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USB powered router for travel

Discussion in 'Networking, Telephony & Internet' started by Gecko, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Gecko

    Gecko Member

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    Is there any small low-powered router out there (1 WAN, 2-3 LAN, wireless AP would be a bonus) that could run off USB (or runs off 5V <500mA that I could modify to run on USB)?

    Basically, I travel a lot for work, and I carry 2 laptops when I travel. Problem comes when in hotel rooms where there is only one internet connection. At the moment I carry a Linksys WRT, which is fine other than the size of carrying it and the power brick (then comes the issue of plugging it in somewhere in hotel rooms where you're lucky to have more than 1 power outlet)
     
  2. Sphinx2000

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    Hotel internet connections are just ethernet ports?
    So a small 4 port switch or hub would be sufficient to run multiple PC's?

    But some places might only limit to one mac address..

    edit: found this small switch which powers by USB:
    http://www.byteccusa.com/product/network/BT-555/bt-555.htm

    not sure on availability in Aus.
     
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    Gecko

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    As you suspected, they limit to one mac address per room - so it needs to be a router.
     
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    Not the most elegant solution but another alternative possibly.

    Connect a laptop to the internet in the hotel room. Configure this laptop with another expresscard ethernet card then connect it to the other laptop, running ICS or something on the first laptop? That way you don't need a router/switch/whatever.

    Or do the laptop-laptop connection wirelessly.
     
  6. ir0nhide

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    Would a MiFi do the trick?
     
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    I think MiFis connect to a mobile data network, not an ethernet network. I think that a USB-powered router such as the D-Link DWL-G730AP (yes, D-Link, I shudder at the thought).

    Alternatively, BYO power board :)
     
  8. Sphinx2000

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    Looks like a nice piece of kit though, exactly what the OP is looking for?
     
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    I've done that before in a pinch - prefer to have a nice unit to handle it for me though

    That Dlink looks great, except it's DLink :p Will try and pick one up when I'm back in Aus, looks like it might be the perfect solution

    As for powerboard, up until recently I have been travelling with a 6 outlet powerboard, with the magic of USB chargers I have managed to get that down to a 2 outlet + finding an additional outlet for the router :)
     
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    Ugh, having a fuzzy day today :mad:
     
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    Looks OK - except the adaptor is listed as 5V 2A, may not be able to run it off USB (1.5 hours isn't enough time, it will definitely need to be tethered). I would assume that it would use less power though with the 3G component disabled though.

    I'll add it to the list of ones to look at when I'm back home (this whole issue came about after I spent about 20 minutes last night screwing around to get all of my gear plugged in at a hotel which seems to think having 1 power point for the whole room is a good idea)
     
  13. proffesso

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    i bought something like this, was $20 I think, worked great for what I needed.
     
  14. thebranded

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    where'd u get it from? dont say japan!
     
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    .....ja....pan :/
     
  16. mike-s

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    Another vote for the G730AP, i've got one here and have had it for a year and a half or so and am using it in bridge mode to get my mythtv box on my LAN.

    I have had a go at using it in router mode (which is what you need as the mac address count is limited) to see how well it works and it seems to do an alright job. It also runs on usb port power quite easily which is good as it saves having another power plug in the wall.
     

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