This review is based on a review copy of the Belkin Wireless Dual-Band Travel Router.
Before we get to the Belkin Wireless Dual-Band Travel Router, let’s talk about why would you want a travel router? When travelling with friends, you will often run into situations where there is only one Ethernet outlet in your hotel room. You will need a router to be able to have more than one person use the Internet at once. Also, if you are into playing games with your friends or any other type of intra-network (LAN) activity, you will need a router. Even if you just invite friends to your dorm room, you can quickly bust out your Belkin Wireless Travel Router to allow everyone to use the Internet at once.
The Belkin Wireless Dual-Band Travel Router is basically a tiny wireless router, perfect for travelling due to its size. It is the smallest router we have ever seen.
The included Ethernet cord and power cable are all you need to bring along with the router when you travel. A travel case comes with the unit which is nice if you want to keep everything organized in a nice little package (also it can help you not lose anything). In my opinion, you can leave the case to save some space in your suitcase.
There are no passwords to remember or configuration to set-up. The password and network SSID are written on the back of the unit.
The dual-band capabilities means that the router can work at speeds up to 150Mbps (with wireless n) on all modern wireless standards (n, g, a, or b). If your computer has a wireless card or wireless capabilities, this router will work with it.
We were really surprised at how small this router is. Even the power cord and Ethernet cable are made to take up as little space as possible. The router is clearly created for travelling purposes and for “taking your wireless network with you when you travel”. It is perfect for that purpose or for college students who need to pack up all their belongings at the end of every school year.
The MSRP of $80 is on the higher side but coming from Belkin, one of the top network equipment companies, a higher price is expected. You can also easily pick up the product for about $65 on Amazon.com.
Our final opinion: If you can find it for a good price, it is highly recommended as your only router for home, dorm, or hotel room.