charges extra for it. Or the signal in your room is too weak to be of any use.
What you need is a travel router, a portable gizmo you can connect to the room’s Ethernet cable to create your own speedy, potentially free Wi-Fi hot spot. (Some hotels charge for Internet access regardless of how you connect, but others offer the Ethernet variety free.)
Newegg has the TrendNet TEW-654TR Wireless N Travel Router Kit for $19.99 shipped. That’s after applying coupon code EMCYTZT342 at checkout. (Note: You must be a Newegg newsletter subscriber for the code to work.) Newegg’s regular price: $49.99. And TrendNet sells it direct for $76.99.
The router is downright tiny, measuring just 3.2 by 2.4 inches and weighing just 1.6 ounces. Just plug in the Ethernet cable and presto: you’ve got your own secure 802.11n Wi-Fi network.
You can power it with the included AC adapter or, if you’re trying to keep your travel gear to a minimum, one of your laptop’s USB ports. (TrendNet supplies the necessary cable.)
In addition to pulling router duty, the TEW-654TR can also function as an access point and AP client. TrendNet backs it with a five-year warranty.
If you travel a lot, stick this in your bag and forget about it–until you need it, at which point you might find it’s the best $20 you’ve spend in a while.
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