TP-Link Wireless N Nano Router review
A miniature 802.11n Wi-Fi router that’s an absolute bargain for mobile workers
Review Date: 3 Jul 2012
Reviewed By: Dave Mitchell
Price when reviewed: £17 (£20 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
TP-Link’s claim that the Nano is the smallest wireless router may be wide of the mark (Edimax’s BR-6258n is very slightly smaller), but there’s no disputing its portability. It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, a mere 18mm thick, and weighs next to nothing.
The Nano can function as an AP, a router, a bridge, a repeater or as a wireless client. Its micro-USB socket means it can be powered from a laptop, or you can use the mains adapter.
After setup, WPA2 security is already configured with the default key printed on the Nano’s base, and it also offers SSID masking and MAC address filtering. Wireless isolation stops all wireless clients from seeing each other.
We tested in AP mode, but router mode flips the network port to WAN mode and makes a basic SPI firewall available. You can add port forwarding rules and enable domain, IP or MAC address filtering. With QoS profiles you can define the bandwidth available to IP address ranges. The Nano supports 802.11n, but its low power means it can manage only speeds of 150Mbits/sec. Nevertheless, our close-range tests went well: copying a video clip between a LAN system and an Acer D255E netbook returned a decent average of 8.5MB/sec.
Increasing the distance saw throughput drop substantially. Running the same file copy with the netbook in the next room and a brick wall in the way, average speeds fell to 2.7MB/sec.
Long-range speeds aside, there’s little to criticise the miniscule Nano for. It’s an ideal companion for mobile workers in hotels, and it costs a paltry £17. What’s not to like?
Author: Dave Mitchell
By JohnGray7581 on 3 Jul 2012
I have one of these and it's excellent... especially when you consider the price.
There's a slightly more expensive version which contains a USB port so that you can plug in a 3G dongle as well.
All in all, and excellent piece of kit
By SteveSmith on 3 Jul 2012
Part Code please !
Nice quick review but manages to miss out the proper part code which is a shame.
(even the photo doesn't quite show it).
By MikeRobins on 5 Jul 2012
I bought one today for testing and with luck I'll place on in every single room, in work, before the end of this month.
By rhythm on 5 Jul 2012
Could they fit a socket so an extension antenna can be added, extending it's usefulness?
By Wilbert3 on 10 Jul 2012
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