Summary: This is a niche market device which has multiple potential uses. Most of the secondary uses need more experience. It can be used at home, but there are other better solutions-which should not detract from the fact that this TPLink Pocket Router can do what it is claims. I believe it is designed to be a travel device and made for convenience and ease of set up.
Pros: Lots of Pros : price point nice, multi functions, easy to carry around, travel which seems to be its main focus. It seems to be a travel unit with secondary extra capabilities for many functions and fill in at a home LAN. Fills in for temp duty very well in a larger LAN or home network for visitors, as a router for keeping it separate and connects wirelessly. the default setting of the access point allows you to quickly share out a single internet connection to multip...
Cons: Multi functions are not for beginners or novices. While useful and portable, there are other devices that do the same jobs and are a little better, more powerful, faster and equal price points; one or 2 are T P Link itself. Pocket router is only single band. It is only 150Mbps maximum . Limited method for connectivity. No USB, only has single LAN, though gigabit speed. Needs external (wall) power and/or Ethernet only. Instructions are tough to understand . It is not a...
Pros: This little router is excellent for travelers. The Client mode and dual wifi bridge mode are excellent features that no traveler should live without. I used it in hotel rooms that have no wired connections and those with wired. It can handle multiple devices without a hiccup.
Cons: Setup. Setup was a pain. The biggest thing to remember with this router is the default LAN IP address is 192.168.0.254, not .1. I keep forgetting this. It is also not using DHCP by default. This is great for travelers, but makes it a pain to set up initially. I know this was by design, and I agree with why they did it, but this is why I took off one egg. Not sure how you would fix it, but it's just tough to configure, even for an experiences techie.
Summary: Good product with only one minus. It has chinese menu without the ability to install english language. In any other case is value for money. Im using it when i travel and im in a room without wireless network.
Summary: This is a very inexpensive and portable device... I paid less than C$30 including shipping. I wanted faster Wi-Fi than my trusty Linksys WRT54GL 802.11g could provide and also something easy to carry to other locations. Using the device as an access point on my existing network switch, I get 100% signal strength throughout my steel and concrete 1,000 sq.ft. apartment with about 10 other 802.11 neighbouring devices nearby.
Pros: Decent range, compact and portable, reasonable speed, cheap.
Cons: No dual-band support, LED status light is ridiculously bright, only one LAN port.
Summary: I own two - one at work and one at home. I'm using the one at work as an AP for the IT Team for quick access into the network when sneaker netting. I had to cycle the power at least once due to it losing connection to the main network. Other than that, it works fine. The one at home has been tasked with being our home network repeater. As a repeater it does a decent job although I wish the provided signal strength is better.
Summary: This is a great portable router that worked out of the box without any surprises. Just plug it in connect to an Ethernet port, find the SSID on your laptop or tablet and enter the password and you are working.