New for 2013, the Satechi Wireless 300Mbps Multifunction Mini Router / Repeater / Access Point / Client / Bridge is a small portable product that can be used as a router, provide or boost wireless signals, or give the option for accessing the Internet by hooking up to your Internet modem. We’re going to run through all the features of the Satechi, highlighting what they can do, and then round off with a conclusion.
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Features of the Satechi Wireless 300Mbps Multifunction Mini Router
The Satechi Wireless 300Mbps Multifunction Mini Router promises a host of features. Aside from standard WAN and LAN RJ-45 Ethernet ports for you to cable up to your modem, there are a host of other cool features including standard wireless, wireless repeating, bridging, QoS to prioritize your traffic and the ability to give wireless connections to non-wireless devices.
Use as a Router
The Satechi can be used as a router. Just plug it into the wall and link it to your modem. Then you can either connect a switch or your laptop via an Ethernet cable, or use the Satechi as a wireless access point. Or you could do both, if you want the best of both worlds.
Wireless Access Point (WAP)
Connect your home devices together with super-fast wireless 802.11n. If your connection to the Internet is cabled, you can plug in the wireless mini router to your wall socket and uplink to your ISP modem or gateway. There is also a Bridge Mode, which allows you to assign a different SSID to an existing wireless network for users to connect to.
The Wireless Mini Router can create a wireless connection in Access Point mode. The Satechi can connect to a cabled Ethernet device and broadcast a wireless network to all your devices around home. Wireless N gives up to 300Mbps bandwidth so you know you can stream HD, transfer files and browse the Internet without any lag, disconnects or buffering. If your devices aren’t compatible with 802.11n, the Satechi Mini Router can fall back to 802.11b/g.
Satechi have packaged WPA2 for the most secure connections, with WPA and WEP 64/128 bit encryption also available if preferred. There is a WPS button for fast setup if desired.
Boost your existing Wireless
If you already have an existing wireless network, you can boost it’s signal by using the Satechi Wireless Mini Router as an repeater. Useful if your wireless network is weak in certain areas of the home. What’s really good about this device is that it’s portability. You can boost your wireless signal very easily by plugging the device into any wall socket that’s available.
With Bridge Mode, you can broadcast different SSID’s for different groups of users, giving different access rights to those groups.
Useful for travelers, business users on the move or students – the Satechi Mini Router is small enough to fit in your pocket, making it easy to carry around wherever you want.
QoS (Quality of Service)
QoS prioritizes traffic, so that sensitive data such as VoIP, video or gaming, is protected and given a higher priority over other traffic types. This helps to eliminate dropouts and lag.
Client Mode lets you connect your games console or Smart TV to the Satechi Wireless Router, and then via wireless, connect the devices to your router and out to the Internet. Ideal if your appliances are located far away from your connection to the Internet.
Satechi Wireless 300Mbps Multifunction Mini Router Technical Specs
- Wireless IEEE 802.11n/g/b
- WPA2/WPA & WEP 64-128but encryption
- One press WPS authentication
- Weight 2.2oz
- 2.9×0.9×2.9 inches
Conclusion for the Satechi Wireless 300Mbps Multifunction Mini Router
- Good value for money
- Instructions are a little vague
These little marvels that promise the world always bring out the skeptic in people, don’t they? We were no different. A portable device which can act as a router to the Internet, broadcast wireless AND be used to repeat an existing wireless solution? Does it deliver? Yup!
For example, you can extend the wireless range of an existing wifi setup by setting the Satechi to ‘Repeater Mode’. So if there is a wireless ‘black hole’ area within your building or home from the main wireless router, that normally only gets 2 out of 5 bar reception on our smartphones, then you can plug it into a nearby power socket and set it up to the existing network. This should help increase coverage!
If you want portable wireless, need to expand your wireless reception, or just need a basic router…..the Satechi Wireless 300Mbps Multifunction Mini Router could be the way to go.