MINI TRAVEL ROUTER: Convert a public network(wired/wireless) to a private Wi-Fi for secure surfing. Tethering, 3G/4G USB Modem Compatible. Powered by any laptop USB, power banks or 5V DC adapters (sold separately). 39g (1.41 Oz) only and pocket friendly. OPEN SOURCE & PROGRAMMABLE: OpenWrt pre-installed. USB disk extendable. LARGER STORAGE & EXTENDABILITY: 128MB RAM, 16MB Flash ROM, dual Ethernet ports, UART and GPIOs available for hardware DIY. OPENVPN CLIENT: OpenVPN client pre-installed, compatible with 20+ VPN service providers. PACKAGE CONTENTS: GL-MT300N-V2 mini router (1-year Warranty), USB cable, User Manual.
One of the main reasons I purchased this travel router was to make use of my 4G data plan via USB tethering on my Android phone. The only thing that the GL-MT300N-V2 doesn't do is is just that, USB tethering. It's blocked in my case by my Internet provider/phone company (GoMo Ireland). Possible problems with USB tethering is mentioned in the manual and on the support forums but its a very common issue. A work around is out there but it involves a 3rd party, files and URLs which no longer exist.
I eventually got the mini router to work, in the end the problem was very straightforward, my USB type C cables were not strong enough to provide USB tethering. I got a USB type C from an 10.5" tablet and tethering worked perfectly without any 3rd party software. It does everything! 5 Stars!!
This is a well designed product.
It was unexpectedly easy to set up. The instructions were simple and the router software is the most professional and useable that I have ever known for a router. I have used major brands and they tend to be adequate but bare-bones. This even provides performance graphs showing what is going through where and how fast. The average user might dismiss them, but when the system is slow, or if you have a sneaky virus or some manufacturer is spying on you, with common sense, you can see where the trouble might be. A valuable tool, even for the novice user.
Tested so far:- Direct connect to main router and feeding internet to connected PC and phone, just like your main router does.
Wirelessly as above.
Reading external hard drive wirelessly that is plugged into its USB port. Very handy when travelling and not wanting connecting leads to PC.
That covers my needs, but there might be more to discover.
This thing is adorably small. It fits in the palm of your hand and is extremely light and portable. It comes with an ethernet cable and a power cable for easy setup, and the instructions are well laid out and simple.
There's not a whole lot to this device, it's exactly what it advertises. The router can act in many different modes, for pretty much any small scale networking scenario you could need.
I use it for 2 things. Firstly it acts as a second wifi hotspot for my room, taking the ethernet port I have in the wall and turning it into a stronger wifi signal. Second, it connects to my desktop PC via ethernet. The box has 2 ports, one for incoming WAN (internet facing) connection, from your main modem / router that connects to your phone line, and one for LAN facing, to connect to another computer.
It can also apparently work with 4G USB dongles, tether to a phone via USB, and act as a wifi repeater.
All the settings are customisable, just like a full sized router. I have no idea currently if or how well this device scales with many devices and lots of traffic, but so far it works well for my use case, and at £20 it's well worth the price.
Easiest router I every used. (and that's a LOT of routers).
Extraordinarily flexible operating modes - look them up - quite astonishing.
Unbelievably easy to configure for WLAN, LAN, Routing mode, VPN, you name it.
I haven't even touched half of its capabilities!
Great "getting started" video, which I checked before buying.
Only hit one glitch, and that was very easy to find 2 answers for, through their community.
The VPN throughput is approx 10Mbps - (ymmv) which isn't quite fast enough for my needs, so I bought its bigger brother the B1300.
Can't wait for wirespeed VPNs to become more generally available to (massively) improve speeds.
I'm only giving this a 2 for wi-fi signal because it ONLY supports 2.4Ghz channels 1-11 and doesn't seem to support 12-14 which are used elsewhere in the world. I bought this to use while travelling at AirBNB's so I know that with it connected to them and everything going over my VPN I'd be pretty safe from sniffing. However, one place had it's wifi set to AUTO and decided that channel 13 was just fine... needless to say this device will NOT see the wifi so no connection is possible. Luckily I was able to get the host to change to another channel. Another very odd thing is the amount of user storage on the device for config and apps to be installed is ridiculously low leaving the user only around 3 or 4MB of storage?? Like what? It's 2019, please provide at least a 500MB for apps! Storage is cheap.
I bought this router for only & only purpose of having OpenVPN pre-installed, and it's size. I have rooted few other routers with OpenWRT and its not so straight forward, and each brand has it's own process so I thought let's save myself from the trouble of going through OpenWRT installation & buy one with pre-installed and the size of this router was amazing too.
However when I configured OpenVPN, I realised it was only bluemoon that I ever got speed over 6mbps (my OpenVPN server is on 10GB backbone link, and a direct connection usually gives me full capacity of my broadband i.e. around 70 mbps). I was getting around 60 mbps from my OpenVPN client on my Windows machine. So I did some research & found out that CPU in this little thing is only 580 mhhz single core, not powerful enough to process VPN packets quick enough hence limiting the speed between 5 mbps to 8 mbps. Without VPN, it's amazing & works pretty good. The WiFi range is not that great but still very good for a small house or flat.
So if you want fast speed on VPN, then this is not a router for you, I'd suggest choosing one with a CPU over 1 Ghz (my recommendation would be 1.6GHz or more), but that means spending loads of money. Otherwise this little piece of art is a great product.
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