Quick Look: Belkin Travel Router

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This year Gear Diary’s CES base will be a suite at the MGM Grand. All of us will be bunking together which means we will be able to get even more writing done early in the morning or late at night. Of course that presumes we have the wireless connectivity to go online and post. 🙂  The suite comes with free internet connectivity. That SHOULD mean both wired and wireless connections will work, but we won’t really know until we get there. Add in the fact that during CES there is such a huge demand on wireless systems and… we need a Plan B.

Meet CES Connectivity Plan B, the Belkin Wireless Dual-Band Travel Router. The $79.99 router will let us take the suite’s wired connection and create a personal hotel Wi-Fi hotspot. Thanks to its flexibility, we will be able to get multiple devices online simultaneously. The device is small in size, and the travel case it perfect for tossing the Travel Router, wall adapter and Ethernet cable in a bag.

We’re hoping there is truth in advertising and the “Dual-Band performance is perfect for streaming video and surfing the web.”

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From Belkin:


The Belkin Wireless Dual-Band Travel Router gives you a high-speed WiFi connection that is perfect for hotel rooms and airports. So you don’t have to rely on wired Ethernet connections or slow bandwidth.

GET MULTIPLE MOBILE DEVICES ONLINE SIMULTANEOUSLY: Pay for one hotel Internet connection and get all your devices online at the same time.

DUAL BAND SPEED FOR VIDEO ON THE GO: Advanced Dual-band performance is perfect for watching movies, TV shows and surfing the Web.

COMPACT: The Travel Router’s small size makes it easy to pack, and it comes with a handy, handsome travel case that neatly holds its Ethernet cable and power supply.

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The Belkin Travel Router comes with a nice, clean travel pouch. That’s perfect, since this is intended to be used on the road.
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Inside is a pocket for the router itself, a second pocket for the 110v adapter and a space for a power cable that connects to the router and the wall adapter and the included ethernet cable.

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In other words, the device includes everything you need to convert a hotel’s wired internet service in a WiFi hotspot.

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The router itself could not be simpler. On the back there are jacks for power and the ethernet cable and there is a configuration button on the top. The included instruction booklet contains the pre-configured networks. Both the 2.4GHz network and the 5GHz network have their own name and password. That means you MUST make sure you take the information with you on the road. If you don’t you’ll have a lovely pouch and a small hunk of plastic to show for your troubles.

Here are the specifications on the router:

Wireless Standards with Link Rate:

• IEEE 802.11n (up to 150Mbps for 2.4GHz and 5GHz*)

• IEEE 802.11g (up to 54Mbps*)

• IEEE 802.11a (up to 54Mbps*)

• IEEE 802.11b (up to 11Mbps*)

Wireless Operating Spectrum: Simultaneous Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz

Wireless Security:

Pre-configured security

256-bit WPA2® encryption

64/128-bit WEP encryption

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The Belkin Travel Router is available now for $79.99 on the Belkin website. We’ll let you know how well it works during CES!

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

2 Comments on "Quick Look: Belkin Travel Router"

  1. I’ve been doing this for over a year on my trips to China with an Apple Airport Express.

  2. I have a different travel router used for this same purpose (an EnGenius model) and my tips are…
    1. Get it working now, in the comfort of your own home, connecting to your home network, to work out the set up kinks.
    2. Set the router to access point mode. Mine defaulted to router mode, which interferred with my home router. Access point mode assumes a pre-existing network, which is the primary use case for a travel router.
    3. Download the user manual as a pdf onto iBooks on your iPad, so you have an offline digital copy of the manual.

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