Archive for December, 2006

Travel wireless router

December 7, 2006

Travel wireless routers are made for business people who want wireless access in a hotel room.  I recently had a guest who just plugged one into my home network to use a laptop computer wirelessly without touching my wireless settings.  I was very impressed how quick and simple the whole process took.  In my search for a travel wireless router, I found many options.  The cheapest was a Netgear WGR101 for $15 from Amazon.  At that price, it was worth a try.

Some of the Internet reviews were less than stellar.  People complained how hard it is to set up and configure with encryption.  My experience could not have been more different.  In about five to ten minutes, I plugged in the router to my computer and made all the necessary settings.  These included setting the SSID, encryption, and MAC addresses for my computers.  There is a slide switch that needs to be in the correct position during this process, but the instructions were clear enough. 

Since the original day when I configured the router, I have not had to make a single change.  All I do is plug the router into a wired connection and an electric outlet.  It is really that simple.